Athletics News
Hubbard picks up USTFCCCA all-region selection

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NEW ORLEANS – Junior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) of the Hanover women’s track & field team has been named as a member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Great Lakes all-region team in the heptathlon for the outdoor season.

Hubbard set a new school record in the heptathlon last week in the North Central College Gregory Invitational, scoring 4,353 points, shattering her own personal best by over 200 points. Her point total also ranks among the top 30 at the NCAA Division III level in 2016.

In her record-setting performance, Hubbard placed second in both the javelin throw and shot put. Hubbard’s javelin toss of 36.33 meters was the second best mark in program history while her shot put distance came in at 10.96 meters.

She finished the NCC Gregory Invite with over 540 points in each of the seven events and placed in the top half of the field in four events.

Hubbard was also named the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Outstanding Field Athlete earlier this spring. At the HCAC championships, Hubbard won the long jump, and placed in the top five in the triple jump, high jump, 100m hurdles, and 400m hurdles.

The first team all-HCAC selection placed in the top eight on 28 occasions this season, including three first place finishes.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Twenty-five spring student-athletes earn HCAC academic honors

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its spring 2016 honorees for the Tom Bohlsen academic all-conference awards on Monday morning, as 25 Hanover student-athletes were recognized.

The Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference Award is given to student athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. The cumulative grade-point average is based on an athlete’s classroom performance through the end of the semester preceding the spring season. The athlete also must have completed the equivalent of one whole academic year as a full-time student at the HCAC institution.

The award recognizes the contributions of Bohlsen, a 1957 graduate of Hanover College, who served as the first HCAC commissioner from 1998 to 2008.

Below are the HC student-athletes that were highlighted by the conference.

NAME

SPORT

YR.

HOMETOWN

Ashlee Arbaugh

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Findlay, Ohio

Nick Brunner

Baseball

Sr.

North Vernon, Ind.

Michaela Corbin

Softball

Jr.

Kendallville, Ind.

Bekah Dickmander

Women’s Lacrosse

Jr.

Morristown, Ind.

Kasie Doherty

Softball

Sr.

Nabb, Ind.

Rebecca Duke

Women’s Lacrosse

Jr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Joe Feldmann

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Oregonia, Ohio

Mallory Fogus

Women’s Lacrosse

So.

Grosse Ile, Mich.

Meghan Fox

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Savannah Hubbard

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Madison, Ind.

Joseph Korjenek

Men’s Golf

So.

College Grove, Tenn.

Katie Lents

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

So.

Carmel, Ind.

Taryn Mayer

Women’s Lacrosse

Jr.

North Vernon, Ind.

Kyle Mundon

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Kendallville, Ind.

Joe Rector

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

So.

Aurora, Ind.

Megan Richey

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Marshall, Ill.

Gabby Ritchey

Softball

Jr.

Loogootee, Ind.

Doug Seals

Men’s Tennis

So.

Indianapolis, Ind.

Stephanie Simpson

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

So.

Watertown, Tenn.

Abby Shroyer

Women’s Lacrosse

So.

Zionsville, Ind.

Jaron Stiers

Men’s Golf

Sr.

Middletown, Ind.

Travis Thompson

Baseball

Sr.

Mount Carmel, Ill.

Anni Titchenal

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Lizton, Ind.

Cami Trachtman

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Jr.

Carmel, Ind.

Teresa Wiczynski

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

Sr.

Columbus, Ind.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hubbard sets new school record in heptathlon at Gregory Invitational

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) of the Hanover College women’s track & field team competed in the Gregory Invitational, hosted by North Central College, this past Wednesday and Thursday.

The junior set a new school record in the heptathlon, as her total of 4,353 points broke her old school record by over 200 points.

Hubbard, who placed eighth overall, tallied the most points, 715, in the 100 meter hurdles, placing sixth with a personal best time of 15.99.

She also recorded second place finishes in the javelin throw and shot put. Hubbard’s javelin toss of 36.33 meters was the second best mark in program history. Her shot put distance came in at 10.96 meters.

The heptathlon also saw Hubbard compete in the long jump, high jump, 200m dash and 800m run. She placed sixth in the long jump with a distance of 5.06 meters.

Hubbard totaled over 540 points in each of the seven events and placed in the top half of the field in four events.

Results

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Shroyer to represent Hanover on USA D-3 Brazil Tour

USA Sports Tours & Events

HANOVER, Ind. – Sophomore Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) of the Hanover College women’s soccer program will be participating on the 2016 USA D-3 Soccer Team for its Brazil Tour from May 24 through June 2.

