Charles has taken charge for Scotties

Union High senior Tre Charles has lifted the Scotties a 10-4 record and second place in WPIAL Section 1-1A.

More about Tre Charles

Question Answer
Grade Senior
Position Point guard
Stats 32.3 points per game in three Union wins over Rochester, Holy Family and New Brighton
Parents Cornell and Nikki Charles
Favorite basketball team and why "The Cavaliers because they're close to home."
Favorite basketball player and why "LeBron James because he's good all around."
Plans after high school Plans to play football at either California University (Pa.) or the University of Akron

By now, everyone in Lawrence County has heard of Tre Charles' athletic prowess.

Whether it's on the football field or on the basketball court, the Union High senior has been turning heads for the better part of two years and it appears he has no plans of slowing down.

Charles averaged a whopping 32.3 points per game in the Scotties' three wins over Rochester, Holy Family Academy and New Brighton, including 10 rebounds for a double-double against the Rams to earn Lawrence County High School Athlete of the Week honors. The award is presented by Washington Centre Physical Therapy and selected by the New Castle News sports staff.

"That's one of the better weeks I've seen anybody have," Union coach Mark Stanley said. "That's a good week. He's shooting it well, getting steals, hoops at the basket. He just did it all and his numbers show it. That's a pretty special week."

Charles has worked to become a more complete player in his senior season. This season, he's shown the ability to not only score on all three levels, but also to create for teams.

"Yeah, I've worked on a lot of things in the offseason," Charles said. "I really wanted to work on my shooting and passing and I think those have really improved this season."

Tre Charles

Union's Tre Charles rises up for a layup over Mohawk's Brandon Gennuso during the second quarter of a non-section game at Mohawk High School on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

The Scotties' star leads Lawrence County in scoring with 22 points per game. Stanley remarked on how his physical growth has helped him reach that point.

"At the beginning of the year when he came off the football field, I made a comment about how much bigger he'd gotten," Stanley said. "His strength this year is what really shocked me the first couple days of practice. He's just matured and gotten better every year."

Though Charles' play would give him every reason to be boastful, the soft-spoken point guard did exactly the opposite, crediting his teammates for his success.

"I honestly wouldn't be able to do it without the team I have around me," he said. "Defenses can't really focus on me because they know if leave one of my teammates open, I'm going to find them and they're going to make shots. So really they make everything easier for me." 

Charles exudes calmness which seems to seep into the rest of his teammates, both on the football field and the basketball court. Despite his quiet nature, teammates always seem ready and eager to follow his lead.

"He's a quiet guy," Stanley said. "He's not a rah-rah type of guy. He goes out and plays hard and I think they feed off of that." 

Charles, who went over the 1,000-point plateau for his career Tuesday night, says it's just beginning to hit him that his high school athletic career is winding down.

"It's special and you kind of get emotional when you think about it," he said. "I have a lot of memories here and I hope that as we continue this season I can make some more."

Sports Writer

Clay Sauertieg is a former sports writer at the New Castle News. He left The News in June 2018.

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