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Spikers Went to Regional in '83
Knightstown’s varsity volleyball team lost in the championship game of the New Castle Regional to Richmond. The Lady Panthers defeated Wapahani 15-6 and 15-4 to advance to the regional final.
Knightstown completed its season with a 22-8 record, an unbeaten Big Blue River Conference slate, a sectional title and a regional runner-up trophy. Team members include Kim Beavers, April Helms, Diane Henry, Beth Munden, Rhonda Barton, Amanda Westerfeld, Shari Alexander, Jolinda Coon and Kelly Clark. Becky Freeman is the Lady Panthers’ coach.
Knightstown senior linebacker Pat Spears headlines the Big Blue River Conference football first team, announced by coaches this week. Spears made the team for the third straight year. The BBRC includes Knightstown, New Palestine, Triton Central, Shenandoah, Eastern Hancock, Tri High, Morristown and Lapel.
Eastern Hancock defeated Tri High 12-10 to win the school’s first-ever football sectional title. Shawn Grass threw two touchdown passes to Mickey Spegal to account for all of the Royal points. A 70-yard passing play for paydirt from Mike Goodwin to Lee Blake, and a two-point conversion run by Rodney Hardwick, gave Tri an 8-6 lead in the game – the first time the Titans led the Royals since 1979. But Eastern responded with a great defense to secure the win.
Knightstown’s varsity football team completed a 9-1 season by defeating Triton Central 12-0. The team’s only loss was a 12-9 upset at the hands of Mt. Vernon. Senior J.B. Vogle ended his brilliant career by running for two touchdowns. Defensively, John Strader had more than 20 tackles for the sixth time this season. The 9-1 record gives the Panthers a 16-3 mark over the past two seasons.
Sixteen seniors will graduate from the team, including Bruce Wilson, Bob Lines, Jim Thomas, Mike Todd, Bill Magee, John Ottinger, Jeff Schweizer, Vogle, Strader, Charles Conley, Eugene Litten, Jeff Sorrell, Tony Butcher, Bob Sitler, Joe Beavers and Darl Nigh.
Despite finishing the season with a 9-1 record, the Panthers did not qualify for the state tournament. Knightstown was a member of District 10, which includes Woodlan and Union City, two teams that finished the season unbeaten. Only one team qualifies for postseason play from each district. Woodlan received the invitation because Union City only played nine games.
Former Morton Memorial star athlete Tim Brown served as one of the announcers during the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears football game Sunday. Brown, who usually visits the ISSCH every year, has been doing color commentary on regional NFL games. Brown played for the Philadelphia Eagles and set NFL records for kickoff returns.
After retiring from professional football, Brown got into acting and has appeared in several movies. He also had recurring guest appearances on the television show “M*A*S*H”.
Knightstown’s Girls Athletic Association (GAA) volleyball team lost in the sectional semifinals to Mt. Vernon last week. The Lady Marauders did not play a volleyball game during the regular season, but was allowed in the state tournament. Mt. Vernon then proceeded to whip Eastern Hancock, Knightstown, and Morton Memorial to win the sectional title.
Knightstown lost its two games 15-10 and 16-14. The Lady Panthers actually led in both games, and held a 14-8 lead in game two behind Ann Gatmaitan’s 10 service points.
Wanda Smith coaches the Knightstown girls, while Debbie Merchant is the coach of Morton Memorial. Knightstown team members include Lisa Richmond, Shirley Steurer, Karen Skillman, Jenny Borror, Ann Foley, Gatmaitan and Susie Hammer.
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