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McKinney's career night sends men's basketball to 81-73 win in HCAC opener


HANOVER, Ind. – Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) posted career highs in points and rebounds as the Hanover men’s basketball team led wire-to-wire against Manchester on Saturday afternoon, winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at home, 81-73.

McKinney’s 29 points not only set a new career best, but also set a new season high in points for any Panther this season. The junior did most of his damage from the free throw line, making 18 of 23 attempts. McKinney also posted a career high 14 rebounds to lead HC.

The Panthers have now won three straight conference openers, and are 4-1 overall this season. Hanover has scored over 80 points in each of its four wins this year. Manchester falls to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the HCAC with the loss.

Junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) also logged a career high in rebounds, gathering 13 for the contest. Smith added six points as well.

Three other Panthers joined McKinney in double figures, including senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio), who posted 13 points and seven rebounds. Junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) scored 12 points, while freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) added a career best 11 points off the bench.

Hanover’s starting unit scored 69 of the team’s 81 points, outscoring the Spartan’s starting five by 19 points. Despite both teams shooting under 63 percent from the charity stripe, the Panthers held a sizeable advantage, making 30 of 48 attempts to MU’s 14 of 24 tries.

The Blue and Red scored the opening two points of the contest on a jumper from sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio), and never trailed over the first 20 minutes of play. Hanover’s largest lead of the first half came at nine points, when a pair of free throws from Ratts capped an 8-0 run to give HC a 27-18 advantage with less than three minutes to play before the intermission.

A four-point halftime lead for HC was expanded to 14 points over the first eight minutes of the second half, as Buck converted a three-point play to grow the lead to 54-40.

The home lead however was cut to three points after a pair of MU free throws at the 7:19 mark made the score 62-59 in favor of HC. Hanover slowly grew its lead back out to as many as nine points, never trailing, as they held on for the 81-73 victory.

Despite tying a season low in assists with just 11 helpers, HC held the Spartans to a season best five assists. The Panthers received two dimes from four different players.

Rebounds were fairly even as HC finished with a slight 44-43 advantage. The 44 rebounds marked the second highest total in single game for the Red and Blue this season.

The Panthers will look to stay unbeaten at home and in conference play when they welcome Transylvania for a 7:30 p.m. tip inside Collier Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Balanced effort leads Panthers to 90-75 win in home-opener


HANOVER, Ind. – Thirteen different players scored as the Hanover women’s basketball team earned a 90-75 win over visiting Manchester in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams.

The Panthers, playing at home for the first time this year, have now won two straight to even their overall record at 2-2. Manchester remains winless and is now 0-6 on the season.

Things did not look good early for Hanover as the Spartans scored the first seven points and 10 of the first 12 to lead 10-2 with 6:28 to go in the opening quarter.

The Panthers would trail by five at the 3:38 mark, but Manchester would push it back to seven by the end of the quarter for a 23-16 advantage.

The second quarter was a different story. Hanover scored 10 unanswered points to take its first lead of the game at 26-23 and would slowly build a 10-point lead (45-35) at halftime. The Panthers scored 29 points in the second quarter, the most of any quarter this season.

Hanover continued to extend the lead in the third quarter. With the Panthers ahead 66-45, Manchester scored nine straight to make it a 12-point game, only to see Hanover close out the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 73-54 lead into the final frame.

The lead grew to as many as 22 in the final quarter before ending in a 15-point victory for the Panthers.

After shooting only 30.8% in the first quarter, Hanover shot 56.0% the rest of the way to finish at 50.8% (32-63) for the game. The Panthers shot 33.3% (5-15) from three and 77.8% (21-27) from the free throw line.

Junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) finished with a team-high 15 points on 7 of 12 shooting and had six rebounds. Freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) scored 11 points and grabbed five boards. Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and freshmen Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.) and Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) scored 10 points apiece in the victory.

Hanover will go back on the road Wednesday, Dec. 7 to play Transylvania (Ky.). Start time is set for 7:30 p.m. in Lexington, Ky.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Di Maio nabs NSCAA all-region honors


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Senior goalkeeper Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) has been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America third team all-region for his performance this season.

