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Spears Had 28 Tackles, Assists in 1983 KHS Game
Knightstown’s varsity football team held Morristown to 43 yards of total offense while the Panthers gained more than 400 yards in a 42-0 win in the season opener. In 25 rushing plays the Yellow Jackets gained just eight yards. Knightstown had 22 first downs to Morristown’s two, and those were both the result of penalties. Pat Spears had a monster defensive game, accumulating a combined 28 tackles and assists in the blowout.
Offensively, the Panthers did whatever they wanted to do in rolling to a 28-0 lead at the half. Bruce Willard threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Peggs. Greg Hochstedler had a 34-yard touchdown run and scored three times in the game, while Jacob Smith had two TD runs and an interception. Andy Moore and Marty Goble had 15 and 14 tackles, respectively as Morristown running backs rarely made it past the big Panther defensive linemen.
Knightstown’s varsity and JV cheerleaders recently returned from camp at Ball State University, and achieved three superior ratings. Camp participants included Pam Rutherford, Nancy Eddy, Robin McCorkle, Lori Coffman, Penny Burgess, Joanne Mohler, Kelly Grandison, Judy Mohler, Marcie Shetterley and Julie Carroll. The Sox little league team this past year included Tim Estridge, Jeff Estridge, Eric Hunt, Ty Hunt, Kenny Sullivan, Chris Hunt, Tony Sullivan, Scott Neal, Don Gross, Scott Lukens, Bill Brock, Rodney Neal, Pat Spears, Billy Sneed and coaches Steve Sullivan and Don Neal.
Knightstown’s little league all-star team defeated New Castle in the first round of the invitational tournament. The team is coached by Jim Perry. Members include Scott Reeves, Brian Williams, Robbie Hall, Jeff Wilkerson, Jamie Butler, Marc Bundy, Remmy Perry, Brian Jones, Darin Hopping, Chris Waits, Tony Moore, Steve Richardson, David Mattix, Von Wasson and Billy Garris.
Marty Wells and Kevin Roland defeated Gary Snider and Wayne Allen in the championship of the doubles play during the Citizens National Bank Tennis Classic. Wells and Roland are the top players on the Knightstown High School tennis team, while Snider and Allen are former top KHS tennis players. Snider won the tennis tournament’s singles title when he defeated Gary Rice in the championship. Snider also teamed up with Karen Noblitt to win the mixed doubles title. Snider is a senior at Indiana State University.
Knightstown’s varsity football team served notice to everybody that they will be the team to beat this season and after manhandling the competition in the Big Blue River Conference football Jamboree Friday night.
The Panthers played two quarters of action against New Palestine and Tri High, and yielded just 46 yards of offense combined to the two teams. Of those 46 yards, 33 came on one play and 27 were gained on another. The rest of the Dragon and Titan plays usually resulted in lost yardage.
Knightstown rolled up over 200 yards in offense during the two quarters of Jamboree action. Tony Butcher, Mike Todd, Mick Kiser and J.B. Vogle all ran freely and scored touchdowns, while Vogle and sophomore Galen Thomas combined for a perfect passing night, not throwing an incomplete pass while gaining over 70 yards in the air.
John Strader had a blocked punt and Strader and Eugene Litton both recorded two quarterback sacks and combined for eight tackles for lost yardage. The Panthers will open their regular season schedule against Shenandoah this weekend.
Ball State University coach Dave McClain has announced that former Knightstown High School three-sport standout Paul Mills will be a two-position player for the Cardinals this season. Mills is the team’s place kicker, and this year he will also play in Ball State’s defensive backfield. Mills is a junior at BSU this season, and while at KHS, earned 14 varsity letters in football, baseball, basketball and track and field.
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