Recently, Charlestown senior softball player Skylar Roark gathered with family, friends, Lady Pirate teammates and Team Kentucky teammates to sign her national letter of intent to play softball at Shelton State Community College during the 2020-21 season.
Shelton State Community College is a two-year community college located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is one of the largest two-year colleges in the state. Approximately 7,000 students are enrolled in some form of coursework, including around 3,000 full-time students.
Shelton State is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference (ACCC) and competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) at the Division I level. They offer varsity teams in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball and fast-pitch softball. The Shelton State Community College Athletics Department has spent the past decade establishing a winning tradition and bringing home championship trophies. Since 2000, their teams have won 24 NJCAA Region XXII Division I titles in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball, eleven National Championships in competitive cheerleading, and five recognitions as an Academic Team of the Year for softball. The Buccaneers take pride in their victories on the playing fields and courts while continuing to strive for success in the classroom and to provide a positive image in our community.
When asked about her opportunity to play at the next level with the Buccaneers, Skylar said, “Finding that perfect college is a very hard process because there are so many schools that have interest in you, but none of them stand out to you. What led me to choose Shelton State was when I stepped on campus and it was different than anywhere else I had been. Shelton has so many amazing opportunities for me to really succeed with academics and athletics. I knew that Shelton was home.”
The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Skylar and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a Shelton State Buccaneer.
Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.
Your Charlestown Lady Pirates have a busy night tonight (Tuesday, May 23rd) as seven Lady Pirate Track & Field members will travel to Bloomington North High School for the 6:00 pm Regional meet. Charlestown Girls Track Regional qualifiers competing tonight in Bloomington are Jenna Daniel, in the Shot put event; DeAsia King, in the Discus event; Tayte Motsinger, in the 100 meter hurdles event; Ashley Wright, in the 400 meter Dash event; and the Charlestown 4×100 relay team of Ilayah Keltner, Jenna Daniel, Mackenzie Byrnes, and Carley Conway. The Bloomington North Regional meet is fed by qualifiers from the following Sectionals: Bloomington North, Jeffersonville, Seymour, and Terre Haute North. Good luck Lady Pirates, congratulations on your Regional honor, time to bring home some State bids!
Additionally tonight, the Lady Pirate Softball team (7-12 & 5-4 MSC) will begin Class 3A Sectional play tonight, at approximately 7:30 pm, when the match up with Corydon Central. This year’s Class 3A Sectional #30 is being hosted by Scottsburg High School, and is taking place just off Indiana 56, behind Meyer Gym via Jim Barley Way, just east of downtown. The Lady Pirates narrowly defeated Corydon during their regular season match-up; best of luck Charlestown in defeating Corydon tonight and advancing to Wednesday’s Sectional Semi-Final.
The softball game between Charlestown and Eastern Pekin, and the baseball game between Charlestown and Brownstown Central has been cancelled due to field conditions. Softball will make their game up between Eastern Pekin during the West Washington Invitational on Saturday, May 20th. The Charlestown vs. Brownstown Central baseball game will be made up on Thursday, May 18th at 5:30pm.
Please be advised that the softball game at home against West Washington and the Track & Field invitational at North Harrison are both CANCELLED for tonight due to the threat of severe weather.
Softball will travel to West Washington on Saturday, May 20th to play in their invitational. More information TBA.
Recently Charlestown Lady Pirate Softball Senior Mackenzie Smith gathered with family, friends and coaches to sign a letter of intent to play softball and attend Hanover College next school year. During the past two seasons, Mackenzie has maintained a .505 batting average, logged 55 hits, 16 RBI’s and 47 runs for Charlestown Lady Pirate Softball. Seated in the photo with Mackenzie are Assistant Coach Jeff Webster, her parents Lady Pirate Head Coach John Smith and Marci Smith, and Charlestown HS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert. Mackenzie was also joined by three of her travel play coaches, standing from left to right Paige Dickey (holding Emery Lieberman), Dennie Jenkins, and Chelsea Jordan. Mackenzie plans to major in accounting at Hanover and was attracted to the college because of its location, being close to home and its size. When asked for advice for others wanting to play sports in college, Mackenzie commented the “putting in the work goes a long way and having confidence along the way, and not letting adversity get in the way. Congratulations to Mackenzie Smith and best of luck at Softball at the next level.
The Charlestown Lady Pirates traveled to Scottsburg (2-6) Thursday evening for an important MSC matchup with the Warriorettes. Hot pitching by Kendall Cline and hot hitting by half the team allowed the Lady Pirates to dominate host Scottsburg to a 11-2 final. Charlestown scored their 11 runs off 14 hits, committing only two errors; including jumping out to a 7 run lead after three innings. Charlestown improved their record to 3-3 and 1-1 MSC play; as Cline got the win from the circle, pitching seven complete innings, striking out ten, walking one and allowing one earned run. Lady Pirate Lexi Eblen led Charlestown offensively, going 3-4 from the plate, including two RBIs. Charlestown’s Shirlee Hayes finished 2-4 from the plate, including a double, three RBIs and three runs. Taylor Glover added another RBI for Charlestown while finishing 2-3 from the plate. Charlestown returns to action Monday at New Albany.
Due to the rain yesterday and cold temperatures, all Pirate & Lady Pirate events have been cancelled for this evening. This includes JV Baseball at Lanesville, Softball at Corydon, Track & Field at Salem and Girls Tennis at North Harrison. The Charlestown High School Athletic Department has announced the following makeup dates for the postponed events:
Lady Pirate Softball at Corydon Central will now be played on Tuesday, April 18th starting at 5:00pm.
Lady Pirate Tennis at North Harrison will now be played on Friday, April 21st starting at 4:30pm.
Makeup dates for all other cancelled events have not been determined as of now.