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Seated L to R: Nikki Berkley (Devin’s mother), Devin, and Jonathan Berkley (Devin’s father); Standing: Coach Jason Hawkins

Recently in the presence of family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Devin Berkley signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play football at Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall.

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church. It is the largest private college in Indiana, based on enrollment, and is one of the largest employers in Grant County. Nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University’s 350 acre campus in Marion where more than 80 undergraduate degrees and an expanding list of graduate degree programs are offered.

Indiana Wesleyan is home to intercollegiate programs in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cheer, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s and women’s bowling and volleyball.

When asked about his choice to play at IWU with the Wildcats, Berkley-who will major in criminal justice-replied, “I chose IWU because of the Godly and family environment. It embodies a lot of the values that I feel represent me. IWU is a place that felt like home on the first visit.”

Charlestown football head coach Jason Hawkins shared his sentiments on Berkley’s commitment and said, “Devin is a great kid that has worked extremely hard for this to happen. He will continue to grow as a player and person and be someone we can all be proud of. ”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Devin and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a IWU Wildcat.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

Broady is Bound for Indiana University – Columbus

Seated L to R: Brandon Broady (CHS Baseball Class of 2022/ current Jackson College RHP and Nick’s Brother), Wendy Broady (Nick’s Mother), Nick, and James Broady (Nick’s Father)

Standing L to R: George Roberts (CHS Baseball Assistant Coach), Scott Bickel (IUS Baseball Head Coach), Brian Hester (CHS Baseball Head Coach), Brian Meyer (CHS Baseball Assistant Coach), and Collin Rauck (CHS Baseball Assistant Coach)

Charlestown baseball senior Nick Broady was joined by family, coaches, and teammates as he signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play baseball at Indiana University-Columbus next fall.

IUC is surrounded by the architectural beauty of Columbus, Indiana on a fifteen acre campus. The school of just over a thousand embraces collaborative ways of thinking that attract exceptional students and faculty for ten Bachelor’s Degree programs and three Master’s Degree programs.

The Indiana University – Columbus (IUPUC, known as the Crimson Pride, competes in four intercollegiate varsity sports in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily as a member of the River States Conference (RSC) as of this school year. Men’s sports include baseball, cross country, and soccer; while women’s sports include cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball.

When asked about his choice to play at IUC with the Crimson Pride, Broady-who will major in physical therapy-replied, “Playing baseball at the college level has always been a dream of mine. IU Columbus is a perfect fit for me. I love what Coach Bickel and Zach McClellan have started there and I’m excited to be able to help build and put my mark on this program.”

Charlestown baseball head coach Brian Hester shared his sentiments on Broady’s commitment and said, “I have had the pleasure of coaching Nick for his high school years. He has never been a player who would shy away from hard work. He has developed a passion for the game of baseball that is contagious to the ones around him. Nick’s athleticism, his core values, and his foundation of being a good person will make him very successful in whatever he pursues. I look forward to watching him grow throughout his collegiate career.”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Nick and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future at Indiana University-Columbus.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

Kinser Commits to Hanover College

Seated L to R: John Kinser (Kaylee’s father), Kaylee, Heather Kinser (Kaylee’s mother) ; Standing L to R: Mikeala Kinser (Kaylee’s sister-in-law), John Kinser (Kaylee’s brother), Jerry Doyle (CHS Cross Country & Track Coach), and Dylan Kinser (Kaylee’s brother)

Recently, Charlestown senior Kaylee Kinser was surrounded by family, friends, and coaches as she signed her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and run cross country and track at Hanover College next year.

Nestled in 650 acres of a wooded campus and located on the banks of the scenic Ohio River, Hanover College is a private, liberal arts institution where brains and beauty truly intersect. Their rigorous interdisciplinary academic program with 34 majors attracts the best and the brightest from across the region and beyond.

