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.

Lady Pirates’ McFarland Signs with Olivet Nazarene University

Front Row (L to R) Calvin McFarland (Tatum’s father), Tatum, Evan Johnson (ONU Coach), and Treasure McFarland
Back Row (L to R): Chance McFarland (Tatum’s brother), Kipton McFarland (Chance McFarland), and Scott Matthews (Charlestown Basketball Coach)

Charlestown senior Tatum McFarland was recently joined by family, coaches, teammates, and friends to sign her celebratory letter of intent to attend school and play basketball at Olivet Nazarene University next year.

Nestled in the Village of Bourbonnais, just 45 miles from Chicago, is the 275-acre main campus of Olivet Nazarene University. The setting includes park-like landscaping surrounding historic and state-of-the art facilities. With 3,500 students, it’s large enough to offer a world-class education, and small enough to know fellow schoolmates.

ONU competes at the NAIA level in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, which includes fourteen member schools from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Olivet Nazarene is home to twenty-one varsity sports for both men and women.

When asked about her choice to attend school and play basketball at ONU with the Tigers, McFarland replied, “The reason I chose Olivet Nazarene University to continue my academic and athletic career is because of how welcoming the girls and the coaches were when I went to Olivet back in August for a camp. Olivet felt like a home away from home. The girls are really uplifting and push one another to do better in every aspect in life. ONU checked off every box on my list that I wanted in my future college and I couldn’t be happier to make this commitment to Olivet. ”

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

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Tatum and wishes her a healthy and prosperous future as an Olivet Nazarene University Tiger.


Photo provided by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Kassie Propes. Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network staff member Aiden Stewart.

Ottersbach Signs with Sycamores of Indiana State University for Track and Field

Seated (L to R) Robbie Ottersbach (Jake’s father), Jake, Pam Ottersbach (Jake’s mother) Back Row (L to R) David Daniel (CHS Track & Field Coach), and Peyton Ottersbach (Jake’s sister and ISU softball alumn)

Recently while surrounded by family, friends, and coaches, Charlestown senior Jake Ottersbach signed his national letter of intent to attend school and participate in track and field at Indiana State University in the fall of 2023.

Indiana State University is a is a public university in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was founded in 1865 and offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 75 graduate and professional programs. The athletics teams at Indiana State University are known as the Sycamores. They participate in the NCAA Division I and in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). Also the Sycamores offer in 13 varsity sports for the men and women of their university.

Ottersbach, who plays wide receiver on the football team and a forward on the basketball team for the Pirates, has shined as a tracklete for Charlestown. Last spring he repeated as the Bloomington Regional champion in the 110M high hurdles and advanced to compete in three events at the state track and field meet where he finished in 5th place in the 110M high hurdles and earned All-State honors. Ottersbach holds the school record in the 110 Hurdles with a time of 14.48. 

Ottersbach will major in aviation at ISU. When asked about his choice to attend school and participate in track and field with the Sycamores, he replied, “Choosing Indiana State University was the best option for me not only for athletics but also to continue my academic career. Indiana State’s track team has won numerous Missouri Valley Conference titles and had multiple athletes go to nationals. I am beyond excited to be a part of this team and contribute to their success. Without my Coaches and team supporting me along the way I don’t believe that I could be where I am today.

Charlestown track and field coach David Daniel told said, “The CHS Pirate Track & Field staff and I are extremely proud of Jake and excited that he has earned this opportunity to continue his academic and athletic career at Indiana State University.  ISU is getting a well rounded and quality student athlete in Jake. He has always represented his family, school and community well. We wish him all the best and look forward to following his college career next fall.  What Jake has accomplished in two seasons is simply amazing (lost his freshman season due to covid shutdown). He is already a 2-time conference, sectional and regional champion in multiple events and an All-State performer with a 5th place finish in the 110HH this past spring.

WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Jake and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as an Indiana State University Sycamore.

Article contributed by WPMQ, The Pirate Network.


Pirates Chisman and Ottersbach Named School Winners for the Heisman High School Scholarship


Congratulations to Tara Chisman and Jake Ottersbach for being named Charlestown High School’s 2022 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.

Chisman is a member of the Lady Pirate volleyball and track and field teams; Ottersbach is a member of the Pirate football, basketball, and track and field teams. Both have advanced to the state round where those winners will be announced later.

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