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 Spears Won Smith Award in 1983


Knightstown senior Pat Spears, who shattered all KHS records for career tackles and assisted tackles, was named the winner of the Stephen D. Smith Award for football excellence.

Jacob Smith was presented the award for offensive back and Marty Goble won for outstanding lineman.

Shari Alexander was named the Most Valuable Player for the KHS volleyball team, and sophomore Mike Wade won the award for outstanding tennis player. David Blower was named the most improved player on the tennis team.

Knightstown’s varsity girls basketball team this year includes Liz Smith, Denise Dick, April Helms, Lisa Koors, Jeanna Wright, Kim Beavers, Shari Alexander, Amanda Westerfeld, Rhonda Barton and Jolinda Coon. The girls are coached by Becky Freeman.

The Lady Panthers open their regular season on Nov. 16, and two days later will take on the top-ranked team in the state at Rushville.

Eastern Hancock’s girls basketball team returns eight letter winners from last season, including Laura Engleking, Wendy Kinder, Peggy Johnson, Jody Edwards, Carla Matlock, Betsy Giddings, Cheryl Vail and Tammy Scrogham.

Knightstown’s boys basketball team figures to be strong again this season. Team members include Mike Wade, Bryan Peggs, Larry Edwards, Jeff Griggs, John Nicholas, Greg Hochstedler, Rob Hall, Tim Estridge, Don Jackson, Wade Stewart, Kyle Hope and Pat Spears.


Knightstown’s varsity basketball team has high expectations this season, with many veteran players returning. Team members include J.B. Vogle, Jay Tweedy, Frank Renfro, Russell Cleek, Kevin Roland, Derek Spears, Brent Magee, Galen Thomas, Jeff Galyen and Jerry Brown. The team is coached by Duane Queener.

The junior varsity team includes Bruce Wyatt, Marty Wells, Jeff Edwards, Rick Harris, Butch Gregory, Dale Johnson, Raymond Keesling, Randy Youse, Myron Matlock, Tom Eddy, Bob Stevens, Randy Posey and Bob Morgan. Bill Bergmann is the coach.

Knightstown’s football team completed its season with a record of 9-1. Statistically, the team dominated in every aspect of the game. Knightstown outscored its opponents 275-43 during the season.

In total offense, the Panthers finished the season with 2,825 yards, holding opponents to a mere 823 total yards during the 10-game schedule. The primary reason for that dominance was the Knightstown defensive front, anchored by senior John Strader. Strader finished the season with an amazing 279 tackles and assisted tackles. Strader caused 11 fumbles. J.B. Vogle finished the season with six interceptions, while Eugene Litton had 12 quarterback sacks despite missing the last three games due to a broken collar bone.


In a rough and tumble season opener, the Knightstown Panthers trounced the Carthage Blue Raiders 96-66 Friday night. The two coaches, Andy Taff of Knightstown and Don Hedrick of Carthage, were making their debuts as their teams’ leader. Danny Vaughn had 26 points and Sam Chase scored 24 for Knightstown. Sonny Smith nailed 25 points and Doughty had 20 for the Blue Raiders.


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