Athletics News
Triple Crown returns for area runners

Hanover College’s cross country program will again host a summer racing series for area runners of all ages. The Hanover College Triple Crown will be held during three consecutive Wednesdays in July.

The three-race series is designed to test fitness and sharpen summer training. Each week, the course distance will increase one kilometer. The series begins Wednesday, July 15, with a three-kilometer race (3K). A four-kilometer race (4K) will be held July 22 and the triple crown will conclude July 29 with a five-kilometer event (5K).

All three races will be held on Hanover’s renowned course, which served as site for the 2013 NCAA III national championships. The course also hosted NCAA national championships in 2008 and 2003, in addition to numerous regional and conference championships, as well as high school and middle school meets.

Hanover's Triple Crown costs $5 dollars per race. Each race will begin at 7 p.m. Registration will be held at the course prior to each race, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Athletes who pre-register for all three will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt after completing the final race.

Information is available at www.hanover.edu/athletics/summercamps or contact Hanover track & field coach Brian Power at (812) 866-6817 or powerb@hanover.edu.

Weather-related changes to the schedule will be available on Twitter by following @Hanover_TnF.

Men's soccer sets prospect camp date

Hanover College’s men’s soccer program will host a training camp for college prospects, Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Panther Athletic Complex.

The prospect camp is designed to expose athletes to a typical collegiate preseason training day. Open to high school students and 2015 graduates, the event offers a great opportunity to visit Hanover’s campus, compete in an intense environment and interact with Hanover head coach Matt Wilkerson and current members of his squad. Campus tours will be available at the conclusion of the camp.

The cost for the camp is $65 per person before May 31 and $80 in June. Groups of two or more athletes can attend for $60 per person. The fee covers morning and afternoon sessions, lunch and a training shirt.

Athletes are encouraged to bring a ball, two sets of soccer clothing, molded soccer shoes, indoor/running shoes, shin guards and a towel.

All athletes must have a medical form signed by a parent/guardian and turned in before the beginning of the camp. The form may be mailed or brought to the field. Information and a link to the medical form are available at www.hanover.edu/athletics/summercamps.

For more information, contact Wilkerson at (859) 699-0038 or wilkerson@hanover.edu.

Women's soccer to host prospect camps

The Hanover College women's soccer program will host two single-day camps for college prospects. The camps are designed for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in competing at the collegiate level.

The women’s soccer camps will be Saturday, July 11, and Saturday, July 18. The sessions will be held at Hanover’s Panther Athletic Complex and will last from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Led by Hanover head coach Jim Watts, these prospect camps are an intense, one-day experience to expose participants to a typical pre-season training day with the Panthers' intercollegiate team. The training opportunity also provides a great way to visit the Hanover campus and interact with the College's women’s soccer squad and coaching staff.

The cost for each one-day camp will be $75. The fee includes instruction, light lunch and a training shirt. In addition, athletes can attend both camp dates for $120.

Participants are encouraged to bring a ball, two sets of soccer clothing, molded soccer shoes, indoor/running shoes, shin guards and towel.

Please note, the daily schedule is subject to change at the discretion of camp staff due to unforeseen circumstances such as weather, admissions schedule, etc. Indoor and artificial turf facilities are available in case of inclement weather.

For more information, contact Watts at wattsj@hanover.edu or (812) 866-7389.

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Steinman to lead cross country program

Anna Steinman has joined the Hanover College athletic department and will lead the Panthers’ men’s and women’s cross country teams. She will also work with Hanover’s track & field program.

Steinman comes to Hanover after serving two seasons as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Salisbury University (Md.). While at Salisbury, she instructed the Sea Gulls’ distance and middle-distance runners, as well as providing support for recruitment, strength and conditioning and meet management.

In addition to her work at Salisbury, Steinman also served as a sports-performance intern at University Orthopaedic Associates. In the role, she created programs for individuals returning from physical therapy, assessed imbalances and injury risk and set training programs for distance runners.

Steinman also continues to compete. She completed her first marathon in November, turning in a time of 3:05.09 as the 86th overall female to finish in the 2014 New York Marathon.

A 2013 Salisbury graduate, Steinman earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She will complete work on a master’s degree in applied health physiology this month.

While a student-athlete at Salisbury, she was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams and twice earned all-Capital Athletic Conference honors. She served as a team captain for both squads, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and worked as a student-athlete mentor.

Steinman is a member of USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the U.S., as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and Garden State Track Club.

She holds track & field technical certification through the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Spots available in elite lacrosse camp

Hanover College will host the Trilogy Lacrosse Middle School Aces Midwest Camp, July 27-31, 2015. The five-day camp is designed for the top sixth, seventh and eighth grade players from the Midwest.

Trilogy Lacrosse’s Aces events are targeted at players who are the best on their team (or in their region) and aim to play at the collegiate level. The instruction, competition and exposure is designed to help athletes prepare for the rigors of high school lacrosse and the recruiting process.