Shroyer, a third team all-American for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America this past fall, will be making her first trip with the USA Sports Tours & Events organization. The Hanover women’s soccer program however, is no stranger to competing for the USA D-3 team. In 2011 Kaitlin McCulloch was the first Panther to participate and in2014 the team sent four members as well as head coach Jim Watts to compete.

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s defensive player of the year, Shroyer anchored the HC defensive unit, which limited opponents to just 0.63 goals per contest with 10 shutouts.

The USA D-3 Soccer Teams are invited NCAA Division III men’s and women’s players from across the country. This team is comprised of players recognized as All Americans, All Region and All Conference. The 16 women’s players represent 13 different colleges and universities and come from 10 different home states.

“I believe that the players on these teams will be some of the same players we see recognized as All Americans, All Region and All Conference players in the Fall of 2016. This is an outstanding group of young men and women.” says Ron Smith. “Many of the players on this year’s USA / Brazil Tour team had great individual seasons and led their teams into post season play.” “This tour is designed to expose players to a great soccer experience while providing a once in a lifetime opportunity for educational, cultural and social growth.”

The squads will begin with orientation and practice in Orlando, Florida for the first two days. The team flies to Sao Paulo, Brazil for contests in the cities of Jundiai and Valinhos in the state of Sao Paulo on May 26 and 27. The teams will then travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for two more contest on May 30 and 31. The two USA D-3 Soccer teams will be competing against top U-22 club teams from the States of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

While in Brazil the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. While in Rio the team will be staying on the famous Copacabana Beach and touring the Christ the Redeemer Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world. The USA D-3 Soccer Teams will also visit sites and venues that will be hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, to be held this August.

USA D-3 Women's Soccer Team

Michala BibbinsBerry College
Lilly DonovanLesley University
Elizabeth EidsonSewanee-University of the South
Julia Flagge-EcholsThomas More College
Nicole FowlerSpringfield College
Jackie GlanfieldArcadia University
Macayla GreinerAlma College
Brooke HattingerSpringfield College
Taylor HedinCollege of Saint Benedict
Rachel MickelsonWashington University (Mo.)
Jasmine NewmanMethodist University
Rachel PostCarthage College
Becca ProschanskyBerry College
Abby ShroyerHanover College
Sarah TrachIllinois Wesleyan University
Eryka UnderwoodMethodist University

USA D-3 Women's Soccer Coaches

Jeff CummingsThomas More College
Abby OsborneThomas More College

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Ares named to first team as six Panthers earn all-HCAC honors

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Senior Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) of the Hanover baseball team has been named to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team for his performance during the 2016 season.

Ares, a 2015 HCAC second team member, led the Panthers in most offensive statistical categories this year, as well as ranked in the top 10 in the conference in four categories. His .352 batting average was good enough for seventh in the conference, while his four triples and 17 stolen bases both ranked third in the HCAC. The senior also added a team best 30 runs scored to go along with 20 RBI. With 56 hits on the year, the outfielder ranked fifth in the conference.

Freshman Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) logged his first all-conference accolade as he earned second team honors. Sizemore batted .327 on the year and tied Ares for the team high in doubles with five. The infielder also hit .316 with runners in scoring position.

Three members of the HC baseball team were named to the honorable mention squad, including senior pitchers Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) and Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.). Otto tied for the conference high in saves with six while Powers recorded the most wins on the team at three. Both pitchers averaged over six strikeouts per nine innings.

Joining Otto and Powers on the honorable mention team was Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.). The sophomore led the team with 31 RBI, also adding two triples and two home runs.

The all-sportsmanship selection for Hanover was senior Travis Thompson (Mount Carmel, Ill.). Thompson appeared in 26 games, recording four doubles to go along with eight runs scored and eight RBI.

Hanover won eight consecutive conference games to close out the month of April, finishing with an overall mark of 13-25 and a 10-16 record in the HCAC.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Historic season ends in NCAA Regional for softball

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Hanover’s softball team’s historic season came to an end on Saturday afternoon, l to DePauw in the NCAA Tournament, 2-0.

After losing to the NCAA Regional host school, Illinois Wesleyan on Friday afternoon, the Blue and Red needed to win two games on Saturday to keep its season alive for another day. In the loss to DePauw (30-17), the Panthers received just four hits, all coming from different players.

Hanover had its best scoring opportunity come in the bottom half of the second inning as three consecutive singles with two outs loaded the bases. Unfortunately for HC all three runners were left stranded.

The Panthers (20-20) would be retired in order from third inning on, falling by a count of 2-0. Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) pitched a complete game, allowing two runs – one earned – on eight hits, while striking out three.

Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) logged one hit in each tournament game to record a 2-for-5 performance at the plate. Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) and Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) each added two hits in the tournament as well.

