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Ricky Romans Letter of Resignation to Pirate Nation


Pirate Nation,

It has truly been a blessing leading the baseball program for the last 17 years. When I was fortunate to be hired in 2004, I never envisioned being the Head Baseball Coach through 2020. There was something about the program, and the community, that allowed me to grow so close so quickly. As an individual that grew up going to school and working in Jeffersonville, I will never forget when asked “why Charlestown?” during my interview. My response was that I believed it was a great opportunity for both of us. All I wanted was a chance to coach the game I have loved since I was a kid. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Hall gave me that opportunity with only one year of high school assistant coaching experience on my resume. Their belief in me fueled me to work hard and do the best I could for Charlestown, which quickly became home to me and my family. We eventually moved to the area and have raised our family here since 2009. I have always believed in loyalty, and Charlestown has shown great loyalty to me through the years. Many changes have occurred within the administration during my tenure, as I have worked for many wonderful people including Principals Dick Johnson, Keith Hedges, Mark Laughner, John Rowland, and Amy Cook. As for Athletic Directors, I have been blessed to work for Tony Hall, David Null, Kim Carroll, and Chad Gilbert. All these individuals have allowed me to grow not only as a coach, but as a person as well. They have treated me with great respect, and I will forever be grateful for their kindness and generosity.

Personally, Charlestown High School helped me through many difficult times in my life. When my mother died in 2006, it was one of the hardest times of my life. Then, in 2016 when I lost my father, followed by my stepfather in 2017, adversity of life struck again. As I told our players, life is challenging at times. Sports are a great release from the real world sometimes, and coaching baseball and being around great people kept me busy during some of the most challenging times in my life. Much of that is due to the help I received from my assistant coaches through the years, which included John Smith, Darren Floyd, Brian Hester, Bryan Roberts, Jim Worley, Bryan Glover, Jeremy Eger, Kyle Craig, Joe Natterman, Chris Nickles, Matt Siler, Chuck Latham, Brian Smith, Josh Romans, and Rick Romans Sr. We had so many wonderful times on and off the ball field together, and I genuinely appreciate all their hard work and commitment to Pirate Baseball.

All good coaches realize that teams start and end with the players. Even though I have a list of players since 2004, I do not want to take a chance on missing someone so I will just say it has truly been an honor coaching each of you. We have had many exciting times, and some challenging and heartbreaking times as well. I am sorry we could not bring more championships to Charlestown, but I will never forget the exciting come from behind victory in the Sectional Championship in 2009 and the Conference Championship in 2015. It was always my goal for you to be successful on the baseball field, but it was more important for me that you turn into great young men. Hopefully, even though you probably did not agree with our decisions at times, you realize that we, the coaches, genuinely care about you. As I now step away, I want to say Thank You for allowing me to be a small part of your development and I truly wish all of you the best in your future. I will always be just a phone call away if you need anything.

