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Members of the Charlestown Tennis team set a very specific goal in August: Win Sectional. On Friday afternoon, they did exactly that and it was the first title in 51 years for the Pirates.
In the first round of the sectional, the Pirates downed Henryville 4-1 sweeping the singles matches and winning at No. 2 doubles. The championship then began on Thursday afternoon, but was suspended by rain with Silver Creek holding a 2-1 lead having sealed victories at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while Charlestown’s Dawson Boyd defeated the Dragon’s Josiah French 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles. All that was left to determine the match was No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles.
Heading into the delayed finish on Friday, Alex Wright lead one set and was tied at 5-5 at No. 2 singles. He went on to defeat Zach Milton in the next two games to win 6-1, 7-5 and tie the match up at 2-2.
The sectional title came down to the No. 2 doubles match of Charlestown’s Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton against Silver Creek’s Jarrett Garr and John Hurley. Rothbauer and Wigginton had gone 8-0 in Mid Southern Conference play in the regular season with Silver Creek being the only school they did not compete against due to a quarantine. The Pirates’ and Dragons’ No. 2 doubles teams were tied a set and tied 2-2 in games with Rothbauer serving 15-love as play resumed on Friday. The Pirates’ duo came out with a hot start and quickly took a 5-2 lead over the Dragons, but dropped the next two games to make it 5-4. In the final game, the Pirates took a 40-15 lead then a missed shot into the net by Silver Creek would give the Pirates their second sectional title in school history as Rothbauer and Wigginton would win 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.
Charlestown Coach Scott Matthews said, “We just tried to keep the ball in play and not think about the outcome and just play points. And that’s what we did.”
Eric Wigginton, the 4th year senior for the Pirates, told WPMQ staff back in August that tennis was “serious business this year” and that the goal was to win a sectional. After the match he said, “It feels good to take down a powerhouse in tennis with their many sectionals and this being only our second one ever. I think they won like 29 in a row or something before Borden beat them last year. We wanted our shot at them and we got it and took advantage of it. We said all along this was our year.”
We asked Wigginton about the emotions of winning the first set, losing the second, getting delayed, coming out hot, then dropping two games before finishing it off and he said, “We just had to stay focused. Going up 40-15, I felt a wave of confidence because Alex [Wright] had won so I encouraged our teammates who were watching to get up because I knew Clayton [Rothbauer] and I were ready to end it right there too.”
Charlestown advances to the Silver Creek Regional on Tuesday where they will face Jeffersonville at 4:30 p.m. There is an admission fee of $5.
Members of the Pirate tennis team are seniors Carter Getz, Michael Gillooly (1S), Clayton Rothbauer (2D) and Eric Wigginton (2D); juniors Brandon Broady (1D), Nathan Smith, Jacob Whitten, and Alex Wright (2S); sophomore Dawson Boyd (3S); and freshmen Nick Broady, Jackson Shearer, Ryan Sipes, and Jackson Snelling (1D). The Pirates are coached by Scott Matthews and James Broady.
Story and photos contributed by WPMQ Staff.