In her final two games as a Panther, Lyndsea Burke was 1-for-3 with one RBI, as she also walked once and was hit by a pitch.

The Panthers recorded 20 victories in a season for the first time since 1999. Hanover also won its first ever Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, resulting in the program’s first ever bid into a national postseason tournament.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Shepherd places 12th to lead women's golf at NCAA Championship

HOUSTON – The Hanover College women’s golf team competed in the NCAA National Championship over the past four days, Tuesday through Friday, finishing 15th as a team.

Though the Panthers had completed their fourth round on Friday, the tournament was called due to weather, and only the first three rounds were made official.

In the field of 21 teams, the Panthers were as high as 13th after the opening round before stalling to 15th place after rounds two and three with a total of 1001 (336-331-334).

In her final NCAA tournament event, Erika Shepherd lead the way for HC, placing in a tie for 12th with a three-day total of 229 (80-77-72). Shepherd’s third round score of 72 was just one of three scores at even par or better on Thursday. The senior was also one of just four players with a par 3 scoring average under par, finishing at minus-one.

With 109 individuals participating, Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the next Panther on the leaderboard, finishing tied for 73rd. Lindenschmidt closed her career with three rounds in the 80’s to record a 251 (85-82-84) total.

Fellow senior, Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) placed 84th with a score of 261 (87-85-89). Mosteller was second on the team in par 3 scoring at plus-eight.

Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) logged her best round in the first 18 holes, shooting an 84, en route to a tie for 86th finish. Wuerch finished with a mark of 264 (84-91-89), as she posted 18 pars and one birdie for the tournament.

Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) had two of her three rounds count in the team scoring as she placed 90th with at 266 (90-87-89). Smith finished with the second best par four scoring average for HC at 4.63.

Rhodes College came from behind after the opening round to take home the team national championship with a total of 904. The University of Redlands’ Caroline Ordian won individual medalist honors with a score of 218.

Results

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Women's tennis falls to Westminster in NCAA opening round

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Hanover College women’s tennis team capped its season on Friday afternoon, falling in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to Westminster, 5-1.

The Panthers end the season with a program high 16 wins, posting an overall winning percentage of .800. Hanover also went 8-0 in the HCAC and captured its third consecutive HCAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Blue and Red trailed 2-1 after doubles play as Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) won in the second slot, 8-3.

In singles action, HC dropped the first three matches to finish. Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) picked up two games in both sets at No. 2 singles.

Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) each lost in straight sets at No. 4 and 5 singles respectively.

Spicer had won the first set 6-2 at No. 1 singles, and was leading 4-1 in the second frame when the match was called. Kelly Gehlbach was into a decisive third set when the match was called as well.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Softball drops NCAA opener to Illinois Wesleyan

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Hanover College softball team dropped its first ever NCAA Tournament game, falling to No. 18 Illinois Wesleyan, 7-2.

Hanover (20-19) recorded just six hits in the contest to the Titans’ (31-10) 12. Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits in the contest, going 2-for-4.

The Blue and Red took the first lead of the game in the top of the second inning when Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Illinois Wesleyan then tied the contest at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning.

A Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) double down the left field line scored Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), giving HC a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning. Skutt reached on an error to lead off the frame.

The Titans however, scored two runs in the third, fifth, and sixth inning to capture the 7-2 advantage.

With the loss, HC is just one defeat away from being eliminated and will face DePauw at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, at Illinois Wesleyan.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Softball places four on all-HCAC teams

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Coming off its first HCAC Tournament Championship, the Hanover College softball team received four selections to the all-conference teams announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Panthers (20-18) finished the regular season 8-7 in the HCAC, capturing the fourth seed in the conference tournament.

McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) and Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) each earned second team honors, while Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) was an honorable mention selection. Kasie Doherty (Nabb, Ind.) was HC’s choice on the all-sportsmanship team.

Writt is currently batting .325, and leads the team in RBI, 34, and doubles, nine. Her RBI totals rank fourth in the HCAC and her doubles count is good enough for ninth in the conference.

Holding the fifth best batting average in the HCAC is Burke with a team high .400 average. The senior has added 21 runs scored and 15 RBI.

In the pitching circle, Griffin holds a 14-7 record, currently ranking second in the HCAC in wins. The freshman also has a conference best 115 strikeouts, and her five shutouts leads the HCAC and is in the top 50 nationally.

Doherty appeared in 24 games, making five starts in her senior campaign. She has posted four hits and 11 runs scored in 2016.

The Panthers will compete in their first ever NCAA National Tournament game this Friday, May 13. Hanover is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. contest against host school, Illinois Wesleyan.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu