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Pirate Baseball’s Brandon Broady Signs with Jackson College

Front Row (L to R) Wendy Broady (Brandon’s mother), Brandon Broady, Jame Broady (Brandon’s Father) Back Row (L to R) Charlestown Baseball Coach Brian Hester, Nick Broady (Brandon’s Brother)





Recently Charlestown baseball senior Brandon Broady was joined by family, coaches, and teammates as he signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play baseball at Jackson College next year.

Jackson College owns more than 500 acres and sits on a scenic rural site six miles south of the city of Jackson, Michigan approximately 40 miles west of Ann Arbor and 35 miles south of Lansing. Jackson College offers quality, transformational educational opportunities to prepare students for today’s career fields or transfer to a university. The College is committed to student success, with expert faculty, academic support and student services.

Jackson College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Region XII, which includes the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

The Jets compete in the Western Conference of the MCCAA against community colleges such as the Lansing Community College Stars, the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders and the Kellogg Community College Bruins in the following varsity sports:

  • Baseball
  • Men’s & Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s & Women’s Bowling
  • Men’s & Women’s Cross Country
  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s & Women’s Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

When asked about his choice to play at Jackson College with the Jets, Broady replied, “I chose Jackson because it felt like the place I could grow as a person and an athlete. The coaches and players I met there made me feel like I was already part of the family up there. And having teammates from travel ball commit after I did made me more confident in my decision.” Broady is undecided on his field of study at Jackson College at this moment. 

Charlestown baseball head coach Brian Hester, who coached Broady the first half of last season before an unfortunate injury ended Broady’s junior season had this to say: “Brandon Broady is a coaches dream.  Brandon has demonstrated what it takes to be a team leader.  He is always on task and willing to work hard in whatever we do.  He is also a positive role model and motivator to the underclass.  He suffered a season ending injury last year but that never stopped from reaching his dreams.  Brandon wanted to play college baseball and he never stopped working towards his goal.  I would take a whole team of players like Brandon.  I can’t wait to see his performance during his senior season at Charlestown and also at Jackson College. Jackson has signed a player that will help their program in many ways.  He drive and work ethic ensure that he will do great things.”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Brandon (a member of the Radio and Television program) and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Jackson College Jet

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.


WPMQ is committed to being your go-to source of information on Charlestown High School, especially in the area of athletics. We know this past year has brought about many changes, one of those being ticketing for athletic events. We have contacted the schools our sports teams will visit for the remainder of this fall season and compiled information regarding tickets for you. Please see below and save this information so you know what your options are before the game.
September 10th at North Harrison–Cash at the Gate
October 1st at Corydon–Cash at the Gate
October 15th at Eastern–Cash at the Gate & online link the week of the game
September 4th at Clarksville–NO CASH; Online Ticket Link:
September 20th at Providence–Cash at the Gate
September 27th at Scottsburg–Cash at the Gate; Online Ticket Link: **Event will not appear until within 7 days of contest
October 11th at Salem–NO CASH; Will take credit or debit at gate; Online Ticket Link: **Event will not appear until within 5 days of contest
September 11th at Salem–NO CASH; Will take credit or debit at gate; Online Ticket Link: **Event will not appear until within 5 days of contest
September 16th & 18th at Scottsburg–Cash at the Gate; Online Ticket Link: **Event will not appear until within 7 days of contest
September 29th at Jeffersonville–Cash at the Gate; Online Ticket link: **Event will not appear until week of the contest
September 8th at Corydon–Cash at the Gate
September 15th at Jeffersonville–Cash at the Gate; Online Ticket link: **Event will not appear until week of the contest
September 21st at Trinity Lutheran–Cash at the Gate
September 25th at Scottsburg–Cash at the Gate; Online Ticket Link: **Event will not appear until within 7 days of contest
September 8 at Shawe–Cash at the Gate
September 9th at North Harrison–Cash at the Gate
September 11th at Crawford County–Cash at the Gate
September 15th at Lanesville–Cash at the Gate
September 18th at Mitchell–Cash at the Gate
September 20th at Austin–NO CASH; Online Ticket Link:
September 27th at New Albany–Cash at the Gate
October 2nd at North Harrison (*JV Only)–Cash at the Gate
October 9th at New Washington Invite-Cash at the Gate

McConnell Breaks Career Blocks Record

Congratulations are in order for Lady Pirate Volleyball’s Kylie McConnell after she broke the school record for career blocks against Henryville last night. Kylie now has 115 blocks (and counting) in her career which surpasses the previous record of 112 held by Emalee Craven from 2014-16.
Kylie also holds the record for most service aces in a match with 10 that she set against Austin last season, and she is just four away from her former teammate Kayleigh Smith’s 2017-20 112 career aces.
Good luck to Kylie and the Lady Pirates at Madison tonight and for the remainder of the season.
Story and photo contributed by WPMQ Staff

Charlestown High School Student Council Releases 2021 Homecoming and Parade Information

Student Council would like to issue the following statement regarding this fall’s homecoming week, September 20th–24th. 

(*Disclaimer: All information below is subject to change.)


