Lady Pirate Cross Country is Off to a Sizzling Start

The defending Mid Southern Conference and Sectional champion cross country team is off to another hot start after the girls finished 3rd to Indianapolis Cathedral and Seymour in the Seymour Invitational! Skylar Cochran and Jessie McCoy finished in the top 10 with Laney Hawkins, Jackie McCoy, Kaylee Kinser and Emma Faulkner in the top 25!

Last night, they traveled to Silver Creek for the annual Hokum Karem meet and finished second behind perennial cross country powerhouse Floyd Central in a meet with top area schools! A hokum karem race is a two-person relay race where teammates alternate running a 3k loop. Each teammate will complete the loop once.  For the Lady Pirates the team of Skylar Cochran and Jessie McCoy placed 5th, Laney Hawkins and Jackie McCoy were 7th, Emma Faulkner and Kaylee Kinser were 15th,  and Rachel Wilcox (paired with a Silver Creek runner) finished 18th.

Other teams in the meet included Madison, Borden, Jeffersonville, Silver Creek, Crothersville, Eastern, Salem, Lanesville, Christian Academy, and Scottsburg.

Dylan Kinser is the Pirates’ only male runner this year.  He has finished top 25 in both races so far.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Writer

Photo credit: Jerry Doyle

Pirate Football at Brownstown Event Guidelines

The following Event Guidelines for Friday’s football contest; Charlestown Pirates at the Brownstown Braves has been issued by the Brownstown Central HS Athletic Department.

Unfortunately, NO TICKET PRE-SALES will be available through Charlestown HS.

Attendance Guidelines:

Masks will be required to enter all events. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Masks must be worn when not seated and moving around the facility. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Immediate family and those who rode to the game may sit together.

Masks may be purchased at the ticket gate for $1.

Fans experiencing Covid symptoms should not attend.  Fans are asked to bring exact change at all ticket gates to limit the exchange of cash between patrons ($5 admission).

Sanitation stations will be available at ticket gates, concessions stands, press boxes, and restrooms.

All spectators must exit the facility at the event’s conclusion. Fans transporting participants should wait for them at their vehicles in the parking lot.  Social distancing marking will be used at ticket gates, concessions areas, and restrooms.

Football Seating Capacities:

Spectator seating capacity:  Home – 250  /  Visitors – 250  Ticket Sales – Admission gates will open 1 hour before event begins.  Vouchers will be distributed in advance to home and visitor participants’ families. Visitors’ vouchers may be redeemed to purchase a ticket at the North gate.  Visitors should park in the main school lot off Elm Street (north of FB field).  Spectators are permitted to bring lawn/bag chairs to sit on grassy areas around the facility to promote social distancing.  No pass-outs policy will be in place, encouraging one-way traffic before and after games at ticket gates.

Restroom Facilities are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Concessions stands are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Pirate Tennis: Winners over Warriors in MSC Matchup

Pirate tennis hosted the Scottsburg Warriors last night in a Mid Southern Conference matchup that saw several ups and downs and tiebreakers, but in the end the Pirates prevailed 4-1, improving to 3-1 on the season (1-1 MSC).

#2D Clayton Rothbauer serves

At the singles positions, #1 Michael Gillooly defeated Cole Atha 6-3, 6-2; #2 Alex Wright defeated Ryan Gibson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6; and #3 Dawson Boyd beat David Gaffney 7-5, 6-2.

At the doubles positions, #1 Brandon Broady and Jackson Snelling lost to Joe Neace and Jace Watson 3-6, 6-2, 3-6; #2 Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton defeated Eli Carr and Blake Drury 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3).

Seniors Rothbauer and Wigginton said, “Tennis is serious business this year.  We are going to keep working and use every day to get better.  Our goal is to win the sectional and we think we can.”

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Writer

 

Lady Pirate Volleyball Tames the Lady Mustangs in Three Sets

Last night the Lady Pirate volleyball team hosted the neighboring Lady Mustangs of New Washington. Both teams came into the contest hunting their second win of this early season as Charlestown was 1-3 with a win over MSC rival Clarksville and losses to Jeffersonville, Corydon, and defending state champion Brownstown. New Washington entered 1-2 with a win over South Decatur and losses to Greensburg and Southwestern.

Lanae’ Crowe and Hannah Baker defend the net as Emma Obermeier awaits the hit.

The Lady Pirates came out strong in the first set and played well, easily capturing the 25-8 victory.  Coach Nuxoll credited Emma Obermeier and Abbi East with a few good serving runs in that set.  In the second set, the Lady Pirates took a 6-0 lead before giving up seven straight. Nuxoll said, “I think we got into our own heads a little bit and struggled making our own errors. New Washington isn’t a team to back down and kept coming at us.” The Lady Pirates then gathered their composure and went on to win that set 25-18.  More strong serving from Emma Obermeier as well as Macy Vaughn in the third set helped pace the victory, 25-11.

