Category Archives: Boys Basketball

Knoebel and Pirates Upend Creek 51-46

KnoebelThe Charlestown Pirate Basketball team (1-1 & 1-0 MSC) defeated Silver Creek Tuesday evening in the CHS Sports Arena 51-46; right after Pirate for Life Steve Hamilton was recognized as part of the Centennial Celebration year of Pirate Basketball.  The Hamilton family in the house proved to be good luck for the Pirates; or maybe inspiration for Senior Jordon Knoebel, who led the winning cause.  The Pirates led the Dragons 10-9 after the first stanza and 25-22 at the half; before Charlestown maintained the momentum advantage to a 51-46 finish.  The Pirates were led by Senior Jordon Knoebel, who finished the game with 17 points and four assists.  Seniors Trey Woodward added nine points and Trey Shafer added seven to pace the Pirates to their first boys basketball victory over the Dragons since 2012.  “Tonight I thought we played a great TEAM game, while also playing really good defense”, summarized Pirate Head Coach Jason Connell on the win.  Charlestown will see the Dragons again soon, as they match up in the Silver Creek Holiday Tourney on Tuesday, December 27th at 7:30 pm.  The Pirates travel to Scottsburg on Friday to continue MSC play.

Charlestown’s Steve Hamilton to be Honored Tuesday

100YearsBBall300tagSteve Hamilton, the two-sport Pirate star athlete, will be recognized in the second series of events by the Charlestown High School Athletic Department and the Centennial Committee as the boy’s basketball program continues to celebrate their 100th Anniversary.

Members of Hamilton’s family will be at mid-court where a life-size framed photograph of the legendary Pirate has already been placed in his honor at the Charlestown Sports Arena, Tuesday, November 29, 2016, between the Pirates-Silver Creek Dragons games.

Hamilton, who was coached by Harold Reis and Billy L. Abel, lettered in basketball and baseball at Charlestown. He led the Pirates to an 18-5 exceptional mark his senior year, before bowing to the Red Devils in the Jeffersonville sectional finals. He had a game-high of 18 points in the loss.

SteveHamiltonIn 1952, Hamilton set the single-game scoring record at Charlestown. He pumped in 38 points against Henryville at the Hornets gym.

Hamilton, who had double-digits 22 times in his career, is credited with scoring 372 points in 21 games his senior year. That season, Hamilton had games of 38, 28, 26, 25 and 24. Though records are incomplete for Hamilton’s two seasons of varsity Pirates, he is attributed with an overall career mark of 446 points. He ended with an 18-ppga before entering his collegiate career at Morehead State University (MSU) in Kentucky.  At MSU, Hamilton set five basketball records, all in the rebounding department, including single-season average of 20.1 per game, average career 16.4, single game 38, single season 543 rebounds and career 1,675 boards. His career-best single-game performance of 51 points came versus Ohio University during the season of 1956-57. He was named an All-American that season.

Hamilton is the only two-sport athlete to play in the NCAA Basketball Championships, a Major League Baseball World Series and a National Basketball Championship series. He is famous among Major League Baseball aficionado for his pitch called the “folly-floater.”

After his professional career, Hamilton returned to his alma mater to coach Morehead’s baseball team. He coached the Eagles for 10 seasons leading them to a 230-173 record. He guided the Eagles to four divisional championships, one regular season title and two trips to the NCAA tournament.  He is Morehead’s all-time winningest coach with 305 victories.

In 1988, Hamilton was named the Athletic Director of Morehead State and served as MSU’s athletic director until his death in 1997.  Before his untimely death, he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame.

Pirate Basketball Turns 100 Years Old, Events Begin Tuesday

100YearsBBall300tagCharlestown High School is celebrating their 100th Anniversary of the boys’ basketball program during the current 2016-17 season.

In celebration of that milestone, the Charlestown High School Athletic Department will have a series of events to honor the Pirates basketball past, which began during the initial boys’ basketball season of 1916-17.  The series of events will recognize those who have contributed during the last 100 years to the hoops program.  All events are scheduled at home games during the boys’ regular basketball season.

The first 100th Anniversary events will be held during the Girls and Boys Varsity double-header with New Washington on Tuesday, November 22nd, in the CHS Sports Arena.  Charlestown Boys and Girls Basketball 1,000 point career scorers will be honored between the games at approximately 7:15 pm.  Charlestown High School Pirates’ esteemed coaches, Billy L. Abel and John E. Wood, will also be recognized and honored at halftime of the Boys game Tuesday evening as part of the 100th Anniversary celebration.

CoachAbelCoach Billy L. Abel, 95, from Franklin, Indiana; the esteemed mentor will be recognized as the Charlestown Pirates oldest living coach.  He served as coach during the 1952 and 1953 basketball campaigns, which he tutored among other talented players, the legendary Pirate, Steve Hamilton, who went onto greatness in the professional world of sports.

Coach Abel, a graduate of Vincennes High School and Franklin College, was an outstanding player for the 1939 Alices, who won the Vincennes Sectional and Regional and advanced to the Evansville Semi-State, losing to Evansville Bosse in the championship game.

Abel was part of the physical training program in the Air Corps during World War II, where he played basketball with the professionally well-known Kelly Field Flyers. He made his first public high school coaching appearance at Pekin. From 1949 to 1951, he was assistant basketball coach to Paoli Ramblers esteemed mentor D. E. Chambers before coming to Charlestown.

While at Charlestown, Coach Abel had an overall winning record of 30-13 and was the Pirates 14th varsity boys’ basketball coach. His talented 1952 Pirates won the annual Clark County Invitational Tournament, one of the premier tourneys in the region at the time. It was the eighth time the Pirates had won the coveted tournament in its history.

