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McConnell Breaks Career Blocks Record

Congratulations are in order for Lady Pirate Volleyball’s Kylie McConnell after she broke the school record for career blocks against Henryville last night. Kylie now has 115 blocks (and counting) in her career which surpasses the previous record of 112 held by Emalee Craven from 2014-16.
Kylie also holds the record for most service aces in a match with 10 that she set against Austin last season, and she is just four away from her former teammate Kayleigh Smith’s 2017-20 112 career aces.
Good luck to Kylie and the Lady Pirates at Madison tonight and for the remainder of the season.
Story and photo contributed by WPMQ Staff

Charlestown High School Student Council Releases 2021 Homecoming and Parade Information

Student Council would like to issue the following statement regarding this fall’s homecoming week, September 20th–24th. 

(*Disclaimer: All information below is subject to change.)


The 2021 Charlestown High School football homecoming ceremony will be held at halftime of the varsity football game against Scottsburg on Friday, September 24th. Tickets must be purchased at the following link: 



We would like to congratulate the following students on their selection to the homecoming court:

Freshmen–Sarah England and Grason Connell

Sophomores–Echo Brading, Jayda Holbrook, Chipper Fellows, and Sean McAfee

Juniors–Laney Hawkins, Addison Roberts, Annika White, Josh Andrews, Jake Helton, and Zander Morris

Additionally, we would like to wish good luck to those seniors who are candidates for queen: Sunni Burke, Karly Byrnes, Savannah Gaither, Sadee Goedeker, and Micah Kaelin;

and for King: Jaron Almeciga, Chase Benner, Trey Brison, Steven Cruz, and Alex Wright



The following spirit days will be observed that week as part of the annual spirit week:

Monday, September 20th–Pajama Day

Tuesday, September 21st–White Lies Tee Day

Wednesday, September 22nd–Luau Day

Thursday, September 23rd–Class Shirt Day

Friday, September 24th–Pirate Pride Day



The 58th annual and longest running football homecoming parade in the state will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:30 P.M. This year’s theme is “Tropical Paradise.” The parade will begin in the student parking lot then proceed down Monroe to Main and stop at the square for the pep rally.  Floats need to be in line no later than 4:45. The pep rally will begin at approximately 6:00. You can see the line up and parade route in the graphics below. Public access will be restricted to the back parking lots nearest the baseball and softball fields and only parade traffic will be admitted in the student lot.

The Pirate football boosters will be selling ribeye sandwiches on the square.




















Charlestown Welcomes Coach Joe Witten to Lady Pirate Softball

WPMQ would like to welcome Coach Joe Witten to Charlestown Lady Pirate softball for the 2021-22 season!
Coach Witten comes to us with an extensive and impressive resume. He spent ten seasons at Floyd Central before he made the move to Indiana University Southeast where he spent the last nine seasons as the head of the Grenadiers’ very successful NAIA program.
While at Floyd Central, Coach Witten earned five Hoosier Hills Conference titles, five sectional titles, one regional title, and one state finals appearance. He was a five-time HHC Coach of the Year, a four-time ICGSA District V Coach of the Year, and a four-time Indiana All-Star game coach. With 222 wins for the Highlanders, Witten is the all time winningest coach in school history.
More recently at Indiana University Southeast, Witten compiled a 293-129-1 record and is the program’s all-time wins leader. Under his direction, the Grenadiers made six national tournament appearances in eight possible seasons. Witten was named conference Coach of the Year four times. Each of his nine Grenadier teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams with 3.0 GPAs or higher and 22 scholar-athletes were named NFCA Scholar-Athletes during his tenure. The Grenadiers placed 47 student-athletes on all-conference teams from 2013-2021.
WPMQ is excited to have Coach Witten on the softball field and in the classroom at CHS.
Article and photo submitted by WPMQ.

Kyle Craig to Play in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic

Charlestown Pirate Kyle Craig has been named to the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic. The Midway University commit averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game for the Pirates during the 2020-21 season.
The Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic game that Craig will participate in will be held on Friday, June 18th at Anderson University in the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The game can be seen at: on Friday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m. ET .
Craig’s Team White will be coached by Kevin Cherry of Madison-Grant High School. His teammates will include:
Andrew Bennett from Shenandoah
Lane Lauderbaugh from South Decatur
Kaden Howell from Madison-Grant
Ayden Brobston from Frankton
Eddie Jones from Pike
Mason Brooks from North Putnam
Damon Shaw from Rossville
Drew Valentine from Speedway
Sawyer Yoder from Central Noble
Good luck, Kyle!
Story contributed by WPMQ staff.