Hanover College competes at the NCAA Division III level in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, including Anderson University, Bluffton University (Ohio), Defiance College (Ohio), Earlham College, Franklin College, Hanover College, Manchester University, Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology & Transylvania University (Ky.) Hanover is home to twenty varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball,  cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, men’s baseball, football and swimming, and women’s softball and volleyball.

When asked about her choice to attend school, major in computer science, and participate in athletics at Hanover College with the Panthers, Kinser replied, “In choosing where I wanted to attend college, I found that Hanover stood out to me. Getting to know the college and its cross country program, I felt more at home than anywhere else. The college is a tight-knit community that fosters a unique bond between students and faculty, which I deeply appreciate. Hanover just checked off all the boxes I set for where I wanted to go. I’m immensely thankful for my family, coaches, and teachers who have supported me; I wouldn’t be where I am without them. I’m thrilled to embark on this journey to further my academic and athletic career at Hanover!”

 Charlestown cross country and track coach Jerry Doyle had this to say: “It has been a joy coaching Kaylee for the last 4 years in both cross country and track. She is one of the all-time best runners in Charlestown’s history! She sets goals, and then does the necessary work to reach those goals! She is an example of hard work and dedication that the underclassmen can look to if they want to be successful. I look forward to watching her excel at the next level, but we will definitely miss her!”

 WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Kaylee and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as a Hanover College Panther.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Member Trenton Doss

Charlestown to Host IHSAA Girls Basketball Sectional #30

Charlestown High School is very excited about hosting the Girls High School Basketball Sectional #30 next week! Check out all the the FAN information you need to know below:

Dates and Times:

1/30/24 Tuesday: Game 1 6:00 PM / Game 2 7:30 PM

2/2/24 Friday: Game 3 6:00 PM / Game 4 7:30 PM

2/3/24 Saturday: Game 5 (Championship) 7:00 PM


Parking for FANS will be available in the SOUTH/MAIN PARKING LOT (Main Entrance) DOOR 32 off of Park Street, adjacent to the football field, directly in front of the gym. (See Map)

Entry & Seating:

The doors will open at 5:00 PM on Tuesday night, 5:00 PM Friday night, and 6:00PM Saturday night.

Ticket Prices: Single $7.00; Season $15.00 (Tickets sold at the gate un advertised by CHS). All sports passes are not valid for IHSAA tournament events. There will be NO PASS OUTS during the tournament.

School seating sections will be marked with signs each night. These areas will change from night to night as certain match-ups are created. (See map for opening night)

Crowd Control: Each school’s administration will be expected to help us in providing the best possible atmosphere for all of our athletes to participate in, but it begins with spectators being good sports and courteous and respectful to all members of the school communities participating!

Rules & Restrictions:


A. Balloons, banners and/or posters, etc. are not permitted.
B. Cowbells, and other such noise devices, banners, shakers on sticks, signs, posters, etc. are not permitted.
C. The use of high school pep bands at this IHSAA tourney is permitted.
D. No live animal mascots are permitted.
E. Line-up lanes of fans shall not be permitted on the playing floor at any time.
F. Carry-in radios, cassette, CD players and tape decks, etc. are not permitted on the playing floor.
G. The throwing of articles, including toilet tissue, is not allowed.
H. All Fans in attendance will be expected to wear shirts.

Video Taping/Filming:
A. Individual spectators are authorized to personally take still photographs of tournament events strictly for personal use.
B. Individual spectators are authorized to personally film, video tape and audio tape portions of IHSAA tournament events, strictly for personal use, only if advanced permission is obtained from the host school principal at the sectional.
C. Teams will only be allowed to tape/film the contest they are participating in. The videotaping/Film area will be set up in the balcony level at the half court line directly access from the main entrance to the arena


Photographers MAY use electronic strobe cameras during the progress of a sporting event as long as, in the opinion of the contest officials, the flash doesn’t hinder the actions of, or endanger the contestants. The final decision, as it relates to photography, rest with the judgment of the contest official. School administrators have the authority to designate certain areas from which photographers may operate during the contest.