The senior net minder was part of seven team shutouts, while also recording five solo clean sheets in 2016. Di Maio was also among the top five in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in save percentage (.772) and goals against average (0.76).

For his performance in 2016, Di Maio was named to his second consecutive HCAC first team. This is his first all-region honor, and marks the second consecutive year HC has recorded a third team all-region selection.

As a team, Hanover set a school single season record for victories during the 2016 campaign. The Panthers finished with a 17-4-0 overall mark, and earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the HCAC Tournament title.

Di Maio allowed just one goal during the HCAC Tournament, including a shutout in the conference championship to earn the tournament’s most valuable player award.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women’s basketball set for home-opener against Manchester


HANOVER, Ind. – With three games under its belt, the Hanover women’s basketball team will play its 2016 home-opener against Manchester Saturday, Dec. 3.

Not only will the contest be the Panthers’ home-opener, but it will also serve as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for both teams.

Hanover will enter the game with a 1-2 mark in the early going following a 78-50 win at Centre last week. In that contest junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.), sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) scored in double figures for the Panthers.

Nash posted game-highs in both points (18) and rebounds (8) in only 24 minutes of action. Nall had her best game of her young career with 17 points and five rebounds, while Cromer finished with 10 points, three assists and two steals in the win.

The Panthers are averaging 73.7 points per game thus far and have shot 37.8% (70-185) from the field, including 30.4% (14-46) from beyond the three-point line, and 64.4% (67-104) from the free throw line.

Through three games, 16 different players have seen action in each contest. Nash and Cromer lead the team at 13.0 and 10.7 points per game. Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) has paced the team with 5.0 rebounds per game, and freshman Holly Kallmeyer (Covington, Ky.) tops the team in assists per game (4.3) and steals per game (2.3).

The Spartans are winless in their first five games of the season having lost 67-58 to North Park and 116-72 to North Central last weekend in the North Park Thanksgiving Classic.

Through five games, Manchester is averaging 61.6 points per game and has shot 36.5% (103-282) from the floor, 27.5% (22-80) from beyond the three-point line and 74.1% (80-108) from the charity stripe.

Junior Samantha Bolen and freshman Nicole Weaver are each averaging 10.2 points per game, and sophomore Maddy Minehart leads the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.

In the last five years, the two teams have met ten times. Hanover has won seven of those games, including four of the five played in Hanover. The two teams split a pair of games last year with each team winning at home.

The contest is scheduled as part of a men’s/women’s doubleheader and is set to tip off at 5 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers return home to open conference play on Saturday


HANOVER, Ind. – Coming off its best four game start to a season in three years, the Hanover men’s basketball team will open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this weekend at home against Manchester.

The Panthers, who are 3-1 for the first time since 2013-14, will welcome Manchester for a 3 p.m. tip inside Collier Arena on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Hanover’s hot start included two wins at the Mount St. Joseph Tip-Off Classic, with the second victory coming over then No. 11 John Carroll, 90-89.

Offense has not been an issue so far this season for the Panthers as they are second in the HCAC and inside the top 50 nationally in scoring average at 86.0. The Blue and Red opened the season scoring at least 90 points in three consecutive games. Hanover is shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, ranking third in the conference and 50th in the NCAA.

Leading the way for HC this season has been junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.), who is averaging 19.8 points per game. McKinney has relied on his three point shooting this year, making 44.4 percent of his attempts behind the arc. The junior also leads the conference in rebounding, grabbing nine per contest.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) is averaging 15.0 points per contest, as he also leads the team in assists per game at 3.5. Fails hit the game-winning three pointer, at the buzzer, in the win over John Carroll.

With at least 14 points in three of the four games this season, senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) is averaging 13.5 points per game. Muchmore is also recording 5.3 rebounds per contest.

Freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) came off the bench to score a career high eight points last time out at Washington (Mo.). Ratts was joined by sophomore Lucas Miller (Clarksville, Ind.), who scored 10 points and dished out a team high four assists off the bench.

