Pirate Cheerleader Isabelle Zimmerman to Continue Endeavors at IUS

With her family and coaches Pirate cheerleader Isabelle Zimmerman recently signed her national letter of intent to continue her cheerleading endeavors at Indiana University Southeast.

Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university located in New Albany, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1941, it provides high-quality educational programs and services that promote student learning and prepare students for productive citizenship in a diverse society, and that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our region.

The IUS athletic department sponsors 10 (3 men / 4 women / 3 co-ed) varsity sports, competing at the NAIA level. Known as the Grenadiers, IUS is a member of the River States Conference (Formerly the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference–KIAC), one of the oldest athletics conferences in the country which began its intercollegiate governance in 1916. The River States Conference has 13 member institutions representing five states — Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Ohio River flows through the center of the geographic region of the conference and connects the five states.

When asked about her future with the IUS Grenadiers, Isabelle had this to say: “Cheering for Charlestown has honestly had a huge impact on my life. The people I was surrounded by were not only my team, but they became my family. Together, we all were prepared to drive ourselves towards the same goals as one. The past 4 years our team has accomplished so much, and I know for a fact, that’s something I couldn’t have done on my own. It’s because we were a team that knew how to work as one, that knew what it took, and knew you don’t earn your trophies at competitions but at practice. I was surrounded by great teammates and coaches that made our environment so positive. People I knew that were pushing me not only in cheer, but in life.  With my team we have been able to place top 5 each year we have competed at State, and I was also able to earn a spot on the Academic All-State Cheer team. And now, I will get to continue my cheer career at Indiana University Southeast where I have already been so warmly welcomed. As well as, I am excited to say I will get to be coaching Jonathan Jennings game day cheer team for the 2020 season! I am sad to see one door close, but so hopeful with this new door opening. Charlestown Cheer will always hold a place in my heart, and these will be memories I will never forget. Once a Pirate, always a Pirate.”

Cheer coach Katelyn Maymon said, “Isabelle Zimmerman has shoes that will be extremely hard to fill as she moves on to bigger opportunities as an IUS cheerleader. She’s a talented athlete, a true performer in front of a crowd, a kind and encouraging team member, and a stellar student. This year she earned a spot on the Indiana Association of School Principals’ Academic All State Cheer Team, and we couldn’t be prouder of her accomplishments in the classroom! She’s a true role model for our community, giving special attention to the young cheerleaders who look up to her! More than anything though, it will be difficult to replace her passion on our team. She truly loves this sport and she 100% effort 100% of the time! ”

The Charlestown Athletic Department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network wish to congratulate Isabelle and wish her a healthy and prosperous future!

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Pirate Cheerleader James Stacey Signs with Western Kentucky

 

In front of family, friends, and coaches, James Stacey recently signed his national letter of intent to continue his cheerleading endeavors at Western Kentucky University next year.

Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a city with a population of more than 60,000 approximately 110 miles south of Louisville and 65 miles north of Nashville, Western Kentucky’s hilltop campus is a place of beauty and friendliness.WKU’s undergraduate division offers one hundred one academic majors that lead to the baccalaureate degree and 111 academic minors are available. Nine associate degree programs are offered along with thirty-seven undergraduate certificate programs. 

The Western Kentucky athletic department sponsors 14 (6 men / 8 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division I level. Known as the Hilltoppers, Western Kentucky is a member of Conference USA, which enjoys a far-reaching fan base with its 14 members: Charlotte, FIU, Florida Atlantic, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, Southern Miss, UAB, UTEP, UTSA and WKU.

When asked about his future with the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, James had this to say: “I’m very excited to cheer and attend Western Kentucky University where I will major in Computer Science. It’s going to be a memorable experience.”

Cheer coach Katelyn Maymon said, “The coaching staff is extremely proud of Jimmy’s decision to cheer for a collegiate program. We were blessed with the opportunity to coach him for his senior basketball cheer season, and during that time we loved his commitment to giving a 100% in stunting and tumbling! Flyers trusted his dedication and persistence to keep stunts in the air, and he persevered through training to achieve elite skills! Not to mention he is also a power house tumbler! Tumbling on the gym floor is not every cheerleader’s favorite task, but Jimmy was never afraid to perform elite skills to show off for the crowd. He is an amazing performer, an incredible athlete, and a great team player. We can’t wait to see what he accomplishes with the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky! ”

The Charlestown Athletic Department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network wish to congratulate James and wish him a healthy and prosperous future!

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Charlestown Volleyball Boys & Girls Summer Camp May 28th-30th

Charlestown Pirate Volleyball will be hosting a summer volleyball camp at Charlestown High School starting Tuesday, May 28th and running through Thursday, May 30th.  This camp is for boys and girls currently in grades K-8th of  this school year; and conducted each day from 6:00-7:30 pm for K-4th grade campers, and 7:00-8:30 pm for 5th-8th grade campers.  The camp cost is $30 per participant and can be submitted in advance (pre-registration) or at the door on the day of camp.  Camp registration is available for download and print by CLICKING HERE.  All pre-registered participants will receive a camp t-shirt, and as along as supplies last for day of camp regrations.  Questions regarding this camp opportunity should be directed via email to Coach Tammy Nuxoll at tnuxoll@gmail.com.

