The Charlestown Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country team met at Hardy Lake in Scott County, with Mid-Southern Conference counterparts, to decide and settle the final 2014 conference standings for boys and the girls in their sport. The Lady Pirates (as a team) finished fourth behind Salem (3rd), North Harrison (2nd) and Silver Creek. Senior Whitney Andrews was the top Charlestown runner of the day, finishing 7th while Freshman Katie Rhodes followed closely in 9th place. Andrews and Rhodes, based on their respective finishes, qualified for All Conference Honors. Rounding out the Lady Pirate results, Alysha Flaget finished 20th, Gabi Gagnon 22nd, and Erin Kimbrell 25th. “It’s good to see Whitney Andrews getting back to form after her heat exhaustion/dehydration episode at Seymour, and good to have Gabi Gagnon back running well even with severe tendinitis! All of the ladies ran well today in the cooler weather, with junior Molly Sumner running a personal best today” commented Head Coach Jerry Doyle.
The Pirate (boys) team did not fair as well during the outing, however Coach Doyle stated that he is “proud of the effort that the guys gave today in the cold temps, and with some very good runners in our conference. I’m excited for next season when we can field a complete team, especially with 2 freshmen and 2 sophomores this year!” Seth Parker did finish his MSC run in a time of 18:44, after breaking into the record book on Tuesday.
Charlestown has gotten the best of Corydon over their eleven football meetings, 9-2 counting Friday nights win; however sometimes the vacuum of outside forces ruins a good rivalry game, like Friday night at Corydon. The Pirates were penalized eleven times, totaling 125 yards; while Corydon was penalized eight times for 62 yards….but no one had control of the game-especially the officials. Words wouldn’t justify the impact the officials had upon the “game”…so enough about the ugly-here’s the good and the bad. Charlestown scored first, on their second drive of the game, when Garrett Woods caught a 37 yard TD pass from QB Tristan Chester to cap a five play 71 yard drive. Jose Arredondo added the point after to make it a 7-0 advantage, which lasted until 8:34 remaining in the fourth quarter. Wind driven rain and falling temperatures complicated field footing and the passing offense of both teams. A bad Corydon fourth quarter punt set the Pirate offense up on the Panther 25 yard line when Chester went to work again, hitting Cameron Hopson for an apparent 25 yard touchdown pass; but it was overruled as Hopson was called down on the three yard line-even though he caught the ball at the two yard line and back stepped into the end zone. Chester run the ball in for a touchdown on the next play, however the two point conversion attempt failed. Corydon (5-2 & 4-1 MSC) scored on their next drive, greatly assisted by three unexplained unsportsman-like conduct flags against the Pirates. “Unexplained” in this situation should be defined as the officials unwilling to explain the penalty circumstances to Charlestown coaches. The Panthers attempted a two point conversion run, which was snuffed behind the line of scrimmage by the Pirates…..Charlestown 13-Corydon 6 with 4:54 remaining. The Pirates recovered the Panthers ensuing on-side kick and were able to run the clock out to end the game. Charlestown finished the game with a balanced 237 total yards of offense (132 on the ground and 105 in the air); while holding the Panthers to 198 total yards of offense (162 on the ground). Antonyo Gaddie’s returning (from injury) numbers finalized with 103 yards on 25 carries. Garrett Woods finished with four catches totaling 64 yards. The Pirates (6-1 & 5-1 MSC) return home next Friday to host Providence on Senior Night in the Bone Yard.
The Charlestown High School Athletic Department and Charlestown Girls Basketball Team will honor one of the great teams in school history, Tuesday night, November 25th, during the home Girls Basketball game versus New Washington. The 2004-2005 Lady Pirate team, that was led by former Head Coach Tony Hall, had a record of 21-6 that year and won the Holiday Tournament, along with Sectional and Regional Crowns. Former coaches, players, and managers of that historic team will be honored, during the course of the evening games. There will also be a meal provided for each of the members of that team and their families. So please come out and support these great group of former players and coaches, share some great memories and cheer on the current Lady Pirates as they play one of their biggest rivals the New Washington Lady Mustangs. The JV game starts at 6pm and the Varsity Game Starts at 730.
Pirate Football’s Senior wide receiver Cameron Hopson and Pirate Cross Country’s Sophomore runner Seth Parker; both after big performances over the past two weeks, have earned spots in the Charlestown High School Recordbook.
Parker, while running a personal best time of 18:11 in Tuesday’s New Washingtion Invitational, landed on the CHS All-Time Top Thirty 5k Runners list in the Recordbook.
Hopson, while catching three touchdowns during Pirate Football’s win at Salem last Friday, tied Charlestown’s existing record for Most TD Receptions in a Game; also held by Joe Crank versus Floyd Central in 1979.
Congratulations to both Cameron Hopson and Seth Parker for their outstanding work in competition; while leaving their record-setting mark in Charlestown Pirate Athletics.
For more information about Pirate Football and Cross Country School Records, log on to www.PiratePride.BLUE and click on “Recordbook” on the sport home page of interest.
The Charlestown Pirate Tennis team will begin Sectional #55 play today at 4:30 pm against Borden. The Sectional is hosted by Silver Creek HS, but all matches are being played at Henryville High School. The remainder of the sectional pairings include Silver Creek v. Henryville at 4:30 pm on Thursday, October 2nd and then the Championship game on Friday at 4:30 pm. The Championship game will pit the winning teams from Wednesday and Thursday’s matches.
Good luck to our Pirate Tennis team during Sectional play!
The Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country team ran in the New Washington Invitational Tuesday evening. The Lady Pirates finished second to Southwestern, led by Freshman Katie Rhodes who ran second, with a personal best time of 20:14. Senior Whitney Andrews finished 6th and Alysha Flaget 16th, both winning medals for Charlestown. Rounding out the Lady Pirate scoring included Gabi Gagnon in 21st place and Erin Kimbrell in 29th place; also running a personal best time. The Pirates were led by Seth Parker, who finished in 14th place with a personal best time of 18:11, and unofficially placing him in the record book at Charlestown! Skyler Elmore, Darian Zeise and Matt Fellows all ran very well for the Pirates! For more information about Charlestown Pirate and Lady Pirate Cross Country, go to www.PiratePride.BLUE/Cross_Country
Charlestown at Borden
CHS JV lost 21-25, 18-25 & CHS Varsity lost 15-25, 21-25, 13-25
Coach Nuxoll: We definitely had our ups and downs tonight. We played together at times and other times we didn’t. We have got to work on our consistency with our fundamentals. We have got to have more consistent passing, setters have to put the ball in front of the hitters and the hitters have to stay behind the ball. Borden has some good hitters and they were very tough to put a ball down on. I was pleased that we did not give up in the second and third set when we were down. We have a long break, and I hope we can come back ready to play.
The JV struggled tonight with the setter taking the ball over on the second hit, and we did not react well when the hitters tipped. This is a young team, and we still need to work on reacting to the ball. Some of that will come with experience.