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Cochran Signs to Play Basketball with Lyon College

Front Row (L to R) Candice Matthews (mother), Skylar Cochran, Scott Matthews (stepfather and Charlestown High School girls’ basketball coach) Back Row (L to R) Lexi Finchum (sister), and David Abbott (Charlestown High School Assistant Athletic Director)

Recently, Charlestown senior Skylar Cochran was joined by family, teammates and coaches to sign her letter of intent to attend school and participate in basketball at Lyon college in the winter.

Located in Batesville, Arkansas, Lyon College is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college located in the foothills of the scenic Ozarks. Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest colleges in Arkansas. Valued for its small class size, strong student-faculty interactions, and collegial atmosphere, Lyon has forged a singular identity by combining a deep commitment to outstanding liberal arts with a rich community setting. Undergraduates at Lyon can pursue degrees in 15 disciplines as well as pre-professional programs leading to careers in education, law, medicine, physical therapy, and more. Additional programs include the APPLE Project Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science programs for high school students.

Lyon College competes in the American Midwest conference (NAIA Division 1) and is home to many varsity sports including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s Lacrosse, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Wrestling, as well as Co-Ed sports archery, cheerleading, competitive dance, eSports, and Shooting Sports.

Cochran, who has received numerous athletic endeavors in cross country, basketball, and tennis over her career at Charlestown will major in forensic psychology. When asked about her choice to play at Lyon College with the Scots, Cochran said, “I chose Lyon College because the academics and environment are excellent. After arriving on campus it felt like home. I could tell they strive on building relationships with their students and athletes. I’m grateful for the opportunity to play basketball for a top ranked program. Coach Stewart-Lange and coach Church have been very supportive and helpful in the recruiting process. I can’t wait to become a Scot.”

Charlestown basketball coach (and Cochran’s stepfather) shared the following sentiments on Cochran: “Skylar has dedicated a lot to the sports she has participated in and we are appreciative of her efforts for the past four years.  We will miss her here as a Pirate, but wish her the best in this next chapter of her athletic and academic endeavors.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Skylar and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a Lyon College Scot.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Clayton Rothbauer

Basketball Holiday Tourney and Wrestling Schedule Changes/Updates

SCHEDULE AND EVENT UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK:
Lots of information here, folks so if you plan on attending girls basketball, wrestling, or boys basketball please read below!
⛹️‍♀️ See Revised GIRLS BASKETBALL Tournament at Scottsburg below:
All will be played at Meyer Gym on 12/29. Here are the matchups and times:
10 am CHARLESTOWN v. Jennings County
Noon Scottsburg v. Greenwood Christian
2 pm Jennings County v. Lawrenceburg
4 pm Greenwood Christian v. East Central
6 pm Lawrenceburg v. CHARLESTOWN
8 pm Scottsburg v. East Central
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🤼 WRESTLING will be at Madison 12/29 and 12/30. Some wrestlers will be attending the Southridge match on 12/30. Cub Classic start time is 9:00 am.
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⛹️BOYS BASKETBALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
December 29, 2020
Game #1: Silver Creek vs Providence @ 6 PM
Game #2: Clarksville vs Charlestown @ 8 PM
** First team listed will be visitors wearing Dark uniforms**
December 30, 2020
Consolation Game @ 6 PM
Championship Game @ 8 PM
Masks are required for entry and during the game.
We ask that all spectators practice social distancing and spread out.
We will only have one side of the bottom bleachers open.
Each Team will be given 3 comp tickets.
Tickets are $6
No Hospitality Room
No net cutting/celebrations. Teams should return to the locker room immediately following the game. Teams will not be allowed to stay and watch the second game.
8 cheerleaders allowed per school
All tourney team will be announced immediately following championship game.
All games will be streamed through the NFHS Network
600 tickets to each game will be offered on GoFan (Links below)
Gym will be cleared between games.
Teams may not warm up until the gym is cleared.
Queen candidates (Kaylee Zimmerman for CHS) will be announced and crowned at the halftime of the championship game.
GoFan Ticket Links
12/29
Game #1 6:00 PM Silver Creek vs Providence https://gofan.co/app/events/123362
Game #2 8:00 PM Clarksville vs CHARLESTOWN https://gofan.co/app/events/123385
12/30
Consolation Game 6:00 PM https://gofan.co/app/events/123363
Championship Game 8:00 PM https://gofan.co/app/events/123386

Winter Sport Schedule Revisions Announced

The following winter sport schedule revisions have been announced by the CHS Athletic Department:

12/1  Girls Basketball will travel to New Washington JV tips 6:00pm

12/3  Boys Frosh Basketball game at Clarksville has been cancelled.

12/5  (Saturday) Boys Basketball Body Armor Showcase has been cancelled.

12/5 additionally we have added Wrestling on Saturday at CHS with first match getting under way at approx. 10:30…Gates open at 10.

Attendance is limited to household members only.

All other events are on as scheduled as of now.

Pirates Crowe and Wigginton Named School Winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship

Congratulations to Lanae’ Crowe and Eric Wigginton for being named Charlestown High School’s female and male (respectively) Heisman High School Scholarship winners.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed male and female high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

Crowe is a member of the Lady Pirate volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field teams; Wigginton is a member of the Pirate tennis and baseball teams and is a girls’ basketball manager.  Both have advanced to the state round where those winners will be announced tomorrow.

https://heismanscholarship.com/

Student Council & WPMQ Release Homecoming Information for the Weekend

 

The Charlestown High School student council will sponsor this weekend’s basketball homecoming ceremonies in the Charlestown Sports Arena. The king’s ceremony will be held Friday, January 17th between the junior varsity and varsity girls’ basketball contests against Providence. The queen’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 18th between the junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball contests against Borden. JV tip-off is 6:00 both nights. 

