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Women's track wins HCAC Indoor Championship for third time in six seasons

Women track and field win conference championship

RESULTS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the third time in the past six years, the Hanover women’s track and field team has won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

The Panthers, who won back-to-back indoor titles in 2012 and 2013, recorded 130 total points in the 2017 championship event, outlasting host Rose-Hulman and Manchester, who ended up with 126 and 120 points respectively.

The Panthers’ 130 points marks the highest total for the team since the 2014 indoor championship.

After 10 completed events, Hanover was tied in the team scoring with RHIT, and after 15 events, the Panthers led the Fightin’ Engineers by eight points.

The championship title came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400 meter relay. The Blue and Red sent out sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) in the first leg as she gave HC the early advantage. Competing in her final indoor conference championship, senior Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) ran second for HC, keeping them within the top two as Manchester led heading into the final two legs.

Senior Erika Jervis (Cicero, Ind.) took the handoff from her classmate and sprinted to the front of the pack, handing off to freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) for the final 400 meters. In the biggest race of her collegiate career, Hunter held off the RHIT runner early and pulled away at the end, securing the event and team championship victories for HC. The 4x400 squad finished in a time of 4:12.35, the second fastest in school history.

Burnett also pulled off the only other first place finish for the women, finishing the 400m dash in 1:02.03. Her 400m time set a new personal record, while also moving her into fourth all-time at HC. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 200m, with a personal best time of 27.40.

Recording a team high 34 points was senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). The senior was busy, competing in six events, placing fourth or better on four separate occasions. Hubbard’s best finishes came in the long jump and triple jump, where she placed second in both events. Her long jump distance of 5.42m set a new personal record, while her distance of 10.85m broke her own school record by nearly 0.2 meters.

In the 200m, Hanover grabbed the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots. Freshman Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) paced the Panther runners with a personal best time of 27.39, moving her into fourth in program history. Henderson also improved on her already top-five 60m dash time, finishing in 8.20 seconds to place fourth.

Henderson, along with Burnett and Hunter, teamed up with freshman Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) to run in the 4x200m relay. The all-underclassman group placed second in the meet, crossing the finish line in 1:49.85, the second fastest time in school history.

The 60m hurdles also saw three Panthers score, including Hubbard, whose time of 9.56 seconds was good enough for third overall and third in school history. Beasley and classmate Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) placed sixth and seventh respectively.

Two women’s pole vaulters logged a height of 3.24 meters, placing fourth and fifth in the event. Sophomore Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) won the tiebreaker over classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) to pick up the fourth place finish, as the 3.24m set a new career record for her.

Freshman Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) competed in her first conference championship, placing seventh in the shot put. Her throw of 11.02m is the second longest mark in school history.

Hanover will continue the 2017 indoor slate with its first of two last chance meets next Saturday, Feb. 25, at Anderson.



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Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Distance medley relay highlights Panthers' day at the HCAC Indoor Championships

Distance Medley relay squad finishes first at conference championship

RESULTS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team recorded its second highest point total in the past seven Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, placing fourth as a team on Saturday.

Hanover totaled 65.5 points, ranking fourth in the 10-team championship meet. Host Rose-Hulman recorded 247.50 points to earn the men’s conference championship team award.

Highlighting the conference meet was the distance medley relay squad of senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.), junior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.), and freshmen Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). The quartet picked up the only first place finish for the Hanover men, as their time of 10:50.93 not only paced the field, but is also the second fastest time in school history. Veach’s final leg of 4:22 pushed the Panthers to the front of the pack.

Simon went on to add two top-eight finishes in individual events as well. The senior was sixth in the one mile run, as his time of 4:36.07 marked his fastest interval this season. He also placed seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:04.92.

Two school records fell on Saturday, with both coming in field events. Junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) moved from fourth all-time at HC to the top spot with a throw of 15.54 meters. Sofronko placed third in the event.

