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Men's hoops predicted for a third place finish in HCAC


GREENWOOD, Ind. – As the 2016-17 men’s basketball season approaches, Hanover has been picked by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference coaches to finish third in the league this year.

The Panthers received one first place vote, and a total of 73 points in the preseason poll. Mount St. Joseph, 2015-16 co-regular season and tournament champions, picked up six first place votes en route to 93 points, as they have been picked to win the HCAC. The second place team was Transylvania with 74 points and one first place vote.

Manchester also received one first place vote as their 66 points were good enough for fourth in the poll. Rounding out the top half of the conference was Rose-Hulman with 60 points.

The remainder of the conference field was predicted as followed, Anderson (54), Defiance (53), Franklin (37), Bluffton (23), and Earlham (17). The final first place vote went to Defiance.

This is the eighth consecutive season that HC has been predicted to finish among the top four in the conference, and the second straight season the team has been picked third.

Under head coach Jon Miller, who is entering his ninth season at the helm for HC, the Panthers have finished no worse than sixth in the regular season conference standings, as the team has also appeared in the HCAC tournament every year.

The preseason prognosis for the Panthers, under Miller, shows that the preseason conference ranking has been fairly accurate, with the team finishing no worse than two spots below or no better than one spot above in the final regular season standings in seven of the eight years.

Since the beginning of the 2008-09 season, Hanover has compiled a 124-86 overall record, and a 93-47 mark in the HCAC, as the team has appeared in the conference championship game on three separate occasions, and the HCAC semifinal round in all but two years.

Hanover finished the 2015-16 season with a 14-12 overall mark, as its 12-6 record in the HCAC was good enough to tie for third. The Panthers however, fell in the opening round of the conference tournament to Transylvania.

The Blue and Red return one all-conference selection from last season in junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). The 2014-15 HCAC Freshman of the Year averaged 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game a year ago. Classmate Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) was HC’s all-sportsmanship selection for the conference a last year as well.

Hanover will open the regular season at home, when they welcome Boyce (Ky.) for a 7:30 p.m. contest inside Collier Arena.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball sets program record with 12th consecutive win


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team set a new program record for most consecutive wins in a season, as they picked up their 12th straight overall, with a 3-1 victory over Transylvania on Tuesday evening.

Hanover (22-7, 7-0 HCAC) had tied the previous mark, which was set in 2015, with a win over Anderson last Saturday. With the win, the Panthers also clinched a top three seed in the HCAC Tournament next week.

The Blue and Red are currently second in the HCAC, as Bluffton sits at 8-0, while Defiance is 4-2 prior to their match on Wednesday. Hanover will face both schools this weekend.

Hanover totaled a new season high with 19.0 total team blocks, and were led by sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.), who posted 11 rejections in the contest, the most of any HC player in a single game this season. Dennis also added nine digs and five kills.

The sophomore was not alone in the block party, as juniors Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) each added eight blocks. Offensively, Ertel logged 10 kills, while Crawford pitched in with three.

Leading the team with 14 kills was junior Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.). With a team high 25 assists, sophomore Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded the second most helpers in a four set match, for HC this season.

Reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.), paced the Panthers with 33 digs, while she and sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) each logged a team high two service aces.

Despite only hitting .101, the Blue and Red continued its strong stretch of defense, as they held TU to a .069 hitting percentage. The match marked the eighth time in the last nine matches that HC has held its opponent under .100.

In the opening set, Hanover got off to a hot start, as a kill from Crawford made it 10-3 in favor of the Panthers. After and 8-1 run by the Pioneers however, the set was tied at 11-all.

The two sides traded points for the remainder of the set until an ace from Alexander and a block by Crawford and Main gave HC a 22-20 advantage. The Blue and Red would hold on for the 25-23 opening frame victory.

The second set was controlled by TU early, as they opened the set on a 6-1 run, forcing a Hanover timeout. The Panthers responded with a 6-1 run of their own to tie the set at 7-7.

