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Charlestown Pirate Baseball hosted their MSC rivals from Brownstown Thursday evening to close out conference play for the season. The game, originally scheduled for May 11th had been rescheduled due to wet field conditions, proved that this year’s young Pirate Slugger team have potential to be a sleeper opponent in next week’s sectional. Sophomore Brendan Brainard (3-0) got the call tonight, pitching seven complete innings, earning the win after walking two and striking one out, while the Pirate defense equalized five Brave hits. Brownstown (14-6 & 6-3 MSC) scored one run in the top of the second, before being denied home plate the remainder of the game. Brave pitcher Maxie (4-1), recorded his first lose of the season while visiting Charlestown (7-16 & 3-6 MSC) Thursday evening; as both team logged two errors each. The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, but found a hero in Junior Jacob Doherty who finished the game 1-2 at the plate including a double and the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh. “Couldn’t be more proud of the guys for the heart and effort tonight. We didn’t play mistake free but they showed a ton of heart and that’s what matters most. Brendan pitched exceptionally well and gave our team a chance. This was a quality win for our young ball club”, commented a pleased Pirate Head Coach Ricky Romans. The Pirates will travel to and compete in the Bedford-North Lawrence Invitational Saturday, before opening Sectional play Wednesday versus Sectional host Silver Creek.

Recently Senior Pirate Basketball player gathered with family and school officials to formerly sign his intent to attend and play men’s basketball at Indiana University Southeast.  Jordan stated that given the fast paced style of ball the Grenadiers play; combined with a location that is close to home, were big factors in deciding to play at IUS.  Pirate Basketball Head Coach Jason Connell commented that Jordan’s decision is a “great opportunity” for him, and is well deserving since he has literally “dedicated his life to playing basketball”.  Jordan’s worked hard on being a fast paced player, “his speed and shifty ball handling capabilities” should fit in real well at Indiana University Southeast.  “He’s a tough kid, and we like that”, commented ten year IUS Head Coach Wiley Brown.  “We believe Jordan’s type of leadership defensively” will be a big asset to the program.  Coach Brown has also led his Grenadier teams to seven consecutive KIAC Conference Championships from 2007-08 to 2013-14; six-straight KIAC Tournament titles from 2007-08 to 2012-13; with a 186-67 record.

During Jordan’s signing, shown seated at center, he was joined by his parents Tony and Paula Knoebel, seated on either side.  Jordan was also joined by grandmother Faye Gargano (seated far left) and his sister Marissa (seated far right).  Shown left to right standing and supporting Jordan are IUS Head Coach Wiley Brown, Uncle Jeff, CHS Head Coach Jason Connell and CHS Athletic Director Chad Gilbert.  Congratulations to Jordan Knoebel and his decision to play college basketball at Indiana University Southeast.

Charlestown Pirate Football Senior standouts Brendan Lawler and Shane Phillips gathered with family and Charlestown High School Administrators Wednesday to officially announce their intent to accept preferred offers from the University of Indianapolis Football program. Indianapolis Greyhound football program has dominated their Division II athletic conference (GLIAC) over the past six years, winning it outright four times with a overall record of 30-1. Brendan Lawler, as starting quarterback for the Pirates over the past two seasons; compiled 2,193 passing yards (including 26 touchdowns), and 1,698 rushing yards (including 19 more touchdowns) while leading the offense to a 16-5 overall record since 2015. Shane Phillips, after two years on the Pirate Defensive Line, moved to the Offensive Line at the center position for the Pirates during his Senior season. While in the trenches, Phillips still recorded 30 tackles (15 of those Solo Tackles), two sacks and a very memorable fumble recovery at Silver Creek in 2015.

Shown above with Lawler (left seated) are his parents Brad Lawler and Cassondra Ross; and Phillips (right seated) parents Annette and Chris Phillips, grandmother Sonja Kendrick, and brother Austin Phillips. Charlestown HS Principal Mark Laughner, Athletic Director Chad Gilbert, and Head Football Coach Jason Hawkins (left to right standing rear-center) all attended the announcement in support of Lawler and Phillips.

Lawler and Phillips both commented on the academic benefits at the University of Indianapolis; including high graduation rates, internships, and job placement, as being very attractive to them….besides having a winning football program. Lawler offered this advise to student athletes coming up behind him, “Don’t take anything for granted and cherish every moment (of high school)”. Lawler further noted his appreciation to the support and drive of his parents, coaches, family and friends as key motivators during his high school career.

Phillips’ advice to upcoming student athletes wanting to play at the next level was: “talk to everyone you can (get advice and guidance), use it toward personal goals.” Phillips also obviously appreciates the family and friends support he has had during high school.

Pirate Nation congratulates “Pirates for Life” Brendan Lawler and Shane Phillips on moving forward with academic and athletic plans at the college level. Best of luck after high school, academically and athletically.