Breaking his own school record was freshman Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Monnin placed fourth in the pole vault, improving his school record to 4.10m.

Sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) added a pair of top five finishes in the distance events. Hedrick was fourth in the 5000m with a time of 15:38.41. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 3000m, as his time of 9:07.23 set a new personal best.

The 4x200m relay squad placed third overall and third in school history with a time of 1:33.05. Seniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) teamed with sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) for the 800m relay time.

Pyle went on to place ninth in the 200m with the second fastest time in school history, 23.20, while also placing eighth in the 400m with the fifth fastest time at HC, 52.60.

Freshman Zac Butler (Clayton, Ind.) was eighth in the 60m dash after both the preliminaries and finals runs. Butler’s prelim time of 7.22 marked the third fastest in program history. He added a time of 7.27 seconds in the finals.

Hanover will have two last chance meets to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Panthers will next travel to Anderson for the Fred Wilt Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

No. 22 men's basketball survives late push from Bluffton in 65-64 road win

Wes McKinney makes a wrap-around pass

BOX SCORE

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Behind a game high 23 points and 12 rebounds from junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.), the No. 22 Hanover men’s basketball team survived a road contest at Bluffton on Saturday afternoon, 65-64.

The Panthers (21-3, 16-2 HCAC) received a pair of free throws from junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 32 seconds remaining to go in front 65-62. Bluffton (13-12, 6-12 HCAC) also capitalized on a pair of shots from the foul line on its next possession, closing the gap to 65-64 with 15 seconds left to play.

Hanover missed on the front end of a one-and-one situation, giving the Beavers the final possession of the game with a chance to win. The Blue and Red forced an errant layup with three seconds remaining and after giving up an offensive rebound, forced another miss in the final second, securing their seventh straight victory.

With his 23 point-12 rebound effort, McKinney recorded his 10th double-double of the season, which leads the HCAC. McKinney made 9-of-12 field goal attempts, while also going 2-for-2 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.

Smith finished with eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded a team high five assists, while also adding seven points.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) also tallied in double figure scoring efforts with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Hanover finished the contest with a 54.3 percent shooting clip, making 25-of-46 field goal attempts. The Blue and Red took a season low in three-point attempts, seven, but made four shots from deep.

With the season low in three-point tries, HC relied on its inside game to pick up the victory, outgaining the Beavers 42-20 in points in the paint. Bluffton held an 11-8 edge in offensive rebounds, but it was the Panthers that posted a 15-5 advantage in second chance points.

Leading by just two points early on, HC used an 11-2 run to balloon its lead to 11 points, 19-8, with 9:21 remaining in the opening half. The 11-point lead was the largest of the game for the Blue and Red.

The Beavers rallied to take a first half lead with nine seconds remaining, but a tip-in from sophomore Nick White (New Albany, Ind.) in the closing moments gave HC a 29-28 lead at the intermission.

Bluffton opened the second half with an 11-4 run, taking its largest lead of the contest at 39-33, with 17:23 left to play. Hanover also led by as many as six points in the second half, as a layup from Muchmore put them in front 61-55 with 5:27 remaining.

The Panthers never trailed in the final 5:27, finishing the regular season with a program best 16-2 HCAC record.

Hanover, who clinched the HCAC regular season title this past Wednesday, will host the entire HCAC Tournament next weekend, Feb. 24-26. The Panthers will await the winner of the game between the fourth seed, Rose-Hulman, and the fifth seed, Transylvania.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Women’s basketball falls to Bluffton in regular season finale

Allison Nash closes out on defense

BOX SCORE

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover women’s basketball team went on the road for its final regular season game of the year and fell 83-68 to Bluffton Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers finish the regular season 13-12 overall and 11-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Beavers upped their record to 21-4 overall and 15-3 in league play.

Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) made a jumper midway through the first quarter to give Hanover a 7-3 lead, but Bluffton scored the next six points to go in front 9-7.