Hanover’s opponent, Manchester, is coming off its first win of the season on Wednesday evening after defeating Olivet (Mich.) 99-67. The Spartans enter conference play with a 1-3 overall mark and are averaging 74.8 points per game.

Sophomore Adrian Johnson leads the team in scoring at 15.8 points per contest, while senior Tyler Alexander is averaging 12.0 points per game. The duo is also averaging at least 2.5 assists apiece.

Senior Chase Casteel has posted a team high 6.8 rebounds per game over the first four contests, and is also averaging over eight points per game.

Hanover leads the all-time series with Manchester 94-51. The Panthers have also taken the last three meetings and eight of the last 10 overall, including a 78-73 win at home last February.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's soccer earns three NSCAA all-region selections


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After winning its fourth straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season, three Hanover women’s soccer players were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America as all-region selections.

The NSCAA awarded senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) with a first team spot, while juniors Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) and Daria Volker (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) were named to the second team.

Cornacchione, the team’s offensive leader in 2016, is picking up her fourth consecutive NSCAA first team all-region selection. The senior will have a chance at also earning her second all-American award as she was named a third team member back in 2014.

For the season, Cornacchione led the team and ranked second in all three scoring categories in the HCAC with 16 goals, 15 assists, and 47 points. The senior who also had four game-winning goals in 2016, leaves HC as the program’s all-time leader in goals, assists, and points.

After earning NSCAA first team all-region and third team all-American honors in 2015, Shroyer has picked up a second team selection for the second time in her career. The junior, who was named HCAC Most Valuable Defensive Player for the second consecutive season, guided a Panther defense to nine shutouts in 2016, including seven during a 10-match winning streak late in the year. The defense allowed 1.29 goals per game.

Though she is known for her leadership on the back line, Shroyer logged the game-winning goal against Franklin in the HCAC Championship, sending HC to the NCAA Tournament. Shroyer finished the season with two goals and one assist, all of which came during the HCAC Championship and NCAA Tournament games.

Volker’s second team honor is her first recognition to the NSCAA all-region team in her career. The midfielder finished the season with four goals and one assist. Volker, who was named to the HCAC first team this year, scored the game-winning goal just 30 seconds into overtime in the NCAA Opening Round, the team’s first tournament win in the past four years.

Hanover ended the 2016 season with a 14-6 overall mark, and its 8-1 record in the HCAC also earned the team a share of its fourth straight regular season conference title.

The Panthers have now earned three NSCAA all-region selections in each of the past four seasons, as well as earning one all-American honor in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Nash, Nall pilot Panthers to first win of the season


DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover women’s basketball team received a combined 35 points from junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) and freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) as they picked up their first win of the season, defeating Centre (Ky.) on the road Sunday evening, 78-50.

The Panthers (1-2) have gotten at least 17 points from two players in each of their past two games, and held an opponent to 50 points or less for the first time in 18 games, dating back to last season. Hanover’s 28-point margin of victory is its largest since a 90-40 win over Salem (N.C.) on December 29, 2015.

Nash led HC with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while also recording a team high eight rebounds. Nall scored a career high 17 points, making seven of her 12 field goal attempts.

Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) was the third Panther in double figures, as she scored six of her 10 points in the fourth quarter. Cromer was also one of three players for HC with at least three assists. Freshman Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) led the team with four helpers, while classmate Kristin Mills (Cincinnati, Ohio) dished out three assists.

Hanover got off to a hot start by making four of its first six field goal attempts, gaining an 11-3 advantage just over four minutes into the first quarter. Despite a Centre (1-5) run over the final six minutes of the first stanza, HC led 21-17 after 10 minutes of play.

After conceding the opening two points of the second quarter, the HC defense did not allow the Colonels to score again until the 2:30 mark. Hanover used a 16-0 run to capture its largest lead of the half, 18 points, at 37-19. The Blue and Red took a 40-25 lead into halftime.

The Panther defense forced 15 Centre turnovers over the first 20 minutes of play, converting 12 first half points off Colonel turnovers. For the game, HC forced 22 turnovers and scored 25 points off those takeaways.

