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Skylar Roark Signs to Continue Softball Career with Shelton State

Recently, Charlestown senior softball player Skylar Roark gathered with family, friends, Lady Pirate teammates and Team Kentucky teammates to sign her national letter of intent to play softball at Shelton State Community College during the 2020-21 season.

Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.

 Shelton State  is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the Division I level.  They offer varsity teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and fast-pitch softball. The Shelton State Community College Athletics Department has spent the past decade establishing a winning tradition and bringing home championship trophies. Since 2000, their teams have won 24 NJCAA Region XXII Division I titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, eleven National Championships in competitive cheerleading, and five recognitions as an Academic Team of the Year for softball. The Buccaneers take pride in their victories on the playing fields and courts while continuing to strive for success in the classroom and to provide a positive image in our community.

When asked about her opportunity to play at the next level with the Buccaneers, Skylar said, “Finding that perfect college is a very hard process because there are so many schools that have interest in you, but none of them stand out to you. What led me to choose Shelton State was when I stepped on campus and it was different than anywhere else I had been. Shelton has so many amazing opportunities for me to really succeed with academics and athletics. I knew that Shelton was home.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Skylar and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a Shelton State Buccaneer.

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

PIRATE WRESTLERS DEFEAT MSC FOE SILVER CREEK

PIRATE WRESTLERS DEFEAT MSC FOE SILVER CREEK
by WPMQ staff reporter Eric Wigginton

 

Thursday night the Pirate wrestlers hosted one of its only two home duals this season against Mid Southern Conference foe Silver Creek. This is the first year that the Dragons have had a wrestling team and they were no match for the experienced Pirates. The Pirates took advantage of that lack of experience and used the match to work on their craft. Charlestown made quick work of the Dragons, pinning in every class they weighed in at, including some weight class forfeits, and a final score of 64-6 in less than an hour. Coach Adam Doherty had this to say about his wrestlers: “The kids wrestled hard for being off since Connersville [a two-day tournament after Christmas where the Pirates placed 12th out of 32 teams admidst stout competition from around the state]. They all wanted to get back out on the mat and get out of practice and bang around again. The end of the year is coming up and we are focused on the remainder of the season ahead and conference.” The Pirates have a match next Wednesday at Jeffersonville High School at 6:00 P.M.

A complete list of wrestlers and results can be found below:

145 lb – Braden Moore (pin)
152 lb – Ben Phillips (pin)
160 lb – Chris Graham (FF)
170 lb – Deke Brown (pin)
182 lb – Xuan Dong (pin)
195 lb – Manuel Ordorica (pin)
220 lb – Lucas Gagnon (FF)
285 lb – Malachi Rios (FF)
126 lb – Colin Knox (pin)
132 lb – Jakob Lewellen (pin)
138 lb – Declan Brading (maj. dec)

Micah Keltner also got a pin for the Pirates in the night’s only JV match.

(Pictured below is junior Deke Brown working his opponent into a pin.)

Look for more weekly beats on all our sports from WPMQ sports broadcasting this year.

Tuesday’s Athletic Results Yield Two Big Lady Pirate Victories

The Lady Pirate Cross Country team had three pairs team up to place 2nd, 6th, and 12th to win medals, edge out Silver Creek 20-23, and earn the Darrell Kingery Hokum Karem Championship! Skylar Cochran and Ashley Wight were the second place finishers; Laney Hawkins and Jessie McCoy finished 6th; Jackie McCoy and Tina Ylipaa finished 12th.   Coach Doyle said, “This is a special meet for us to win, as Coach Kingery was a coach that I always looked up to and he was a true mentor to me! ” Coach Kingery was a beloved, long time cross country coach from Clarksville and Silver Creek who was well known throughout the community. A tragic accident while he was riding a bicycle last fall claimed his life way too soon. It was very fitting for this event to be named after an iconic coach.

The Lady Pirate volleyball team sailed away from New Washington with a win in four games. The Lady Mustangs came out fighting and claimed the first game 20-25.   Coach Tammy Nuxoll quoted,”We did not play as a team in the first set and it really showed on the court. They were able to pull it together in the second set and played more as a team for the remainder of the match. We were able to put together some strong serving and setters made good decisions on the court.” The Lady Pirates went on to win the next three to seal the match 25-17. 25-23, 25-12. They will face Henryville at home September 5th.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Member Matthew McCoy

 

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.

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.

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