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Pirate Cross Country Standout Alexis Gurr Signs to Run at Hanover College

In front of family, friends, and coaches on Thursday evening, Alexis Gurr signed her national letter of intent to continue her cross country endeavors at Hanover College next year.

Nestled in 650 acres of a wooded campus and located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River, Hanover College is a private, liberal arts institution where brains and beauty truly intersect. Their rigorous interdisciplinary academic program with 33 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond.

The Hanover College athletic department sponsors 20 (10 men / 10 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division III level. Known as the Panthers, Hanover College is a member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, a conference comprised of institutions in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.

When asked about her future with the Hanover College Panthers, Alexis had this to say: “Hanover is a dream come true and to have the opportunity to continue my passion for running only makes it better.”

Cross Country coach Jerry Doyle said, “I’m proud of Alexi for pursuing her dream of running in college!  I’ve enjoyed having the privilege of coaching her for four years, and I know that she will be successful at the next level. I see her desire to improve, and I know with hard work, she will attain her goals.”

The Charlestown Athletic Department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network wish to congratulate Alexis and wish her a healthy and prosperous future!

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Pirate Baseball’s Brady Latham signs to play at Kentucky Wesleyan University

On Thursday evening, Brady Latham gathered with coaches, family, friends, and teammates to sign his national letter of intent to play baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan College during the 2019-20 season.

Kentucky Wesleyan College is located in Owensboro, Kentucky just 40 minutes east of Evansville, Indiana, 2 hours west of Louisville, Kentucky. KWC offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional curriculums.

The Kentucky Wesleyan College athletic department sponsors 21 (11 men / 10 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division II level. Known as the Panthers, Kentucky Wesleyan is a founding member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC), a conference comprised of institutions in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and West Virginia. NCAA Division II operates on a partial-scholarship model, and athletic scholarships are awarded at Kentucky Wesleyan at the discretion of each head coach.

When asked about his opportunity to play at the next level with the Panthers, Brady said, “Being able to sign with Kentucky Wesleyan is a blessing. I’ve worked so hard to be where I am and for this opportunity to be presented to be is a dream come true. I’ve been through a lot in my athletic career and I couldn’t be any more thankful and appreciative for the support system that I have behind me especially with my parents. As soon as I went on my visit and met with Coach Lillpop, I fell in love with the school and the program.  I couldn’t be any happier where I am at this point in my life and I am very excited for the future to come. I am forever grateful to have all the people in my life that I do. So thank you all!”

Charlestown Pirate coach Ricky Romans said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Brady for the hard work the he has put in during his time with us. He has earned this opportunity and there is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed at Kentucky Wesleyan.  I look forward to watching him improve this year and contribute at the next level.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Brady and wish him a healthy and prosperous future as a Kentucky Wesleyan College Panther.

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

 

Pirate Wrestling Advances 9 to Regional

The Charlestown Pirates wrestled at the Jeffersonville Sectional this past weekend. Twelve wrestlers participated, eleven made the podium, and nine qualified for the regional next Saturday, also to be held at Jeffersonville. Complete results are as follows:

106: Micah Keltner (5th)

**113: Austin Cooper (2nd)

**120: Colin Knox (2nd)

**126: Jakob Lewellen (4th)

132: Jesse Wheeler (DNP)

**138: Ben Phillips (3rd)

145: Mark Sherrill (5th)

**152: Peyton Hamm (3rd)

**170: Deke Brown (4th)

**180: Manuel Ordorica (3rd)

**220:Lucas Gagnon(4th)

**285: Sean Baker (Champion)

**denotes a regional qualifier

Charlestown finished 4th as a team behind Eastern, Tell City and Jeffersonville. Good work guys! Pirate Strong! 💪🏼

Article contributed by WPMQ staff. Photos contributed by the wrestling program.

Pirate Wrestlers Claim 6 MSC Weight Class Championships, 2nd Place Overall

The Pirate wrestling team took runners up at last week’s Mid Southern Conference championships at Eastern High School. The Pirates won in six weight classes, placed second in two, and 4th in two out of a total 14 weight classes, 6 total schools. Freshman Ben Phillips; Sophomores Deke Brown, Colin Knox, and Manuel Ordorica; and Seniors Sean Baker and Peyton Hamm all won conference, while Freshman Jakob Lewellen; Sophomore Lucas Gagnon; and Seniors Austin Cooper and Mark Sherrill all placed as runners up; and Freshmen Carlos Lozano and Jesse Wheeler placed 4th for the Pirates. Team results are as seen below:

Special thanks to Dennis Gagnon for the photo submissions:

Article submission by WPMQ staff.

 

 

Samantha Matthews Signs to Play at the University of Tampa

Recently Senior Lady Pirate Basketball player Samantha Matthews gathered with family and school officials to sign a letter of intent to attend and play women’s basketball at the University of Tampa.

Samantha stated that the day was a day she dreamed about since she was a child. She feels like Tampa is the best fit for her because on her visit, it felt like a place she could call “home.” She added that it was a strong school academically and feels she will fit in with the coaches.

During Samantha’s signing, shown seated at center, she was joined by her parents Paige Barrett and Scott Matthews (Lady Pirate Head Coach), seated on either side.  Samantha was also joined by her stepmother Candace Matthews (seated far right front row), her stepfather Jeff Barrett (seated far left front row).  Shown left to right standing and supporting Samantha are Lady Pirates Assistant Coach Jason Hawkins, sister Sloane Barrett, CHS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert, stepsisters Skylar Cochran and Alexis Finchum, and Cross Country Coach Jerry Doyle.  Congratulations to Samantha on her decision to play college basketball at the University of Tampa and best wishes for a successful education and career.

WPMQ Sports Broadcasting Releases Second “Talk the Plank”

WPMQ’s Sports Broadcasting class recently produced its second episode of “Talk the Plank” a sports recap of recent events.  To find out what’s been happening in winter sports–boys and girls basketball, swimming, and wrestling–so far this season, watch their video below!  Then, be sure to follow them on Twitter @WPMQ993 or subscribe to their YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/WPMQCharlestown .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt_w8DjMIsY

Lady Pirates Drop Heartbreaker at North Harrison 52-50; Matthews Joins 1,000 Point Club

The Lady Pirates entered the basketball game Saturday night with more on their minds than just a Mid-Southern Conference match-up. Having learned just the night before that a former assistant coach had suddenly and unexpectedly passed, the team was on a mission to honor Coach Chad Crace in their efforts on the floor that night.  Adonned in matching headbands with “Crace” across them, the girls took the floor and set out to execute their game plan, which for the most part, worked all night.

It was a back and forth contest, which saw Samantha Matthews score her 1,000th point as a Lady Pirate. After the first quarter, North Harrison led by 1, 7-8.  At the half, the game was tied 17-17.  To end the 3rd, the Lady Pirates were up 35-30.  But after the Lady Cats found a hot hand and their way through the lane in the 4th, they were able to edge out the Lady Pirates 52-50.

Samantha Matthews finished as the game’s leading scorer with 26, while North Harrison’s Miss Basketball prospect and close friend of Matthews, Lilly Hatton, finished with 22. For the Lady Pirates, Biscardi finished with 11, Watson with 8, and Crace with 5. It’s also worth noting the Lady Pirates hit 10 threes on the night.

The Lady Pirates are back in action Wednesday when they host Silver Creek.

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