Basketball Developmental League Deadline is Oct. 1st

Local youth interested in developing their basketball skills will now have a new opportunity.  The Charlestown Basketball Developmental League (CBDL) is now preparing for their first season.  “We wanted to bring something back in town to help develop the kids. It will be like a feeder system starting at a young age to bring along the kids year by year, fundamentally,” stated Kristin Cox, Director of Youth & Family Sports for the City of Charlestown and one of three league coordinators stated.

Another League Coordinator, Pirate varsity head coach Jason Connell is excited about the program.

“It’s about getting the town back to one goal, where we all have the same goal and all are on one page. Honestly, I just went for the State Championship, the goal of just one more game is still eating at me. Getting to the State Championship is a goal of mine,” Connell explained.

Connell and Lady Pirate varsity head coach Michael Prichard, the third League Coordinator, have been instrumental in helping to develop the CBDL.

“Me and Mike are on the same page.  We all need to be on the same page.  Just look at Brownstown, every program there, they are all on the same page. It’s a community thing,” Connell added.

The common purpose, common goal motto developed during a recent conversation about the league. The league officials want to develop each kid to the best of their ability and allow some of the community pride to develop through the league.

“It needs to happen. I t is very long overdue.  It’s kinda like what Jason said.  We want all the children to have that opportunity like other communities have without a drop off in certain grades. Every student needs to have that opportunity,” Prichard stated.

The idea for the program to be local will allow for the young athletes to showcase their talents for family and friends without having to drive out of the community.

The CBDL registration is due by October 1.  The 2014 basketball season will begin on October 27 with the first practice.  The league will be open to boys and girls ages 4 to 12 (the league will welcome participants outside of Charlestown). The season will end December 20.

The 4 and 5 year olds will participate in a Saturday camp for 45 minutes which will include instruction, station work, full court drills and fun games. The 6 to 12 year olds will practice one to two nights a week for one hour and have a game once a week on Saturdays. The game and practices will mostly be held at Charlestown High School in one of the premiere gymnasiums in the state. Some practices will be held at other schools in Charlestown.

The 4 and 5 year olds will participate in five Saturday sessions (November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29). Sessions may extend into December if poor weather conditions affect league dates. The 6 to 12 year olds will have five regular season games and a single elimination tournament (November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6).

The CBDL evaluations for all participants will be held on Thursday, October 2 at 6 p.m. at Charlestown High School.

The CBDL cost will be $25 per child for the 4-5 year old division. The 6-12 year old division will be $40 per child.  For sibling groups, subtract $5 for each child after the first full payment (ex. first child- $40, second child, $35, third child, $35, etc). The cost includes a t-shirt and basketball for each participant. Payment is due at registration by cash or check. Please make checks payable to City of Charlestown.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM.

The league is in good hands as the coordinators of the league, Cox, Connell and Prichard are excited to bring the league to the community.

Cox, the former Kristin Mattox, is a CHS alumnus and continued her basketball career playing for the University of Louisville Lady Cards. She was inducted into the U of L Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Connell is preparing for his first season as the head coach for the Pirates basketball program. He spent the last four seasons on the sideline of the Clarksville Generals leading them to two Holiday Tourney titles, two Mid Southern Conference titles, two Sectional titles and a Regional Championship. Connell is a graduate of Mitchell High School where he played basketball.

Prichard is entering his second year as head coach of the Lady Pirates basketball program. Last year he led Charlestown to a 15-8 record including a Holiday Tourney title and Sectional runner-up. He is an alumnus of Charlestown High and played college basketball at Ohio Valley University.

For more information about the Charlestown Basketball Developmental League, including coaches opportunities, please contact Kristin Cox at 812-256-3422, ext. 325 or email at .

Pirate Cross Country Run Well at Scottsburg

The Charlestown Cross Country teams traveled to and participated in the annual Scottsburg Invitational Tuesday evening.  The Lady Pirates finished third overall, led by Frosh Katie Rhodes’ 8th place run, with a personal best time of 21:53.  Whitney Andrews also ran well, finishing in 18th place.  The Lady Pirates finished behind Silver Creek and Salem, only 12 points out of second.  The Scottsburg Invitational was held at Hardy Lake in Scott County.  For more information about the Charlestown HS Cross Country teams, go to

Lady Pirate Soccer Falls to Corydon 6-0

Tuesday night the Lady Pirates played another tough game with Corydon.  Starting slow, the Lady Pirates eventually got going.  The defense made some mental errors early allowing Corydon to get an early lead.  By halftime the score was 6-0.  The second half saw a spark of life from the Lady Pirate offense and defense but they were not able to find the back of the net, but neither did Corydon.  Gabi Wixon and Sarah Rutkowski worked well with the through ball on one side, allowing four good shots while Tayte Motsinger did her job on the other side of the field, making crosses. “Eventually those through balls and crosses will generate goals. They didn’t tonight, but eventually they will, commented Coach Kimmell.”

Next game: Jeffersonville Thursday at 6.

