Pirate Basketball Centennial Season 1917-2017
This page is dedicated to the upcoming Pirate Basketball Centennial Celebration. The Celebration promises to highlight and uncover a rich and intriguing Indiana boys basketball tradition of which will not only fascinate; but also spur pride for Pirate Nation fans young and old, especially for those who left their mark. This page is currently under construction; however questions and answers about the Centennial Celebration can now be directed to 100Years@PiratePride.BLUE.
Centennial Season SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Tuesday, November 22, 2016:
Pirates vs. New Washington game: Two Charlestown High School veteran coaches, Pirate emeritus’ 95-year-old, Billy L. Abel and 85-year-old, John E. Wood will be honored between games. Coach Abel is our oldest living mentor and Coach Wood is our winningest coach with 139-63 record. Also, The Pirates 1,000-point players, both boys and girls, will be recognized.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016:
Pirates vs. Silver Creek game: A tribute to 1952 Pirate standout Steve A. Hamilton will be recognized by placing his photograph and retiring #55 jersey.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016:
Pirates vs. Henryville game: The kick-off of 100 years event with the Henryville Hornets marking the first opponent in the 1916-17 hoops year and the author of “Pirates of the Hardwood” & “Pirates Centennial Basketball 1917-2017” – Chuck E. Ledbetter, Sr. will be honored.
Saturday, December 17, 2016:
Pirates vs. Providence game: Charlestown recognizes Little Pirate Basketball.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017:
Pirates vs. Fox Creek game: Events to be announced.
Friday, January 20, 2017:
Pirates vs. Eastern Pekin game: Charlestown celebrates Basketball Homecoming Night.
Saturday, January 21, 2017:
Pirates vs. Corydon Central game: Charlestown recognizes Charlestown Middle School Boys Basketball; and the 20th Anniversary of Coach Ben D. Ledbetter, Jr. and his 1997 Pirates championship team of the Jeffersonville Sectional tournament.
Friday, February 17, 2017:
Pirates vs. Salem game: Charlestown recognizes Jonathan Jennings and Pleasant Ridge Elementary Basketball; and the 100th years Celebration concludes.
Friday, February 24, 2017:
Pirates vs. Christian Academy game: Charlestown celebrates Winter Senior Night.