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Deke Brown Signs to Play Football at Hanover College

 

Front (L to R) Kara Brown(mother), Deke Brown, Keith Brown (father)
Back Charlestown Football Coach Jason Hawkins

Last night while surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Deke Brown signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play football at Hanover College in the fall.

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.

Brown, who played linebacker for the Pirates and has etched his name into the record books for as one of the top three tacklers in Charlestown history, will major in secondary education with a focus on history. When asked about his choice to play at Hanover College with the Panthers, Brown replied, “I was impressed by Hanover’s football program and I know I’ll get a great education.”

Charlestown football coach Jason Hawkins told those in attendance at the signing that he expects big things for Brown at Hanover and said, “Deke was incredibly hard working all four years of high school football and he not only got better, but he made those around him better. He never complained about his role, practices, or anything else. He has just came out and went to work. We are very proud of Deke and wish him well as he continues his football and academic career at Hanover College.”

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

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Gracie Snell.

Crowe Signs with Grace College for Volleyball and Track

 

Front Row (L to R): Theresa Crowe (mother), Lanae’ Crowe, Lauren Crowe (sister and CHS assistant track coach)
Back Row (L to R): Tammy Nuxoll (CHS volleyball coach), Jerry Doyle (CHS head track coach), David Daniel (CHS assistant track coach)

Recently, Charlestown senior Lanae`Crowe was joined by family and coaches to sign her letter of intent to attend school and participate in both volleyball and track and field at Grace College in the fall.

Located in downtown Winona Lake, Indiana, Grace College is an evangelical Christian college housing six schools: The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Behavioral Sciences, The School of Business, The School of Education, The School of Ministry Studies, and The School of Professional & Online Education.

Grace College is competes in the Crossroads League at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA Division 1) and is home to nineteen varsity sports including Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Bowling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Track and Field, and Volleyball.

Crowe, who recorded over 1,000 assists in volleyball during her career at Charlestown and who won a sectional and placed 5th in the regional in the discus will major in nursing. When asked about her choice to play at Grace College with the Lancers, Crowe said, “I chose Grace College because they are a family based community. They strive on building relationships with students and making sure they feel at home. Playing college volleyball has always been my dream since third grade and I knew I could not pass up that opportunity. Also being a top competitor for track, coming in as a freshman made my decision easier.”

Charlestown volleyball coach Tammy Nuxoll shared the following sentiments on Crowe: “Lanae’ is a very hard worker on and off the court. I know that she will excel in the classroom and will be able to handle being a multi-sport college athlete. Lanae’ is a versatile player that will put in the work it takes to make positive contributions to the volleyball program.”

Charlestown track coach Jerry Doyle added, “It’s great to see Lanae have the opportunity to pursue her dream of being a multi-sport athlete in college! She is one of the hardest workers, and most dedicated athletes that has come through the Track & Field program in my time as a Coach! She works on her own time, year-round , on shot and discus, and has worked hard in the gym to get stronger. I look forward to this season, as well as following her in her college career! No doubt she will be a success in both athletics and academics!

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Lanae’ and wish her a healthy and prosperous future as a Grace College Lancer.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.

 

Information Regarding Girls Basketball Sectional #30 at Madison

The Lady Pirates will travel to Madison tomorrow evening, February 3, 2021, to take on the Lady Dragons from Silver Creek.  Below are the details released by the Madison athletic department:
Timeline
5:00 Doors will open (4:45 for team door)
5:15 1st game teams can take floor for shooting
5:35 20-minute warm-ups will start without stopping
5:55 National Anthem will be presented
5:58 Introductions of all dressed players, starters, and coaches the 1st time through
6:00 Tip-off
7:35 (estimated) Empty all fans from gym and begin cleaning facility
7:40 2nd game teams can take the floor for shooting
8:00 20-minute Warm-ups will start without stopping
8:20 Intro and Tip
Benches/Locker Rooms
Silver Creek – Boys PE Locker Room – Home Bench
Charlestown – Girls PE Locker Room – Visitor Bench
Madison – Girls Varsity Locker Room – Home Bench
North Harrison – Football Locker Room – Visitor Bench
Ticket Link Information
Silver Creek vs. Charlestown Ticket Link:
Madison vs. North Harrison Ticket Link:
Seating Allotment
25% Capacity – 1100
Streaming Option
Silver Creek vs. Charlestown Streaming Link:
Madison vs. North Harrison Streaming Link:

Pirate Baseball’s Wigginton Signs with Spalding University

Front Row (L to R): Melissa Stewart (mother), Eric Wigginton, Karen Wigginton (Stepmother)
Back Row (L to R): Brian Stewart (Stepfather), Aiden Stewart (Sister), Brian Hester (Charlestown Baseball Coach), Kurt Meyer (Rawlings Tigers Coach) and Jeff Wigginton (Father)

Yesterday, Charlestown baseball senior Eric Wigginton was joined by family, teammates, and coaches to sign his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play baseball at Spalding University in the fall.

