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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.

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

Vaughn to Continue Tennis Career at Indiana University Southeast


Front Row (L to ): Kerri Vaughn (Maci’s mother), Maci Vaughn, and Eric Vaughn (Maci’s father)
Back Row (L to R): Scott Matthews (CHS Head Varsity Tennis Coach), Cliff Winchell (IUS Women’s Head Tennis Coach), Ethan Vaughn (Maci’s brother)

Recently in the presence of family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown graduate Maci Vaughn signed to attend school and play tennis at Indiana University Southeast in the fall.

Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus of Indiana University, is a four-year, public, comprehensive university located in New Albany, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1941, it provides high-quality educational programs and services that promote student learning and prepare students for productive citizenship in a diverse society, and that contribute to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our region. IU Southeast competes at the NAIA level in the River States Conference and is home to ten varsity sports.

When asked about her choice to play at IU Southeast with the Grenadiers, Vaughn replied, “I am so blessed to be able to continue playing a game that I love. I am happy that I will have the opportunity to play nearby so my family and friends can attend.
I’m grateful for all of the love and support I have gotten from my Pirate family.”

Charlestown tennis coach Scott Matthews shared his sentiments on Vaughn saying, “On behalf of the entire Lady Pirate Tennis team, we want to congratulate Maci and wish her the very best at IUS. We know she will go on to do great things on and off the court.”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Maci and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Indiana University Southeast Grenadier.

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

Taylor University Secures Successful Sisters Jackie and Jessie McCoy

Front Row (L to R): BJ McCoy (mother), Jackie McCoy, Jessie McCoy, and Tim McCoy (father)
Back Row (L to R): Lauren Hutt (CHS Assistant XC & Track Coach), Quinn White (Taylor University XC Coach), Josh McCoy (brother) and Jerry Doyle (CHS XC & Girls Track Head Coach)

In front of family, friends, teammates, and coaches Charlestown’s successful running duo, Jackie and Jessie McCoy, recently signed their letter of intent to continue their education and cross country and track at Taylor University.

Most know that the McCoy sisters were very decorated athletes at Charlestown. Both are members of sectional and conference championship teams. They have earned Mid Southern Conference honors, All-Area honors, and many invitational championships. Jackie was a 2-time semi-state qualifier and Jessie was a state finalist and a 2-time All State honorable mention recipient.

Located in Upland, Indiana, Taylor’s influence spans the globe. With 99% of students employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation, the Christian liberal arts approach inspires student-leaders to minister Christ’s redemptive love, grace, and truth to a world in need. A longstanding legacy of excellence inside and outside the classroom has earned Taylor University rankings in the top three Midwest Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for nearly three decades. Taylor Athletics now has 16 intercollegiate athletic teams—including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, track & field, softball, and volleyball. The Taylor University Women’s Cross Country team is currently ranked #1 in NAIA as the reigning 2022 National Champions.

When asked about the decision to attend Taylor University, Jackie said, “Taylor University is a private Christian college and has one of the best science programs in Indiana. I chose Taylor because I love to learn about God and to become a better discipline, and I can do this at Taylor while I study the field I feel led in. I will be going to Taylor to obtain my Bachelor Degree in Biology Health Sciences and along the way be on the Maddawg cross country and track team. I love running, God, and science and Taylor can and will perfectly fulfill all of my aspirations for these things. I cannot wait to join them this coming fall and to see where God might lead me on this new journey.”

Jessie added, “I love running with an emissive passion, but it does not compare to my love for God. I chose Taylor University because of the spiritual foundation and God’s handiwork that is ever present there. The opportunity I have been given to run there was just a gift from God, and I want to use it to hopefully bring glory to him. I am forever thankful to the coaches and administrators at Taylor University, they have been a blessing and another wonderful gift from God.”

