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.
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.