Athletic Results from the Week of September 14-19
Tuesday, September 15 vs. Austin W 10-0; Kimmel 4 goals
Thursday, September 17 at Scottsburg Warrior Cup Invitational vs. Corydon L 2-2 Corydon won on PKs
Friday, September 18 at Scottsburg Warrior Cup Invitational vs. Floyd Central L 2-0
Monday, September 14 at Clarksville W 5-0
1S—Michael Gillooly def Ethan Neal 6-4, 6-4
2S—Alex Wright def Terry Morgan 6-1, 6-2
3S—Jackson Snelling def Saul Tatum 6-1, 6-3
1D—Brandon Broady and Dawson Boyd def Aiden Craig and Jaylen Deyer 6-1, 6-0
2D—Forfeit by Clarksville
Tuesday, September 15 vs. Providence L 4-1
1S—Michael Gillooly lost Michael Hamm to 1-6, 0-6
2S—Alex Wright lost Alex Kemp 4-6, 6-3, 4-6
3S—Jackson Snelling lost to Alex Bannet 0-6, 1-6
1D—Brandon Broady and Dawson Boyd lost to Landon Kruer and Jake Rodski 3-6, 0-6
2D—Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton def Jacob Harbeson and Jacob Kaiser 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
Thursday, September 17 at Corydon W 5-0
1S–Michael Gillooly def Ryan Hamilton 0-6, 7-6, 6-4
2S–Alex Wright def Sam Cox 6-0, 6-2
3S–Dawson Boyd def Grant Schartzer 6-1, 6-2
1D–Brandon Broady and Jackson Snelling def Eli Kvalheim and Oliver Zink 6-1, 6-2
2D–Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton def Nick Ore and Cooper Shireman 6-2, 6-1
Tuesday, September 15 @ Eastern Invitational–Champions
Laney Hawkins 4th
Jackie McCoy 7th
Jessie McCoy 7th
Emma Faulkner 9th
Kaylee Kinser 11th
Dylan Kinser–11th and a PR of 18:24
Monday, August 31 @ North Harrison (JV) W 20-6
Friday, September 3 @ Providence (Varsity) L 23-14
Tuesday, September 15 @ Southwestern L 1-0
Wednesday, September 16 vs. Jeffersonville W 1-0 Echo Brading goal; Heidi Chester shutout
Thursday, September 17 at Austin W 2-0 Goals by Anna Almeciga, assists by Echo Brading; Heidi Chester shutout
Tuesday, September 15 vs. Eastern L 24-26, 18-25, 13-25; JV lost 15-25, 24-25, C Team lost 11-25, 24-25,
Kayleigh Smith–8 kills
Kylie McConnell—6 kills
Emma Obermeier–12 assists
Abbie East–22 digs
Maci Vaughn–16 digs
Wednesday, September 16 vs. Lanesville W 27-25, 25-10, 25-11; JV won 14-25, 25-18, 15-13
Kayleigh Smith–11 kills
Kyle McConnell–8 kills
Lanae’ Crowe–10 assists
Emma Obermeier–10 assists
Abbi East–8 digs
Addie Smith–7 digs
Maci Vaughn–6 digs
Thursday, September 17 at Salem L 21-25, 14-25, 25-22, 20-25; JV lost 19-25, 8-25; C Team won 25-17, 25-22
Kayleigh Smith–14 kills
Kenzie Baker–8 kills
Lanae’ Crowe–16 assists; 17 digs
Emma Obermeier–12 assists
Kylie McConnell–5 blocks; 3 aces
Maci Vaughn–3 aces
Saturday, September 19
Varsity went 2-2 in the Mitchell Tournament
CHS vs. Tell City L 20-25, 22-25
CHS vs. North Harrison W 25-20, 27-25
CHS vs. South Central W 22-25, 25-20, 15-7
CHS vs. Mitchell L 20-25, 9-25
JV were runners up in the Borden Invitational Tournament, going 2-2 on the day as well.
Weekly Wrap-Up and Sports Preview contributed by WPMQ staff
Student Council would like to issue the following statement regarding homecoming week, September 28th through October 2nd:
The 2020 Charlestown High School football homecoming ceremony will be held at halftime of the varsity football game against Corydon on Friday, October 2nd. We would like to congratulate the following students on their selection to the homecoming court:
Freshmen–Anna Almeciga and Clay McClelland
Sophomores–Hailey Metzger, Tenley Schott, Malachi Rios, and Peyton Ward
Juniors–Shanyia Bryant, Raegan Grissom, Trinity Murphy, Eric Goedeker, Jakob Lewellen, and Connor Smith
Additionally, we would like to wish good luck to those seniors who are candidates for queen: Grace Adams, Lillie Carrico Katelyn Devers, Abbigail East, Tenley Moore;
and for King: Jacob Glover, Dalton Hester, Matthew Henning, Eric Wigginton, and Kaeden Woods
The following spirit days will be observed that week as part of the annual spirit week:
Monday, September 28th–Class Shirt Day
Tuesday, September 29th–Pajama Day
Wednesday, September 30th–Decade Day
Thursday, October 1st–Pink Out (In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Student Council salutes the survivors and honors those who lost their battle)
Friday, October 2nd–Black Out/Pirate Pride Day
And now the tough part: the longest running football homecoming parade in the state. Planning a parade this year has proven most difficult, but we are thrilled to announce that we will be able to keep some of the tradition going, albeit in a very limited capacity on Monday, September 28th at 4:30 P.M. As a result of COVID restrictions and social distancing guidelines, many hard decisions had to be made to make sure we are adhering to expectations of school administration and the Clark County Health Department, so this year’s student participation will be limited to the homecoming court, class officers or selected representatives of a class for the four class floats, cheerleaders, marching band, and the varsity football team. We welcome the students and community to line up along the parade route, respecting the cones set out for social distancing by the City of Charlestown.
