IHSAA Announces Classifications for 2017 through 2018

The Indiana High School Athletic Association has announced the new classifications for IHSAA member schools in six team sports for the next two school years, including 2017‐18 and 2018‐19.  Please note the classifications for baseball and softball will be released in coming days.  Please note that Tournament Success Factor points will still be accumulated in baseball and softball this spring and any necessary updated versions in those sports will be released in the days following the end of those respective state tournaments.  The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9‐12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, boys and girls soccer, softball and volleyball.  Sectional groupings for each sport will be announced in early May following approval of the IHSAA Executive Committee.  Use the following link to view the classifications released by the IHSAA thus far:


Knoebel to Work Out and Play in All-Star Game

Congratulations to Pirate Basketball Senior Jordon Knoebel; who has been invited to and excepted placement into the Hoosier Basketball magazines’ top 60 seniors work out. The Top 60 Work Out will be held on April 2nd at Beech Grove High School; before traveling down to Bloomington at approximately 1:00 pm to represent Charlestown in the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association’s All-Star game. The All-Star game will begin at 5:00 pm at Bloomington North High School; again congratulations and best of luck on April 2nd.

Miles Matthews Signs with Cumberlands to Play Tennis

MilesSigningCharlestown High School Pirate Senior standout Miles Matthews recently gathered with family and school officials to official sign his intent to attend and play college tennis at the University of the Cumberlands in southern Kentucky.  Matthews, after his Senior season, was named to the 2016 Senior All-Star team, representing the Southeast Section of Indiana; as well as to the 2016 All-District 8 Singles team.  Miles led the Pirates in #1 singles play all season, in helping the team finish 13-4 during both his Junior and Senior seasons.  Miles has compiled a career singles record of 55-31, including finishing 17-6 his Senior season.  Joining Miles for his signing, were his parents Scott and Candice Matthews as well as Jeff and Paige Barrett, sisters Samantha and Sloane, Charlestown HS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert, and Cumberlands Head Tennis Coach Chin Tan.  Coach Tan commented that Miles is a very good student athlete, “just like what the University looks for”; and was impressed by the initiative Miles showed when making a recent visit and working out with the program.  Miles plans to major in business and pre-law while attending the University of the Cumberlands; and learned of the advantages of their tennis program from talking with area coaches.  Miles gives the following advice to up coming student athletes wanting to play sports at the next level:  “Work hard, push through obstacles, never give up on your goals; and work just as hard in the classroom as on the court or field.”  Congratulations to Senior Pirate for Life Miles Matthews, Charlestown’s newest college bound student athlete.

Softball Clinic This Wednesday at CHS

The Charlestown High School Softball program and the City of Charlestown – Youth & Family Sports will offer a developmental clinic for girls ages 6-14.  This program will be conducted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Charlestown High School from 12:00 to 3:00, and will focus on age appropriate softball fundamentals in a “camp-like” setting.  The cost is $20, which includes admission to the clinic, admission to the Lady Pirates game that follows the clinic, and dinner during the game.  It is recommended that participants wear appropriate softball attire (softball pants and both cleats and tennis shoes) and have the needed equipment to participate (glove, bat, helmet, etc.). Cash or check is acceptable (checks can be made to: Pirate Pride, softball in memo).  All participants will be invited to stay after the clinic and watch the Lady Pirates Softball Team take on the New Washington Mustangs in their first game of the season!

You may register and submit your forms before the clinic, however registration will be offered until the clinic begins.  DOWNLOAD AND PRINT A REGISTRATION FORM BY CLICKING HERE.  You may mail your registration form and payment to John Smith, Charlestown High School, 1 Pirate Place, Charlestown, IN 47111 Atten: John Smith.  For questions, please contact John Smith at charlestownsoftball@gmail.com or 502-548-3509.

Pirate Basketball Announces Recent Accolades

Four Pirate Basketball standouts have been recently recognized in Southern Indiana for outstanding accomplishments this past season, both on the court and in the classroom.

Senior Jordon Knoebel, after averaging 22 points per game this past season, has been voted to the MSC All conference Team; and will also be playing in April 2nd annual HBCA All-Star game held at Bloomington North High School.

Senior Miles Matthews was selected statewide to Indiana’s Academic All State Team; while Trey Woodward received Academic All State Honorable Mention honors.

Congratulations also goes out to Isaiah Harris for being recognized All MSC Honorable Mention and to Trey Woodward for Indiana Academic All State Honorable Mention honors.

Outstanding work Pirates, that’s representing Pirate Nation with class!

Woolridge Headed North to Play Tiger Football

WoolridgePirate Football Senior Simon Woolridge recently met with family, coaches and school administrators to accept and sign a letter of intent to attend and play college football at Olivet Nazarene University in northern Illinois next year.  Woolridge played three years of varsity Pirate Football, finishing with 146 career tackles, 83 of which were recorded as solo tackles.  Woolridge additionally finished with six career sacks while also adding an interception and two conversion receptions his senior year of play.  Woolridge plans to pursue a nursing degree at Olivet Nazarene while playing NAIA football.  During the signing, Simon offered advice to younger football players coming up; in that concentrating on strength and conditioning is very important when interested in playing football after high school.  Additionally, Woolridge credited the relationships he built on his team; as well as, family and friends which made the different for him personally when striving to achieve goals.  Joining Simon during his signing, and as shown above left to right are his parents Marty and Susan Woolridge, sister Sienna Woolridge; and Charlestown High School Head Football Coach Jason Hawkins (right rear) and Atheltic Director Chad Gilbert (left rear).

Spring Sports Try-Out Announcement

Anyone interested in trying out for any Charlestown High School Spring Sport must have a completed physical on file with the school Athletic Department.

Charlestown Lady Pirate Softball tryouts will be held on Monday, March 6th; beginning at 5:30 pm at the CHS Softball complex.  Anyone interested needs to report with softball attire, cleats and tennis shoes.  Questions can be directed to Head Coach John Smith at (502)548-3509 or charlestownsoftball@gmail.com.

Any CHS boy interested in playing Charlestown Pirate Golf during the upcoming season should attend a meeting in Coach Tolliver’s room (A224) on Monday, March 6th, during IMPACT.  Please contact Coach Tolliver for more information if needed in advance of Monday’s meeting.

Charlestown Lady Pirate Tennis will begin Monday, March 13th at 3:15 pm (to 5:00 pm), at the Charlestown High School Tennis Courts.  Questions regarding Lady Pirate Tennis can be directed to Head Coach Scott Matthews at smatthew@gccschools.com.

Pirate Baseball Tryouts will be held on Monday, March 13th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the CHS Baseball facility.  Anyone interested in trying out for the high school baseball team needs to come prepared for inside and/or outside workout on Monday the 13th.  Gray baseball pants, black t-shirt, hat and cleats are needed while outside; while tennis shoes or turf shoes are needed inside as cleats are not allowed inside the hitting facility.  Questions should be directed to Head Coach Ricky Romans at 502-641-2883.


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