Crace Signs with Alice Lloyd to Play College Hoops


Front (L to R): Kali Crace (sister), Angela Crace (mother), Ty Crace, Trey Crace (brother)
Back: Ryne Loggins (ALC Assistant Coach) and Sean Smith (Charlestown Basketball Coach)

Recently, Charlestown senior Ty Crace was joined by teammates, family, and friends as he signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Alice Lloyd  College next year.

Alice Lloyd College is a private work college in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. From the early Native Americans to the brave settlers to the small family farms to the proud coal miners there is no doubt that the Appalachian Mountains are rich with history. Alice Lloyd College resides in the heart of Appalachia and has over one hundred years of history. ALC offers eighteen majors under a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

Alice Lloyd College teams are nicknamed the Eagles. The college is a dual member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the NCCAA primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). They compete in the Mid East Region of NCCAA Division 1.

When asked about his choice to play for the Eagles at Alice Lloyd, Crace said, “Alice Lloyd is a good fit me because they’ve allowed me to follow my dream of playing college basketball as well as my college being paid for towards a great education that will prepare me for my future endeavors. Charlestown High School is for sure my home and I’m thankful for everyone that’s been there for me throughout my journey.”

Charlestown basketball coach Sean Smith has coached Crace for 2 years now. He has guided and allowed Crace to be a key player on the team for these last couple years. This is what he had to say about his former player: “We would like to congratulate Ty on the next chapter of his basketball career at Alice Lloyd. Ty has a great deal of passion for the game of basketball and has worked hard to earn this opportunity. He is a skilled player who can score in a variety of ways and who can also create scoring opportunities for others. We are happy for Ty and wish him and the Eagles the best of luck!”

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Matthew McCoy and Kyle Craig.

WPMQ’s Spring Sports Athletic Weekly Wrap-Up for April 26-May 1

WPMQ’s Spring Sports Athletic Weekly Wrap-Up for April 26-May 1


Tuesday, April 27th vs Madison 

LP: Eric Wigginton 3IP, 4Ks, 1BB, 7H, 4 ER

Relief: Brandon Broady 4IP, 6Ks, 0H, 0ER

HR: Brandon Broady

3B: William Casey

2B: Dawson Boyd

William Casey was 2-4, Deke Brown was 1-2, Brandon Broady, Jack Fifer, and Dawson Boyd were 1-3 (Brandon Broady had 2 RBIs)

CHS- 10 Total Hits


Thursday, April 29th vs Clarksville Cancelled; Make up date is May 20th. 


Friday, April 30th @ Providence 

LP: Jacob Glover 4IP, 6Ks, 2BB, 6H, 3ER

Relief: Brandon Broady 2IP, 2Ks, 5BB, 2H, 0ER

3B: William Casey

2B: Dawson Boyd

Brandon Broady  2-2, Jacob Glover  2-3


JV Baseball

Wednesday, April 28th @ Floyd Central canceled 

Saturday, May 1st DH @ Brownstown Game 1: Won 13-5;  Game 2: Lost 10-6



Tuesday, April 27th at Hidden Creek vs Lanesville and New Washington W CHS 183, Lanesville 208, New Washington–no team

Medalist: Michael Gillooly 41

Other scoring for the Pirates:

Alex Wright 45

Connor Aaron 48

Trey Brison 49

Andrew Martens 51

Zander Morris 54

Connor Roberts 66



Monday, April 26 @ Seymour L  10-0

LP: Savannah Gaither 2.2 IP, 5H, 4ER, 1K, 0BB

Relief: Kyley Fetz: 2IP,7H,2ER, 1K, 1BB

Thursday, April 29 @ Austin Cancelled; Make up date is May 4th. 

