Senior athletes Mike Case (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Abbey Schmahl (Aurora, Ind.), along with former basketball standout Mike Miller, highlighted award recipients at the Hanover College Athletic Honors Banquet. The annual event was held Tuesday, May 22, in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.
Miller, a 1969 Hanover graduate, was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Case and Schmahl were named Hanover’s outstanding senior male and female athletes, respectively.
A four-year member of the Panthers’ basketball program, Miller scored 1,601 points and grabbed 955 career rebounds. At the time of his graduation, he ranked third in career scoring and second in rebounding.
He spurred Hanover from a 0-24 record as a freshman to a 19-9 mark in his second season. The Panthers reached the 20-win level for the first time in school history during Miller's junior season (22-10) and finished 22-4 in his senior campaign.
Case, a second-team Capital One Academic All-America honoree as a senior, was a three-time first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection during his four seasons with Hanover's basketball squad.
Case capped his career 15th in school history with 1,347 points. He was seventh in rebounding with 746 career boards.
He set personal single-game highs as a junior, notching 34 points and 17 rebounds in a NCAA III tournament contest against Hope College (Mich.).
He led the Panthers in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage as a junior and senior.
This past winter, he ranked fifth in the Heartland Conference with 16.2 points per contest and was fourth in the league with 6.9 rebounds per outing. He also ranked second in field goal shooting percentage (60.3%).
Schmahl was a four-year contributor for both Hanover’s soccer and basketball teams.
A four-time all-HCAC selection in soccer, Schmahl was named the most valuable player in the conference tournament as a senior. She keyed the Panthers' two shut-out wins as the squad claimed the league’s championship and the program’s first berth in the NCAA III national tournament.
In basketball, Schmahl was an honorable-mention all-conference selection as a senior and a member of the HCAC’s all-freshman team in 2009. She also earned a spot on the league’s all-sportsmanship squad after her final season.
Schmahl helped the Panthers’ post an 84-23 record through her four seasons, including three consecutive 20-win seasons.
Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012