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.
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.
The Pirates improved to 2-2 (1-1 MSC) on the young season Friday evening after out lasting conference foe Scottsburg in a tight-throughout contest Friday evening in the Arena. Charlestown led 12-9 after one period complete, but trailed 21-20 at the break as the Pirates equalized the visiting Warriors by making 19-22 at the free throw line. Charlestown led 30-29 after three before posting a 46-42 final score. The Pirates were led in scoring by Junior Courtland Black, who finished the game with 18 points. Sophomore Bo Braunecker continued to prove his varsity scoring abilities finishing the game with a dozen. Junior Brady Latham and Freshman Ty Crace each added six respectively for the winning cause. “Kids made plays when we needed them. (I’m) proud of the way we finished the game”, commented Pirate Head Coach Jason Connell after the game. The evening Junior Varsity opener went to Scottsburg 47-45.
The Pirates will join the Lady Pirates Tuesday December 5th at Henryville’s Furnish Gym for a varsity double header; varsity girls will tip at 6:00 pm and boys at approximately 7:15 pm. The Pirate Network WPMQ 99.3 FM is scheduled to broadcast Tuesday’s Pirate and Lady Pirate Varsity double header, live from Henryville High School. Both Boys and Girls Junior Varsity match ups with Henryville will be played the following evening (Wednesday) at the CHS Sports Arena.
The Charlestown Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball teams squared up Wednesday evening in James Matthews Gymnasium for some old fashioned and neighborly rivalry double header basketball action.
The Lady Pirates improved to 4-2 on the young season by thrashing the Lady Mustangs 78-29; and led by Jacqueline Biscardi’s 20 game point high, including four treys. Not that Charlestown didn’t book balanced scoring, Samantha Matthews added 18 and Karston Watson another 17 as their offensive performances continue to excel. Gabbie Gagnon knocked down three three-pointers to accumulate all her scoring on the evening. The Lady Pirates led 17-2 after one and 34-15 at the break before cruising through a 44 point second half; mainly using a tough full court defense to force 27 host turnovers. The Lady Mustangs (3-3) were led in scoring by Madison Fields, who finished with nine. New Washington Girls Basketball Coach Kirsti Holloway was quoted in the News and Tribune’s coverage as “I’m just completely flabbergasted,”….. “Never in my wildest imagination did I expect an outcome like this.” The Lady Pirates host MSC foe Austin on the 29th of November.
The Pirates (1-1) dominated the Mustangs in the second of the double header, the majority of the game; but allowed the Mustangs to fight their way back into the game forcing overtime. Charlestown prevailed 60-49 after finding the basket again from the charity stripe in the extra period; including Brady Latham scoring six of his total nine of the evening on six huge free throws. Charlestown led by as many as eighteen at times, outscoring the host Mustangs 10-2 in the second frame. The Pirates were led in scoring by Max Mitchell’s 14 and got 12 from Bo Braunecker, and another 10 from Addison Logsdon. New Washington (0-1) was led in scoring by Hunter Miles, who finished with 13 points, including three treys. The Mustangs out rebounded the Pirates 32-31. The Pirates begin MSC play on Tuesday, November 28th at Silver Creek; who is 1-0 after a 38-34 win at Henryville earlier this week.
The New Albany Bulldogs and their Senior five-star college recruit (ranked 6th Nationally by Rival.com) Romeo Langford will visit the CHS Sports Arena for a regular season boys basketball match up with the Pirates on Tuesday, November 21st. Langford is a 6-5, 175 pound shooting guard, who during his high school career has averaged 29 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists per game while leading New Albany High School to a state championship in 2016. Langford is viewed as the favorite to win Indiana’s prestigious Mr. Basketball award next year; and has narrowed his college pick down to Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Tickets for the game are $5.00 each and on sale now in the Charlestown High School Athletic Office, until sold out. Special Notice to Pirate Nation Fans: Due to ticket demand for this game, CHS season passes can not be used for admission into this event.
Charlestown HS Boys basketball will begin their fall conditioning program Tuesday, September 5th from 3:30-5:00 pm. The fall conditioning program is intended for any boy wanting to play high school basketball.
Additionally, there will be a parent meeting, Wednesday, September 6th at 6pm in the CHS Sports Arena. This meeting will be very informative about items that will be purchased for the team this year, and fundraising; for parents of boys planning on trying out for CHS Pirate Basketball this upcoming season.
Recently Senior Pirate Basketball player gathered with family and school officials to formerly sign his intent to attend and play men’s basketball at Indiana University Southeast. Jordan stated that given the fast paced style of ball the Grenadiers play; combined with a location that is close to home, were big factors in deciding to play at IUS. Pirate Basketball Head Coach Jason Connell commented that Jordan’s decision is a “great opportunity” for him, and is well deserving since he has literally “dedicated his life to playing basketball”. Jordan’s worked hard on being a fast paced player, “his speed and shifty ball handling capabilities” should fit in real well at Indiana University Southeast. “He’s a tough kid, and we like that”, commented ten year IUS Head Coach Wiley Brown. “We believe Jordan’s type of leadership defensively” will be a big asset to the program. Coach Brown has also led his Grenadier teams to seven consecutive KIAC Conference Championships from 2007-08 to 2013-14; six-straight KIAC Tournament titles from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with a 186-67 record.
During Jordan’s signing, shown seated at center, he was joined by his parents Tony and Paula Knoebel, seated on either side. Jordan was also joined by grandmother Faye Gargano (seated far left) and his sister Marissa (seated far right). Shown left to right standing and supporting Jordan are IUS Head Coach Wiley Brown, Uncle Jeff, CHS Head Coach Jason Connell and CHS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert. Congratulations to Jordan Knoebel and his decision to play college basketball at Indiana University Southeast.