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Band of Pirates Travel to Indy Finals Saturday

The Charlestown Band of Pirates will be traveling to Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Indiana this Saturday to perform in the ISSMA Scholastic Finals!

After a fantastic performance in Prelims and receiving GOLD with distinction in Effects, we are very excited for this performance and are very proud of what our marching band and color guard have done this year.

This years show is titled, “Carmen,” and includes selections from George Bizet’s famous opera, including “Habenera” and “Toredador.” The band is under the field direction of Natalie Lowe with Brass Captain Ethan Hartsfield, Woodwind Captain Lauren Gaines, Percussion Captain Kylen Farmer, and Guard Captain Sarah Peak.

The band will be departing CHS at 6:30am and will be performing at 11:13am.

GOOD LUCK to our Marching Band of Pirates!!

Pirate News and Notes: HS Heisman, XCountry, & Football

Congratulations to Charlestown High School Athletes Steven Delaney and DeAsia King; selected this week as school qualifiers for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Scholarships to be awarded later this year.

Best of luck to our history making Lady Pirate Cross Country team, who after finishing third as a team at last Saturday’s Regional meet; will travel back to Brown County Saturday for the 12:15 pm Semi-State Meet.  The Lady Pirates finished behind Columbus North and Seymour, but ahead of Columbus East, Sectional Champion Jennings County, and host Brown County in the Regional.  Charlestown placed five runners in the top fifty finishers, led by Sophomore Carley Conway (10th), Sophomore Ashley Wight (26th), and Senior Katie Rhodes (33rd).  Check Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting on Twitter for updates Saturday, just after 12:30 pm.

Pirate Football will begin Sectional play Friday when they travel to Batesville for a 7:30 pm kick-off.  Batesville is located north of Versailles and east of Greensburg, approximately 1 1/2 hours from Charlestown.  Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting will broadcast the game live over the internet (www.CPPSB.com) beginning at 7:00 pm.

Record Breaking Lady Pirate Volleyball Season Ends

VB2017Many of the goals this year’s senior laden Lady Pirate Volleyball team were accomplished, and on top of continued program growth and success in Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll’s fifth year.  Charlestown finished 21-10 this season, 18-12 last season, and 7-22 in her third season after over a decade of program losing seasons.  Not withstanding losing eight seniors this year, the current success is promising as evidenced by continued Junior Varsity success; and four players with quality varsity experience and talent.  Saturday morning, Charlestown’s season ended when falling to Brownstown in the semi-final round of the Silver Creek Sectional (10-25, 14-25, & 13-25).  The program did gain eight families of supporters that likely will continue to follow a program they believe in for years to come.  “It’s always difficult when your season comes to end.  Brownstown has a good program, and they were the better team today.  Despite the loss, I cannot say enough about this team and the senior leadership we had this season.  We will definitely feel the impact of losing these 8 seniors.  They have been the backbone of the program, and have left high expectation for those that follow them.  I’m proud of this entire team and the 21-10 record they earned this season”, summarized Head Coach Nuxoll.  Senior Kaia Reid led the offense against Brownstown with 9 kills and Hannah Vincent led the defense with 11 digs.  “This program will work hard to continue its positive success”, concluded Coach Nuxoll.  Photo courtesy of Jeremy Vincent.

Lady Pirates Advance with 3-0 Sweep of Salem

SectionalVBThe Charlestown High School Lady Pirate Volleyball team (21-9) advanced to Saturday’s Class 3A Sectional #30 Semi-Final round by dispatching Salem 28-26, 25-21, & 25-17 Tuesday evening at Silver Creek.  “I am happy that we were able to get a round one win under our belt.  This is the first post season win since I took over the program five years ago, so I am proud of our program.  We did not play our best tonight, but I’m glad we were able to stay composed when Salem came back to make the matches close in the first and second sets.  Salem’s #10 (Brown) gave our passers trouble with her serve, and Salem was able to cut into some large leads that we had, but we continued to hang on for the wins. We are still battling with a few injuries, so I’m hoping not playing again until Saturday will help us have more time to heal,” summarized Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll.  Charlestown’s offense was led by Kaia Reid, who finished the game with 11 kills; and Fresham Kayleigh Smith who had 9 kills on the night.  Senior Maddie Nuxoll contributed 30 assists and 15 service points.  The defense was led by Senior Chrissa Ledbetter’s 17 digs; while Seniors Molly Braunecker and Hannah Vincent added 12 digs each respectively.  “We will have to put it all together and play our best in the next round against Brownstown”, concluded Coach Nuxoll.  Charlestown and Brownstown, who drew the sectional bye, will clash in Saturday’s 11:00 am Semi-Final game at Silver Creek High School.  If you can make it to the game, you can listen to it live at www.CPPSB.com.  Photo courtesy of Michael Thibideau.