With the frame tied at 15-all, the Panthers used a 3-0 run, capped by a Huynh ace, to go in front 18-15. The two sides would continue to concede points to one another, as a kill from Dennis made it 26-25 in favor of HC. The Pioneers however, scored the final three points of the set to win 28-26.

Transylvania led by as many as six points in the third set, and were leading 18-13 before an offensive explosion for HC occurred. The Panthers would go on a 10-2 run to take a 23-20 advantage. A kill from Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.), who finished the match with 10 of her own, secured the third frame for HC, 26-24.

The fourth and final set was controlled by Hanover from the start. After leading by two points early in the frame, the Panthers blew the set open with an 11-3 run, going in front 15-5. The Blue and Red led by as many as 12 in the set, before closing the match with a 25-15 set victory.

Hanover is now set for a showdown of unbeaten conference teams at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the Panthers travel to Bluffton.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's basketball picked to finish fifth in the HCAC


GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fifth this season in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference by the league’s head coaches.

Hanover is coming off a 2015-16 season which saw the team go 9-16 overall and 5-13 in the HCAC. Last year marked the first time since the 2006-07 campaign that HC did not appear in the conference tournament.

During the Panthers’ historic run, the team not only appeared in the conference tournament, but also made it to the HCAC Championship round in every season from 2008-2015, including three finals victories.

The Panthers picked up 55 points in the coaches poll this season. Rose-Hulman was named the unanimous first place team, earning all 10 first place votes, totaling 100 points. The 2015-16 regular season and tournament champion, Bluffton, came in the second slot with 86 points. Rounding out the top three was Transylvania with 80 points.

Franklin comes in the fourth slot with 68 points. The rest of the field includes Defiance (52), Mount St. Joseph (39), Manchester (31), Earlham (23), and Anderson (17).

Hanover has been a mainstay in the top half of the conference, as they have been picked to finish in the top five for the eighth consecutive season. This however, is the lowest the Blue and Red have been picked since the 2009-10 season.

Over the past eight seasons, the Panthers hold an 89-35 record in conference games, a .718 winning percentage.

Head coach John Jones is back for his second season at the helm for HC, as he is entering his 14th season overall on the Panther bench.

Jones will have a younger team this year, as there are no seniors on the roster, but he does bring back six players from last season’s squad. Hanover has one all-conference selection returning in junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.), who was a second team pick last season.

Hanover’s preparation for the upcoming season will be highlighted with a trip to Butler for an exhibition contest at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30. The Panthers open the regular season at the Washington (Mo.) McWilliams Classic against the Bears, who finished last season ranked seventh in the nation, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

Contact: Tyler Jester

HCAC regular season title on the line this week for men's soccer


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team will attempt to win its second consecutive Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season championship this week with a road contest against Mount St. Joseph Wednesday and a home tilt against Rose-Hulman Saturday.

The Panthers currently sit in second place at 6-1 and with two wins this week would secure the top seed and host at least a semifinal match in the HCAC Tournament.

Hanover has won three straight and nine of its last ten, with the only defeat coming in a 1-0 loss to Transylvania. In its two matches last week, the Panthers blanked Earlham 2-0 and defeated Defiance 5-1 to set a new school single-season record for wins in a season with 13.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) had a big week and was named the HCAC Player of the Week. Eldridge scored one of the two goals against Earlham and then added a hat trick with a trio of scores against Defiance to give him 12 goals this year. That puts him atop the HCAC leaders in goals and ties him for the league lead with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in total points with 25.

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) recorded his third shutout in as many starts in the weather-shortened 2-0 win over Earlham. He made three saves in the win and then added 7:12 of scoreless soccer against Defiance as senior Rafael Di Maio (Sa Paulo, Brazil) returned from injury to earn his 10th win of the season.

The road to a second HCAC title will not be an easy one as the Panthers will first travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 25 to play Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 7 p.m. The Lions are currently fourth in the league with a 9-4-3 overall record and a 4-2-1 mark in the HCAC.

Mount St. Joseph had dropped a pair of 2-0 contests to Rose-Hulman and Franklin before a 3-1 win over Manchester Saturday.

