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Bedel recognized by HCAC for weekend performance

Will Bedel rolling ball out from goal


GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the second straight week, a Hanover men’s soccer player was recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for matches played September 11-17.

Bedel posted 135:00 of scoreless action in a pair of Panther wins at the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic in Wilmington, Ohio over the weekend.

The first-year keeper played 45 shutout minutes in a 7-0 win against Cincinnati-Clermont (Ohio) Friday, and then returned Saturday to record his first career-shutout victory in a 1-0 win over Wittenberg (Ohio).

The shutouts were the first of the season for Hanover, which improved to 5-2-0 overall. Bedel, now 4-1 on the year, has allowed only 0.80 goals per game and has made 19 saves in 23 chances.

Bedel’s honor comes one week after junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the conference’s top offensive player. He’s also the first freshman to be recognized since sophomore Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) was named player of the week last fall.

The Panthers will look for their fourth straight win Sunday, Sept. 24 when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to play Spalding (Ky.) Start time is set for 4 p.m. at Champions Trace.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Pease rolls in seven birdies during Illinois Wesleyan Classic

Sam Pease putting


NORMAL, Ill. – The Hanover women’s golf team continued its fall season this past weekend, competing in the 17-team Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic.

Behind six birdies, junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied the lowest individual round for HC this fall, firing off a 75. The junior totaled seven of the team’s nine birdies over the 36-hole event. Pease finished in a tie for 36th overall after an opening round 88 led to a 163 tournament score.

Leading the team in scoring for the second time this season was sophomore Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). Cody logged a score of 161 (81-80), tying for 31st overall. She finished the par fives at one-over to lead the Panthers and finish among the top 15 in the field of 100 golfers.

Cody and sophomore Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) tied for the team’s best par four scoring average at 4.50. Goodwin fired off rounds of 82 and 80, totaling 162 strokes, which was good enough for a tie for 36th place.

Competing as an individual, freshman Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.) posted a career low round of 79 Sunday, as she finished in a tie for 41st overall. Dale tied for the fifth best par three scoring average at 3.00.

As a team, Hanover enjoyed its lowest 18-hole score of the 2017 fall campaign Sunday, posting a round of 319. The strong Sunday score also led to the team’s lowest 36-hole tournament total of the season, 652. The Panthers placed 10th in the team standings at the Illinois Wesleyan hosted event.

Washington (Mo.) took the team championship with a score of 610, as they had three individuals inside the top 10 overall. Grinnell’s (Iowa) Vidushi Sinha earned medalist honors as she fired off a three-under, 141 over the two-day tournament.

Hanover will continue its preparation for its fifth striaght Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship later this fall, with the conference’s preview tournament next weekend. The Panthers will compete in the two-day tournament Sept. 23 and 24, in Nicholasville, Ky., at Keene Run Golf Course.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Brock scores twice in 3-1 road win against Sewanee

Brandi Brock dribbles ball


SEWANEE, Tenn. – Following a scoreless first half, the two teams combined for four second half goals, but it was the Hanover women’s soccer team that came out on top with a 3-1 win over Sewanee (Tenn.) Sunday afternoon.

The Panthers, which defeated Sewanee 3-2 in overtime at home a year ago, improve to 5-2-0 overall, while the Tigers, winners of two straight prior to today, fell to 2-4-1 overall.

Defense was the name of the game in the first half. Hanover had only four shots, but prevented Sewanee from taking any in the first 45 minutes of action and the score would remain scoreless at the break.

Things changed quickly in the second half as sophomore Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) netted her first goal of the season in the 49th minute to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead.

Classmate Kayla Nowlin (Harrison, Ohio) added to the lead in the 65th minute when the sophomore found the back of the net for the first time in her collegiate career to make it 2-0.

Almost 10 minutes later, it was Brock again beating the Sewanee goalkeeper for the second time to push the lead to 3-0.

The Tigers tried to rally with a goal in the 76th minute to cut the lead to 3-1, but it would not be enough as the match would end in two-goal victory for the visiting Panthers.

