Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer began in the fall of 2011. Since then, professional, college and youth teams have participated in raising funds and awareness for the #1 disease killer of children. To date, over a half million athletes have supported our cause. $4 from every $5 pair of laces and 100% of all donations directly benefit kids and families in the state where the funds are raised.
Recently in the presence of family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Savannah Gaither signed to attend school and play softball at Indiana University Southeast in the fall.
Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university located in New Albany, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1941, it provides high-quality educational programs and services that promote student learning and prepare students for productive citizenship in a diverse society, and that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our region. IU Southeast competes at the NAIA level in the River States Conference and is home to ten varsity sports.
When asked about her choice to play at IU Southeast with the Grenadiers, Gaither replied, “I chose Indiana University Southeast because it felt like a home away from home. Coach Buckmaster and the team treated me like family from the moment we met and that made the decision easy! I felt so comfortable and welcomed and I realized this is the place I want to be!” Gaither plans to major in nursing.
Charlestown softball coach Joe Witten shared his sentiments on Gaither saying, “Savannah has a gift in her soul that most of us will never experience as a student-athlete. She is blessed with the tools to make her very successful not only on the ballfield, but also in life. I am very proud of her and her accomplishments, but more importantly her drive to continue to grow and improve each and every day. It’s a blessing to be a part of her life on the ball diamond.”
WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Savannah and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Indiana University Southeast Grenadier.
Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.
Demaria King has been a name synonymous with athletic success at Charlestown High School the past four years in both basketball and track and field. Recently, the senior standout was joined by family, friends, and coaches to sign her national letter of intent to attend school and participate in both track and field at the University of Louisville in the fall.
The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky’s largest metropolitan area. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university’s 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville’s medical complex and houses the university’s health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
The University of Louisville competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the NCAA Division I level and is home to twenty one varsity sports.
King, who has already started this season with a 1st place shot put throw of 35′ 5″ in the New Albany Invite, has notable recognition in the sport over her three previous years at CHS. A list of King’s accolades can be found below:
- 2018-19 Courier Journal Honorable Mention
- 2018-19 MSC Honorable Mention
- 2020-21 MSC Champion
- 2020-21 MSC Shot Put Champion
- 2020-21 North Harrison Invite Shot Put record Holder
- 2020-21 Sectional Champion
- 2020-21 Regional Qualifier
King will throw shot put and hammer for the Cardinals and may expand her repertoire into other events. She will major in health and human performance. When asked about her school choice of The University of Louisville, King said, “UofL feels like home for so many reasons. Being exposed to the student experience and the support and community they bring meant everything. I am so excited to pursue both my academic and athletic career at Louisville! ”
Charlestown track and field coach Jerry Doyle shared the following sentiments on King: “It’s been a joy coaching Demaria, watching her grow not only as an athlete, but as a person. She is a perfect example of what leadership looks like. She leads by example! I have no doubt that great things are in store for her, not only this season in track & field, but in all of her future endeavors as well.”
The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Demaria and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a University of Louisville Cardinal
Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Aiden Stewart.
Recently in the presence of family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Connor Smith signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play football at Hanover College in the fall.
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 34 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond.
Hanover College competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, including Anderson University, Bluffton University (Ohio), Defiance College (Ohio), Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology & Transylvania University (Ky.) Hanover is home to twenty varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, men’s baseball, football and swimming, and women’s softball and volleyball.
When asked about his choice to play at Hanover College with the Panthers, Smith replied, “I chose Hanover College because of the people,environment,and the culture. From my first visit I knew this was the school I wanted to be at and continue in my academic and athletic career. Coach Theobald made this decision really easy for me and I can’t wait for the next 4 years.”
Charlestown football coach Jason Hawkins told those in attendance at the signing that he expects big things for Smith at Hanover and attributed much of his success and opportunity to Smith’s hard work in the classroom. He commented, “Connor is a good kid that works hard on the field, in the weight room, and the classroom. We look forward to seeing what he does at Hanover.”
WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Connor (also a valued member of the WPMQ Sports Broadcasting staff) and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Hanover College Panther.
Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.
Recently while surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Chase Benner signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play football at Georgetown College in the fall.
Georgetown College is a private Christian college in Georgetown, Kentucky. Chartered in 1829, Georgetown was the first Baptist college west of the Appalachian Mountains .The college offers 38 undergraduate degrees and a Master of Arts in education. It offers degrees in areas of visual and performing arts, math and sciences, humanities, language and culture, business, medicine and healthcare, and others.Georgetown College is associated with five Rhodes Scholars and its alumni have included 38 Fulbright Scholars since 1989.
The athletics teams at Georgetown College are known as the Tigers. They participate in the NAIA and in the Mid-South Conference (MSC). Also the Tigers participate in 18 varsity sports.
Benner, who played tight end for the Pirates, will major in exercise science. When asked about his choice to play at Georgetown College with the Tigers, Benner replied, “I chose Georgetown because from the first time I stepped on campus, it just felt like home. From the first moment, Coach Oliver and his staff made me feel like a part of the family. I really like the coaching staff and their goals at Georgetown. It is really good to have one of my friends/old rivals joining me in Trey Schoen from Silver Creek.”
Charlestown football coach Jason Hawkins told those in attendance at the signing that he expects big things for Benner at Georgetown and said, “Chase has a great opportunity to play football at a great program that plays in a good conference. Chase is smart, tall and has good hands. I think he will fit in well at Georgetown.”
WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Chase and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Georgetown College Tiger.
Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Connor Smith.
Recently Charlestown baseball senior Brandon Broady was joined by family, coaches, and teammates as he signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play baseball at Jackson College next year.
Jackson College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, Michigan approximately 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. Jackson College offers quality, transformational educational opportunities to prepare students for today’s career fields or transfer to a university. The College is committed to student success, with expert faculty, academic support and student services.
Jackson College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region XII, which includes the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).
The Jets compete in the Western Conference of the MCCAA against community colleges such as the Lansing Community College Stars, the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders and the Kellogg Community College Bruins in the following varsity sports:
- Men’s & Women’s Basketball
- Men’s & Women’s Bowling
- Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Golf
- Men’s & Women’s Soccer
When asked about his choice to play at Jackson College with the Jets, Broady replied, “I chose Jackson because it felt like the place I could grow as a person and an athlete. The coaches and players I met there made me feel like I was already part of the family up there. And having teammates from travel ball commit after I did made me more confident in my decision.” Broady is undecided on his field of study at Jackson College at this moment.
Charlestown baseball head coach Brian Hester, who coached Broady the first half of last season before an unfortunate injury ended Broady’s junior season had this to say: “Brandon Broady is a coaches dream. Brandon has demonstrated what it takes to be a team leader. He is always on task and willing to work hard in whatever we do. He is also a positive role model and motivator to the underclass. He suffered a season ending injury last year but that never stopped from reaching his dreams. Brandon wanted to play college baseball and he never stopped working towards his goal. I would take a whole team of players like Brandon. I can’t wait to see his performance during his senior season at Charlestown and also at Jackson College. Jackson has signed a player that will help their program in many ways. He drive and work ethic ensure that he will do great things.”
WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Brandon (a member of the Radio and Television program) and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Jackson College Jet
Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.