The Lions’ Teddy Kerr has been one of the top players in the league this year. The junior is second in the HCAC with 11 goals and third in points with 23. Fellow junior Will Schwing is 6-2 in goal for Mount St. Joseph and has allowed a 1.15 goals against average with 35 saves.

In the last six meetings between the two teams, Hanover has won four times, including a 3-1 win last year and a 4-0 win in 2014. The Lions last won in 2013 in a 1-0 contest.

Hanover will then host conference leader Rose-Hulman in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday, Oct. 29 at 3:30 p.m. The Fighting Engineers have shared the regular season championship in each of the last two years and enter the week with an 11-5 overall record and 7-0 mark in league play.

Rose-Hulman has had a streaky season. The Fighting Engineers opened the season with four straight wins, followed by five consecutive losses. Since then, they have won seven straight by a combined score of 21-1, including a 2-0 win over Mount St. Joseph and a 6-0 win over Bluffton last week.

Four different players have registered double-digit point totals led by junior Austin Webb’s 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists). Senior Dieter Schultz leads the HCAC with 10 assists and has 16 points in 16 matches. Rose-Hulman has gotten solid play from a pair of junior goalkeepers. Michael Lawrence is 7-2 with a 0.71 goals against average and 21 saves, while Carter Wright is 4-3 with a 0.62 goals against average and 39 stops.

The Fighting Engineers will host Franklin Wednesday prior to a potential winner-take-all match-up against the Panthers on Saturday.

One goal has separated the last five contests between Rose-Hulman and Hanover. The two teams met twice last year. They tied 2-2 in the regular season and then tied after regulation and two overtime periods in the conference tournament championship match, but the Fighting Engineers claimed the tournament championship on penalty kicks. Rose-Hulman won 1-0 in 2014 and the two teams tied 0-0 in 2013.

Saturday’s contest is also Senior Day for Hanover. The Panthers will honor their 12 seniors in their final regular season home match of their career.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Big week on tap for women's soccer

HANOVER, Ind. – With four teams tied for first going into the final week of regular season play, the Hanover women’s soccer team will look to win its fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) regular season championship this week.

The Panthers, 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the HCAC, will host two of the other three teams tied for first. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) will come to town Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. start, and then Rose-Hulman will visit for a 1 p.m. match in the regular season finale for both teams.

Hanover has dominated in its last five matches. The Panthers defeated Earlham 7-0 and Defiance 10-0 last week in a pair of road contests, and have now out-scored their opponents 37-0 in their last five matches.

Ten different players scored at least one goal last week, led by senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio). Cornacchione scored five of the team’s 17 goals and assisted on two others. She now has 14 goals and 39 points on the year, both good for second in the HCAC.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.), and sophomore Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.) scored two goals apiece with Simpson and Tumlin also adding an assist.

Senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) earned her fifth shutout in goal against Earlham and then teamed up with freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) for the win over Defiance. VanDerWeele has now made 56 saves and owns a 1.47 goals against averaged in 14 matches.

The week will begin Wednesday against Mount St. Joseph. The Lions will bring a 10-5-1 overall record and 6-1 league mark to Hanover. Mount St. Joseph split a pair of matches last week, but has won six of its last seven contests. That lone defeat came in a 2-1 loss to Rose-Hulman last Thursday.

Freshman Kaylan Gruber and sophomore Morgan Knasel have each posted strong seasons. Gruber leads the team with 10 goals, six assists and 26 points, while Knasel is second on the team with nine goals and 20 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Hessling is second in the HCAC in goals against average (0.94) and fourth in save percentage (.796).

The Panthers will then face another 6-1 team in Rose-Hulman Saturday. The Fighting Engineers are 11-5 overall and have won their last four matches, including a 2-1 win over Mount St. Joseph and a 1-0 forfeit win over Bluffton last week.

Junior Madeline Romeo and freshman Jessica Wells are tied for the team lead with 16 points. Romeo has five goals and six assists, while Wells has scored eight goals and been named the HCAC Player of the Week each of the last two weeks. Junior Carli Weinberg and sophomore Chiarra Franklin have combined for a 1.17 goals against average and 68 saves in goal.