Lady Pirates Headed in Right Direction versus Warriors

Volleyball:  Charlestown at Christian Academy

CHS JV lost 9-25, 6-25 / CHS Varsity lost 8-25, 8-25, 8-25

Coach Nuxoll:  Tonight we played a good CAI team.  Our inexperience at watching our hitters and blocking showed tonight.  We did not have an answer for #23 their outside hitter or for #11 their middle. Playing against a tough team like that can be frustrating, but I’m proud of how the players didn’t take out their frustrations on each other. Despite the loss, the players stuck together and that was a step in the right direction. Shelby Goedeker showed good leadership tonight and led the team in serve reception.

Our JV team played some really long rallies in the first match, but couldn’t come out on top. We struggled a little with our serving and just couldn’t gain momentum. In the second match we didn’t’ communicate as well as the first match. Again, the players stuck together and didn’t give up.

Dragons Slip Past Pirate Soccer, 2-1

Boys Soccer:  Silver Creek 2 – Charlestown 1

It was a close match throughout, as expected, but it was Silver Creek who found their way onto the scoreboard first off a penalty kick late in the first half from Junior Midfielder Jacob Atkins.  Silver Creek held the tenuous lead throughout a good portion of the second half as Charlestown struggled to get the ball in behind their staunch defense.  Finally it was a long through ball from Senior Attacking Midfielder Michael Navetta that assisted Junior Trent Wight for a sweet 1v1 against the Dragons keeper that allowed Wight to slot home the equalizer.  But the draw was not to be tonight, as the Charlestown goal tender was caught coming too far out off his line and watched helplessly as the ball bounced high up and over his head to Silver Creek Sophomore Merlin Palencia who drove home the game winner for the host Dragons.

Merica! is the Theme this Friday Night Pirate Nation

mericafansPirate Nation students (@CHSBoneYard on Twitter) have declared the theme for this Friday’s home football game as “Merica'”.  So parent and fans, wear as much red, white & blue to the game Friday night, supporting not only our Pirate Football team; but also the spirited CHS students who are stepping up and making Pirate Nation Proud!  The Pirates (2-1) will host MSC foe North Harrison in the Bone Yard, with a 7:00 pm kick-off.  Tailgating in the CHS parking lot will begin between 5 and 5:30 pm.  Additional features at this Friday’s game include Little Pirate Football Night and the recognition of the 2014 Lady Pirate Softball Sectional Championship team.  If you have a social media Twitter account, consider following @CHSBoneYard and Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting @CPPSB.

Pirates Throttle Generals 49-28 on the Road

The Charlestown Pirate Football team (2-1 & 1-1 MSC), coming off last Saturday’s last second heart breaker versus Brownstown in the “Oil Can”, showed little sign of let down Friday night at Clarksville.  The Pirates, didn’t rebound, they took their emotional frustrations out on their next opponent….sorry Generals, for the eighth consecutive time; routing Clarksville 35-0 before cruising to a 49-28 conference win.  Generals fans were allowed their fun, and the Generals padded their stats; as Clarksville Coach Steve Cooley left his varsity in the entire game when Coach Ward pulled his starters, well before mid-way through the third.  Charlestown (who won the coin toss and deferred) struck pay-dirt on their first drive, and it only took two plays to march 61 yards.  Junior Syd Gieseking capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown run.  The Pirates’ second drive took four plays, encompassed 61 yards and again was finished with a Gieseking 21 yard TD run.  Charlestown stopped the third General possession with a Junior Tate Boley interception of an attempted 21 yard Kissell (Cville QB) pass.  After a Pirate punt, the Generals fumbled on the Charlestown 30 yard line, recovered by Boley.  Sophomore Antonyo Gaddie ran over half the Clarksville team on the next play, rolling 82 yards for another Pirate touchdown to make it 21-zip.  The Generals punt on their next possession before the Pirates marched 60 yards in five plays, highlighted by a Gaddie 10 yard TD to push the score to 28-0 midway through the second.  Clarksville punts on their next drive before Senior QB Tristan Chester hit Senior Eli Daniel for a 67 yard touchdown strike, on the second play from scrimmage, to take a 35-0 halftime lead.  Gaddie opened the second by returning the kick-off 85 for a touchdown, however a Pirate penalty nullified the score.  Charlestown scored on their first drive of the second half after nine plays ended with a six yard touchdown pass from Chester to Sophomore Garrett Woods.  Clarksville (2-1 & 1-1 MSC) got on the board with six minutes remaining in the third, but failed on the ensuring conversion.  Charlestown responded two plays later, including a 49 yard Junior Jarren Anderson TD run to make the count 49-6.  Junior Kicker Jose Arredondo missed the school record of eight PAT’s in one game by when, kicking a perfect seven extra points during the game.  Clarksville scored three times against the Pirate reserves before attempting an on-side kick with seconds remaining in the game.  Pirate QB Tristan Chester finished 8 for 11 for 126 yards and two TDs and was named the Offensive Player of the Game.  Kyle Flowers, who finished the game with 12 tackles, was named the Defensive Player of the Game.  Charlestown opens home play Friday, hosting North Harrison (1-2) in the Bone Yard.

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