Taylor University head coach, Quinn White said, “We are so excited to have Jackie and Jessie at Taylor. Their work ethic, talent, and demeanor fit our culture so well. They will have a wonderful impact on our team the next four years. We wish them the best as they finish off their careers at Charlestown HS. ”  In his 12 seasons leading the Taylor women’s cross country program, White has helped the Trojans to a record-setting nine-straight Crossroads League Championships and nine top-20 finishes at the NAIA National Championships. In the last nine seasons, the program has also racked up 55 All-Crossroads League awards and 11 NAIA All-American honors.

Charlestown High School cross country and track coach had this to say: “Jessie and Jackie have been the heart of Pirate Cross Country and Track & Field for the last four years! I will tell any athlete that if they want to be their best, look to Jess and Jackie as an example. Their hard work and dedication to their sport is unparalleled! Together, they have led our cross country program to heights that I never could have imagined! I am not sure that we will ever duplicate the four year stretch that we have had while they have been in our program, leading us to two sectional titles and a conference title, plus numerous meet championships. They will be sorely missed, but I am excited to watch them flourish at the next level!”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulate Jackie & Jessie and wish them a healthy and prosperous future at Taylor.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network’s Aiden Stewart.


Rufer Signs to Run at Hanover College

Front Row (L to R) Faith Rufer (Raelynn’s mother), Raelynn, Todd Rufer (Raelyn’s Father)
Back Row (L to R) Lauren Hutt (CHS Assistant Coach) and Jerry Doyle (CHS Head Coach)

Yesterday, Charlestown senior Raelynn Rufer was surrounded by family, friends, and coaches as she signed a 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, double major business and art history,

and participate in athletics at Hanover College with the Panthers, Rufer replied, “Thinking about college is not something I like to do often. However, when I think about going to college at Hanover a smile comes to my face. I appreciate all my coaches and the teachers that have gotten me here. I look forward to my athletic and academic endeavors at Hanover College”

Charlestown cross country and track coach Jerry Doyle had this to say: “Raelynn has been a joy to coach! She is a natural leader, oftentimes leading the team in drills and stretching. She is a gifted athlete, who puts in a lot of extra work outside of track and cross-country conditioning. She is always striving to improve her overall fitness, so that she can be competitive in the events that she competes in! She is also a top notch student, putting in the work necessary to succeed academically. She will be missed next year, but I look forward to watching her grow in her next chapter at Hanover!”

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

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

Lady Pirate Laney Hawkins Signs with Olney Central

Front Row L to R: Lisa Hawkins (Laney’s mother), Laney, Jason Hawkins (Laney’s father) Back Row L to R: Jerry Doyle (Cross Country Coach), Caleb Hawkins (Laney’s brother), Scott Matthews (CHS Head Girls Basketball Coach), John Orr (JV Girls Basketball Coach), Rick Myers (Assistant Girls Basketball Coach), and Ashley Diaz (Assistant Girls Basketball Coach)

Charlestown senior Laney Hawkins was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Olney Central College in the fall.

Olney Central College is a two-year public community college in Olney, Illinois that offers a variety of educational opportunities with transfer degrees and technical programs that prepare students for careers in today’s competitive job market. OCC continuously receives recognition for its completion and graduation rates, earning it rankings as the No. 1 Community College in Illinois and one of the Top 150 Community Colleges in the nation.

OCC supports four sports at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I level. The men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball teams are extremely competitive in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and region.

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at Olney Central College with the Blue Knights, Hawkins replied, “I chose Olney Central College to continue my academic and athletic career because of the effort the coaching staff has made to get to know me. I really like the style of play at Olney and how the players and coaches encourage and uplift each other. OCC is a small college with small class sizes with the opportunity to get to know instructors well. I’m very grateful and excited about this decision.” Hawkins will major in radiology technology.

Charlestown Lady Pirates basketball coach Scott Matthews had this to say: “Congratulations to Laney with her signing to Olney Central. We are excited to follow her basketball journey after high school and wish her the best of luck. Go Knights!”

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Laney and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Olney Central College Blue Knights.

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

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