In the third period, Centre scored the first two points again, and just like the second stanza, the Panthers used another 16-0 run to push its lead to 56-27, its largest of the contest, with 5:41 remaining in the period. Hanover saw its lead collapse to 17 points by quarters end however, taking a 61-44 edge into the final 10 minutes of play.

The Blue and Red led by at least 20 points for much of the fourth period, earning its fourth consecutive win against Centre. The Panthers have also won six of the last seven meetings between the two squads.

With one block, freshman Jourdan McAfee (Palmyra, Ind.) has at least tied for the team lead in rejections in all three games this season.

Hanover held a sizeable advantage in rebounds, outgaining the Colonels 52-33 for the contest. The Panthers recorded a season high 18 offensive rebounds, en route to an 8-0 edge in second chance points. Points in the paint was also in favor of HC at 32-24.

The Panthers will begin Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, when they welcome Manchester to Collier Arena.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's basketball travels to Centre on Sunday


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team will travel to face Centre (Ky.) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27.

The Panthers will enter Sunday’s contest with an 0-2 record after suffering two setbacks at the Washington (Mo.) McWilliams Classic last week.

For her performance during the Classic, freshman Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) was named to the all-tournament team. Todd averaged 11 points per game and is second in the HCAC in free throw percentage, at .921 (13-14).

With 17 points apiece to lead HC against Chicago (Ill.), sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) are each averaging double figures on the young season. Cromer has made a team high four three point attempts, while Nash is shooting .643 from the field to lead the HCAC.

A trio of freshman are leading the Panthers in specialty statistics through the first week of the season. Holly Kallmeyer (Covington, Ky.) is averaging 5.5 assists per game, ranking first in the HCAC and 34th in the NCAA. Jourdan McAfee (Palmyra, Ind.) is blocking two shots per game and Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) is grabbing 5.5 rebounds per contest to lead HC.

As a team, Hanover is one of the conference’s highest scoring teams. The Panthers are averaging 71.5 points per game, ranking second in the conference.

Hanover is also leading the conference in blocked shots, rejecting five per contest. The team’s rejections also rank among the top 50 in the NCAA. The Blue and Red are also swiping 9.5 steals per game, which is third best in the HCAC.

The Panthers will be seeing Centre for the second time this season as the two teams squared off in an exhibition game prior to the start of the regular season. The two sides have faced each other three times in the past two regular seasons as well, with HC taking all three victories. The last time HC traveled to Centre, the Panthers won 101-58.

The Colonels enter the weekend with a 0-4 record overall and will travel to Mount St. Joseph on Saturday prior to welcoming HC Sunday. Centre is also 0-3 at home this season.

Centre is averaging just over 40 points per game offensively, while allowing 65.0 points per contest. Senior Caroline Andreassen is leading the team with 9.8 points per game, while also grabbing 2.3 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore Day Vance is getting 7.8 rebounds per contest and is second on the team with 5.3 points per game.

This will be the fifth consecutive season that the Panthers and Colonels will meet in. Hanover holds a 5-1 record against Centre since the start of the 2012-13 season.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers drop road contest at No. 20 Washington


ST. LOUIS – For the second consecutive game the Hanover men’s basketball team fell behind by double digits in the first half to a nationally ranked opponent, unfortunately their fate was not the same this time, falling to No. 20 Washington (Mo.) on the road Wednesday afternoon, 81-61.

The Panthers (3-1), who entered the game 3-0 for the first time in three seasons, were unsuccessful in capturing their first 4-0 start since the 2004-05 campaign. Washington improves to 3-0 with the win.

Hanover was led in scoring by junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) for the third time this season, as he scored 14 points. McKinney also grabbed four rebounds, giving him at least four rebounds in each contest this season.

Sophomore Lucas Miller (Clarksville, Ind.) played a season high 24 minutes, recording 10 points and a team high in rebounds, five, and assists, four. Freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) added a career high eight points off the bench as well.

Both teams found a spark off the bench as each side received 30 points from their non-starters.