Forever a part of the Pirate Family,
Coach Romans

CHS Athletic Results from the Week of September 7-12

WPMQ’s Weekly Wrap-up
Athletic Results from the Week of September 7-12
Boys Soccer
Wednesday, September 9 @ Silver Creek L 3-2
Thursday, September 10 vs. Salem W 9-0; Goals by Pascual Gonzalez, Bryson Andasol, Kameron Kimmel, Hunter Van Gilder, Luke Jones, Ashton Walden, and Logan Brown.
Boys Tennis
Tuesday, September 8 at Austin L 1-4
1S—Michael Gillooly lost to Gavin Parker 2-6, 1-6
2S—Alex Wright lost to Brendan Hanner 3-6, 3-6
3S—Jackson Snelling lost to Cameron Richey 2-6, 6-7 (5-7)
1D—Brandon Broady and Dawson Boyd lost to Jacob Campbell and Josh Gabbard 5-7, 6-7 (3-7)
2D—Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton def Parker Bruce and Nick Henderson 6-2, 6-2
Wednesday, September 9 vs. New Washington W 4-1
1S–Jackson Snelling def Colin Brown 6-2, 6-0
2S–Carter Getz lost to Hunter Eurton in three sets; score not reported
3S–Forfeit by New Washington
1D–Nate Smith and Jacob Whitten won 6-0, 6-0
2D–Forfeit by New Washington
Thursday, September 10 at Eastern W 4-1
1S–Michael Gillooly lost
2S–Alex Wright won 6-0, 6-0
3S–Forfeit by Eastern
1D–Brandon Broady and Jackson Snelling won 7-5, 6-2
2D–Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton won 6-0, 6-0
Cross Country
Tuesday, September 8 @ Scottsburg Invitational –Champions!!!
Skylar Cochran–4th
Laney Hawkins –7th
Kaylee Kinser–9th
Jessie McCoy–11th
Emma Faulkner–13th
Jackie McCoy–15th
Dylan Kinser–9th
Friday, September 11 vs. North Harrison (Varsity) W 43-26
Lukes–2 TDs
Bonner–1 TD
Brown–1 TD; 1 Two-Point conversion run 13 solo; 12 assists for 25 tackles
McClelland–1 TD; 2 Two-point conversion run
Ottersbach–1 TD
Girls Soccer:
Wednesday, September 9 @ Corydon L 8-0
Tuesday, September 8 vs. Shawe Memorial W 25-10, 25-13, 25-10; JV won 25-11, 25-13
Lanae’ Crowe–9 kills; 13 assists
Kylie McConnell-8 kills; 7 service aces
Katelyn Devers–7 kills
Sadee Goedeker–6 kills
Emma Obermeier–10 assists
Tara Chisman–6 assists
Maci Vaughn–3 service aces
Addison Smith–11 digs
Abbi East–10 digs
Weekly Wrap-Up and This Week in Sports Provided by WPMQ Sports Broadcasting

CHS Athletic Results from the Week of August 31-September 5

WPMQ’s Weekly Wrap-Up for August 31-September 5

Season Record 0-2-1
Tuesday, September 1 @ Madison T 1-1; Goal by Andrew Cruz
Thursday, September 3 @ Scottsburg L 4-2

Season Record 4-2
Tuesday, September 1 vs. Borden L 2-3
1S—Michael Gillooly lost to Mason Carter 1-6, 1-6

2S—Alex Wright def Kaden Holmes 6-1, 6-2

3S—Dawson Boyd lost to AJ Agnew 1-6, 3-6

1D—Brandon Broady and Jackson Snelling lost to Ryan Adams and CJ Cooley 4-6, 3-6
2D—Clayton Rothbauer and Eric Wigginton def Kasym Nash and Zane Stotts 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

Thursday, September 3 @ North Harrison 2nd Place to Jasper
Skylar Cochran 10th
Laney Hawkins 12th
Jackie McCoy 21st
Kaylee Kinser 25th
Dylan Kinser–19th and a PR of 18:36

Season Record 1-2
Monday, August 31 @ Brownstown (JV) L 21-12
Friday, September 3 @ Clarksville (Varsity) W 36-25
Kyle Craig—92 yd Interception Returned for TD
Terrance Bonner–2 TD
Deven Lukes–TD
Jake Ottersbach–TD

Wednesday, August 26 at Silver Creek No Results

Season Record 0-4
Wednesday, September 2 @ New Albany L 10-0
Thursday, September 3 @ Scottsburg L 11-0

Season Record 3-6
Tuesday, September 1 vs. Southwestern W 25-18, 25-20, 25-16; JV won 25-22, 25-21
Kayleigh Smith–12 kills
Katelyn Devers–7 kills
Kylie McConnell—5 kills; 4 aces
Lanae’ Crowe–28 assists
Abbie East–14 digs
Maci Vaughn–13 digs
Addison Smith–11 digs
Thursday, September 3 at Silver Creek L 25-17, 25-14, 25-9


Weekly Wrap-Up and weekly schedule provided by WPMQ Staff

CHS Athletic Results from the Week of August 24-30

Athletic Results from the Week of August 24-30

Boys Soccer

Season Record 0-1

Tuesday, August 25 @ Corydon L 5-2; Goals by Bryson Andasol and Hunter VanGilder

Boys Tennis

Season Record 4-1

Monday, August 24 vs. South Central W 4-1

  • 1S—Alex Wright def Ty Jones 6-0, 6-0
  • 2S—Michael Gillooly def Evan Schoen 7-6, 6-0
  • 3S—Clayton Rothbauer def Ethan Hedden 6-0, 6-1
  • 1D—Brandon Broady/Jackson Snelling lost to Dawson O’Connor/Craig Simpson 6-1, 6-4
  • 2D—Forfeit by South Central

Wednesday, August 26 vs. Scottsburg (MSC) W 4-1

  • 1S—Michael Gillooly def Cole Atha 6-3, 6-2
  • 2S—Alex Wright def Ryan Gibson 2-6, 6-4, 7-6
  • 3S—Dawson Boyd def David Gaffney 7-5, 6-2
  • 1D—Brandon Broady/Jackson Snelling lost to Joe Neace/Jacce Watson 3-6, 6-2, 3-6
  • 2D—Clayton Rothbauer/Eric Wigginton def Eli Carr/Blake Drury 7-6 (7-3), and 7-6 (7-3)

Thursday, August 27 @ New Washington W 4-1

  • 1S—Eric Wigginton def Colin Brown 6-2, 6-3
  • 2S—Carter Getz lost to Hunter Eurton 2-6, 3-6
  • 3S—Forfeit by New Washington
  • 1D—Nathan Smith/Jacob Whitten def Kelly Fieldhouse/Easton Nichols 6-1, 6-3
  • 2D—Forfeit by New Washington

Cross Country

Tuesday, August 25 @ Silver Creek Hokum Karem: 2nd Place

  • Skylar Cochran and Jessie McCoy 5th
  • Laney Hawkins and Jackie McCoy 7th
  • Emma Faulkner and Kaylee Kinser 15th
  • Rachel Wilcox (paired with a Silver Creek runner) finished 18th


Season Record 0-2

Monday, August 24 @ Silver Creek (JV) W 16-14

  • Clay McClelland and Justin Morrow–TDs

Friday, August 28 @ Brownstown (Varsity) L 42-7

  • Matthew Henning—54 yd. TD

Girls Golf

Wednesday, August 26 vs. Silver Creek L 222-268

  • Brenna Doty 65
  • Raegan Grissom 66
  • Emma McCutcheon 67
  • Olivia Doty 70

Girls Soccer

Season Record 0-2

Thursday, August 27 @ Jeffersonville L 13-0


Season Record 2-5

Tuesday, August 25 vs. New Washington W 25-8, 25-18, 25-11; JV won 25-12, 25-22

  • Lanae Crowe—7 Kills
  • Kenzie Baker and Kylie McConnell—4 kills
  • Macie Vaughn—11 digs
  • Emma Obermeier—5 aces; 8 assists

Wednesday, August 26 @ Henryville L 21-25, 10-25, 22-25; JV won 25-19, 25-10; C-Team won 25-17, 25-22

  • Sadee Goedeker and Kayleigh Smith—4 kills
  • Lanae Crowe—9 digs
  • Abbi East—4 digs

Thursday, August 27 vs. Madison L 25-12, 21-25, 13-25, 25-22, 10-15; JV won 25-11, 21-25, 15-11

  • Kayleigh Smith—12 kills
  • Lanae Crowe—11 kills
  • Katelyn Devers—5 kills
  • Abbi East—26 digs
  • Emma Obermeier—20 assists

This Week in Sports August 31-September 5

Weekly recap and outlook provided by the WPMQ Sports Broadcasting class of Charlestown High School.


Lady Pirate Cross Country is Off to a Sizzling Start

The defending Mid Southern Conference and Sectional champion cross country team is off to another hot start after the girls finished 3rd to Indianapolis Cathedral and Seymour in the Seymour Invitational! Skylar Cochran and Jessie McCoy finished in the top 10 with Laney Hawkins, Jackie McCoy, Kaylee Kinser and Emma Faulkner in the top 25!

