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 Brian Jones, Diane Zinkan Outstanding KHS Athletes in 1983


Brian Jones and Diana Zinkan were named Outstanding Athletes at the Knightstown High School Awards Banquet held last week.

Several seniors were given special recognition for their achievements as well. They include, in girls tennis, Charmi Bonne, Krista Schram and Kristin Willard. April Helms was the mental attitude award winner. In boys track, seniors Bill Brock, Mark Swincher, Kevin Westerfeld and Jeff Wilkerson were honored. Wilkerson won for most points in field events, Jeff Perry for running events and Dohn Terrell for total points. Terrell, Wilkerson and Swincher all shattered KHS records this past season.

In varsity golf, senior Baron Magee was given the low medalist honor and senior Brad Ratliff was second overall.

In girls track, Zinkan won for most points overall in field events and in total points, and Suzanne Foster won for most valuable. Beth Munden got the award for most improved. Seniors honored included Mary York, Zinkan, Kelly Phelps, Sarah Lewis, Foster and Julie Kuhn.

Baseball awards were given to seniors John Betz, Ron Hammer, Kevin Hiner, Brian Jones, Chris Waits, Todd Wells and Mike White. Girls softball awards were presented to seniors Susan Davidson and manager Pam Dismore. Davidson was named team MVP and had the highest batting average. Rita Martin won the team spirit award.

KHS bowling team awards were presented to Cara Peggs, Ruth Stange, Tammy White, Niki Biesicker, Kerry Grandison, Lana Gregory, Angie Lindsay, Shelly Scott, Traci Walls and Trina Miller. Senior cheerleading plaques were given to Cara Peggs and Mary York.

Junior high girls track awards were presented to Tracy Barton, Kelly Chapple, Robin Clapp, Michelle Clay, Leslie Counceller, Julie Finch, Dawn Florea, Sherri Lee, Melissa Pell, Valerie Schmidt, Cindy Wells, Jeanna Wright, Diana Foster, Mardina Marsh, Tammy, Melton and Stephanie Owen.

Junior high boys track awards were presented to Shawn Adkins, Brent Cleek, Kenny Davis, Doug Emerson, Kevin Isaacs, Randy Miller, Kent Armstrong, Todd Durnil, Greg Howard, Erikk Knapp, Mark Moss, Billy Nolan, Brian Rawlins, Donnie Rhodes, Eric Rogers, Ronald Shepherd, Scott Van Hoy, Chris Wallace and Ross Wells.

Gerald Dudley, of rural Shirley, found two morel mushrooms while hunting recently near the Hamilton County Gun Club. Both sponge mushrooms weight more than one-half pound each.

Eric Roland took third place last month in the regional competition of the Cub Scouts Pinewood Derby. There were more than 300 cars in the competition. Local scouts Joe Harding, Danny Cupp, Scott Gorman and Kendall Abrams also competed in the regional.

Carthage Elementary School recognized student-athletes with an awards program last week. Students honored included Charles Dyer, most valuable fifth grade basketball player; Paul Lawson, most improved sixth grade player; and Doug Hardeman, basketball sportsmanship award.

Carthage also presented special certificates to cheerleaders Andrea May, Kim Aker, Laura Barton, Natalie Pitts, Jayna Fouts and Debby Muir.


The second annual Big Blue River Canoe Race took place last Sunday with nearly twice as many entries as last year’s inaugural race. The event was broadcast live by Greenfield radio station WSMJ. Defending champions Jim Hicks and Don Richardson were on hand to defend their title, but on separate teams this year.

Instead, Hicks teamed up with Mike Swincher and the duo grabbed first place in the race down the Blue River from Knightstown to just south of Carthage. Hicks and Swincher made the trek in 1:13.03, beating the winning time last year by roughly one minute.

Phil McDonald and Hugh Grandison finished in second place in 1:14.02, just ahead of David Hulse and Don Richardson, who came in at 1:14.03. Rusty Johnson and Butch Brooks were fourth, while Arlie Richardson and Weesner were fifth.

There were 30 entries in the canoe race, and the event raised more than $1,400 for the Henry County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Entries came from all over the area, with two Purdue University students showing up on race day with a brand new shiny canoe, only to finish in eighth place.

Knightstown’s varsity baseball team, with high expectations entering sectional play on the Panther diamond last week, got whipped severely by the New Castle Trojans, 15-0.

The Panthers committed five errors in the first two innings and quickly fell behind 11-0. They could never recover, managing just two hits in the terrible loss. New Castle’s Mike McWhorter, one of the top players in the state, gave up a double to J.B. Vogle and a single to Jim Thomas.


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