Lady Pirate Volleyball Defends Invitational Reign at New Wash

LADYPIRATEvbNWInviteFor the second consecutive year, the Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball team wins the New Washington Invitational.  The Lady Pirate Varsity squad swept Switzerland County (25-19, 25-11), Clarksville (25-19, 25-21), and New Washington (25-23, 25-18) to successfully repeat; while the Junior Varsity squad, for the second time in three seasons, also took first place in the New Washington Invitational.  Saturday’s three wins, improves the varsity’s regular season record to 20-9; bettering last season’s 18-11 regular season mark.  The Junior Varisty defeated host New Washington 25-6, 25-5 to earn their trophy.  “I’m super proud of the Lady Pirates today, with both the JV and Varsity bringing home tournament championships at the New Washington Invitational.  We were without one of our starting middles and had a few others not at 100% today, so I’m really proud of how everyone stepped up and contributed to the wins.  Overall, our passing was pretty solid which allowed our hitters to take good swings at the ball.  Everyone had big plays when needed to help us win matches.  This is a selfless team who has done a great job of encouraging each other and that definitely was seen today”, summarized a proud Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll.  The Lady Pirates logged a very balanced offensive attack Saturday, with each hitter making big plays when needed.  Senior Kaia Reid led the team with 26 kills and five service aces; Freshman Kayleigh Smith had 22 kills; Sophomore Hannah Thibideau contributed 17 kills and four blocks; and Sophomore Korea Tutt finished with 8 kills on the day.   Senior Maddie Nuxoll helped the offense with 62 assists.  The Charlestown defense had a good day, especially during the closest set of the day, the second against New Washington, “Sidney Goedeker made some great defensive plays to help us stay in the match”, added Coach Nuxoll.  Senior Sidney ended up with 15 digs.  Senior Chrissa Ledbetter led the defense with 28 digs, Senior Molly Braunecker had 22 digs and five service aces; while Maddie Nuxoll contributed 17 digs.  Senior Hannah Vincent also had 15 digs; while Senior Sam Crace added 12 digs.  “This was a total team effort and just what we needed leading into Sectionals on Tuesday against Salem”, concluded Coach Nuxoll.  Lady Pirate Volleyball will play Salem to open Sectional play at Silver Creek, Tuesday at 7:00 pm.  The Lady Pirates deserve a big crowd making the short trip Tuesday to help cheer them on; however if you absolutely can’t make it, Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting will cover Tuesday’s game live beginning at 6:30 pm at www.CPPSB.com.

Lady Pirate XC are Sectional Runner ups, Three Pirates Advance

XCSectional2017Saturday the Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country team traveled to Hanover for the Sectional Round of the State Tournament.  The Lady Pirates, a strong favorite…..showed why, finishing runner-up to a very strong Jennings County team.  “We are excited to be heading to the Brown County Regional as a team! The ladies have worked hard all season, and continue to run well, as shown by the fact that we had four in the top 20, to receive All-Sectional honors!” commented Charlestown HS Head Coach Jerry Doyle.  The top four Lady Pirate finishers were Sophomore Carley Conway (3rd place/21:21.0), Senior Katie Rhodes (8th place/22:18.7), Sophomore Ashley Wight (10th  place/22:37.2), and Junior Alexis Gurr in 13th place/22:55.5.  The Lady Pirates scored 55 points, behind Jennings County’s 29, but better than Madison’s 73, and Silver Creek’s 136.  The Charlestown girls team will compete next Saturday at the Brown County Regional with high hopes of producing Semi-State qualifiers again.

The Pirates finished seventh as a team; however qualified three runners for next Saturday’s Regional meet.  Sophomore Josh McCoy finished 20th (18:22.3) and received Sectional Honors, Junior Drashaun Morrow finished 30th (19:26.2), and Junior Harrison Adams finished 35th (19:55.9).  “It was great having another year with a complete boys team, and I am looking forward to keep building on the foundation that has been laid, as we were a young team, with three freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors.  The future of Pirate and Lady Pirate XC looks bright in the years to come!”, summarized a proud Coach Doyle.

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