Kayleigh Smith and Lanae’ Crowe led the offense with 7 kills each, and Kylie McConnell and Kenzie Baker each contributed 4 kills. Maci Vaughn led the defense with 11 digs and also had 2 aces. Emma Obermeier ended the night with 5 aces and also contributed 8 assists.

Coach Nuxoll concluded saying, “We hope to carry the positive play from tonight into our match at Henryville tomorrow.” Henryville is defending its sectional title this season and will enter the contest 5-2. Most recently they lost 2-1 to Hauser in the championship game of their own invitational.

Charlestown JV also won 25-12, 25-22.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Writer

Pirate Football Will Honor the Memories of Tyler Odle and Dennis Hawkins with Special Helmet Stickers

Football fans across the nation have long been acquainted with helmet stickers. For over 40 years, they have been used in college football–and more recently some high schools–to signify special achievements on offense, defense, and special teams. Many young players have grown up watching college football and recognize the buckeye tree leaf of Ohio State, the paw of the Clemson Tiger, or the tomahawk of the Florida State Seminoles and think to themselves how cool it would be to earn something so simple, yet so meaningful to represent their work in the sport. 

Sometimes, however, helmet stickers mean something much more than those tackles and touchdowns. Tonight when our Pirates take the field, fans should pay close attention to two stickers that have been affixed to their helmets for the 2020 season. The first of those stickers is the #5 in memory of Pirate football great Tyler Odle, who tragically passed away in a car accident in May. Playing for the Pirates from 2009-2012, Odle broke the record for Most Receiving Yards in a Career (1,964), Most Receptions in a Career (110), Most TD Receptions in a Career (26), Most TD Passes Caught in a Season (14), and Most Receptions in a Game (12). The Odle family would like to thank the entire community and Pirate family and issued the following sentiment: “Tyler meant the world to us and we will forever be saddened by his loss! We are beyond grateful that his legacy will always be honored in our town.”  It should also be mentioned that the #5 jersey will not be worn in 2020. 

The second sticker is comprised of a Charlestown Pirate, a Clarksville General, and a black ribbon accented with blue for Charlestown, yellow for Clarksville, red for Parkinson’s disease, and a DH in honor and memory of the late Coach Dennis Hawkins, father of Pirate coach, Jason Hawkins. Dennis Hawkins was the head coach at Clarksville High School for 25 years, leading the Generals to over 100 victories, several Mid Southern Conference championships, three sectional titles in 1985, 1997, and 1999, and the state championship in 1997 where they finished runners up. The stickers were designed by WPMQ staff members on the vision of football parents and were their gift to the football program. The Hawkins family was truly touched by the thoughtfulness of the gesture and said, “Our dad loved football, especially Clarksville and Charlestown football. He passed away on August 4th with Parkinson’s. The family would like to thank the football players for wearing the sticker and all those who helped make and buy them. We appreciate you all honoring Coach Hawkins’ legacy.”


Story contributed by WPMQ Staff

Pirate Baseball’s Andrew Snider Signs with Morehead State University

Front (L to R) Laura Snider (Andrew’s mother), Andrew Snider, Justin Snider (Andrew’s father) Back (L to R) Andrew’s Coaches Chris Nickles, Brian Smith, Ricky Romans, Chuck Latham, Zach Burkhardt (trainer), and Jay Sorg

Recently, Charlestown senior baseball player Andrew Snider gathered with family, friends, Pirate teammates to sign his national letter of intent to play baseball at Morehead State University during the 2020-21 season.

Located in the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rowan County, Kentucky, Morehead State University (MSU) is a 4-year public university with robust undergraduate and graduate programs, emerging doctoral programs and an emphasis on regional engagement. MSU has 142 undergraduate and 69 graduate degree programs in four colleges: Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Education; College of Science; and Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology. MSU offers associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates to serve just over 10,000 students.

Morehead State University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Ohio Valley Conference, and the Pioneer Football League. In the NCAA, MSU competes at the Division I level in all sports, including the Football Championship Subdivision in football. The University field’s intercollegiate varsity teams for men in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and outdoor track. The varsity sports for women are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track, sand volleyball and volleyball. Rifle is a sponsored co-educational sport. 

When asked about his opportunity to play at the next level with the Eagles, Andrew said, “It was a very tough college decision for me. I have been wanting to go to Morehead State since my freshman year and I finally get the chance to go to my dream school. I was so blessed that I had four schools wanting me, so my parents and I sat down and talked about the pros and cons of each one. My dad asked me one day if I was ready to make my decision. I said yes and so that is how I made my decision.” At the signing, coaches and other school officials highlighted Andrew’s work ethic and positive leadership. Andrew intends to major in 

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Andrew and wish him a healthy and prosperous future as a Morehead State Eagle.

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

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