Rose-Hulman will also have to play a pair of matches against 6-1 teams. Along with Saturday’s contest against Hanover, the Fighting Engineers will also travel to Franklin Wednesday.

In the last three years, the Panthers have gone a combined 7-0 against Mount St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman. Hanover has outscored the Lions 13-1 in three matches and Rose-Hulman 7-0 in four meetings.

Saturday’s contest will also be Senior Day for the Panthers. Hanover will honor its 11 seniors in their final regular season match of their career.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Three athletes earn HCAC Player of the Week honors

GREENWOOD, Ind. – After an outstanding week from Hanover athletics overall, three athletes were named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Players of the Week.

The Panthers combined to go 8-0 overall between football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball last week, with seven of those wins coming in conference action.

Football defeated Earlham 54-0, picking up its first shutout since Oct. 19, 2013, while also scoring 50 or more points since the 2012 campaign. For his efforts, junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) was named HCAC Special Teams player of the week.

Virgin returned five punts in the game for a total of 141 yards. His punt return total is the highest of any HCAC player in a single game this season, while his 28.2 yards per return also set a conference high this year.

With a long return of 54 yards in the first quarter, Virgin set up the Panther offense inside the red zone. Hanover would later score on the drive with a field goal to go up 17-0.

On the season, Virgin has 11 punt returns for 192 yards, which leads the HCAC. His 17.5 yards per return also ranks atop the conference.

Football is currently 2-5 overall, and 2-3 in the HCAC, and will welcome Defiance for Senior Day at Alumni Stadium at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.

This is football’s second HCAC player of the week award this season, with the first being an offensive honor.

With a team high 59 digs through three matches last week, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up HCAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for volleyball. Huynh averaged 5.9 digs per set in three wins for HC.

Hanover earned a 3-1 road win at Franklin on Wednesday, before defeating Kean (N.J.) and Anderson by a count of 3-0 at home over the weekend. With the two wins, the Panthers have won 11 consecutive matches, tying the al-time program record.

Huynh recorded 30 digs against Franklin, as it marked the seventh most of any player in the HCAC for a four-set match this season. With her stellar week, Huynh moved into second in the HCAC with 5-3 total digs this season.

Volleyball now has two conference weekly awards this season, with one coming on the offense and one on defense.

The Panthers will host Transylvania for their final home match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

The third athlete to receive HCAC Player of the Week accolades was senior men’s soccer player, Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.). Eldridge earned his first award of the season and men’s soccer’s third such honor in 2016.

The senior posted four goals over two matches, as HC defeated Earlham 2-0 and Defiance 5-1. In the win over Defiance, Eldridge recorded three goals, all in an eight-minute stretch in the first half.

With four goals last week, the senior moved into first in the HCAC in goals scored this season with 12. Eldridge is also tied for first in the HCAC with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in total points with 25.

Winners in nine of their last 10 matches overall, the Panthers will travel to face Mount St. Joseph at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Week of the Panther: Hanover Athletics go unbeaten last week

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover athletic programs put together a remarkable seven-day stretch, as football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball all went unbeaten last week.

This marked the first time this fall that these four teams all strung together nothing but victories. To review each team’s week, view the links below.

Hanover (2-5, 2-3 HCAC) picked up its second win of the season, defeating Earlham 54-0 at home on Hall of Fame Day. The Panthers scored over 50 points for the first time since a 55-10 win over Earlham on Oct. 27, 2012. Hanover also recorded its first shutout since a 41-0 win over Bluffton on Oct. 19, 2013.

The Blue and Red outgained the Quakers 451-75 in total offense, including a 228-35 advantage in rushing yards. Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) ran for a career high 100 yards on 12 carries, as he scored two touchdowns.

Senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) added three scores, all in the first half, with two through the air and one on the ground.

Special Teams also played a big role in the win as they blocked the first two EC punts to setup two offensive touchdowns in the opening five minutes of play. Junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) also returned five punts for 141 yards, averaging 28.2 yards per return. In the kicking game, senior Adam Goepfrich (Jasper, Ind.) accounted for 12 points, including six point-after tries and two field goals.


