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 Jones Won Lyle O. Bell Award in 1983


Brian Jones, a recent Knightstown High School graduate, has been named the recipient of the Lyle O. Bell Award as the varsity baseball squad’s Most Valuable Player. The announcement was made Monday by Panther head coach Mike Wyatt.

Jones won the team batting average plaque by hitting .361 and also received the Charlie Hustle Award. Jones and teammate John Betz were invited to annual tryout with the Cincinnati Reds, and Jones was chosen to compete in the scrimmage game. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Jones of Knightstown, and will play baseball next year for Vincennes University.

The KHS baseball award for outstanding pitcher was presented to Chris Waits, who compiled a 2.92 earned run average on the mound for Knightstown.

Knightstown’s summer varsity baseball team lost to Pendleton 7-6, ending their season with a 7-5 record. Brian Peggs, Joe Peggs, Mike Wade and Larry Edwards were the top hitters in the summer league.

White Flash Auto Parts women’s softball team raised their record to 8-0 for the season after clobbering SRS Leather 31-2. Sandy Butler, Pam Dismore, Kay Livingston and Vicki Pugh all hit home runs for White Flash. Terry Potts and Joyce Holliday both had two hits for extra bases.


Tri High defeated Knightstown 5-4 to win the 1977 Knightstown baseball sectional title last week.

The Panthers trailed 5-1 before mounting a rally with three runs in the seventh inning off Titan ace Jerry Cripps. Bill Miller opened the inning with a fly out, but Greg Whitfield drew a walk. After a strikeout, Bryan Haase drew another walk. Art Rose followed that with a triple down the right field line, scoring Haase and Whitfield. Rose then scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 5-4. But Cripps got out of trouble to give the Titans the sectional title.

More than 70 children participated in the Lion’s Club Fishing Derby held at Sunset Park Lake Saturday. In the biggest catch category, Ron McIntosh was first with a 15 ½” catfish. Yogi Henderson was second with a 14” bass, and Ron Walker was third with a 13” largemouth.

Anthony Smith, with a two-inch catch, received the trophy for the smallest fish. Jeff Chew was second and Ginger Scott was third. The must unusual catch was caught by Bruce Trieschman. He hauled in a bucket full of water. Curt Durnill was second and Eddie Chew was third. Jeff Buckley was second and Kenny Henderson was third.

In Little League Baseball action, Chris Waits knocked in two runs and pitched as the Braves defeated the Sox 15-3. Brave Darin Hopping hit a home run, while Jacob Smith connected for a triple. Jeff Clark and Jeff Hochstedler each doubled. Greg Butler had the only hit for the Sox.

The Cardinals remained undefeated as Billy Garris struck out 17 of the 18 men he faced in leading the Cards to a win over the Tigers. Robbie Hall struck out nine for the Tigers, who lost for the first time this season.


Little League baseball and little girls softball programs have swung into high gear at the Knightstown Home Optimist Club ball diamonds in Sunset Park.

Members of the Astros little league team include Brian Price, Danny Masters, Kenny Henderson, Kevin Hiner, Scott Turpin, Roger White, Bruce Bowling, Dennis Hardy, Dennis Henderson, Kevin Stephens, Steve Price, Joe Irwin and Randy Dalton. Coaches are Paul Mills and Duane Bolinger.

The Reds little league team includes Chris Taylor, David Mattix, Mark Lawrence, Mike Mattix, Gus Taylor, Mark Armstrong, Ed Gilliam, Brian Christopher, Larry Meese, Tony Hughes, Dennis Greenwalt, John Peters, Keith Christopher, Scott Christopher and Chris Gilliam. Coaches are Jim Perry, Mike Mattix and Paul Greenwalt.

Members of the Eagles girls softball team include Barbara Hickey, Janet Jackson, Kelly Grandison, Kay Grandison, Patti Long, Alice Devine, Terri Harris, Suzanne LaFuse and Ra Jean Miller.

Barry’s Bombers girls softball team includes Esther Ernst, Paula Easton, Nina Willett, Tammy Perry, Marjorie Carrow, Melanie Pitcher, Marianne Sipes, Kandy Lawrence, Kim Roland and Rhonda Taylor.

The Shirley Sluggers girls softball team includes Ruth True, Judy Mohler, Melinda Melton, Terri Williams, Susan Newkirk, Terri Keesling, Michelle Voris, Beth Mills, Marsha Newkirk, Pat Newkirk, Kim Phelps, Karen Miller, Cynthia Elliott, Cindy Elliott, Lynette Lukens and Susie Hammer. They are coached by Shirley Lukens.

The Mets little league baseball team includes David Sweet, Mike Eickhoff, Shane Magee, Steve May, Keith Leisure, Perry Fitch, James Devine, Eddie Eickhoff, Russell Kline, Steve Edwards, Tony Campbell, Jeff Kline, Eric Harris and Todd Roberts.

Maurice and Larry Lewman of Knightstown had opened up a new golf course to serve the community. It’s a miniature golf course, and it’s located on the south side of east Main Street in downtown Knightstown on a 150-x55 foot lot. L&L Miniature Golf is located one-half block east of the town square.


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