The Charlestown HS Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country team traveled to Pekin Saturday morning for the annual Mid-Southern Conference Championship meet. The Lady Pirates, among the favorites to win conference this year finished runner-up; however placed four runners within the honors of All-Conference and Honorable Mention. The Pirates finished eighth as a team and saw Josh McCoy finish All-Conference and in a time the placed in the CHS Recordbook Top Thirty. “It was a perfect day for running, however we came up just a little short, to a very strong Corydon girls team! We talked before the race about leaving it all on the course, and our Lady Pirates did just that! We had a couple of ladies set personal records on a very tough course. As a coach, that is all I can ask for, and for that, I am extremely proud of our team! Carley Conway and Ashley Wight received all conference recognition by placing 4th and 9th respectively. Receiving honorable mention was Katie Rhodes in 15th and Skylar Cochran in 16th. Finishing conference runner-up is a great accomplishment as we continue to improve year after year and build the program! We now look forward to next Saturday as we will compete in sectional at Hanover. For the boys, we finished 8th with a very young team. The highlight of the day was Josh McCoy breaking into the All-Time top 30 at Charlestown, as he is in the record book tied at 24th by running 17:56! I look for great things from Josh in the coming years! The guys continue to work hard, and have a desire to grow and improve. I am excited about the future of Pirate and Lady Pirate XC , as we have some very strong talent coming up through the elementary and middle school ranks!”, summarized Pirate Head Coach Jerry Doyle.
The Charlestown Lady Pirate Volleyball team improved to 17-9 on the season Thursday evening as they traveled to Elizabeth Indiana to clash with the Rebels of South Central. Charlestown swept the Rebels 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, and 25-22) and found them to be an improved team this season compared to last. The Charlestown Junior Varsity team was also victorious, wining 2-0 over the South Central JV team in the opener (25-9, and 25-24). The win brought the Junior Varsity team season record to 9-8 going into next weekend’s New Washington Invitational. “This was a good win to end a good week going 3-0. We had some struggles early in sets one and three, but were able to keep our composure and regain the lead. South Central had a lot of scrappy plays, but we were able to capitalize on their free balls and missed serves”, summarized Lady Pirate Head Coach Tammy Nuxoll. The Charlestown offense finished with very balanced game stats, as Senior Kaia Reid logged 11 kills, Sophomore Hannah Thibideau 8 kills, and Freshman Kayleigh Smith seven. Senior Maddie Nuxoll distributed 22 assists and led the defense with 17 digs; while Senior Chrissa Ledbetter finished with a close sixteen digs. Seniors Molly Braunecker, Ledbetter, and Hannah Vincent also had a good night passing. “The girls have had a long week with matches, including an emotional senior night, and finals this week. This group has a difficult class load, and they always make me proud balancing a busy sport schedule and their school work. They have earned a few days off before we go to the New Washington tournament next weekend”, concluded Coach Nuxoll.
Charlestown Lady Pirate Soccer hosted Silver Creek Thursday evening for their last regular season game; coming up short to the three time defending conference champions 12-2. Charlestown scored a goal in the first half off a Jessica Rawson penalty kick; however the Lady Pirates trailed 7-1 at the break. Silver Creek added five more goals in the second as Lady Pirate Senior Ilayah Keltner added a Charlestown goal for the 12-2 final. Lady Pirate Goalie Brenley Berger had 9 saves in the game. The Lady Pirates will travel to Madison for sectionals and will play Corydon on Tuesday at 5:30.
The Pirate Tennis team had a commanding win against Borden in tonight’s sectional at Silver Creek, giving up only 3 games to the Braves, and winning the match 5-0. At #1 singles, Steven Delaney won 6-1, 6-0. At #2 singles, Jacob Doherty won 6-0, 6-0, and rounding out the singles action at #3, Alec Sipes won 6-2, 6-0. #1 (Aaron Meyer and Chase Wray) and #2 doubles (Isaac Bates and Eric Wigginton) both swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0.
The Pirates will face Silver Creek for the sectional championship at 4:00 P.M. tomorrow afternoon. If you can make it out, come support these boys as they hope to capture the crown.
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.