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 Susan Davidson Hit .657 for Lady Panthers in 1983


The Knightstown girls junior high track team just completed a very successful season, setting several school records in the process. Team members included Melissa Pell, Tracy Barton, Dawn Florea, Gina Wright, Sherri Lee, Robin Clapp, Valerie Schmidt, Mardina Marsh, Cyndi Estridge, Leslie Councellor, Diana Forster, Julie Finch, Michelle Clay, Angie Steward, Stephanie Owen, Kelly Chapple, Cindy Wells and Tammy Melton. The girls were coached by Bud King.

The junior high boys track team also had a winning season this year. Members included Chris Wallace, Ron Shepherd, Shawn Adkins, Eric Rogers, Kent Armstrong, Todd Durnil, Erikk Knapp, Greg Howard, Scott Van Hoy, Donnie Rhodes, Brent Cleek, Bill Nolan, Ronnie Walker, Ross Wells, Brian Rawlins, Larry Hughes, Doug Emerson, Kenn Davis, Kevin Isaacs and Randy Miller. Mike Julian coached the team.

The Lady Panther softball team completed another winning season under coach Debra Ratliff. Knightstown defeated Indianapolis Ritter 11-7 last week. Susan Davidson finished the season with a .657 batting average, tops in the three-county area. Team members included Davidson, Cari Grandison, Lisa Koors, Traci Tutrow, Debbie Cox, Gwen Hamblin, Rita Martin, Millie Butts, Melissa Chapple, Angie Sloan, Shari Alexander, Kim Price, Amanda Westerfeld and Teresa Boling.

Knightstown’s junior varsity baseball team was almost unstoppable this season. Coached by Gary Ogden, the team included Mike Wade, Mike Roland, Bruce Willard, Wade Stewart, Gary Duff, Scot Moore, Jim Wolski, Andy Moore, Jim Vaughn, Marc Hiner, David Bundy, Joe Peggs, Eric Hunt, Rodney Jones, Darren Greene, Mark Jones and Ron Beavers.

Billy Garris Jr., a 1982 graduate of Knightstown High School, was awarded the “Rookie of the Year” trophy for his work this spring as a pitcher for Grace College. He compiled a 3.88 earned run average and was 2-0 in conference action. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Garris Sr. of Knightstown.

Several Knightstown High School athletes were named to the spring sports Big Blue River Conference first teams, which were announced earlier this week. Diane Zinkan was named All-BBRC in track and field, while April Helms and Traci Walls were all-conference in tennis. Baron Magee received the honor for golf. The baseball team will be announced next week and Knightstown is expected to dominate the squad once again.

The Lady Panther tennis team finished 5-0 in conference play with a recent win over Eastern Hancock. That not only earned the Lady Panthers the tennis conference crown, but also assured them of the BBRC all-sport trophy for the third time in the last four years.

Julie Queener, a junior English major at Hanover College, was among 15 students recently recognized as a scholar/athlete at the annual banquet sponsored by the Fathers’ Association at the college. It was the second time that Queener, daughter of Duane and Peggy Queener of Knightstown, has received the honor. Students are recognized for successfully combining excellence in athletics with superior academic achievement.


For the fourth time in five years, the Knightstown boys have captured the Big Blue River Conference All-Sports trophy. The Panthers had 93.5 overall points, compared to Triton Central at 83, Eastern Hancock 76, Morristown 64, Tri High 57.5, New Palestine 55, North Decatur 49.5 and Morton Memorial 31. The Panthers won conference titles in football, wrestling and tennis. They finished second in baseball, track and golf.

Bob Galyen, as expected, qualified for the track regional and will be joined by the lightning-quick half-mile relay team from Knightstown. Galyen’s height was 6’5”, below his school-record high this season, but that was all he needed to clear to win the sectional. The relay team of Richard Richey, Al Wilson, David Brown and Mike Todd will head to the regional, along with alternate Mick Kiser. Knightstown finished seventh as a team in the 27-team field.

Girls Athletic Association (GAA) individuals honors were presented to outstanding KHS athletes, including Catherine McGinnis, Karen Skillman, Denise Jackson, Jenny Beth Ellis, Marianna Stanley, Lisa Richmond and Janet Anderson.

Rob Winters was named the “Outstanding Senior Athlete” during the ceremonies held at the end of the athletic season. Doug Applegate and Denny Whales were named co-winners of the same award at Eastern Hancock.


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