McDonald’s unveiled their list of more than 800 top male and female high school basketball players from across the country who will have a chance to play in the 42nd annual McDonald’s All American Games and on that list was Lady Pirate Samantha Matthews. Players from 46 states and the District of Columbia were nominated by their high school coaches, athletic directors, principals, and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Samantha was one of only ten girls basketball players making the final cut to be nominated from the state of Indiana. When asked about the nomination, Samantha said, “I am happy and thankful to be nominated along with some other great players from Indiana. I’m looking forward to making an impact and contributing to a successful program at UT (University of Tampa).”
The final rosters for the 2019 McDonald’s All American Games will be revealed on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 3:00 P.M. ET on ESPN’s “The Jump” and at 6:00 P.M. ET on SportsCenter. Follow @McDAAG on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news and announcements. If Samantha makes the final roster, we will share ticket information and more here. Good luck and congratulations, Samantha!
The CHS Student Council has released details regarding basketball homecoming week and invites any and all to join them not only in crowning this year’s royalty, but also in supporting their efforts to give to those in need.
In lieu of a traditional spirit week, the CHS student council is partnering with student councils from Charlestown Middle School, Jonathan Jennings Elementary School, and Pleasant Ridge Elementary School to bring the community its “In the Spirit of Service” week. Each day a dress up theme was selected in traditional fashion, but it was selected with a need for service in mind. Students (and community members) are invited to donate items that match the daily themes and those items will go to an organization in the community that provides for those in need.
You can view a Student Council produced video here that explains the event in further detail. https://youtu.be/jV327JniB-w
Girls basketball homecoming and the king’s ceremony will be held Thursday, January 17th between the JV and varsity game vs. Salem. The boys basketball homecoming and queen’s ceremony will be Friday, January 18th between the JV and varsity game vs. Eastern.
Recently Senior Lady Pirate Basketball player Samantha Matthews gathered with family and school officials to sign a letter of intent to attend and play women’s basketball at the University of Tampa.
Samantha stated that the day was a day she dreamed about since she was a child. She feels like Tampa is the best fit for her because on her visit, it felt like a place she could call “home.” She added that it was a strong school academically and feels she will fit in with the coaches.
During Samantha’s signing, shown seated at center, she was joined by her parents Paige Barrett and Scott Matthews (Lady Pirate Head Coach), seated on either side. Samantha was also joined by her stepmother Candace Matthews (seated far right front row), her stepfather Jeff Barrett (seated far left front row). Shown left to right standing and supporting Samantha are Lady Pirates Assistant Coach Jason Hawkins, sister Sloane Barrett, CHS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert, stepsisters Skylar Cochran and Alexis Finchum, and Cross Country Coach Jerry Doyle. Congratulations to Samantha on her decision to play college basketball at the University of Tampa and best wishes for a successful education and career.
WPMQ’s Sports Broadcasting class recently produced its second episode of “Talk the Plank” a sports recap of recent events. To find out what’s been happening in winter sports–boys and girls basketball, swimming, and wrestling–so far this season, watch their video below! Then, be sure to follow them on Twitter @WPMQ993 or subscribe to their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/WPMQCharlestown .
The Lady Pirates entered the basketball game Saturday night with more on their minds than just a Mid-Southern Conference match-up. Having learned just the night before that a former assistant coach had suddenly and unexpectedly passed, the team was on a mission to honor Coach Chad Crace in their efforts on the floor that night. Adonned in matching headbands with “Crace” across them, the girls took the floor and set out to execute their game plan, which for the most part, worked all night.
It was a back and forth contest, which saw Samantha Matthews score her 1,000th point as a Lady Pirate. After the first quarter, North Harrison led by 1, 7-8. At the half, the game was tied 17-17. To end the 3rd, the Lady Pirates were up 35-30. But after the Lady Cats found a hot hand and their way through the lane in the 4th, they were able to edge out the Lady Pirates 52-50.
Samantha Matthews finished as the game’s leading scorer with 26, while North Harrison’s Miss Basketball prospect and close friend of Matthews, Lilly Hatton, finished with 22. For the Lady Pirates, Biscardi finished with 11, Watson with 8, and Crace with 5. It’s also worth noting the Lady Pirates hit 10 threes on the night.
The Lady Pirates are back in action Wednesday when they host Silver Creek.
The Sports Broadcasting team for WPMQ has been working this first quarter of school to produce a weekly sports recap and today was the release of the first episode. Students have made major improvements to the aesthetics of their news cast over last year’s “View from WPMQ” already. Their teacher, Melissa Stewart, said she is proud of their efforts to stay abreast of all the results of our Pirate athletics and to get this going, but she knows there is a lot of work to do to work on presence and poise, as well as the sports writing that is also contributed here on Pirate Pride. If you would like to watch Talk the Plank, check it out with the link below and subscribe to WPMQ’s YouTube Channel for other videos.
The Lady Pirates traveled to #3 in 1A Christian Academy last night and lost in three. Coach Nuxoll said, “CAI is a good team. There is a reason that they are ranked third in the state in 1A. We struggled with our passing and defense, but I felt like when we were getting passes and able to get good sets we were able to get some good rallies and hits against them. We also had some good blocks. Our offense was led by Kylie McConnell with 7 kills. Kayleigh Smith led the defense with 6 digs and Korea Tutt added 4 blocks. We will work on our defense and passing tomorrow to prepare for the New Washington tournament on Saturday.”
The JV team ended their season with a win tonight in three sets. Their overall record was 12-6.
Charlestown JV won 24-25, 25-12, 15-12
Charlestown Varsity lost 25-11, 25-15, 25-7