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

Basketball Holiday Tourney and Wrestling Schedule Changes/Updates

SCHEDULE AND EVENT UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK:
Lots of information here, folks so if you plan on attending girls basketball, wrestling, or boys basketball please read below!
⛹️‍♀️ See Revised GIRLS BASKETBALL Tournament at Scottsburg below:
All will be played at Meyer Gym on 12/29. Here are the matchups and times:
10 am CHARLESTOWN v. Jennings County
Noon Scottsburg v. Greenwood Christian
2 pm Jennings County v. Lawrenceburg
4 pm Greenwood Christian v. East Central
6 pm Lawrenceburg v. CHARLESTOWN
8 pm Scottsburg v. East Central
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🤼 WRESTLING will be at Madison 12/29 and 12/30. Some wrestlers will be attending the Southridge match on 12/30. Cub Classic start time is 9:00 am.
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⛹️BOYS BASKETBALL HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT
December 29, 2020
Game #1: Silver Creek vs Providence @ 6 PM
Game #2: Clarksville vs Charlestown @ 8 PM
** First team listed will be visitors wearing Dark uniforms**
December 30, 2020
Consolation Game @ 6 PM
Championship Game @ 8 PM
Masks are required for entry and during the game.
We ask that all spectators practice social distancing and spread out.
We will only have one side of the bottom bleachers open.
Each Team will be given 3 comp tickets.
Tickets are $6
No Hospitality Room
No net cutting/celebrations. Teams should return to the locker room immediately following the game. Teams will not be allowed to stay and watch the second game.
8 cheerleaders allowed per school
All tourney team will be announced immediately following championship game.
All games will be streamed through the NFHS Network
600 tickets to each game will be offered on GoFan (Links below)
Gym will be cleared between games.
Teams may not warm up until the gym is cleared.
Queen candidates (Kaylee Zimmerman for CHS) will be announced and crowned at the halftime of the championship game.
GoFan Ticket Links
12/29
Game #1 6:00 PM Silver Creek vs Providence https://gofan.co/app/events/123362
Game #2 8:00 PM Clarksville vs CHARLESTOWN https://gofan.co/app/events/123385
12/30
Consolation Game 6:00 PM https://gofan.co/app/events/123363
Championship Game 8:00 PM https://gofan.co/app/events/123386

Winter Sport Schedule Revisions Announced

The following winter sport schedule revisions have been announced by the CHS Athletic Department:

12/1  Girls Basketball will travel to New Washington JV tips 6:00pm

12/3  Boys Frosh Basketball game at Clarksville has been cancelled.

12/5  (Saturday) Boys Basketball Body Armor Showcase has been cancelled.

12/5 additionally we have added Wrestling on Saturday at CHS with first match getting under way at approx. 10:30…Gates open at 10.

Attendance is limited to household members only.

All other events are on as scheduled as of now.

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/

Pirate Football Hosts the Greensburg Pirates Friday in Sectional Opener

Charlestown Pirate Football (3-6) will begin 2020 IHSAA Class 3A Sectional #31 play this Friday, October 23rd, hosting the Pirates of Greensburg HS (5-4) in the Bone Yard.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm this Friday (instead of the usual 7:00 pm) and tickets are only available through the GoFan app at www.gofan.co/app/events/119064.  Football Sectional tickets are $6.00 each.

The winner of Friday’s Sectional #31 first round game will face the winner of the Franklin County (4-2) at Batesville game (4-5).

As a reminder, due to COVID-19, the proper wearing of face masks is requested when moving throughout the stadium, between your seat and the entrance.  Please exercise social distancing when selecting a seat in Dutch Reis Field.

IHSAA Post Season Contest Restrictions:
1.  Banners and posters are not allowed.
2.  No battery powered or electronic noise makers, fireworks, recorded music, sirens or whistles are allowed.
3.  Throwing of articles, including toilet tissue and baby powder, is not allowed.
4.  No live animal mascots are permitted at anytime.
5. The facility should be as neutral as possible without any enhancements that emphasize a home team.

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