The Panthers picked up two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference victories to improve to 13-3 overall and 6-1 in the HCAC. Hanover earned a 2-0 home win over Earlham on Wednesday before picking up a 5-1 road decision at Defiance on Saturday.

The win over Defiance marked the 13th of the season, which set a new program record for most wins in a single season. The previous mark was set last year when HC went 12-6-3 overall.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored four goals over the two-match stretch, including a hat trick against Defiance. The senior moved into first in the HCAC in goals scored with 12, while his 25 points also ties him for first in the conference with teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil).

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) picked up the individual shutout on Wednesday, while he and senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) paired up to allow just one goal against the Yellow Jackets.

Three other players scored one goal, including Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.), Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.), and Chris Roe (Louisville, Ky.).


Behind 17 goals in two matches, Hanover won its fourth and fifth consecutive matches in the HCAC. The Panthers are now 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the conference after a 7-0 road win at Earlham, and a 10-0 victory at Defiance.

With the two wins, HC has outscored its opponents in its current five-match winning streak, 37-0. Last week, senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored five goals and added two assists for a total of 12 points. Cornacchione scored three goals and recorded two helpers in the win over Defiance, as her eight points marked the third highest of any HCAC player in a single match this season.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.) each logged two goals and one assist in the offensive explosion against Defiance.

Three other Panthers logged one match with at least one goal and one assist, including Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.), Haley Rees (Columbus, Ohio), and Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.).

In net, senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) earned the clean sheet against Earlham, while she and freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) combined for the shutout against DC.

For the week, Hanover outshot its opponents by a combined total of 84-5, including a 50-1 edge in shots on goal.


The Panthers made it 11 consecutive wins overall, tying a program record, after going 3-0 last week, including a 2-0 mark in the HCAC. Hanover defeated Franklin 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 23-25, and 26-24) on Wednesday, followed by a 3-0 win (25-22, 25-15, and 25-17) over Kean (N.J.) on Senior Night Friday, and capped with a victory over Anderson, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, and 25-17) on Saturday.

Leading the offensive attack was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.). Main finished the week with 30 kills, averaging 3.0 kills per set, while also hitting .358. She led the team in kills in two matches, and hit over .300 in all three contests. Main added nine blocks on the week as well.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded a team high 59 digs over the three matches, averaging 5.9 per set. Huynh posted a team high 30 digs against Franklin, ranking among the top seven in the conference, for a four set match this season. She added five assists and two service aces as well.

On Senior Night, Shelby Hart (Crestwood, Ky.) logged a team high 17 assists. Her senior classmate, Jordan Benge (Flanagan, Ill.) also had a strong performance, totaling three of HC’s seven service aces, while adding 10 digs.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Rogers leads men's golf team at Mount St. Joseph Invitational


LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – In its final event of the fall, the Hanover men’s golf team competed in the Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Invitational at the Hidden Valley Golf Club in Lawrenceburg, Ind.

The Panthers were one of four teams to participate along with Thomas More (Ky.), and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) foes Anderson University, and the host, Mount St. Joseph. The four teams played two rounds on the 6,525-yard par 72 course.

Junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Hanover and tied for second overall with a 75-77 for a two-round total of 152. Rogers finished only two strokes behind Mikel Merker of Mount St. Joseph (150) for the top spot.

Freshman Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) shot a 76-81 (157) to tie for seventh. Murray’s previous 36-hole best was a 161. His 76 also topped his best 18-hole performance by seven strokes.

Freshmen Mitchell McElfresh (Felicity, Ohio) and John Summerlin (Indianapolis, Ind.) tied each other for ninth with a two-round total of 159. McElfresh shot a 78-81, while Summerlin finished with a 77-82.

Like Murray, McElfresh and Summerlin posted new personal bests. McElfresh shot a 36-hole best by eight strokes and an 18-hole best by two strokes. Summerlin lowered his best 36-hole score from a 161 to a 159 and his single-round best from 80 to 79.

Sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.) rounded out the top five in a tie for 11th one stroke behind McElfresh and Summerline with a 160. Rohleder shot a 79 in the opening round and an 81 in the second round.