We want to remind everyone that it’s the time of year when scammers try to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens on social media by selling pay-per-view links for athletic contests. They are fake! Please do not provide your credit card number or personal information! All audio/radio and television/live streams MUST be approved through the IHSAA ThreeSixtyGroup. Once the approved media list is shared with us, we will update this post with participating media so you know who is legit! Be safe, fans!

This information is brought to you by the Charlestown Athletic Department and the Student Radio/Television and Sportscasting program, WPMQ!

Pickerell Picks Georgetown!

Recently while surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Austin Pickerell signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play soccer at Georgetown College in the fall.

Georgetown College is a private Christian college in Georgetown, Kentucky just 30 minutes from the state’s capital. Chartered in 1829, Georgetown was the first Baptist college west of the Appalachian Mountains. The college offers 38 undergraduate degrees and a Master of Arts in education. It offers degrees in areas of visual and performing arts, math and sciences, humanities, language and culture, business, medicine and healthcare, and others. Georgetown College is associated with five Rhodes Scholars and its alumni have included 38 Fulbright Scholars since 1989.

As a school of approximately 1200 students, Georgetown College has 58 student clubs and organizations, including four national fraternities. The college offers a chapel and several Christian and other religious groups for students. Its social organizations cover a wide range of interests, including government, recreation, community service, activism, the arts, and academics. Finally, it is home to 18 varsity sports in the NAIA and the Mid-South Conference (MSC).

Pickerell plans to major in pre-pharmacy. When asked about his choice to play at Georgetown College with the Tigers, Pickerell replied, “I’m so excited to continue my soccer and academic career at Georgetown College. I hope to earn some minutes my freshman year. It’s pretty cool that my parents went to Georgetown and played sports there; basketball for my mom and soccer for my dad. Maybe I will continue to family tradition and wear #15 like my dad!”

Charlestown soccer coach Cristian Martinez shared his sentiments about Pickerell saying, “Austin has always been a dedicated kid to his team and coaches. His leadership skills will carry him far, on the field and during his career. Georgetown is gaining a valuable player and the best center-back in the area. It was a pleasure coaching him for four years and I wish the best for him in his future.”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Austin and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Georgetown College Tiger.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.

Pirate Cheerleaders Take State!

Our cheerleaders are Varsity C State Champions!!

The Indiana State Cheer Championship is a competition held each year through member schools of the Indiana Principals’ Association. Finalists reach the state level in A, B, C, or D level based on enrollment and through a preliminary round. Charlestown advanced to the state level after a second place finish in the preliminarily round but made necessary routine adjustments in the past two weeks to overcome the leader, Tri-West, in the state finals.

Additionally, they placed 4th place in the Timeout competition, a division they’ve never even competed in before.

Congratulations cheerleaders and coaches!

Nipper Signs with Midway University


Charlestown senior Maddie Nipper was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Midway University in the fall.

Midway University is a private Christian university in Midway, Kentucky just minutes from the Lexington area along I-64. It enrolls approximately 1,900 students earning two-year and four-year degrees as well as master’s degrees. It is home to twenty-eight teams for men, women, and co-ed sports and it competes in the River States Conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics  (NAIA). 

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at Midway University with the Eagles, Nipper replied, “As I visited many great schools and met some wonderful coaches and players, Midway just felt like the right fit all around for me. The campus is beautiful and exactly what I was looking for. I also instantly felt a connection with Coach Gorby and the team. The energy and positivity of the team really attracted me to commit to Midway!” Nipper plans to major in business and minor in computer science.

Charlestown Lady Pirates basketball coach Scott Matthews had this to say: “On behalf of the Lady Pirate basketball team, I want to congratulate Maddie on her signing to Midway University. I look forward to following her basketball journey as she wraps up her high school career here at Charlestown this season and then after high school at the collegiate level. Go Eagles!”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Maddie and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as a Midway University Eagle.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff

Photo contributed by Candice Matthews

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