Charlestown Lady Pirate Soccer will play in Sectional #31 of the Class 2A State Tournament, hosted at Madison High School. The Lady Pirates will open their State Tourney play against Corydon on Tuesday evening, October 3rd, beginning at approximately 5:00 pm. The Charlestown/Corydon winner will then advance to Thursday’s (Oct. 5th) Semi-Final round versus the Scottsburg/North Harrison winner, also at 5:00 pm. The double-bye match up at the lower end of the bracker is host Madison v. Silver Creek. Sectional admission is $6.00 per night or $10.00 for a tournament ticket. The Madison High School is located at 743 Clifty Drive (IN 62), in Madison, Indiana.
Pirate Soccer hosted CEC Tuesday evening in the Bone Yard to conclude regular season play. Charlestown dropped their record to 5-7-1 with a 3-0 home loss Tuesday. “Last night, we played against a really good team CEC, and we lost our last home game. The Pirates started really slow and did not concentrate for most of the game. Also, we cannot exclude the fact that the players are not 100% physically. However, this is not an excuse for losing this game. The boys will rest tomorrow and we have practice on Thursday so we can focus on our sectional for next week”, summarized Pirate Head Coach Christian Martinez.
Pirate Goalie Matt Parrela had 10 saves and 3 allowed. Charlestown had 11 shots and 5 on goal while CEC had 23 shots with 13 on goal.
Next up for Pirate Soccer is the Sectional opener on October 2nd versus Sectional host Scottsburg beginning at 6:30 pm.
The Lady Pirate Cross Country team won their 4th championship for the year, in really tough conditions, due to the heat. Leading the way for the ladies was Sophomore Carley Conway finishing 1st, with a time of 21:29. Coming in right behind her, and finishing 2nd was Senior Katie Rhodes, with a time of 22:39. Freshman Skylar Cochran finished 6th, Alexis Gurr 9th, Kelsey Lakes 14th and Claire Mitchell 18.
The Pirate Cross Country team came in 4th. Leading the way for the Pirates was Sophomore Josh McCoy finishing in 8th place with a time of 18:54. Drashaun Morrow 15th, Camden Latham 25th, Harrison Adams 28th, Ty Crace 45th and Alex Settles 50th. The guys are continuing to improve!
“Overall we thought both teams did really well, girls bringing home another 1st place and guys finishing in 4th. The weather conditions were tough, it was hot, but they all ran their best and we were very proud of each and every one of them! Looking forward to conference Saturday!” commented Head Coach Jerry Doyle.
The Charlestown Lady Pirates hosted Borden Tuesday evening and celebrated its nine program Seniors. After an emotional Senior ceremony held between the Junior Varsity and Varsity matchups, the Lady Pirates swept the visiting Lady Braves 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-10); improving their season record to 16-9. “Senior night is always an emotional night, but we played focused and in control the entire match. All eight seniors contributed to the win, and I’m happy that they ended their last home match on a strong performance. This group has put in a lot of time and effort to improve their skills over the past four years and are great role models for younger players. They not only excel on the court, but also in the classroom”, commented Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll. Senior Kaia Reid led the offense with nine kills; while Senior Maddie Nuxoll contributed 19 assists. Sophomore Hannah Thibideau and Senior Molly Braunecker both had a good serving night. Hannah had 21 service points with 2 aces and Molly had 6 aces. Senior Chrissa Ledbetter and Molly Braunecker had a good night passing, as Molly finished the contest with twelve digs. “Although we had our last home match, we are not finished meeting the goals we set at the beginning of the year. We will come into practice to prepare for our match Thursday against South Central”, concluded Coach Nuxoll. The Charlestown Junior Varsity team evened their record at 8-8 with a 2-1 (25-12, 17-25, 15-11) victory over Borden in Tuesday’s opener.
Three Charlestown Lady Pirate seniors were honored on Monday night: Tayte Montsinger, Ilayah Keltner, and Aries Perez. All three seniors started the game including Motsinger, who has been out for the majority of the season with a foot injury. The Lady Pirates came out strong and scored within 2 minutes to go up 1-0 but they couldn’t muster another goal the rest of the game. Salem was able to put away 3 goals in both halves to win 1-6. Both teams played hard and there was great sportmanship across the field. Charlestown honored the 5 seniors graduating from Salem as well.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball moved to 15-9 on the season Monday evening after outlasting visiting Rock Creek 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-18, and 26-24); the Lions dropped to 21-5 on the season. “Tonight was a great match against Rock Creek with both sides leaving everything out on the floor. I’m so proud of my team for the way they played together to pull out the win. Each set was very close with some of the longest rallies we have had this season. It was truly a battle back and forth for each point. Overall we had a decent night passing, and when we weren’t passing well Maddie Nuxoll, did a nice job of running down passes to put sets up for the hitters. We had several good defensive plays by our backcourt. In the fourth set, we found ourselves down 2-8, but everyone battled back and contributed for the win”, summarized Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll. Senior Kaia Reid led the offense with 13 kills while Senior Maddie Nuxoll contributed 33 assists and 23 digs. Senior Molly Braunecker led the defense with 31 digs. “We look to bring the same intensity to our last home match for Senior Night, against Borden Tuesday night”, concluded Coach Nuxoll. The Charlestown JV team battled in the opener but fell to Rock Creek 1-2 (25-22, 24-25, & 6-15).
The Pirate Tennis team traveled to Hanover tonight for a non-conference matchup with the Rebels from Southwestern and earned the 4-1 victory, losing only at #1 singles in a tie-breaker. Steven Delaney lost 3-6, 6-2 (7-10). At #2 singles Alec Sipes won 6-1, 6-2 while Michael Gillooly rounded out the singles matches with a 6-3, 4-6 (14-12) tiebreaker win at #3.
At doubles, the #1 duo of Aaron Meyer and Chase Wray got the 7-5, 6-0 victory and at #2 Isaac Bates and Eric Wigginton won 6-2, 6-2.
Two freshmen, Gillooly and Wigginton, pick up their first varsity wins tonight and hope to fill the void that will be left when four seniors graduate from this team. Pirates Steven Delaney, Jacob Doherty, Aaron Meyer, and Alec Sipes will be honored on Senior Night tomorrow as they host conference rival Salem before heading into sectional play on Wednesday.
Silver Creek will host this year’s sectional. The draw was held tonight and the Pirates will take on Borden, a team they beat 5-0 decisively this season. Henryville will face Silver Creek. The finals will then be held Thursday evening.
Best of luck to our Pirate Tennis team as they wrap up the regular season tomorrow and do their best to make a deep run in the state tournament.