“Win the Game Ball” at Home Football Games

backyardStaycationsMEDThe Lady Pirate Volleyball parents will be selling raffle chances to win the official game ball of each of the 2014 Pirate Football home games this season, including Saturday’s Charlestown game versus Brownstown in Lucas Oil Stadium.  Watch for Lady Pirate Volleyball parents walking the stands and setup at a marked table selling raffle tickets, $1 each or six tickets for $5; and buy your chances at winning a 2014 Pirate Football Game Ball.  Raffle tickets will be sold until mid-fourth quarter before the drawing of the lucky winner is completed and announced.  The game ball will be presented after the game is complete.  The “Win the Game Ball” contest is sponsored by Backyard Staycations of Sellersburg and Floyd Knobs, Indiana.  Check out Backyard Staycations for all your swimming pool, spa, garden furniture, and backyard recreational products.  For more information about Backyard Staycations, visit them on-line at www.backyardstaycations.com.

Lady Pirates Tangle with Henryville

Charlestown at Henryville:  JV lost 5-25, 6-25 / Varsity lost 13-25, 15-25, 4-25

Coach Nuxoll:  Henryville has a solid volleyball program. They have two strong left side hitters and a left handed middle hitter that gave us trouble. We have a small line up and Henryville’s outside hitter took advantage of that. They hit over our block in the beginning of the match and after switching our line-up with taller players we weren’t closing the blocks and our defense had to cover too much area. Emalee Craven led the team with four kills and three aces. Shelby Goedeker contributed 6 digs. We have another tough match at home tomorrow when we play Madison.

We did not put a lot of points on the board tonight during out JV match. I have asked a lot of these girls to play JV and play several minutes at the Varsity level. This is our third match in a row this week, and the girls understandably looked a little tired. Our passing was actually better tonight, but we could not put a ball away and we had trouble getting to some balls on defense. I know these girls will bounce back with a little rest.

“BELIEVE IN BLUE” T-Shirt Pickup Info Announced

Members of Pirate Nation who ordered “Believe In Blue” T-Shirts from the CHS Cheer program, can pick up their shirt orders at Tumble Town (the former Civic Center) on Thursday  August 28th from 5:00 to 7:30 pm or Friday August 29th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.  Questions regarding the “Believe In Blue” T-Shirts should be directed to Callita Gullion at cgullion@gcs.k12.in.us.

Two Charlestown XC Teams Medal at Hokum Karem

On another hot and very humid evening, the Charlestown Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country teams traveled to Sellersburg for the Darryl Kingery Hokum Karem meet.  In the team format ( 2 runners are a team ), the Charlestown team of Whitney Andrews/ Katie Rhodes placed 6th overall and Alysha Flaget/Gabrielle Gagnon placed 10th to earn medals!  On the boys side it was Seth Parker/Skyler Elmore placing 22nd to earn a medal! ( top 25 earn medals ).  One spot out of medal contention was Molly Sumner/Erin Kimbrell in 26th. The Hokum Karem format is a relay where each runner runs a mile, then tags their partner who runs a mile.  Each runner does this 3 times for a total of 6 miles per team.  “I also want to say that I am proud of Bree Ward/Isabella Golja and Matt Fellows/Darian Zeice.  Everyone gave it there best tonight in some very tough conditions!” commented Coach Jerry Doyle.

Corydon Squeezes Past Pirate Soccer

Varsity: Charlestown 1 (Josh Wray Goal); Corydon Central 2: (Drew Uesseler Goal, Charlestown Own Goal)

The Charlestown Pirates opened conference play at home against Corydon Central. The visiting Panthers were dominated from the outset with the Pirates easily controlling the length of the game and putting shot after shot on goal. However, Senior holding midfielder Josh Wray was the only Pirate who was able to find the goal with just over 30 minutes remaining in the first half. The Charlestown team looked like much the better team, the Panthers were not able to mount a serious attack throughout the entire first half of the game, a desperation crack at the ball from 45 yards out from goal deflected up into the air off of the Charlestown defenders foot and managed to sail all the way back to the Charlestown net where it caught the home team keeper off of his line and unable to recover enough to get little more than a weak punch on the ball that only managed to direct the ball into the top of his own net to level the score 1-1 at half time. The Charlestown domination continued into the second half with shot after shot on goal finding no purchase, and just like the first half, very little in terms of an attack from the visiting Panthers until freshman Drew Uesseler placed the ball past the Charlestown keeper off a set piece to take the lead. Unfortunately the Pirates were unlucky to drop this important conference game and are now left hoping that someone else will beat the Panthers later on in the season and they can stay in the title race.

JV: Charlestown 1 (Demetrio Ortuno); Corydon Central 0

After a 30 minute rain delay that began immediately after the finish to the Varsity contest, the JV squads took the field for 35 minutes of action. Freshman Strike duo Anthony Carey and Jeremiah Paiz were connecting well with fellow freshman center midfielder Demetrio Ortuno and sophomore right wing CJ Ponder. But it was ultimately Ortuno who took control of the ball 20 yards from goal and dribble penetrated through multiple Panther defenders and slotted home his solo goal. This is the first goal of the season for Ortuno and it marks a long awaited return to form for the freshman who has been watched for several seasons coming up through the middle school ranks.

The Charlestown Pirates (2-1) will play next against Southern High School in Louisville, KY on Thursday August 28th before returning home on Tuesday after the long weekend against the Madison Cubs in another Varsity/JV double header.

Lady Pirate Volleyball Falls to Mustangs

CHS JV lost 18-25, 23-25; CHS Varsity lost 7-25, 26-28, 17-25

The Lady Pirate Volleyball Varsity started out lethargic in the first set, making some errors and couldn’t get together.  Line-up adjustments were made in the second set and the second group played with a lot of enthusiasm and heart.  Charlestown passed better in the second game and that allowed to run an offense; however despite lots of effort, the Lady Pirates lost a close battle 26-28.  The third match Charlestown just ran out of gas losing 17-25; as many of the girls in that second and third match, also played in the Junior Varsity match.  “I was encouraged about our play tonight.  Keeley Couch showed good leadership, and she and Maddie Nuxoll did a nice job of running the offense”, commented Coach Nuxoll.  Emalee Craven contributed 15 kills tonight for a solid performance on the front row.  “That is the most kills from a single player since I started at Charlestown last year”, continued Nuxoll.  “We were able to get her more sets tonight because our passing was better.  Shelby Goedeker, Emalee Craven and Chrissa Ledbetter led our passing efforts.  Sidney Goedeker, Hannah Vincent, Bri Harvey and Morgan Eldridge also made good contributions tonight.  I hope we can carry these improvements into our match against Henryville tomorrow.”

“Overall we played better tonight in both the JV and Varsity matches.  The JV started out slow, but started to gain momentum at the end of the set.  They carried that momentum over into the second set and lost a nail-biter 26-28. We just had small break downs in passing and serving which is improved from yesterday’s match.  I thought overall the play was more consistent. I was also proud of our bench tonight. Some players didn’t get in the match, but showed great team spirit” concluded Coach Nuxoll.

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