The first eight minutes saw the teams trade baskets, but it was a three pointer from Miller at 11:05 that gave HC its largest lead of the game at 15-12.

WashU responded however, scoring 16 of the game’s next 23 points to take a 31-19 lead, forcing a timeout by HC. The Bears grew their lead to as many as 16 points on two separate occasions over the final two minutes of the half, and led the Panthers 40-26 at the intermission.

In the second half, WashU led by as many as 25 points, but a 19-9 run from HC cut the deficit to 69-54 with just under four minutes to play. This however, would be as close as the Panthers would get, falling 81-61.

After shooting over 45 percent in each of its first three games, Hanover made just 23 of 62 (.371) field goal attempts. The Bears on the other hand shot over 47 percent for the contest.

WashU held a sizeable advantage in rebounds, outgaining the Panthers 53-27 for the contest. The Bears grabbed 19 offensive rebounds, totaling 22 second chance points to HC’s 11, all of which came in the first half.

Hanover will look to rebound after the holiday when they host Manchester for its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's hoops travels to No. 20 Washington on Wednesday


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team will look for its second consecutive victory over a nationally ranked team and stay unbeaten on the season when they travel to No. 20 Washington (Mo.) this week.

Hanover and WashU will square off at 2 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 23, inside the Field House in St. Louis.

The Panthers opened the season with a 3-0 record last week, including a 90-89 win over No. 11 John Carroll (Ohio) on a buzzer beating three pointer from sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio). Hanover has scored at least 90 points in each of its first three games, marking the first time since the start of the 2004-05 season that the team has had at least three straight games with 90 points or more.

Hanover also picked up a 97-42 win in its home opener against Boyce (Ky.) last week, marking its largest margin of victory since a 45-point win over Earlham during the 2014-15 season. The Blue and Red opened the MSJ Tipoff Classic with a 96-83 win over Piedmont (Ga.) before the win over JCU gave them their first 3-0 start since 2013-14.

A Panther win against WashU would give them their first 4-0 start since the 2004-05 season, when the team went 25-6 overall and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

For his efforts, Fails was named this season’s first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week. The sophomore averaged 23 points per game during the Classic, and finished the week with overall averages of 17 points and 3.7 assists per game, while shooting .542 from the field. During his stretch of play at the Classic, Fails logged a career high 28 points against Piedmont, making seven of nine three point attempts.

Leading the team in scoring is junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.), who’s 21.7 points per contest is second best in the HCAC. McKinney is also grabbing a team high 10.7 rebounds per game, ranking third in the conference. The junior has made 10 three pointers to lead the team as well.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) has scored 14 points or more in every game this year, and his .753 field goal percentage is good enough to rank second in the HCAC and 25th in the NCAA. Muchmore has also blocked close to three shots per game as he leads the conference at 2.7.

As a team, Hanover leads the HCAC in assists per game, dishing out 22.7 helpers per 40 minutes. Junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) leads the team at 4.3 assists per game, while Fails and McKinney are both over 3.0 helpers per contest as well.

Scoring has not been an issue for HC this season as they are averaging a conference best 94.3 points per game, which is also inside the top 25 in the country. A leading reason to the high scoring average is that HC is among the top 20 in the NCAA in field goal shooting percentage at .530.

Despite the one-point victory over JCU, the Panthers also hoist one of the nation’s top scoring margins, ranking 14th in the NCAA at 23.0 points per game.

Hanover’s opponent this week, WashU, comes in with a 2-0 record after picking up two road wins last week. The Bears also nearly defeated NCAA Division I foe Illinois in an exhibition contest, falling 82-75.

Four players are scoring in double figures for WashU, including Kevin Kucera, who leads the team at 19.0 points per contest. Matt Highsmith is one of three players averaging 13.0 points per game and is also grabbing a team high 8.7 rebounds per contest.

The Bears have played a pair of tight games, as they are averaging 72 points per game while giving up just 68 points per contest.

Hanover and WashU met last season with the Bears taking an 84-64 decision inside Collier Arena. Muchmore paced the Panthers with 14 points and six rebounds.

Contact: Tyler Jester