The Charlestown Cross Country teams traveled to and participated in the annual Scottsburg Invitational Tuesday evening. The Lady Pirates finished third overall, led by Frosh Katie Rhodes’ 8th place run, with a personal best time of 21:53. Whitney Andrews also ran well, finishing in 18th place. The Lady Pirates finished behind Silver Creek and Salem, only 12 points out of second. The Scottsburg Invitational was held at Hardy Lake in Scott County. For more information about the Charlestown HS Cross Country teams, go to www.PiratePride.blue/CrossCountry.
Tuesday night the Lady Pirates played another tough game with Corydon. Starting slow, the Lady Pirates eventually got going. The defense made some mental errors early allowing Corydon to get an early lead. By halftime the score was 6-0. The second half saw a spark of life from the Lady Pirate offense and defense but they were not able to find the back of the net, but neither did Corydon. Gabi Wixon and Sarah Rutkowski worked well with the through ball on one side, allowing four good shots while Tayte Motsinger did her job on the other side of the field, making crosses. “Eventually those through balls and crosses will generate goals. They didn’t tonight, but eventually they will, commented Coach Kimmell.”
Next game: Jeffersonville Thursday at 6.
Volleyball: Charlestown at Christian Academy
CHS JV lost 9-25, 6-25 / CHS Varsity lost 8-25, 8-25, 8-25
Coach Nuxoll: Tonight we played a good CAI team. Our inexperience at watching our hitters and blocking showed tonight. We did not have an answer for #23 their outside hitter or for #11 their middle. Playing against a tough team like that can be frustrating, but I’m proud of how the players didn’t take out their frustrations on each other. Despite the loss, the players stuck together and that was a step in the right direction. Shelby Goedeker showed good leadership tonight and led the team in serve reception.
Our JV team played some really long rallies in the first match, but couldn’t come out on top. We struggled a little with our serving and just couldn’t gain momentum. In the second match we didn’t’ communicate as well as the first match. Again, the players stuck together and didn’t give up.
Boys Soccer: Silver Creek 2 – Charlestown 1
It was a close match throughout, as expected, but it was Silver Creek who found their way onto the scoreboard first off a penalty kick late in the first half from Junior Midfielder Jacob Atkins. Silver Creek held the tenuous lead throughout a good portion of the second half as Charlestown struggled to get the ball in behind their staunch defense. Finally it was a long through ball from Senior Attacking Midfielder Michael Navetta that assisted Junior Trent Wight for a sweet 1v1 against the Dragons keeper that allowed Wight to slot home the equalizer. But the draw was not to be tonight, as the Charlestown goal tender was caught coming too far out off his line and watched helplessly as the ball bounced high up and over his head to Silver Creek Sophomore Merlin Palencia who drove home the game winner for the host Dragons.
Pirate Nation students (@CHSBoneYard on Twitter) have declared the theme for this Friday’s home football game as “Merica'”. So parent and fans, wear as much red, white & blue to the game Friday night, supporting not only our Pirate Football team; but also the spirited CHS students who are stepping up and making Pirate Nation Proud! The Pirates (2-1) will host MSC foe North Harrison in the Bone Yard, with a 7:00 pm kick-off. Tailgating in the CHS parking lot will begin between 5 and 5:30 pm. Additional features at this Friday’s game include Little Pirate Football Night and the recognition of the 2014 Lady Pirate Softball Sectional Championship team. If you have a social media Twitter account, consider following @CHSBoneYard and Pirate Pride Sports Broadcasting @CPPSB.
The Charlestown Pirate Football team (2-1 & 1-1 MSC), coming off last Saturday’s last second heart breaker versus Brownstown in the “Oil Can”, showed little sign of let down Friday night at Clarksville. The Pirates, didn’t rebound, they took their emotional frustrations out on their next opponent….sorry Generals, for the eighth consecutive time; routing Clarksville 35-0 before cruising to a 49-28 conference win. Generals fans were allowed their fun, and the Generals padded their stats; as Clarksville Coach Steve Cooley left his varsity in the entire game when Coach Ward pulled his starters, well before mid-way through the third. Charlestown (who won the coin toss and deferred) struck pay-dirt on their first drive, and it only took two plays to march 61 yards. Junior Syd Gieseking capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown run. The Pirates’ second drive took four plays, encompassed 61 yards and again was finished with a Gieseking 21 yard TD run. Charlestown stopped the third General possession with a Junior Tate Boley interception of an attempted 21 yard Kissell (Cville QB) pass. After a Pirate punt, the Generals fumbled on the Charlestown 30 yard line, recovered by Boley. Sophomore Antonyo Gaddie ran over half the Clarksville team on the next play, rolling 82 yards for another Pirate touchdown to make it 21-zip. The Generals punt on their next possession before the Pirates marched 60 yards in five plays, highlighted by a Gaddie 10 yard TD to push the score to 28-0 midway through the second. Clarksville punts on their next drive before Senior QB Tristan Chester hit Senior Eli Daniel for a 67 yard touchdown strike, on the second play from scrimmage, to take a 35-0 halftime lead. Gaddie opened the second by returning the kick-off 85 for a touchdown, however a Pirate penalty nullified the score. Charlestown scored on their first drive of the second half after nine plays ended with a six yard touchdown pass from Chester to Sophomore Garrett Woods. Clarksville (2-1 & 1-1 MSC) got on the board with six minutes remaining in the third, but failed on the ensuring conversion. Charlestown responded two plays later, including a 49 yard Junior Jarren Anderson TD run to make the count 49-6. Junior Kicker Jose Arredondo missed the school record of eight PAT’s in one game by when, kicking a perfect seven extra points during the game. Clarksville scored three times against the Pirate reserves before attempting an on-side kick with seconds remaining in the game. Pirate QB Tristan Chester finished 8 for 11 for 126 yards and two TDs and was named the Offensive Player of the Game. Kyle Flowers, who finished the game with 12 tackles, was named the Defensive Player of the Game. Charlestown opens home play Friday, hosting North Harrison (1-2) in the Bone Yard.
Charlestown Volleyball at Silver Creek
CHS C-team lost 8-25, 13-25 / CHS JV lost 5-25, 13-25 / CHS Varsity lost 6-25, 7-25, 6-25
Coach Nuxoll: We really didn’t show up to play tonight, and you cannot do that with a team like Silver Creek. Silver Creek has a good team, and I was hoping that we would make them earn a win. We really struggled passing tonight at the JV and the Varsity level. When our passing wasn’t working, we got frustrated and started to hang our heads. We have got to learn that we can make mistakes, but still communicate and play as a team. On a positive note, our Cteam played Silver Creek last week and scored more points against them this week. Brooke Bowling showed hustle while Hannah Vincent passed well in the second set. Tyrah Martin got a block and two service aces to give the JV a tiny spark in the second JV set.