Student council would like to congratulate all members of the court for being elected by peers and for maintaining GPA eligibility requirements and to wish good luck to all of the king and queen candidates.  The 2020 basketball homecoming court is as follows:

9th Grade—Abigail Salkeld & Luke Bach

10th Grade—Sunni Burke, Savannah Gaither, Chase Benner, & Brandon Broady

11th Grade—Kaelyn Halter, Hannah Pierson, Kaylee Zimmerman, Kyle Craig, Ashton Davis, & Clayton Rothbauer

12th Grade—Kylee Carl, Baylee Popp, Ashleigh Smith, Hailey Stricker, Karston Watson, Richard Coyle, Elyjah Joseph, Braiden Murphy, Blake Thompson, & Chase Wray

 

The CHS class of 2021 and Cheerleaders will be hosting a homecoming dance on right after the boys’ basketball game on Saturday, the 18th until 11:30PM.  Tickets are $10 or $5 with a homecoming basketball game ticket. All non-CHS guests pay $10 for tickets and MUST show their high school ID. This is a semi-formal dance.  Attendees are asked to dress as if they are attending a nice wedding. Ladies should have dresses/pantsuits. Boys should wear dress pants with a dress shirt, polo shirt, or sweater.  Sleeveless, strapless, halter, spaghetti straps, and one-shoulder styles ARE allowed. Hats are not allowed. Outfits should come to no more than 2” above the knee. There should be no holes, or gaps, in the midriff area.

In looking ahead at the basketball contests, WPMQ’s Chase Benner and Michael Casey have provided the following mid-season girls’ basketball report: After a rough 0-3 start to the season, the Lady Pirate basketball team has bounced back to a record of 9-8 with only five games remaining on the schedule. The Lady Pirates really turned their season around with the help of three critical seniors–Jackie Biscardi, Peyton Crace, and Karston Watson–who all help to jumpstart the pirate offense. Along with those three key seniors, the Lady Pirates get plenty of help from junior Skylar Cochran,and sophomore Demaria King at the center. Freshman Laney Hawkins has also added big minutes to the rotation since the PCL injury of senior Karston Watson. To round out the rotation, juniors Heidi Chester and Lanae Crowe, and senior Andrea McCoy come off the bench to add defense, rebounding, and occasional scoring.     

After Tuesday night’s overtime loss to the 2A Top 20 Eastern Musketeers, the Lady Pirates fell to just above .500. The Lady Pirates’ most impressive wins include victories over Southwestern and Switzerland County. Several of their losses have been very close games, including a 1 point loss to 11-5 North Harrison and another close loss by 2 points to 10-6 Scottsburg. The Lady Pirates are coming down to the final stretch of their season, with just five games remaining until sectionals. The Lady Pirates have several teams to look forward to while closing their season. Their final stretch of season consists of Providence, New Albany, Salem, Christian Academy, and Clarksville. The Lady Pirates look to stop their three game losing streak against Providence at home on Friday. 

WPMQ’s Drew Fifer, Matthew McCoy, and Blake Thompson have provided a boys’ season recap.  The Pirate basketball team has had a slow start at 1-10, facing some tough opponents. They last played Madison last Saturday and lost 94-69, but providing their biggest offensive night of the season. Kyle Craig  is leading the team in scoring with 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Newcoming Ty Crace is averaging 12 points per game, but has only played four games for the Pirates. Guards Ashton Davis and Clayton Rothbauer manage the perimeter, while Austin Phillips, Devron West, and Caleb Brown work inside for the Pirates. Junior Matthew Henning has been a spark for the Pirates the past few games. The Pirates will face a 3-8 Borden team and will hope to capture another victory. The Pirates and Braves have yet to both face a common opponent this season, so it’s difficult to predict what this matchup will bring other than knowing that both teams are in the hunt for wins. Coach Smith looks for his team to bring some passion and fire into this homecoming game.   

Article provided by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff.

Samantha Matthews Ends Career 3rd on All-Time Scoring List for Lady Pirates

Charlestown High School’s Samantha Matthews ended a fantastic career last Tuesday evening when the Lady Pirates fell in a hard fought battle to Brownstown Central in their first game of the IHSAA girls’ basketball sectional. Samantha scored twenty points in the game to give her a grand total of 1,417 points from 2015-2019, placing her 3rd on the Lady Pirates all time scoring list behind Abby Conklin with 2,616 (1993) and Kaitlynn Henning with 1,528 (2015).

Samantha is the daughter of Charlestown head coach Scott Matthews (New Washington ’89) and Paige Barrett, the granddaughter of Jim Matthews (long time New Washington coach), and the great granddaughter of Emmett Lowery (Arsenal Tech–1929 Gimbel Medal Award/Purdue University).

Best wishes to Samantha as she continues her education and basketball career next year at the University of Tampa.

Article contributed by WPMQ staff; photo by Melissa Stewart.

Samantha Matthews Named McDonald’s All American Nominee

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!

–Article contributed by WPMQ Staff.

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