Senior athletes Robert Bader (Louisville, Ky.), Dexter Britt (Louisville, Ky.) and Kylie Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.), along with hall of fame inductee Ken Trinkle, highlighted award recipients at the Hanover College Athletic Honors Banquet. The annual event was held Wednesday, May 21, in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.
Trinkle was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Bader, Britt and Justus were named Hanover’s outstanding senior male and female athletes, respectively.
A 1965 graduate, Trinkle was a three-time all-Hoosier College Conference selection for Hanover’s basketball team and, after graduation, served as a longtime high school basketball coach, baseball coach and athletic director.
A four-year letterwinner, Trinkle was the Panthers' most valuable player as a junior and senior and also earned honorable-mention all-American honors as a senior.
He finished his playing career with 1,068 points and currently ranks 32nd among Hanover's career-scoring leaders.
Bader is a three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference honoree and PING all-Great Lakes Region selection with Hanover's golf team. He placed among the top five in the league championship three times and established or tied eight school records during his career.
Bader set the Panthers' career mark by competing in 79 events and also set school records for career scoring average (75.25) and single-season scoring average (74.0).
A team-record 26-time all-tournament honoree, Bader also tied Hanover's record for 18 holes (69) and set school scoring marks for 36 holes (140), 54 holes (231) and 72 holes (295).
Britt was a three-time all-Heartland Conference selection at quarterback for the Panthers' football squad. He played in 27 games during his four-year career and led the program to back-to-back second-place finishes in the league standings.
Britt racked up more than 7,000 total offensive yards. He completed 510-of-861 passes for 6,064 yards and 57 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,291 career yards and scored 21 touchdowns on the ground.
This past December, he also represented the U.S. as a member of Team Stars & Stripes in the 16th-annual Tazon de Estrellas ("Bowl of Stars") in Monterrey, Mexico. The contest featured all-star teams from NCAA III and CONADEIP, Mexico’s top collegiate athletic conference.
Justus was a defensive specialist and four-year member of Hanover's volleyball squad. She was named the Heartland Conference’s most valuable defensive player as a sophomore, junior and senior, snaring the league's top defensive honor in three of the six seasons the award has been presented.
A three-time first-team all-HCAC selection, Justus ranks second in school history with 2,108 digs, trailing only Elizabeth Loechle, who totaled 2,174 digs from 2004-2007.
In addition to her play on the court, she also earned a spot on the conference's all-sportsmanship team as a senior.
Individual honors were also presented during the annual event to seniors Janelle Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Alexander Moreland (Lawton, Mich.).
Lantz, a member of Hanover's cross country and track & field teams, was presented the Mildred Lemen Mental Attitude Award.
Moreland, a thrower for the Panthers' track & field squad, received the Glen and M.J. Bonsett Track & Field Award.
Academic awards were presented to Hanover's women's tennis and women's basketball teams.
The women's tennis squad earned the Dean's Award, given each year to the team with the highest grade-point average for the academic year. The unit collectively posted a 3.25 grade-point average.
The women's basketball team received the Faculty Athletic Representative Award, presented to the squad that has shown the most improvement in its team-wide grade-point average. The group, guided by head coach Molly Jones, raised its grade-point average .233 from the 2012-13 season.
Published Sunday, June 15, 2014