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Smith Was Rushing Star For '83 Panthers
Knightstown’s varsity football team finished its season on a winning note, defeating Triton Central 16-8. Jacob Smith, who had rushed for 177 yards the week before in a win over Hagerstown, had already rushed for 87 yards midway through the second quarter against the Tigers. Smith had already scored against the Tigers before being ejected with five minutes to play in the second quarter and the Panthers ahead 16-2.
Joe Peggs also scored on a two-yard run and Ty Hunt added two points by blocking a punt out of the end zone for a safety.
Crushing serves by Rhonda Barton and aggressive play led the Lady Panthers to their first ever volleyball sectional title at New Castle. Knightstown defeated the Lady Trojans after losing the first game 15-4. The girls came back for 15-12 and 15-4 wins to claim the match and advance on to the regional.
The Panther cross country team finished fourth in the Big Blue River Conference meet. David Dodd crossed the finish line in fourth place. Other Panther runners were Ross McMahan (23rd), Aaron Boler (35th), Charles Fort (42nd), Dwight Elliott (43rd), Keith Sells (44th) and Shane Jones (46th).
Knightstown’s junior varsity cross country team won the Henry County meet last week. Eric Rogers led the Panthers with a second place finish, while Kyle Kinnaman was seventh, Brad Hayes eighth and Scott Van Hoy ninth. The varsity finished fourth in the meet, led by David Dodd’s seventh place effort. Kent Armstrong was 16th and Richard Sitler 18th.
Shenandoah won the Henry County Volleyball Tournament by upsetting Knightstown in the championship game. The loss dropped the Lady Panthers to 17-7 on the season and marked the team’s first setback since their narrow loss to 2nd-ranked Richmond last month. Kim Beavers led the Lady Panthers with eight service points on four aces. Diane Henry had four points and two aces, while Shari Alexander had four kills, four points and a pair of aces.
Despite playing with star defensive player Eugene Litton and fullback Tony Butcher, the Knightstown Panther football team continued to roll with a convincing 34-0 win over the Centerville Bulldogs Friday night. The Panthers improved to 8-1 on the season. The Panthers got a 4-yard touchdown run from Jon Easton, while J.B. Vogle scored on a 55-yard interception return and on a 37-yard pass from Galen Thomas. Mick Kiser had a 67-yard touchdown run and Randy Plank scored on a 2-yard run.
Despite a seven-game winning streak and an 8-1 record, the Panthers were eliminated from playoff contention because there are three unbeaten teams in their region. Even if the Panthers would have run the table with a 10-0 record, the team still would not have qualified for the post-season tournament.
Knightstown’s cross country team defeated New Castle and finished its season with a 10-1 record in dual meets. In the win over the Trojans, the Panthers had Frank Renfro, Tom Eddy, Dale Johnson, Derek Spears and Jeff Wright all finish among the top seven runners. The Panthers are the favorite in the sectional, which includes Richmond, the Trojans, Rushville, all teams Knightstown has already beaten.
Knightstown’s GAA volleyball team includes Shirley Steurer, Karen Skillman, Danette Roland, Jenny Borror, Ann Gatmaitan, Lisa Richmond, Anna Pitts, Susie Hammer, Allison Queener, Kim Johnson, Shelly Beavers, Tammy Williams, Denise Jackson and Beth Mills.
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