As a team, the Panthers shot 308-327 for a team score of 635. Thomas More won the team title with a 302-309 for a two-round score of 611.

With the fall season complete, Hanover will enter the off-season and prepare for its winter break trip Saturday, Feb. 25-Friday, March 3.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Football routs Earlham on Hall of Fame Day, 54-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team played a complete game, as the defense and special teams units set up the offense for its highest scoring performance of the season in a 54-0 win over Earlham on Saturday afternoon.

On a day in which Hanover honored six members entering the Athletic Hall of Fame, including three offensive football standouts from the past, the Panthers (2-5, 2-3 HCAC) produced more than 50 points in a game for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012. The Blue and Red defeated Earlham on that date, 55-10.

The zero points allowed by the Panther defense also marked the first shutout since Oct. 19, 2013, when the team defeated Bluffton, 41-0.

Overall, the Panther defense held Earlham to just 75 yards of total offense, while HC totaled 451 yards in the contest. For the second time this season, Hanover held its opponent under 40 rushing yards, allowing just 35 yards to EC.

Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his first 100 yard rushing performance of his career, and the first for HC in the past month. Hart finished with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. The freshman averaged 8.3 yards per carry.

In the air, senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) completed 13-of-17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Gutermuth added a rushing touchdown, as all three of his scores came in the first half.

Freshman Taylor Bleistein (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) put together his best performance of the season, grabbing five passes for a team high 84 yards and a touchdown.

Joining Hart in the backfield was junior Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio), who rushed eight times for 74 yards and one score. Conners, who played sparingly in the second half, also logged two catches for 18 yards.

Special teams played a big factor in the game for HC, as junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) posted five punt returns for 141 yards.

In the kicking game, senior Adam Goepfrich (Jasper, Ind.) made his first six point-after tries, before his seventh was blocked. Goepfrich also made two field goals, running his current streak to five consecutive makes.

The first three scores for HC were all set up by strong defensive and special teams play. After forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, the Panthers blocked the Quakers’ (0-7, 0-5 HCAC) punt attempt setting up the ball on the EC one-yard line. Conners rushed into the end zone on the first offensive play.

On the second EC drive, the Blue and Red partially blocked a punt, giving HC the ball inside the Earlham 35-yard line. Hart would cap a six play drive, with a three-yard touchdown run. HC led 14-0 less than five minutes into the opening quarter.

Another EC three-and-out forced a punt, which was returned 54 yards by Virgin setting up first and goal on the Quaker eight-yard line. Goepfrich knocked in his first field goal of the game.

A three-yard touchdown run later in the period, from Gutermuth, gave the Panthers a 24-0 advantage, a score they led by after the first quarter. HC outgained the Quakers in total offense, 81-10.

The second quarter saw Gutermuth throw touchdown passes to Bleistein and senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.), for a 38-0 lead at the intermission.

Gutermuth tossed a 24-yard score to Bleistein at the 10:36 mark, Bleistein’s first of the season. Windell’s six-yard touchdown reception was his fourth of the year, and marks the third time in the past four games he has scored.

Hart rushed in for his second score of the contest at the 10:12 mark of the third quarter, giving the Panthers a 45-0 edge on the scoreboard.

On its next drive, HC covered 53 yards on nine plays, the most of plays any drive for the Panthers in the game, to get another field goal from Goepfrich. Hanover led 48-0 after 45 minutes of action.

The final quarter saw sophomore Sam Layden (Milan, Ind.) take his first career carry 19 yards for a touchdown.

Overall, Hanover scored on nine of its 13 drives in the game, including its first six offensive possessions.

Two Panthers tied for the team high in tackles with four, including junior Drew Doehla (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman Ross McDonough (Martinsville, Ind.).

Hanover will welcome Defiance next Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m., as the Panthers will honor its seniors during the last home game of 2016.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Six members enshrined into Athletic Hall of Fame

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College athletic department enshrined six members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon.