Courtland Black Signs to Play Basketball at Spalding University

On Monday evening, Courtland Black gathered with family, friends, and teammates to sign his national letter of intent to play basketball at Spalding University during the 2019-20 season.

Spalding University is located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. SU offers 15 majors and is the home for students who want to earn a degree while engaging and serving the community.

Spalding University athletic department sponsors 14 (6 men /8 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division III level. Known as the Golden Eagles, Spalding University is a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, a conference comprised of institutions in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, and Missouri.

When asked about his opportunity to play at the next level with the Golden Eagles, Courtland said, “Signing with Spalding is a blessing. I’ve put in so much hard work to be where I am today and it has been a long time dream of mine to sign to a college and play college basketball. When I went on my first Visit with Coach Gray, I fell in love with the campus and the sports facilities. Lastly I want to thank my parents and my trainer, Bryant Northern, for getting me to the point I am today.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Courtland and wish him a healthy and prosperous future as a Spalding University Golden Eagle.

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

Pirate Cross Country Standout Alexis Gurr Signs to Run at Hanover College

In front of family, friends, and coaches on Thursday evening, Alexis Gurr signed her national letter of intent to continue her cross country endeavors at Hanover College next year.

Nestled in 650 acres of a wooded campus and located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River, Hanover College is a private, liberal arts institution where brains and beauty truly intersect. Their rigorous interdisciplinary academic program with 33 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond.

The Hanover College athletic department sponsors 20 (10 men / 10 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division III level. Known as the Panthers, Hanover College is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, a conference comprised of institutions in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

When asked about her future with the Hanover College Panthers, Alexis had this to say: “Hanover is a dream come true and to have the opportunity to continue my passion for running only makes it better.”

Cross Country coach Jerry Doyle said, “I’m proud of Alexi for pursuing her dream of running in college!  I’ve enjoyed having the privilege of coaching her for four years, and I know that she will be successful at the next level. I see her desire to improve, and I know with hard work, she will attain her goals.”

The Charlestown Athletic Department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network wish to congratulate Alexis and wish her a healthy and prosperous future!

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Pirate Football Senior Sam Burns Signs to Play at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Last night, Sam Burns of the Pirate football team signed to play football for Wisconsin Lutheran College in front of family, friends, and coaches.

Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience. Caring, Christian faculty work directly with students, who benefit from numerous research, service, and co-curricular opportunities designed to enhance academic and spiritual growth.

Wisconsin Lutheran College athletic department sponsors 16 (8 men / 8 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division IiI level. Known as the Warriors, Wisconsin Lutheran College is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). The NACC began its first season of competition in the fall of 2006, then known as the Northern Athletics Conference. The conference consists of 13 private colleges and universities from the shared-border states of Illinois and Wisconsin, all of which are NCAA Division III members.

When asked about deciding on his future as a Warrior, Sam said, “The reason I chose Wisconsin Lutheran was because their facilities, dorms and football staff were extremely nice and felt like home. The signing process was fun. I had a great time. The staff at Wisconsin Lutheran was very helpful to give me the signing paper and I am glad to have this opportunity to continue playing football while also getting my education.”

Pirate football coach Jason Hawkins said, “Sam has done a great job transforming his body into a player that can play at the next level. He had a very good senior year and is a great kid. We will miss him.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Sam and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Warrior!

 

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Pirate Baseball’s Brady Latham signs to play at Kentucky Wesleyan University

On Thursday evening, Brady Latham gathered with coaches, family, friends, and teammates to sign his national letter of intent to play baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan College during the 2019-20 season.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is located in Owensboro, Kentucky just 40 minutes east of Evansville, Indiana, 2 hours west of Louisville, Kentucky. KWC offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional curriculums.

The Kentucky Wesleyan College athletic department sponsors 21 (11 men / 10 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division II level. Known as the Panthers, Kentucky Wesleyan is a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), a conference comprised of institutions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia. NCAA Division II operates on a partial-scholarship model, and athletic scholarships are awarded at Kentucky Wesleyan at the discretion of each head coach.

When asked about his opportunity to play at the next level with the Panthers, Brady said, “Being able to sign with Kentucky Wesleyan is a blessing. I’ve worked so hard to be where I am and for this opportunity to be presented to be is a dream come true. I’ve been through a lot in my athletic career and I couldn’t be any more thankful and appreciative for the support system that I have behind me especially with my parents. As soon as I went on my visit and met with Coach Lillpop, I fell in love with the school and the program.  I couldn’t be any happier where I am at this point in my life and I am very excited for the future to come. I am forever grateful to have all the people in my life that I do. So thank you all!”

Charlestown Pirate coach Ricky Romans said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Brady for the hard work the he has put in during his time with us. He has earned this opportunity and there is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed at Kentucky Wesleyan.  I look forward to watching him improve this year and contribute at the next level.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Brady and wish him a healthy and prosperous future as a Kentucky Wesleyan College Panther.

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

 

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