After only getting off four shots in the first half, Hanover out-shot Sewanee 11-5 in the second half and had nine corner kicks on the day to only three for the Tigers. Sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) got the win in goal with two saves in three chances.

The Panthers will next travel to Columbus, Ohio Saturday, Sept. 23 for the team’s final regular season, non-conference match of the year against Capital (Ohio). Start time is set for 2 p.m. at Purmort Field.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers suffer setback to Bellarmine

Susie Winternheimer returning at the net


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team fell at home Sunday afternoon to NCAA Division II foe, Bellarmine (Ky.), 9-0.

Hanover (1-1) opened its dual-match season Saturday at HCAC institution, Earlham, winning 9-0. The Panthers returned home for the second of back-to-back matches, but ultimately dropped each set to the Knights (1-0).

Two of the three doubles matches were decided by a count of 8-3. Junior Susie WInternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) competed in the No. 2 spot, while sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) were slotted in the No. 3 contest.

Winternheimer nearly took her singles match to three sets, but the Knights’ No. 3 competitor denied her the opportunity in a 7-6, opening set decision. The junior lost the set-tiebreaker, 7-3, and then fell in the second frame, 6-1.

Parker and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) were the only other two single competitors for HC to take a game in each set, but both fell, 6-1, 6-1. The duo competed in the No. 4 and 6 slots respectively.

Hanover will look to bounce back as they return to conference play next weekend against Rose-Hulman. The Panthers and Engineers will square off in a rematch of the 2016 HCAC Tournament Championship, in Hanover, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 23.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women’s tennis rolls to 9-0 win against Earlham in HCAC-opener

Susan Winternheimer returns volley


RICHMOND, Ind. – The Hanover women’s tennis team posted a strong showing in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-opener as the Panthers defeated Earlham 9-0 Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Hanover improves to 1-0 overall and 1-0 in the HCAC, while Earlham falls to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in league play. Since the Quakers entered the HCAC in 2010, the Panthers have now won all eight contests, including the last five by a 9-0 score.

Hanover dropped only three games total in the three doubles matches. Senior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) opened the day with an 8-1 win at number one doubles. Feeley then won 6-2, 6-1 at number five singles, while Millard won 6-0, 6-0 at number six singles.

Junior Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed at number two doubles with an 8-2 win, with Winterheimer winning 6-2, 6-0 at number three singles, and Farrell 6-0, 6-0 at number two singles.

Sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) combined to win 8-0 to cap three doubles wins. In singles play, Parker won 6-2, 6-1 at number four singles, and Jones earned a win at number one singles with scores of 6-1, 6-1.

The win also extends Hanover’s regular season winning streak over conference opponents to 34 dating back to the 2012-13 school year.

The Panthers will be back in action Sunday, Sept. 17 for their home-opener with a non-conference contest against Bellarmine. Start time is set for 11 a.m. in Hanover, Ind. at the Zeddies Tennis Center.\

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Three receivers surpass century mark in loss at Rose-Hulman

Taylor Bleistein running with ball and pushing defender


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Entering Saturday, the Hanover football team had no active players with a 100-yard receiving game, but they had three players accomplish the feat in a 38-28 road loss at Rose-Hulman.

Sophomore Taylor Bleistein (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) led the way for the Hanover (0-3, 0-1 HCAC) receivers, recording seven catches for 173 yards. Bleistein had five of his seven receptions go for over 20 yards, including a 42-yard catch in the second quarter, which helped lead to a Panther touchdown.

Other 100-plus yard performances came from sophomore Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Cory Leppert (Tampa, Fla.). Daugherty followed up a career high 85-yard performance last week, with nine catches for 114 yards. Leppert was on the receiving end of the first two HC passing touchdowns, while totaling 11 receptions for 111 yards.

Senior Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) was the main gunslinger in the contest, completing 36-of-62 attempts for a season high 446 yards. Lightfoot has now tossed for over 400 yards three times in his career, with Saturday marking the first time since a 505-yard performance against Franklin in 2015. The senior also threw for two touchdowns against Rose-Hulman (2-1, 1-0 HCAC).