Led by Trilogy’s national staff, camp participants will receive high-level position-specific instruction, film review and personal evaluations. Athletes will also examine team concepts and game strategies, as well as compete in a championship tournament and a potential all-star game. In addition, players will also attend workshops to address the college recruiting landscape.

Players who perform well could earn additional opportunities to qualify for future Trilogy Aces events and intensive club experience.

Trilogy Lacrosse Middle School Aces Midwest Camp

Dietz, McKay, Green headline honorees

Senior athletes Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) and Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia), along with former football standout Brett Dietz, highlighted award recipients at the Hanover College Athletic Honors Banquet. The annual event was held in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.

Dietz, a 2004 Hanover graduate, was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. McKay and Green were named Hanover’s outstanding senior female and male athletes, respectively.

Dietz spent time as a member of Hanover's basketball, baseball and golf teams, but made his mark as a quarterback for the Panthers' from 2000-2003. He helped Hanover win three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and also earn three berths in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

A two-time all-Heartland Conference selection, Dietz led the nation in total offense in 2003 with 380.5 yards per game. He also set school single-season records with 575 attempts, 360 completions and 4,031 passing yards.

He eventually closed his collegiate career ranked third in Hanover career touchdown passes (67), fourth in career completions (583) and fourth in completion percentage (61.6%).

Dietz played professionally in Finland before moving to the Arena Football League, where he later became the first player to earn rookie-of-the-year awards in the AFL (Tampa Bay Storm, 2007) and AFL2 (Louisville Fire, 2006).

McKay led Hanover's women's golf team to back-to-back Heartland Conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament in 2014 and 2015.

A four-time all-Heartland Conference honoree, McKay earned four top-five finishes in the league tournament. She was the HCAC's medalist as a sophomore and junior. She also placed second as a senior after falling in a playoff.

McKay played in a school-record 68 tournaments and earned medalist honors a program-record 18 times. In addition, she holds Hanover's 18-hole (72), 36-hole (148), 54-hole (246) and 72-hole (322) records and also set the school's single-season scoring average mark this year with 79.09 strokes per match.

She was 21st overall to help propel the Panthers to a 12th-place finish in the 2015 NCAA III championship. She led the squad to a 15th-place finish in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Green played three seasons as an attacker with Hanover's men's lacrosse team and has, additionally, been a punter for the football squad for three seasons.

A two-time first-team all-conference selection in lacrosse, Green established Hanover's career record for goals (121) and also set the Panthers' single-season records for goals (48), assists (35) and points (75). He also holds the program's single-match records for goals (10), assists (eight) and points (13).

As a senior, Green led Hanover in scoring with 75 points and also tallied 47 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. He scored a team-leading 40 goals and added his school-single-season-record 35 assists.

Green earned second-team all-Heartland Conference honors for the football team in 2014 after averaging 39.2 yards per punt. In his three seasons on the gridiron, he has averaged more than 38 yards per punt, with a career long of 69 yards. He has 16 career punts of more than 50 yards and landed 36 inside the 20-yard-line.

Individual honors were also presented during the honors banquet to junior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.), senior Frannie Larson (La Grange, Ky.) and senior Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.).

Clark, a three-year member of the Panthers' men's tennis squad, became the first recipient of the Bill Griffin Mental Attitude Award.

Larson, a four-year high-jumper on Hanover's track & field team, was presented the Mildred Lemen Mental Attitude Award.

Duncan, a thrower, received the Glen and M.J. Bonsett Track & Field Award. He has also played four seasons as a lineman with the Panthers' football program.

Team academic awards were presented to Hanover's men's and women's cross country teams.

The women's cross country squad earned the Dean's Award, given each year to the team with the highest grade-point average for the academic year. The unit, coached by Josh Payne, posted a 3.37 grade-point average.

The men's cross country team received the Faculty Athletic Representative Award, given to the team that has shown the most improvement in its collective grade-point average. The group, also guided by Payne, raised its grade-point average .46 from the 2013 season.

Gridders post shutout victory in Scotland

Hanover College’s football squad defeated the East Kilbride Pirates, 51-0, during the team’s week-long visit to Scotland and Ireland. The contest was played at the Hamilton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland.

Freshman running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) scored three touchdowns to lead Hanover’s attack, including two scores to spur the Panthers to an 18-0 lead at the intermission.

Hanover-East Kilbride photo gallery

Freshman quarterback Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) lofted a five-yard touchdown pass to freshman running back Nate Hein (Tipton, Ind.) to get Hanover on the scoreboard.

Conners scored on a one-yard plunge to push the Panthers’ lead to 12-0 in the first period. He added a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Hanover an 18-0 halftime advantage.

Conners increased the margin to 24-0 with a two-yard scoring burst in the third period.

East Kilbride, which had a field-goal attempt bounce off the crossbar in the first quarter, misfired on a fake punt in the third quarter. The Panthers countered with a 10-yard scoring dash by Lightfoot to bump the lead to 31-0.

Hanover, rotating players in various positions late in the contest, added 20 points down the stretch for the final margin.

Senior wide receiver Tanner Parker (Greencastle, Ind.), a former quarterback, scrambled eight yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 37-0 lead.

