Pirates battle through record temperatures to get first win of season PDF Print E-mail

The record heat last Friday night left many local officials trying to decide what to do for Friday Night football. Late Friday afternoon with the temperatures still over 100 degrees Charlestown High School officials made the decision to push back the kick-off to 8 p.m. with the Generals of Clarksville. The Pirate Nation filled Dutch Reis Field to cheer on their home-standing Pirates in the second Mid Southern Conference contest of the season.
Despite the heat, the Pirates kept their cool and took control in the second half. After trailing 14-13 at the half, Charlestown outscored the Generals 29-8 in the second half of the ballgame to capture their first win of the season, 42-22. Charlestown pushed their record to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Mid Southern Conference.
The Generals received the opening kick-off after the Pirates won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half. Clarksville’s senior quarterback Wes Rittman led the Generals down the field on 14 plays in almost five minutes of the quarter. The drive was capped off as Rittman hooked up with junior Aidan McEwen for a nine yard touchdown pass. Josh Grady missed the extra point to give the Generals the early 6-0 advantage with 7:29 remaining in the opening stanza.
The Pirates answered with their own 10 play drive as junior quarterback Aaron Daniel scampered five yards to the goal line. The two point conversion attempt failed to knot the ballgame at 6 with 3:55 left in the first quarter.
On the Generals’ first play of their next possession, Charlestown senior defensive lineman Zach Jenkins recovered the fumble at the Generals’ 22-yard line.
Charlestown took six plays to find the endzone as Daniel found the goal line from just five yards out. Daniel tacked on the extra point for the 13-6 Pirates lead with less than one minute to go in the first stanza.
The score remained the same at the end of the first quarter of play as Charlestown held the 13-6 advantage.
Clarksville proved to have the only score of the second quarter. Rittman hit junior Nathaniel Jones for a 22 yard touchdown strike. The Generals opted for the two point conversion as Rittman hit classmate Drew Kissel to give the Generals the one point advantage, 14-13, at the 10:19 mark of the first half.
The quarter ran out as Charlestown turned the ball over on downs twice and the Generals threw an interception in the remaining minutes of the quarter.
The second half started off with a bang for the Pirates as senior Ryan Miles returned the opening kick off for a touchdown. Daniel kept the ball as he crossed the goal line for the two point conversion to give Charlestown the 21-14 lead with 11:44 remaining in the quarter.
The Charlestown defense forced a three and out. The Pirates took advantage of the defensive stance and put together a long 12 play drive ending with a six yard touchdown run by Daniel. Daniel split the uprights for the 28-14 Charlestown lead with 4:19 remaining in the third stanza.
Clarksville answered on their next possession as Rittman hooked up with freshman Andrew Wright for the four yard touchdown pass. Jones found the goal line for the two point conversion pulling the Generals within a score, 28-22, with 1:08 remaining in the third quarter.
It only took the Pirates 46 seconds to find the endzone as Daniel scampered seven yards to pay dirt. He then nailed the extra point for the 35-22 lead with 22 seconds remaining in the third period.
The Pirates recorded the only score of the final quarter. Pirate junior Seth McCutchen found the goal line from eight yards out at the 5:47 mark of the fourth period. Daniel tacked on the extra point to seal the 42-22 victory for the Pirates.
“I think if we keep getting better each week, we will be a pretty good football team. If we have a game from our offense, we are going to score a lot of points,” Charlestown head coach Jason Hawkins stated.
The Pirates will travel to North Harrison this Friday night for a 7 p.m. kick off.

Greater Clark students return to school, changes in curriculum, payment options announced PDF Print E-mail

On Thursday, August 18, Greater Clark County Schools welcomed back approximately 10,800 students for the 2011-2012 school year. Approximately 1,450 faculty and staff returned as well, including 35 new teachers (seven elementary, seven middle school, 16 high school, and five in Administration, such as school psychologists). Elementary schools begin from 8:45 a.m. to 8:55 a.m., middle schools at 8:15 a.m., and high schools from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stephen Daeschner welcomed students at Parkwood Elementary School beginning on their first day.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:36
2011 Fall Cheer Clinic to be held by SCHS cheerleaders PDF Print E-mail

Silver Creek High School cheerleaders have announced plans for their 2011 Fall Cheer Clinic will be held.
The Fall Cheer Clinic date will be Saturday, September 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silver Creek High School Gymnasium. The Cheer With Us date will be Friday, September 16 during the Silver Creek vs Charlestown Varsity Football game. Arrival time will be 6:30 p.m. and participants will cheer during the first half of the ballgame.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:37
Sellersburg Celebrates! Luncheon to feature Scott Davenport as guest speaker PDF Print E-mail

The Sellersburg Celebrates! Luncheon will be held on Friday, August 26 at Rock Creek Gymnasium located at 11515 Highway 31.
The meet and greet will begin at

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:38
Dragons begin new era in football history at Springs Valley PDF Print E-mail

The Silver Creek varsity football Dragons and head coach Mike Donahue took a huge step in the history of the grid iron last Friday night as they took the football field at Springs Valley High School. The game began a new era in Silver Creek football as the Dragons played in the first game of a full varsity season on the grid iron since 1942. The team never gave up and got a taste of what varsity football in southern Indiana is all about. Silver Creek fell to the home-standing Blackhawks 38-21. The Dragons accepted a challenge from Donahue and outscored Springs Valley 21-13 in the second half of the contest.

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