The parade route remains the same and can be seen below. The parade will not stop on the square this year as we are not able to hold the pep rally. Student Council members are working on a virtual pep rally that will be shared via social media. We apologize for any inconvenience this plan causes, but Student Council has put forth their best effort to continue the tradition as much as possible and asks for your respect and support in the event.
It has truly been a blessing leading the baseball program for the last 17 years. When I was fortunate to be hired in 2004, I never envisioned being the Head Baseball Coach through 2020. There was something about the program, and the community, that allowed me to grow so close so quickly. As an individual that grew up going to school and working in Jeffersonville, I will never forget when asked “why Charlestown?” during my interview. My response was that I believed it was a great opportunity for both of us. All I wanted was a chance to coach the game I have loved since I was a kid. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hall gave me that opportunity with only one year of high school assistant coaching experience on my resume. Their belief in me fueled me to work hard and do the best I could for Charlestown, which quickly became home to me and my family. We eventually moved to the area and have raised our family here since 2009. I have always believed in loyalty, and Charlestown has shown great loyalty to me through the years. Many changes have occurred within the administration during my tenure, as I have worked for many wonderful people including Principals Dick Johnson, Keith Hedges, Mark Laughner, John Rowland, and Amy Cook. As for Athletic Directors, I have been blessed to work for Tony Hall, David Null, Kim Carroll, and Chad Gilbert. All these individuals have allowed me to grow not only as a coach, but as a person as well. They have treated me with great respect, and I will forever be grateful for their kindness and generosity.
Personally, Charlestown High School helped me through many difficult times in my life. When my mother died in 2006, it was one of the hardest times of my life. Then, in 2016 when I lost my father, followed by my stepfather in 2017, adversity of life struck again. As I told our players, life is challenging at times. Sports are a great release from the real world sometimes, and coaching baseball and being around great people kept me busy during some of the most challenging times in my life. Much of that is due to the help I received from my assistant coaches through the years, which included John Smith, Darren Floyd, Brian Hester, Bryan Roberts, Jim Worley, Bryan Glover, Jeremy Eger, Kyle Craig, Joe Natterman, Chris Nickles, Matt Siler, Chuck Latham, Brian Smith, Josh Romans, and Rick Romans Sr. We had so many wonderful times on and off the ball field together, and I genuinely appreciate all their hard work and commitment to Pirate Baseball.
All good coaches realize that teams start and end with the players. Even though I have a list of players since 2004, I do not want to take a chance on missing someone so I will just say it has truly been an honor coaching each of you. We have had many exciting times, and some challenging and heartbreaking times as well. I am sorry we could not bring more championships to Charlestown, but I will never forget the exciting come from behind victory in the Sectional Championship in 2009 and the Conference Championship in 2015. It was always my goal for you to be successful on the baseball field, but it was more important for me that you turn into great young men. Hopefully, even though you probably did not agree with our decisions at times, you realize that we, the coaches, genuinely care about you. As I now step away, I want to say Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of your development and I truly wish all of you the best in your future. I will always be just a phone call away if you need anything.
Forever a part of the Pirate Family,