Friday, April 30 vs. West Washington Cancelled


Saturday, May 1 vs. Mitchell DH L 3-2; W 9-6

Game 1:

LP: Savannah Gaither 7IP, 6H, 3ER, 5K, 1BB

2B: Karly Byrnes

Byrnes 2-4, Fetz 2-2


Game 2:

WP: Savannah Gaither 2IP, 2H, 2ER, 0K, 1BB

Relief: Kyley Fetz 5IP, 5H, 1ER, 5K, 1BB

2B: Fetz, Chester, Gaither

Addie Smith 2-2, 3 runs

Gaither 3-4, 3RBIs

Crowe 2 RBIs

Fetz 2-3, 2 RBIs


JV Softball

Monday, April 26 @ Seymour L  



Tuesday, April 27 vs Christan Academy 

1S: Skylar Cochran def Elana Hamby 6-2, 6-1

2S:  Maci Vaughn def Anna Neil 6-1, 6-0

3S:  Amanda Upton def Grace Kreutner 6-0, 6-0

1D: Alyssa Moore and Emma McCutcheon def Adeline Baldwin and Maddie Paul 6-4,6-4

2D: Anna Almaciga and Ashlyn Moore def Emily Lang and Rebekah Wright 6-0,6-0



Tuesday, April 27 w/ Austin and Scottsburg  (No results shared)


Track and Field at North Harrison Invite

Girls Results: Charlestown 151, Silver Creek 118, Corydon 115, Borden 68, Providence 63, Tell City 52, North Harrison 17, Lanesville 12, Crawford County 6, South Central 6, Clarksville 6, Austin 6

Discus: 1st–Lanae Crowe 125’4”

Shot Put: 1st–Demaria King-39’5”; 3rd-Lexi Deaton-35’8.5”

High Jump: 1st–Sadee Goedecker-4’10”

Long Jump: 2nd–Sadee Goedecker-14’3”

3200 M Relay: 2nd– CHS (Jesse McCoy, Jackie McCoy, Laney Hawkins, Kaylee Kinser) 10:46.00

100 M Dash: 1st–lyric Steele-12.82

400 M Relay: 1st–CHS (Jayda Holbrook, Anneiah King, Sadee Goedecker, Lyric Steele) 51.57

400 M Dash: 1st–Jayda Holbrook-1:01.2

200 M Dash: 1st–Lyric Steele-26.00; 2nd–Jayda Holbrook-27.37

1600 M Relay: 1st–CHS (Sadee Goedecker, Laney Hawkins, Anneiah King, Jayda Holbrook) 4:25.96


Boys Results: Corydon 133, Tell City 127.5, Charlestown  93, Austin 83, Borden 56.5, North Harrison 55, Providence 36, Silver Creek 16, Clarksville 10, South Central 10, Crawford County 3, Lanesville 1

Discus: 3rd-Colin Davenport-122’10”

High Jump: 1st-Jake ottersbach-6’4”

Long Jump: 1st–Steven Cruz-20’8”

110m Hurdles: 2nd-Jake Otterbach-15.49; 3rd-Steven Cruz-16.51

400m Relay: 1st–CHS (Steven Cruz, Dylan kinser, Andrew Cruz, Jake Ottersbach) 45.08

300m Hurdles: 1st–Jake Ottersbach 41.95

200m Dash: 1st–Steven Cruz 23.48

WPMQ’s Spring Sports Athletic Weekly Wrap-Up for April 19-24

WPMQ’s Spring Sports Athletic Weekly Wrap-Up for April 19-24


Monday, April 19 at North Harrison W 12-0
WP: Eric Wigginton 7 IP, 10Ks, 5BBs, 2H, 0ER
3B: Jacob Glover
2B: Nolan Siler, Eric Wigginton
Nolan Siler was 4-5, Jacob Glover and Jack Fifer were 3-4 ( Fifer had 2 RBIs);  Eric Wigginton was 3-5 with 2 RBIs; and Michael Casey was 2-4 with 2 RBIs
CHS–16 hits on the night

Tuesday, April 20 at Trinity Lutheran W 11-4
WP: Brandon Broady 2 IP, 3Ks, 3BB, OH, O ER
Relief: Jeremiah Hasler 3 IP, 1K, 1BB, 6H, 4R; Nick Broady 2 IP, 2Ks, 0BB, 2H, OR
2B: Deke Brown (2), Jack Fifer, Jacob Glover
Brown 3-5 with 2 RBIs; Fifer 3-4 2 RBIs