Senior linebacker Vince Peiffer (Trafalgar, Ind.) plunged into the end zone from five yards out and sophomore linebacker Kevin Scholz (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to cap the scoring.

The contest was part of a nine-day travel experience through Scotland and Ireland. The trip, led by Hanover history professor Jeff Brautigam, included visits to Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Croke Park Stadium, GAA Museum, Guinness Storehouse, Titanic Belfast, Trim Castle and even a ferry ride from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Panthers close NCAA with record round

The Hanover College women’s golf team closed the NCAA Division III Championship with a school-record round of 314 and finished 12th overall in the four-day event. The 72-hole tournament completed play Friday, May 15, at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

NCAA III Championship leaderboard

Hanover's 314 in the fourth round was 28 shots better than the team’s previous record of 342, set during the third round of the 2011 tournament. The Panthers, which moved from 15th place to 12th with the final-round effort, totaled 1,353 strokes (347-349-343-314) in the championship.

Senior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) fired a four-over-par 76 in the closing round. Her score stands as Hanover’s lowest individual round in its three tournament appearances.

Juniors Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) each turned in a five-over 77, while freshman Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) posted an 84. Sophomore Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) added a non-scoring round of 86 on the 5,844-yard El Campeon Course.

McKay and Shepherd each earned top-35 finishes in the 110-golfer field. McKay finished 21st with a 322 (79-86-81-76). Shepherd followed in 34th place, just eight strokes behind McKay, with a 330 (84-85-84-77).

Gingerich landed in 56th place with a total of 342 strokes (94-82-89-77). Wuerch was 77th after a four-round 359 (90-96-89-84) and Smith finished 94th with a 375 (95-102-92-86).

Williams College (Mass.) earned the NCAA III team title with a 1,263 (319-322-309-313). Wittenberg University (Ohio) was second with 1,281 (323-327-308-323).

McKenzie Ralston from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) captured medalist honors by four strokes with a 301 (74-71-79-77).

Baseball plants six on all-HCAC team

Six members of Hanover College’s baseball squad have earned a spot on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s all-league team.

Senior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.), senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior centerfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) were each named the Heartland Conference’s second team.

Senior utility Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.), senior pitcher/outfielder Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior pitcher Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) each received honorable mention. Otto, in addition, was named to the HCAC’s sportsmanship team.

Brooks, who was named to the all-conference team for the third time, batted .347 in 35 games for Hanover this spring. He shared the team lead with 52 hits, including a team-best 13 doubles. He knocked in 23 runs and scored 19 times.

Newman, a three-time all-HCAC honoree, hit .316 in 34 contests. He collected 48 hits with five doubles and a team-leading three home runs. He also scored 25 runs and tallied 20 runs-batted-in.

Ares, a first-time all-league pick, batted .342 in 35 games in Hanover’s outfield. He shared the team lead with 52 hits and had eight doubles and two triples. He scored 25 times, led the Panthers with 24 RBI and also swiped a team-leading nine bases.

Hall, who saw action at catcher, second base and in the outfield, earned conference post-season honors for the second time in his career. He hit .331 in 35 outings for the Panthers with 21 RBI and 23 runs scored. He totaled 50 hits, including a team-high three triples and seven doubles.

Lantz logged innings in 28 games for Hanover as a pitcher, outfielder or designated hitter. He batted a team-leading .362 with five doubles, a homer, 16 runs-batted-in and 20 runs scored. In 10 appearances as a pitcher, he posted a 3-3 record with a 4.24 earned-run average through 46 and two-thirds innings.

Otto led the Panthers’ pitching staff with 17 appearances, all in relief. He finished with a 2-0 record and team-best 3.68 ERA. He led Hanover with four saves and also limited opponents to a team-low .239 batting average.

Under head coach Shayne Stock, the Panthers posted a 17-18 overall record. The squad was sixth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 13-14 mark.

Hubbard sets heptathlon record in finale

Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) completed Hanover College's track & field season in memorable fashion, setting a school record in the heptathlon at the Ron Althoff Final Qualifying Meet in Delaware, Ohio.

Hubbard, a sophomore, turned in five personal bests, including four in the first day of the two-day event, to score 4,118 points. Her performance ranks 41st in the country this spring.

She began day one by running 16.02 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, matching the best time by a Panther athlete this season. She followed with a personal-best jump of 1.39 meters in the high jump.

Hubbard turned in the fifth-best throw in the shot put field with a 9.37-meter toss and also ran the 26.74 seconds in the 200-meter dash to complete the first day of competition. Her 200-meter time is the fastest by a Hanover athlete this season.

The second day of competition began with a 4.90-meter leap in the long jump, followed by a 30.94-meter throw in the javelin. Her javelin mark was the second-best in the 13-competitor field.

Hubbard finished the competition with a personal-best time of 2:32.99 in the 800-meter run. She passed several competitors in the final 200 meters to move up in the race and the final standings.

Hubbard's point total improves the previous Hanover record she set last season by more than 1,000 points. Her effort is the top performance by a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete this season.