Located in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, Spalding University (SU) is a non-traditional private liberal-arts college with certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in seventeen areas of study. Spalding University is a Top 5 School in the United States among those who operate on a block schedule where instead of taking four or more classes over 18 weeks twice per week, students take one or two classes every six weeks daily for approximately 100 minutes per day Monday through Thursday, allowing them to graduate in the same amount of time.

Spalding competes in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 15 NCAA Division III sports including baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track (indoor and outdoor), softball, and volleyball. Spalding baseball is currently receiving votes in the 2021 edition of the Collegiate Baseball News preseason poll. The Golden Eagles finished the shortened 2020 season with an 11-3 record, including a win over preseason No. 23 ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Golden Eagles were ranked 18th in the Perfect Game Top 25 and on track for a third consecutive 30-win season when the 2020 season was shut down due to COVID-19.

Wigginton, who is a CHS Gold Glove winner, will major in business management and serve as a pitcher for the Eagles. Wigginton became a member of the Lumber Yard Baseball Training Facility’s 90 MPH Club this winter. The Lumber Yard is home to Wigginton’s travel baseball team, the Southern Indiana Rawlings Tigers Velo. When asked about his opportunity to play at the next level with the Eagles, Eric said, “When weighing all the pros and cons of what I was looking for in both a school, location, and opportunities in athletics, Spalding was the obvious choice. I am incredibly grateful for the support and instruction of my coaches, teammates, and teachers throughout the years who have played a role in my development as a student-athlete, and I am humbled by the belief that the Spalding coaching staff has placed in me to contribute to the Eagles’ pitching staff.”

Charlestown baseball coach Brian Hester shared the following sentiments on Wigginton: “Eric Wigginton is a coach’s dream. His passion, loyalty, and respect for the game and all that are involved has allowed him to excel as a player and person. His determination to work hard and to love the game of baseball has allowed him to achieve his goal of playing at the collegiate level.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Eric and wish him a healthy and prosperous future as a Spalding University Golden Eagle.

Wigginton is the first of several Charlestown senior athletes expected to sign to play intercollegiate athletics in the coming months, so follow as we will share this news for all of those seniors.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Dalton Hester.

The Wrestling Sectional Crown Belongs to Charlestown for the First Time in 26 Years

 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Phillips/Ed. Melissa Stewart

In a school year filled with ups and downs like sleds on this week’s snowy hills, the Charlestown wrestling team has had their eyes set straight on winning a sectional crown. Not rain, sleet, snow, nor COVID would stop it. Through an abundance of caution, the team has stayed safe and healthy this season and worked relentlessly, anticipating the moment the Pirates stepped on the mat at Jeffersonville High School this morning.

Early energy fueled the Pirates as they lead the pack after the first two rounds. Then the Red Devils from Jeffersonville arrived with a late surge, sending ten wrestlers to the final round, while the Pirates matted nine. With fourteen weight classes to wrestle for a sectional championship, seven of those featured a Charlestown-Jeffersonville clash, and while the Pirates only won three of those (Deke Brown–182 pounds; Manuel Ordorica–195 pounds; and Lucas Gagnon–220 pounds), the rest of the field pulled their weight to give the Pirates the victory.The Pirates watched two others step to the top of the medal stand and be crowned individual sectional champions at the 138 pound weight class (Colin Knox) and the 152 pound weight class (Ben Phillips), both of which are undefeated on the season. The pivotal match fell on Lucas Gagnon who was wrestling the 220 pound class late in the match. Gagnon edged out Jaybreon Litsey of Jeffersonville with the 2-1 decision in the third round to seal the win. Gagnon said, “Winning this title means so much to not just me but to the entire Charlestown wrestling community. I would like to personally think the coaches and teammates who helped push me and make me better so I could help contribute to this great honor.”

