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.

Three Pirate Wrestlers Advance to Semi-State

Three Pirates will represent Charlestown High School in this weekend’s Evansville Reitz semi-state.  Colin Knox placed 3rd and advanced in the 120 pound weight class while Ben Phillips (138) and Sean Baker (285) both placed 4th and advanced. The semi-state will be held at the Ford Center at 10:00 A.M. Best wishes to Colin, Ben, and Sean.

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 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.

Homecoming and “In the Spirit of Service” Details Released

The CHS Student Council has released details regarding basketball homecoming week and invites any and all to join them not only in crowning this year’s royalty, but also in supporting their efforts to give to those in need.

In lieu of a traditional spirit week, the CHS student council is partnering with student councils from Charlestown Middle School, Jonathan Jennings Elementary School, and Pleasant Ridge Elementary School to bring the community its “In the Spirit of Service” week.  Each day a dress up theme was selected in traditional fashion, but it was selected with a need for service in mind.  Students (and community members) are invited to donate items that match the daily themes and those items will go to an organization in the community that provides for those in need.

You can view a Student Council produced video here that explains the event in further detail. https://youtu.be/jV327JniB-w

Girls basketball homecoming and the king’s ceremony will be held Thursday, January 17th between the JV and varsity game vs. Salem.  The boys basketball homecoming and queen’s ceremony will be Friday, January 18th between the JV and varsity game vs. Eastern.

 

 

 

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.

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