After leaving Charlestown, Coach Abel held several key administrative posts at different Indiana high schools in his professional career. Among them were Attica, Bedford, Ben Davis and Plainfield.

After receiving his doctorate in education at Indiana University, he joined the IU faculty, where he taught teachers aspiring to become principals and superintendents at the graduate level for 22 years before retirement.

CoachWoodCoach John E. Wood, 85, will be recognized as Charlestown’s winningest varsity boys’ basketball coach.  Coach Wood, a graduate of Indiana University, was a star player for Coach Gerl Fur’s Morristown High School Yellow Jackets and received a college basketball scholarship to play for the distinguished Indiana University Coach Branch McCracken.

Coach Wood began his high school coaching debut at Charlestown. He served two different stints, 1956-to-1961 and 1975-to-1977 and compiled an extraordinary 139-63 record with the Pirates.

Wood’s 1957 and 1959 Pirates won the Jeffersonville Holiday Invitational Tournament, which had the Big-Four basketball teams in the region that included Jeffersonville, Silver Creek and Providence.

Coach Wood’s 1975 and 1976 Pirates won back-to-back Madison Sectionals, the first coach to achieve that record at Charlestown.

The 1976 Pirates went 20-5, 5-3 Mid-Southern Conference and captured the annual Silver Creek Holiday tourney that season, the fourth for the basketball program. The ’76 Pirates reached another milestone as a team. They became only the second team in its celebrated hoops history to break into the twenty-win column.

In his three Mid-Southern Conference seasons, Wood’s teams went 15-10. He has won five IHSAA basketball sectional crowns; two of the five were at Charlestown.

In Coach Wood’s high school coaching career of 496 games, he amassed 283 wins and was shy 17 victories of reaching his goal of 300 before his retirement from the coaching ranks.

The series of celebrated events are an open invitation to all former players, coaches, cheerleaders to join current players, coaches, cheerleaders in celebrating the Pirates 100th Anniversary of Hoops.

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Big Blue Madness is November 10th

The Charlestown High School Boys Basketball Program will be having its annual Big Blue Madness Night on Thursday, November 10th, beginning at 6:00 pm in the CHS Sports Arena.  The Charlestown middle school teams will kick off the night scrimmaging before the the high school teams show their stuff.  Admission to Big Blue Madness is a donation of Gatorade, to be used for the Pirate players this season.

CHS to Honor Girls & Boys Basketball 1K Scorers

Tuesday November 22nd Charlestown High School would like to recognize members of its 1,000 point club.  Currently we have 9 girls players and 7 boys players that have scored 1,000 points during their High School career.

Players and Families should arrive at the game at approximately 6:30.  These players will be recognized between the girls and boys game vs. New Washington, Tuesday, November 22nd.

1,000 POINT CLUB MEMBERS contact Charlestown High School Athletic Director Chad Gilbert ( for more details.

LADY PIRATE 1000 POINT CLUB MEMBERS:  Abby Conklin, 1990-1993, 2,616; Kaitlynn Henning, 2012-2015, 1,528; Kristin Mattox, 1989-1992, 1,414; Kelly Adams, 1987-1990, 1,284; Kristen Hall, 1995-1998, 1,186; LaTonya Lloyd, 2005-2007, 1,176; Kaelin Hall, 1997-2000, 1,129; Amanda Miller, 2007-2010, 1,055; & Justice Burdin, 2012-2015, 1,025

PIRATE 1000 POINT CLUB MEMBERS:  Jerry Johnson, 1974-1977, 1,497; Michael Frazier, 1997-2000, 1,458; Chad Gilbert, 1987-1990, 1,392; Mike Bottorff, 1969-1972, 1,322; Mark Christman, 1984-1987, 1,135; Alex Hall, 2002-2005, 1,133; & Wally Napier, 1981-1984, 1,064.

Pirate Basketball Conditioning Opportunities Announced

Pirate Basketball will conduct conditioning sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm beginning Tuesday, August 30th.  These conditioning sessions are for high school males interested in playing boys basketball during the upcoming season and who are not participating in a fall sport.  For more information about Pirate Basketball, go to www.PiratePride.BLUE/BoysBasketball or contact Head Coach Jason Connell at

Pirate Knoebel Accepts Bridges All-Star Invite

IMG_7082Charlestown Pirate Basketball Senior Jordan Knoebel has received and accepted an invitation to help the Battle of the Bridges Indiana All Star team, under Head Coach Keith Phillips, repeat last year’s victory over the Kentucky All Stars on Saturday, August 6th.  The 19th Annual BATTLE OF THE BRIDGES All-Star Classic Game, is held in conjunction with the Battle of the Bridges Tournament, which showcases All Star Boys and Girls Teams, 3rd to 12th Grade, from Kentucky and Indiana.  The Battle of the Bridges tournament will feature over 400 boy and girl basketball standouts; and will be the place to be for local basketball interests.  The Battle of the Bridges weekend of events will be held at the Mid-America Sports Center in Louisville; complete event information is available at under the Battle of the Bridges heading.

Knoebel, a 5’11” incoming Pirate Senior, who averaged over eight points per game last season for Charlestown, scoring over 200 points while shooting 43% from the field; is also a team offensive and defensive specialist, racking up 61 assists and 45 steals for the Pirates.  For more information about Jordan’s high school Pirate Stats and Pirate Basketball, go to www.PiratePride.BLUE/BoysBasketball and click on the Team Stats link.

“Jordan is well deserving of this honor.  He has put in the time and effort.  This summer he played outstanding and we are looking forward to this year”, commented Pirate Head Coach Jason Connell.

Knoebel will join several Charlestown Pirates during the Battle of the Bridges event, including current Lady Pirate Basketball Head Coach Michael Prichard and former Lady Pirate Head Coach Tony Hall just to name two.

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