The victory gives the Pirates their first sectional title since 1995, and only the third in school history (with the other in 1990).  All fourteen wrestlers qualified for regional, a first in school history, as the most previously was eleven. “I am especially excited that we were able to do it for my senior teammates. This has been a goal of all 14 of us since the beginning of the season,” said junior Ben Phillips.

The Pirates are a senior laden team lead by Colin Knox who notched his 100th win and 50th pin this season, alongside Deke Brown and Manuel Ordorica who recorded their 50th pins this season. Brown told WPMQ, “This was a great win for our whole team. We’ve been working toward this goal for not only months, but years. It feels good.”

It certainly felt good for the 9th year head coach, Adam Doherty. Doherty has spent 16 years with the Charlestown wrestling program so this is his first sectional championship at the helm, but he is no stranger to wrestling championships himself. Doherty was the 103  pound state champion in 1998 and the 112 pound state champion in 1999, going 97-0 over his last two seasons. He spoke with a lot of satisfaction in his voice after the match.  “Today was a great day for CHS Wrestling. It was our goal all year, and we were focused on making it happen. Today took a whole team effort. Every kid stepped up and gave 100%. I’m very proud of each and every wrestler for doing their part in what was an awesome day, ” shared Doherty.

The Pirates will travel back to Jeffersonville next Saturday for the regional. In accordance with COVID restrictions, the IHSAA has released the following information regarding attendance for spectators:
1. All host sites will have limited to no spectators and in accordance with their local health guidelines.
2. Maintain social distancing.
3. Wear masks/face coverings at all times.
4. Only congregate with members of own household. Social distancing should be maintained between different household units.

WPMQ will provide updates throughout the day as they become available.

 

COMPLETE RESULTS

1st Place (Individual Sectional Champions)

Colin Knox (Season Record 22-0)- 138 lbs.

Ben Phillips (31-0) – 152 lbs.

Deke Brown (27-2) – 182 lbs.

Manuel Ordorica (23-2) – 195 lbs.

Lucas Gagnon (20-3)- 220 lbs.

 

2nd Place–Advancing to Regional

Gavin Salisbury -120 lbs.

Alex Sheehan – 126 lbs.

Jakob Lewellen – 132 lbs.

Micah Keltner – 160 lbs.

 

3rd Place–Advancing to Regional

Kamm VanGilder – 106 lbs.

Carson Collier -113 lbs.

 

4th Place–Advancing to Regional

Braden Moore – 145 lbs.

Braden Morgan – 170 lbs.

Austyn Ramirez – 285 lbs.

Final Team Scoring:

Charlestown 273

Jeffersonville 268.5

Corydon 130.5

Salem 105

Eastern 104.5

Silver Creek 80.5

North Harrison 79

Providence 61

Borden 44

Crawford County 35

Rock Creek 28

New Washington 24

 

ARTICLE PROVIDED BY WPMQ, THE PIRATE NETWORK STAFF

Pirates Crowe and Wigginton Named School Winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship

Congratulations to Lanae’ Crowe and Eric Wigginton for being named Charlestown High School’s female and male (respectively) Heisman High School Scholarship winners.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed male and female high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them.

Crowe is a member of the Lady Pirate volleyball, basketball, softball, and track and field teams; Wigginton is a member of the Pirate tennis and baseball teams and is a girls’ basketball manager.  Both have advanced to the state round where those winners will be announced tomorrow.

https://heismanscholarship.com/

Vote for CHS for Indianapolis Colts Friday Night Football Tour Matchup of the Week

Charlestown High School has been included in one of the Indianapolis Colts’ Friday Night Football Tour matchups of the week!
Round 1 voting runs until tomorrow October 6th at 10:00 P.M. in which fans will vote on their top matchup from 12 selections.
Round 2 voting runs Wednesday, October 7th at noon to Friday October 9th at 3:00 P.M. in which fans will choose from the top 5 vote getting matchups from Round 1. Schools making the Top 5 will be notified on Wednesday (10/7). Also for updates, you can follow @ColtsYouthFB on twitter.
Each top 5 matchup starts with a clean slate, so be sure to vote again for our matchup in Round 2!
If we should win, we could earn a $1,000 donation for our athletic department by being named the Friday Night Football Tour matchup of the week!
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