The Pirate Basketball team will travel to Clarksville tonight, Friday, December 9th for a MSC rivalry showdown against the Generals. Charlestown Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting will cover the game live beginning at approximately 7:15 pm at www.CPPSB.com or on the free CPPSB mobile device app. Clarksville will also hold its annual Teddy Toss between the 3rd and 4th quarters of tonight’s game. Bring a new teddy bear (with the tag still attached) to the game tonight, suitable for a holiday gift for a child, and get the opportunity to throw it out onto the court for a free hot dog and drink, sponsored by the Clarksville HS Athletic Department and the Clarksville Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Tuesday’s Pirate and Lady Pirate Varsity Basketball double-header hosting Henryville, will mark the Official kick off of the Centennial Celebration of Charlestown Basketball. One Hundred Years ago the Charlestown High School Pirate Basketball program began competition with a November 1916 inaugural game versus the Henryville Hornets. So fittingly, Tuesday’s home varsity double-header with Henryville will kick the Centennial Celebration into high gear.
Tuesday night’s games are historic for Pirate Nation fans, don’t miss the opportunity to be able to say you were there for the 100th anniversary game of Pirate Basketball. Just prior to the game, the Athletic Department will be honoring one our most distinguished, loyal and dedicated Pirates of all time Chuck Ledbetter, Sr. Ledbetter is the Pirate Basketball historian who authored Pirates of the Hardwood, chronicling one hundred years of Charlestown Pirate Basketball. Recently, Ledbetter completed a follow-up to the book, “The Pirates 100th – Centennial Basketball – 1917-2017” to celebrate the occasion. The book features short essays of the best individual athletes to hit the hardwood floor for the Pirates and includes basketball stats that were not covered in “Pirates of the Hardwood.” The follow-up book will be on sale Tuesday for $25.00 each while supplies (200 available); with all proceeds from the centennial book going to Charlestown High School’s Athletics.
The Charlestown HS Athletic Department would also like to thank Always First Driving Academy and Coach Allan Cundiff for helping sponsor this Centennial Celebration of Pirate Basketball at Charlestown High School.
Lady Pirate Basketball varsity game against Henryville Tuesday night will tip at 6:00 pm with the Pirate Basketball varsity game against Henryville tipping shortly after at approximately 7:30 pm. You can listen to the game live on the CHS Pirate Network, WPMQ 99.3 FM Radio in Charlestown.
The Charlestown High School Baseball and Softball programs have announced the return of their Mattress Sale fund raiser for program expenses. Saturday, December 11th between 10am and 5pm; and again Sunday, December 12th between 1pm and 6pm, the Charlestown High School Cafeteria will turn into a new mattress showroom. Over twenty different styles in all sizes and price ranges will be available; including another FREE pillow offer (while supplies last) by scheduling and making an event appointment. This sale will only occur Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th during the before mentioned times. Don’t miss this opportunity to replace a worn mattress with a new high-quality replacement for a great deal while also supporting Pirate Baseball and Lady Pirate Softball. New and improved this year, see the adjacent graphic for Community Appreciation Coupons and find more information the Facebook event page located at www.Facebook.com/TMCmidwest. Pirate Nation, support this HS Baseball/Softball program fund raiser by scheduling a Mattress Sale appointment with team player (no purchase required) and sharing the Facebook Event page using the previous link.
The Charlestown HS Pirate Wrestling team opened their regular season defeating Providence HS Thursday evening on the road to a 54-15 final. Picking up pins for Charlestown were Darien Zies at 126, Mark Sherrill at 138, Logan Hurricane at 152, and Josh Rijos at 220 lbs. Also winning for the Pirates were Austin Cooper at 106, Ethanol Smith at 145, Blake Jones at 160, Sean Baker at 285, Charles Dickens at 170 and Jacob VanMeter at 182. “We wrestled very well for our first match of the season”, commented Pirate Coaches on the win.
The Charlestown Pirate Basketball team (1-1 & 1-0 MSC) defeated Silver Creek Tuesday evening in the CHS Sports Arena 51-46; right after Pirate for Life Steve Hamilton was recognized as part of the Centennial Celebration year of Pirate Basketball. The Hamilton family in the house proved to be good luck for the Pirates; or maybe inspiration for Senior Jordon Knoebel, who led the winning cause. The Pirates led the Dragons 10-9 after the first stanza and 25-22 at the half; before Charlestown maintained the momentum advantage to a 51-46 finish. The Pirates were led by Senior Jordon Knoebel, who finished the game with 17 points and four assists. Seniors Trey Woodward added nine points and Trey Shafer added seven to pace the Pirates to their first boys basketball victory over the Dragons since 2012. “Tonight I thought we played a great TEAM game, while also playing really good defense”, summarized Pirate Head Coach Jason Connell on the win. Charlestown will see the Dragons again soon, as they match up in the Silver Creek Holiday Tourney on Tuesday, December 27th at 7:30 pm. The Pirates travel to Scottsburg on Friday to continue MSC play.
Steve Hamilton, the two-sport Pirate star athlete, will be recognized in the second series of events by the Charlestown High School Athletic Department and the Centennial Committee as the boy’s basketball program continues to celebrate their 100th Anniversary.
Members of Hamilton’s family will be at mid-court where a life-size framed photograph of the legendary Pirate has already been placed in his honor at the Charlestown Sports Arena, Tuesday, November 29, 2016, between the Pirates-Silver Creek Dragons games.
Hamilton, who was coached by Harold Reis and Billy L. Abel, lettered in basketball and baseball at Charlestown. He led the Pirates to an 18-5 exceptional mark his senior year, before bowing to the Red Devils in the Jeffersonville sectional finals. He had a game-high of 18 points in the loss.
Hamilton, who had double-digits 22 times in his career, is credited with scoring 372 points in 21 games his senior year. That season, Hamilton had games of 38, 28, 26, 25 and 24. Though records are incomplete for Hamilton’s two seasons of varsity Pirates, he is attributed with an overall career mark of 446 points. He ended with an 18-ppga before entering his collegiate career at Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky. At MSU, Hamilton set five basketball records, all in the rebounding department, including single-season average of 20.1 per game, average career 16.4, single game 38, single season 543 rebounds and career 1,675 boards. His career-best single-game performance of 51 points came versus Ohio University during the season of 1956-57. He was named an All-American that season.
Hamilton is the only two-sport athlete to play in the NCAA Basketball Championships, a Major League Baseball World Series and a National Basketball Championship series. He is famous among Major League Baseball aficionado for his pitch called the “folly-floater.”
After his professional career, Hamilton returned to his alma mater to coach Morehead’s baseball team. He coached the Eagles for 10 seasons leading them to a 230-173 record. He guided the Eagles to four divisional championships, one regular season title and two trips to the NCAA tournament. He is Morehead’s all-time winningest coach with 305 victories.
In 1988, Hamilton was named the Athletic Director of Morehead State and served as MSU’s athletic director until his death in 1997. Before his untimely death, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.
Two Charlestown High School Lady Pirate Volleyball Juniors, Chrissa Ledbetter and Kaia Reid, will travel over the holiday weekend to play in The Don Shondell All-Star Volleyball Games. These are the original Indiana Class All-Star Games that were established in 2005. Ledbetter and Reid will travel to Yorktown, IN on Saturday, November 26th to represent the East and Pirate Nation, in the noon match up against the West. We wish both girls lots of luck!