Thursday, April 22 vs Scottsburg L 11-1
LP: Jacob Glover 3.2IP, 5Ks, 6BB, 5H, 1ER
Glover 1-2 1 RBI

Friday, April 23 vs CAI Cancelled

JV Baseball
Wednesday, April 21 at New Albany L 7-4
Thursday, April 22 vs Scottsburg W 6-3

Tuesday, April 20 at Jeff Elks vs Silver Creek and New Washington–Cancelled

Wednesday, April 21 at Wooded View vs Clarksville 
Medalist: CHS’s Alex Wright–43
Also for CHS: Connor Aaron–49, Zander Morris–50, Michael Gillooly 57, Andrew Martens–58,  Conor Roberts–68

Monday, April 19 at New Albany L 11-1 
LP: Macy Layton 1IP 1K 1R 2H; Kylie fetz 3IP 0K 10H 10R
2B: Addie Smith  

Tuesday, April 20 vs Silver Creek  L 13-2 
LP: Savannah Gaither 5IP 5K 3BB 13H 10ER
Addie Smith 2-3, Karly Burns 2-2 1RBI 

Thursday, April 22 at Clarksville W 18-1
WP: Savannah Gaither 5IP 2H 0R, 7 Ks, 0BB
2B: Addie Smith, Karly Byrnes, Heidi Chester, Mattie May, and Savannah Gaither (20
Gaither 3-4 5 RBIs; Addie Smith 3-3  1 RBI; Heidi Chester 2-3 2 RBIs; Macy Eldridge 1-3 2 RBIs

Friday, April 23 at Borden W 8-1
WP: Savannah Gaither 7IP, 9Ks, 7H, 0ER
2B: Julia Crace
Lanae Crowe 3-4 2 RBIs; Addison Smith 2-3, Juliana Roberts 2-3


Monday, April 19 vs Salem L 1-4 
1S: Skyler Cochran def Kennedy Abner 7-6, 6-3,
2S: Maci Vaughn lost to Samantha Calhoun 6-2, 4-6, 4-6
3S: Amanda upton lost to Natalie Baker 5-7, 4-6. 
1D: Alyssa More and Anna Almaciga lost to Cecile Tate and Lydia Menton 1-6, 4-6
2D: Emma McCutcheon and Ashlyn More lost to Hannah Fleenor and Allison Cauble 3-6,6-7

Thursday, April 22 at Eastern L 2-3
1S: Skylar Cochran lost to Kayleigh Earhart 6-2, 3-6, 4-6
2S: Maci Vaughn lost to Madeline Lewellen 0-6, 1-6
3S: Amanda Upton def Dylan Whitfield 6-2, 6-1
1D:  Emma McCutcheon and Alyssa Moore lost to MyKenzee Graham and Emily Smith 0-6, 0-6
2D: Anna Almeciga and Ashlyn Moore def Brooke Sease and Braylie Green 6-3, 7-6

Wednesday, April 21 Pirate Relays–CANCELLED 

Thursday, April 22–Girls Only New Albany Relays 
Team Results: New Albany 94, Charlestown 79, Seymour 44, Jeffersonville 31, North Harrison 16, Providence 8, Christian Academy 4
Discus: 1st–Lanae Crowe 133’ *SCHOOL RECORD: Record previously held by Megan Brooks (2014) at 128’11”, is now 133’
High Jump: 1st–Sadee Goedeker 5’0
Shot Put: 1st–Demaria King 38’7.5”
800 M Sprint Medley: 2nd–CHS 1:55.76
4×100 M Relay: 1st–CHS 47.35
4×200 M Relay: 2nd–CHS 1:57.42
4×400 M Relay: 1st–CHS 4:15.60 *SCHOOL RECORD: The record previously held by Graves, Mansdorfer, Smith and Smallwod from 1993 with a time of 4:27.2; is now held by the team of Lyric Steele, Laney Hawkins, Sadee Goedeker and Jayda Holbrook.
4×800 M Relay: 3rd–CHS 11:13.12
Distance Medley: 2nd–CHS 14:44.13

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