The Class of 2016, includes Paul Gray, Joe and Marcia Luigs, Terry Sprinkle, Chris Stormer, and Bill Wilcox. The inductees and close relatives and friends celebrated the occasion with a brunch hosted inside the Horner Health and Recreation Center on Saturday morning, and were later recognized at halftime of the football contest against Earlham.

Gray, a 1992 graduate, played four seasons with the Hanover Panther football and golf squads. Biding his time at the quarterback position, Gray built on momentum at the conclusion of his junior year where he was named the team’s most improved player, by throwing himself into the record books his senior campaign.

The 1991 NAIA All-American was also the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) most valuable player and first team selection, setting at the time, a program record 3,703 total yards in the season.

The gunslinger also currently holds the school records for passing yards, attempts, and touchdowns in a game, all of which came against Georgetown, the eventual NAIA national champion in 1991. Gray threw 92 pass attempts, at the time breaking the national collegiate record for all levels, completing 41 attempts for 630 yards.

Joe, a 1965 graduate, was the former President of Crooked Stick Golf Club, where the Hanover golf teams participate in an event annually. He has also served as a rules official in over 80 United States Golf Association and amateur events.

In 2003, Joe was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. He also received the USGA Ike Granger Award for 25 years of volunteer service in 2006. Joe was also the chairman of the USGA Women’s Amateur in 2007.

At Hanover, Joe was a member of the men’s golf team, where he was named as an all-conference selection on three separate occasions.

Marcia, class of 1967, has held numerous positions within the USGA, including the vice chairwoman of the USGA Women’s committee from 2003-04. From 2005-06, Marcia was named as the chairwoman of the same committee, which is the highest position in women’s golf.

In 2003, Marcia was also inducted into the Indiana

Golf Hall of Fame, and served as the Honorary Chair of the 2007 USGA Women’s Amateur. In 1996, the governor of Indiana awarded her with the Sagamore of Wabash.

Marcia also received the USGA Ike Granger Award in 2009, as she and Joe became the first couple to earn the award. She has also served as a rules official in over 80 amateur and USGA sanctioned events.

Sprinkle, a 1984 graduate, was a four-year standout for the Hanover women’s basketball and volleyball teams. As a four-year starter for the women’s basketball squad, Sprinkle averaged 18.4 points per game for her career, and was the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,470 points when she left Hanover.

Currently, Sprinkle ranks third all-time in scoring, and though rebounding records are incomplete prior to 1990, it is estimated she grabbed approximately 648 boards, which would put her in the top 10 in school history. During the 1981-82 season, Sprinkle shot 51.3 percent from the floor, putting her in the top 10 in program history for field goal percentage in a single season.

A two-time first team all-NAIA District 21 selection, Sprinkle led the team in scoring (18.1), rebounds (10.5), assists (3.4), steals (2.6), and blocked shots during her senior campaign.

Stormer, a 1999 graduate, is statistically the most accurate passer in Hanover football history, as he holds the program record for pass completions in a game (44), career pass completion percentage (.652), season completion percentage (.675), and completion percentage in a game (.886).

It was Stormer’s accurate passing during his junior year, in which he completed 263 of 399 passes for 2,994 yards and 23 touchdowns that earned him NCAA Division III Second Team All-American honors. His 1997 total offense per game average of 320.4 yards was also good enough to rank second in the country.

During the 1998 campaign, Stormer was named to the honorable mention squad as an All-American, while also garnering the conference’s and team’s most valuable player awards. Stormer was also named the Hanover Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1999.

As a two-sport standout, 2001 graduate Bill Wilcox currently holds a spot in both the football and track and field all-time record books. Wilcox participated in the football program for five seasons after receiving a medical hardship waiver in his junior season, 1999, and also competed for the track and field squad during the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

For his career on the gridiron, Wilcox ranks third in school history in all-purpose yards with 4,448, while his 2,160 rushing yards is fourth best in the program’s rich history.

A three-time, all-conference choice, Wilcox received first team honors during his first two seasons in 1996 and 1997, rushing for 947 and 524 yards respectively.

Hanover went on to win its football contest against Earlham 54-0, marking the first shutout since the 2013 season.

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