Last night, they traveled to Silver Creek for the annual Hokum Karem meet and finished second behind perennial cross country powerhouse Floyd Central in a meet with top area schools! A hokum karem race is a two-person relay race where teammates alternate running a 3k loop. Each teammate will complete the loop once.  For the Lady Pirates the team of Skylar Cochran and Jessie McCoy placed 5th, Laney Hawkins and Jackie McCoy were 7th, Emma Faulkner and Kaylee Kinser were 15th,  and Rachel Wilcox (paired with a Silver Creek runner) finished 18th.

Other teams in the meet included Madison, Borden, Jeffersonville, Silver Creek, Crothersville, Eastern, Salem, Lanesville, Christian Academy, and Scottsburg.

Dylan Kinser is the Pirates’ only male runner this year.  He has finished top 25 in both races so far.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Writer

Photo credit: Jerry Doyle

Pirate Football at Brownstown Event Guidelines

The following Event Guidelines for Friday’s football contest; Charlestown Pirates at the Brownstown Braves has been issued by the Brownstown Central HS Athletic Department.

Unfortunately, NO TICKET PRE-SALES will be available through Charlestown HS.

Attendance Guidelines:

Masks will be required to enter all events. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Masks must be worn when not seated and moving around the facility. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Immediate family and those who rode to the game may sit together.

Masks may be purchased at the ticket gate for $1.

Fans experiencing Covid symptoms should not attend.  Fans are asked to bring exact change at all ticket gates to limit the exchange of cash between patrons ($5 admission).

Sanitation stations will be available at ticket gates, concessions stands, press boxes, and restrooms.

All spectators must exit the facility at the event’s conclusion. Fans transporting participants should wait for them at their vehicles in the parking lot.  Social distancing marking will be used at ticket gates, concessions areas, and restrooms.

Football Seating Capacities:

Spectator seating capacity:  Home – 250  /  Visitors – 250  Ticket Sales – Admission gates will open 1 hour before event begins.  Vouchers will be distributed in advance to home and visitor participants’ families. Visitors’ vouchers may be redeemed to purchase a ticket at the North gate.  Visitors should park in the main school lot off Elm Street (north of FB field).  Spectators are permitted to bring lawn/bag chairs to sit on grassy areas around the facility to promote social distancing.  No pass-outs policy will be in place, encouraging one-way traffic before and after games at ticket gates.

Restroom Facilities are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Concessions stands are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Lady Pirate Volleyball Tames the Lady Mustangs in Three Sets

Last night the Lady Pirate volleyball team hosted the neighboring Lady Mustangs of New Washington. Both teams came into the contest hunting their second win of this early season as Charlestown was 1-3 with a win over MSC rival Clarksville and losses to Jeffersonville, Corydon, and defending state champion Brownstown. New Washington entered 1-2 with a win over South Decatur and losses to Greensburg and Southwestern.

Lanae’ Crowe and Hannah Baker defend the net as Emma Obermeier awaits the hit.

The Lady Pirates came out strong in the first set and played well, easily capturing the 25-8 victory.  Coach Nuxoll credited Emma Obermeier and Abbi East with a few good serving runs in that set.  In the second set, the Lady Pirates took a 6-0 lead before giving up seven straight. Nuxoll said, “I think we got into our own heads a little bit and struggled making our own errors. New Washington isn’t a team to back down and kept coming at us.” The Lady Pirates then gathered their composure and went on to win that set 25-18.  More strong serving from Emma Obermeier as well as Macy Vaughn in the third set helped pace the victory, 25-11.

Kayleigh Smith and Lanae’ Crowe led the offense with 7 kills each, and Kylie McConnell and Kenzie Baker each contributed 4 kills. Maci Vaughn led the defense with 11 digs and also had 2 aces. Emma Obermeier ended the night with 5 aces and also contributed 8 assists.

Coach Nuxoll concluded saying, “We hope to carry the positive play from tonight into our match at Henryville tomorrow.” Henryville is defending its sectional title this season and will enter the contest 5-2. Most recently they lost 2-1 to Hauser in the championship game of their own invitational.

Charlestown JV also won 25-12, 25-22.

Article contributed by WPMQ Staff Writer

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