Both offenses found success through the air, combining for 802 passing yards and seven touchdowns. The Engineers were also able to generate a running game, going for 178 yards, while HC was held to eight yards on 25 carries.

For the third time in as many games, freshman Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) led the Panther defense in tackles, making nine total, including five solo stops. Treber also picked off a pass near the end of the first half giving Hanover a chance to score before the intermission.

Rose-Hulman opened the scoring with a 36-yard field goal close to 10 minutes into the first quarter, taking a 3-0 lead. Hanover responded with an eight-play, 69 yard drive, covering 4:10, as freshman Garren Messmore (West Harrison, Ind.) found pay dirt on a three-yard rush.

Sophomore punter Jonatan Ward (Aventura, Fla.) played a key role in the field position battle in the first half, placing his first three punts inside the RHIT 20-yard line, with two being downed inside the three-yard line. One of the punts resulted in a safety for the Engineer offense, giving HC a 9-3 edge in the first minute of the second quarter.

Lightfoot and Leppert connected for the first time with 18 seconds remaining in the half, giving Hanover a 15-10 lead. Treber intercepted a pass on the ensuing RHIT drive, returning it to the two-yard line with three seconds left before the intermission. The Panthers were unable to find the end zone on the next play, taking the 15-10 lead into halftime.

Leppert and Lightfoot found each other for a score again in the third quarter, but Rose-Hulman scored four second half touchdowns to help push their lead to 38-22 with just 2:37 remaining.

Sophomore Alex Fabert (Mooresville, Ind.) threw his first career touchdown pass as time expired, connecting with freshman Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) from three yards out.

Hanover will return home next weekend after a brief, two-game road stint, as the team will welcome Anderson for Samaritan’s Feet Awareness Day. The Panthers and Ravens are slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Sept. 23.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball bounces back with a pair of wins at DePauw Invite

Haley Alexander setting



GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team won its final six sets Saturday afternoon, knocking off DePauw in five and Wheaton (Ill.) in three sets.

After dropping the first two sets to DePauw, 25-23 and 25-18, the Panthers (10-3) rallied to win the final three frames, 25-22, 25-23 and 18-16.

Four players for HC posted 12 or more kills, with seniors Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Kristin Goben (Finchville, Ky.) tying for the team high with 14 apiece. Goben also added a team high 12 kills in the second half of the doubleheader.

Senior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) pitched in with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, against the Tigers.

Hanover logged a season-high 69 assists in the opener, with junior Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) leading the team with 32 helpers. Classmate Haley Alexaner (Martinsville, Ind.) added 27 assists.

Senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded 28 digs versus DePauw and dug out 16 more against Wheaton, leading the team in both matches. Goben added 14 digs in each match Saturday as well.

Trailing in the third set against DePauw 21-18, Hanover scored seven of the final eight points in the set, keeping the match alive with a 25-22 victory. Main posted three kills during the set-ending scoring spurt.

Again, DePauw led late in the fourth set, 22-17, but an 8-1 scoring run gave Hanover a 25-23 set decision.

The fifth and decisive set came down to the wire, as the Blue and Red took an early four-point lead, and held on for an 18-16 set and match victory.

Hanover cruised in all three sets against Wheaton, knocking off the Thunder for the second time this season. The Panthers held a lead of at least seven points in all three sets of the nightcap.

After going 1-3 in each of its last two appearances in the DePauw Invitational, Hanover finished the event 2-2 this season.

The Panthers continue non-conference tournament play again next weekend, competing in the HCAC-OAC Crossover. The Blue and Red open the event with a 4 p.m. match against Capital (Ohio) Friday, Sept. 22.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Moore’s first goal gives Hanover 1-0 win against Wittenberg

Thomas Doering dribbling ball


WILMINGTON, Ohio – Freshman Chuck Moore’s (Louisville, Ky.) first-half goal proved to be the game-winner as the Hanover men’s soccer team earned its second win of the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Wittenberg (Ohio) on day two of the Wittenberg Kiwanis Classic.