The 2021 Charlestown High School football homecoming ceremony will be held at halftime of the varsity football game against Scottsburg on Friday, September 24th. Tickets must be purchased at the following link: 



We would like to congratulate the following students on their selection to the homecoming court:

Freshmen–Sarah England and Grason Connell

Sophomores–Echo Brading, Jayda Holbrook, Chipper Fellows, and Sean McAfee

Juniors–Laney Hawkins, Addison Roberts, Annika White, Josh Andrews, Jake Helton, and Zander Morris

Additionally, we would like to wish good luck to those seniors who are candidates for queen: Sunni Burke, Karly Byrnes, Savannah Gaither, Sadee Goedeker, and Micah Kaelin;

and for King: Jaron Almeciga, Chase Benner, Trey Brison, Steven Cruz, and Alex Wright



The following spirit days will be observed that week as part of the annual spirit week:

Monday, September 20th–Pajama Day

Tuesday, September 21st–White Lies Tee Day

Wednesday, September 22nd–Luau Day

Thursday, September 23rd–Class Shirt Day

Friday, September 24th–Pirate Pride Day



The 58th annual and longest running football homecoming parade in the state will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:30 P.M. This year’s theme is “Tropical Paradise.” The parade will begin in the student parking lot then proceed down Monroe to Main and stop at the square for the pep rally.  Floats need to be in line no later than 4:45. The pep rally will begin at approximately 6:00. You can see the line up and parade route in the graphics below. Public access will be restricted to the back parking lots nearest the baseball and softball fields and only parade traffic will be admitted in the student lot.

The Pirate football boosters will be selling ribeye sandwiches on the square.




















Charlestown Welcomes Coach Joe Witten to Lady Pirate Softball

WPMQ would like to welcome Coach Joe Witten to Charlestown Lady Pirate softball for the 2021-22 season!
Coach Witten comes to us with an extensive and impressive resume. He spent ten seasons at Floyd Central before he made the move to Indiana University Southeast where he spent the last nine seasons as the head of the Grenadiers’ very successful NAIA program.
While at Floyd Central, Coach Witten earned five Hoosier Hills Conference titles, five sectional titles, one regional title, and one state finals appearance. He was a five-time HHC Coach of the Year, a four-time ICGSA District V Coach of the Year, and a four-time Indiana All-Star game coach. With 222 wins for the Highlanders, Witten is the all time winningest coach in school history.
More recently at Indiana University Southeast, Witten compiled a 293-129-1 record and is the program’s all-time wins leader. Under his direction, the Grenadiers made six national tournament appearances in eight possible seasons. Witten was named conference Coach of the Year four times. Each of his nine Grenadier teams were named NAIA Scholar Teams with 3.0 GPAs or higher and 22 scholar-athletes were named NFCA Scholar-Athletes during his tenure. The Grenadiers placed 47 student-athletes on all-conference teams from 2013-2021.
WPMQ is excited to have Coach Witten on the softball field and in the classroom at CHS.
Article and photo submitted by WPMQ.

Kyle Craig to Play in the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic

Charlestown Pirate Kyle Craig has been named to the Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic. The Midway University commit averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists per game for the Pirates during the 2020-21 season.
The Indiana Class Basketball All-Star Classic game that Craig will participate in will be held on Friday, June 18th at Anderson University in the O.C. Lewis Gymnasium in the Kardatzke Wellness Center. The game can be seen at: on Friday, June 18th, at 10:00 a.m. ET .
Craig’s Team White will be coached by Kevin Cherry of Madison-Grant High School. His teammates will include:
Andrew Bennett from Shenandoah
Lane Lauderbaugh from South Decatur
Kaden Howell from Madison-Grant
Ayden Brobston from Frankton
Eddie Jones from Pike
Mason Brooks from North Putnam
Damon Shaw from Rossville
Drew Valentine from Speedway
Sawyer Yoder from Central Noble
Good luck, Kyle!
Story contributed by WPMQ staff.

Crace Signs with Alice Lloyd to Play College Hoops


Front (L to R): Kali Crace (sister), Angela Crace (mother), Ty Crace, Trey Crace (brother)
Back: Ryne Loggins (ALC Assistant Coach) and Sean Smith (Charlestown Basketball Coach)

Recently, Charlestown senior Ty Crace was joined by teammates, family, and friends as he signed his celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Alice Lloyd  College next year.

Alice Lloyd College is a private work college in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. From the early Native Americans to the brave settlers to the small family farms to the proud coal miners there is no doubt that the Appalachian Mountains are rich with history. Alice Lloyd College resides in the heart of Appalachia and has over one hundred years of history. ALC offers eighteen majors under a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science.

Alice Lloyd College teams are nicknamed the Eagles. The college is a dual member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and the NCCAA primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). They compete in the Mid East Region of NCCAA Division 1.

When asked about his choice to play for the Eagles at Alice Lloyd, Crace said, “Alice Lloyd is a good fit me because they’ve allowed me to follow my dream of playing college basketball as well as my college being paid for towards a great education that will prepare me for my future endeavors. Charlestown High School is for sure my home and I’m thankful for everyone that’s been there for me throughout my journey.”

Charlestown basketball coach Sean Smith has coached Crace for 2 years now. He has guided and allowed Crace to be a key player on the team for these last couple years. This is what he had to say about his former player: “We would like to congratulate Ty on the next chapter of his basketball career at Alice Lloyd. Ty has a great deal of passion for the game of basketball and has worked hard to earn this opportunity. He is a skilled player who can score in a variety of ways and who can also create scoring opportunities for others. We are happy for Ty and wish him and the Eagles the best of luck!”

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Matthew McCoy and Kyle Craig.

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