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 Hall, Griggs Led 1983 Panther Basketball Team


Knightstown’s varsity boys basketball team won its season opener over Mt. Vernon, 66-49, but lost the next night to highly-ranked New Castle 96-50.

Against the Marauders, Rob Hall, Jeff Griggs, Donnie Jackson, Kyle Hope and Mike Wade all played well, scoring double figures. Against New Castle, Knightstown was overpowered from the start, falling behind 20-2 in the first quarter. Tim Estridge, Greg Hochstedler and Bryan Peggs all played well off of the bench.

For the second straight week, the Knightstown Lady Panther varsity basketball had to tackle the number one ranked team in the state. For the second consecutive week, the number one team escaped the Lady Panthers with a narrow win.

Last week, it was top-ranked Rushville edging Knightstown in a 44-41 thriller. Then, Mt. Vernon knocked off the Lady Lions, elevating them to the number one spot. The Lady Marauders then nipped Knightstown 48-43. The loss could prove even more costly for Knightstown, as center Rhonda Barton, the team’s top rebounder and second leading score, tore ligaments in her ankle and is out indefinitely.

With leading scorer Shari Alexander in foul trouble and Barton on her way to the hospital, the game was left up to Lisa Koors, April Helms and Kim Beavers. They played well, but Mt. Vernon rallied from five points down with four minutes to play to pull out the win.

Gary Duff, Ronnie Morgan and Eric Hunt all scored in double figures, but Knightstown’s junior varsity basketball team lost a close game at New Castle Saturday night.

Knightstown’s wrestling team defeated Anderson Highland last week, 48-25. Mike Haltom, Brett Muncy, Eric Councellor, Steve Turpin, Marty Goble, Matt Harmeson, Brad Hayes and Darron Dulin all won their matches by pin.


Knightstown’s varsity basketball team lost a tough decision to New Castle last week 65-55. Sophomore Art Rose led the Panthers with 15 points. Bill Wasson scored 12 points, while John Wright and Bill Miller had 10 apiece.

The Panther varsity lost its season opener to Lapel last Friday 70-47. Bill Miller led the team with 16 points, while Kirk Hochstedler scored 11.

The Panther junior varsity basketball team lost to Lapel 38-33 last week. David Lewis led the team with 10 points, while Doug Abrams and Jack Tague each scored seven. The boys were then clobbered by New Castle Saturday night 76-24. Barry Stacy led Knightstown with six points.

The seventh grade basketball team lost to Eastern Hancock 30-28. Mark Carroll scored 13 points. The eighth graders won their game with the Royals 49-45. Randy Hall was the leading scorer with 22 points.

The freshman “A” and “B” teams both picked up wins over Eastern Hancock last week. The A team won 41-24. Tom Jordan led Knightstown with 19 points. Mark Wright grabbed 13 rebounds, while Jim Stacy scored six points.


A relatively inexperienced Knightstown Panther basketball lost its first two games of the season to Mt. Vernon and New Castle last weekend. The Marauders won the game 51-45, and the Trojans beat the Panthers 83-47.

Against Mt. Vernon, junior Jerry Brown led the team with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Russell Cleek had 14 points and seven boards, while senior Frank Renfro had seven points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Brent Magee added six points and six boards. Against the Trojans, Cleek led the team with 10 points and had seven rebounds. Magee and Galen Thomas both scored eight points, while Jeff Galyen and J.B. Vogle both scored seven.

The junior varsity Panther basketball team opened its season with losses to Mt. Vernon and New Castle. Bob Stevens and Marty Wells both had eight points against the Marauders to top Knightstown scoring. Against New Castle, Stevens scored 11 points and Ricky Harris had seven.

Knightstown’s 1973 football team had 12 players named to 16 different positions the All-Big Blue River Conference football team. The Panthers dominated the eight-team conference with a perfect record, and four players were named all-conference at two positions. Named to the All-BBRC team were John Strader, Eugene Litten, Darl Nigh, Tony Butcher, J.B. Vogle, Joe Beavers, Bob Sitler, John Ottinger, Gary Litten, Mike Todd, John Easton and Galen Thomas.

Dale Munden scored 14 points to lead the Carthage Junior High basketball team to a 42-29 victory over Milroy. Doug Roland scored 10 points, Greg Whitfield had eight and Jack Grizzell scored six.


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