The Charlestown Pirate Football team traveled to Madison Friday evening to begin their 2014 campaign; and try out their new coach in a game environment. The Pirate defense played up to expectation; flying to the ball and executing open field tackles as if it were a season finale. “Proud of the team, everyone did their job…..we saw some things we’re gonna work on; but overall it was a solid win”, commented Coach Ward after the game. After a scoreless first half of defense versus defense; the Pirates found pay dirt when Sophomore RB Antonyo Gaddie broke free for a 24 yard touchdown. The point after snap didn’t go as planned, however Sophomore Garrett Woods ran the ball in for a successful two point conversion; to make 8-0. The Pirates (1-0) took a 15-0 lead to halftime after Senior Eli Daniel caught a Senior QB Tristan Chester pass for a 68 yard score. The defenses squared off again in the third quarter, holding both teams scoreless. Madison’s best drive of the night landed them on the Pirate 27 yard line after eleven plays and 48 yards; however when trying to connect in the enzone; a Cub pass was intercepted by Junior Tate Boley to stop the drive. Midway through the fourth quarter, Senior Eli Daniel secured the Pirate victory when he broke free for a 43 yard touchdown to make the final 21-0. The Pirates finished with 177 yards on 32 carries; 125 of which were courtesy of 21 carries by Sophomore Antonyo Gaddie. Madison put another drive together late in the fourth, however Junior Christian Bates got the Pirates’ second interception of the night to end the Cub drive and secure the shut out for his team. Charlestown finished the game with 282 total yards of offense, 82 more then Madison. Eli Daniel was named the Coyle Chevy, Buick, GMC & Coyle Nissan Offensive Player of the Game while Sophomore Bradley Laffoon earned Defensive Player of the Game honors by Pirate Pride Sports. The Pirates now look forward to their week two match up, next Saturday at 2:40 pm, versus #6 Brownstown, in Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Lady Pirate Cross Country team participated in the annual Seymour Invitational Thursday evening. Freshman Katie Rhodes some recognition was the top finisher for Charlestown, running 12th to win a medal for top 15. Whitney Andrews was in 6th position before being overcome by heat, 200 meters from the finish. She was taken by ambulance, doing much better after 3 bags of fluids! Freshman Gabi Gagnon also performed well under the heat, finishing 22nd and Senior Alysha Flaget 23rd during the outing. Coach Doyle express being “PROUD” of all the girl runners!
The Lady Pirate Soccer team lost a tough game to Jennings County Thursday evening. Jennings County played solid, fast soccer. The Lady Pirates didn’t back down but also took some time to adjust to the fast, physical play of the Jennings County offensive attack. Justice Burdin played spectactular in the goal but the Panthers offense slipped some goals by her. The Lady Pirates were without starting senior Gabi Wixon.
Halftime score- 5-0
Final Score- 8-0
Next game-Thursday, 6:00 vs. Louisville Southern
Score line: CHS vs. Jeff
CHS C-team lost 5-25, 11-25; CHS JV team lost 18-25, 11-25; CHS Varsity lost 7-25, 20-25, 12-25.
In our C-Team match up we struggled in the first game with our serve receive. We played better in our second match by communicating more and moving our feet better to get to passes. We did better tonight with making our offense and defensive switches.
Overall our JV team had a solid performance. We had a few mental lapses with some basic fundamentals like passing free balls over the net and breaking down in our passing at times, but for a very young team we are preforming well. We are still learning to control our bodies when on the net blocking, but we are doing better with that also. Hannah Vincent had another all around good night for us, and Maddie Nuxoll got to almost every second ball with her hands which gave the team more opportunities to hit.
No team likes to lose and as a coach and former player I don’t like to lose either, but despite the loss I have more positive than negative things to say. This team have very little Varsity and Club volleyball experience, but they are still showing teams that they can compete. This team works well together and is capable of getting some wins this year. Emalee Craven was our leading offensive threat again tonight and led the team with 9 kills. She also contributed three blocks. Danielle Miles, Alex Chester and Shelby Goedeker also contributed 3 kills each. Although we continue to struggle with our serve reception, our defense helped us stay in the game. Shelby Goedeker led the defense with 5 digs. I was also pleased with no serving errors tonight. We will continue to work hard in practice tomorrow and face two tough conference opponents, Brownstown and Clarksville, this Saturday.
Charlestown High School Pirate Soccer hosted the River City Jaguars on Wednesday evening in a boys soccer contest. The final score found the Pirates on top of the Jaguars 6-4; after a tied halftime score of 3-3. Senior striker Colin Martin lead the Pirates (1-0) with a brace of two goals in the second half. Senior Holding Midfielder Jared Rutkowski found the back of the net in the first half as he caught the Jaguars keeper off his line with a heads up volley shot from 35 yards out. Senior Holding Midfielder Josh Wray also found the back of the goal in a scramble inside the 6 yard box where it seems everyone on the field touched the ball at one point or another off of a broken set piece. Senior Attacking Midfielder Brayden Cooksey opened all scoring from a corner kick in the 1st half that hooked over and around the opposing keeper to find the back post. And perhaps the most impressive goal of the night was a break away shot from Junior Attacking Midfielder Trent Wight, directly from the second half restart. Wight would finish the game with 3 assists and 1 goal, Senior team captain grabbed the assist to Trent as the two switched positions out of halftime to mix things up to great effect. Freshman Striker Jeremiah Paiz also got on the record with his late game assist to Martin. The Pirates next match is on the road at Henryville, Monday the 25th and then back home again on Tuesday as they host conference powerhouse Corydon Central.