The Panthers have now won three straight, including the last two by shutout, to improve to 4-2-0 overall. Wittenberg dropped its sixth match of the year and falls to 1-6-1 overall.

For the second straight day, Hanover controlled the action. Although the Panthers had 12-3 edge in shots in the opening period, they were unable to score until the 42nd minute when Moore, off an assist from senior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.), beat the Tigers’ keeper for what turned out to be the lone goal of the contest.

With the score, Moore became the fourth different Hanover player on the weekend to score his first collegiate goal, and the 11th different player this year to score at least one goal. Doering’s assist was also his first of 2017.

The two teams combined for 15 first-half shots, but only eight in the second with the Panthers holding a 6-2 edge. Hanover also led in corner kicks 6-3 for the match. Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) recorded the first shutout of his career. The first-year keeper stopped both shots he faced.

The Panthers will next travel to Louisville, Ky. Sunday, Sept. 24 for the first of four straight road matches. The non-conference contest is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start against Spalding.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Volleyball drops two on opening night of DePauw Invitational

Kelsey Brandvik serving



GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team dropped two matches during the opening day of DePauw Invitational action, falling to Mount Union (Ohio) and Muskingum (Ohio) in straight sets.

Senior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.), who logged double-digit kills in both matches Friday evening, led Hanover offensively. Brandvik had 11 kills in the first match versus Mount Union, before posting a team high 10 kills against the Muskies. The senior hit .340 on the night.

Sophomore Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.) had a team high 12 kills in the opener, while junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) pitched in with 11. Both Snyder and Main hit .333 against the Purple Raiders.

With 32 digs in two matches, senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers (8-3) defensively. Senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) added six blocks in both matches, pushing her team high season total to 40.

A pair of juniors in Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) and Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) each recorded 38 assists on the night. Crump led the way against UMU with 23 helpers, while Alexander paced the team with 17 in the nightcap.

The Panthers finished with a three-set season high in attacking errors against Mount Union, totaling 23 miss hits. Despite the struggles offensively, Hanover battled in each set, losing by three points or less in every frame, including 28-26 opening and 25-23 closing set decisions.

Early set runs hurt HC against Muskingum, as the Muskies scored six consecutive points in each of the first two frames to take both sets, 25-19. Hanover led early in set three, but again, a scoring spurt from MU secured a victory, 25-21.

Hanover will look to bounce back quickly, as they wrap up DePauw Invitational play Saturday afternoon. The Panthers will face the host, DePauw, at 11 a.m. before finishing with a 1 p.m. match versus Wheaton (Ill.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover women run to 11th-place finish at Indiana Intercollegiate

Ariel Barlow running


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Hanover women’s cross country team competed at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships Friday afternoon and finished 11th overall in the team’s second meet of the season.

The Panthers finished with a team score of 241. The overall team title went to DePauw. The Tigers won the Women’s Little State Championship with a team score of 62 to finish 30 points ahead of second place finished University of Indianapolis (92).

Hanover’s top five runners finished in the exact same order as they did in the team’s opening meet two weeks ago. Junior Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) led the Panthers for the second straight meet. Hamilton finished in 34th place with a time of 26:45.5.

Sophomore Ariel Barlow (Francesville, Ind.) finished seven spots later in 41st place in 27:18.5. Junior Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) followed with a time of 28:08.6, which was good for 45th place, while freshman Caitlin Naghdi (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Cameron Ray (Vevay, Ind.) placed 57th and 72nd overall respectively. Naghdi finished her first collegiate 6k race in 29:03.2, and Ray in 30:56.7.

Vincennes’ sophomore Anais Da Silva won the individual title with a time of 23:13.0, just over 13 seconds faster than the second place finisher.

Next up for Hanover is the Greater Louisville Classic, Saturday, Sept. 30. The race is set to begin at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

Contact: Mike Pritchard