With the Panthers ahead 15-14 late in the opening period, Bluffton hit a three-pointer to end the quarter and take a two-point advantage into the second quarter.

The Beavers pushed the lead to six at the 6:36 mark, only to see Hanover go on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 26-23.

Bluffton, however, rebounded to score eight of the final 12 points of the half for a 31-30 lead at the break.

After a Beaver lay-up to open the second half extended the lead to three, junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) made one of two free throw attempts to cut the lead to two points.

From there, Bluffton slowly began to pull away and pushed the lead to as many as 11 in the third quarter, but Hanover closed the gap to 55-53 early in the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run.

A pair of free throws at the 3:33 mark cut the Beaver’s lead to five points, but the home team went 5 of 5 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the charity stripe in a 16-4 run to pull away for the eventual 15-point victory.

After tying a season-high with 10 three-pointers made earlier in the week, the Panthers were limited to only one made three-pointer against Bluffton.

Nash led Hanover with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds as she made eight of her 11 attempts from the field. Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) also finished in double figures as she scored 13 points off the bench.

The Panthers will enter the 2017 HCAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Franklin Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Collier Arena. The two teams split a pair of regular season games with each team winning at home. Hanover’s hot shooting in the first game earned the Panthers a 67-46 win, while Franklin won 70-63 in overtime in the second meeting.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's Lacrosse Preview: Midfielders

Mallory Fogus looks to score against Franklin

HANOVER, Ind. – After previewing the defenders and net minders last week, we will dive into a deeper look at the midfield position for the Hanover women’s lacrosse team, as they open the 2017 season in a little over a week.

GOALIES & DEFENDERS PREVIEW

The Panthers will have the benefit of returning their leading scorer from the past two seasons in junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.). Fogus, a second team all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference pick in 2015, earned first team accolades last season. In two years with the Blue and Red, Fogus has totaled 62 goals, 12 assists and 74 points. She added 30 goals and eight assists last season, ranking in the top 15 in the ORLC in goals scored. Fogus was also 13-for-22 in scoring on free position attempts, as her goal percentage on such opportunities of .542 was second in the ORLC and among the top 75 in the nation.

Senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) will also return this season. Miller appeared in all 16 games a season ago, recording 12 goals and five assists offensively. She was also fourth in ground balls, 27, while also ranking second on the team in caused turnovers, 16.

Also appearing in all 16 games last season was sophomore Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.). Mundt had four of her five shots on goal last year, as she totaled one goal and two assists. Defensively, Mundt logged 19 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Hanover and first year head coach Brandon Allwood will open the new season with a 3 p.m. contest at Rhodes (Tenn.) on Mon. Feb. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's Lacrosse Preview: Midfielders

Sam Green prepares for a face off

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team is just over a week away from opening the 2017 campaign, so let us delve deeper into this year’s roster.

Last week we took an in-depth look at the goalkeepers and defenders. This week we will overview the midfielders on the 2017 squad.

GOALIES & DEFENDERS PREVIEW

At the midfield position, sophomore Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) returns after being one of the best in the nation in face-offs in 2016. The 2016 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team selection, won over 66 percent of his face-off attempts, ranking in the top 20 in all of NCAA Division III. He was also ranked ninth among all Division III midfielders. Green added five goals and two assists offensively as well.

A pair of 2016 ORLC Second Team selections return for another season in junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) and sophomore Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio). The two midfielders combined for nearly 34 percent of the goal scoring last year. Szczublewski ranked second on the team and seventh in the ORLC with 30 goals. The junior also added 12 assists for a total of 42 points, which was among the top 10 in the conference.

Schell’s first season with HC was a good one, as he was third on the team in scoring. His 26 goals were also 12th best in the ORLC. Ranking second on the team in assists with 15, Schell was among the top 15 in the conference in both assists and total points, 41.

Senior Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.) is also back in the midfield for the Blue and Red in 2017. Kwasney appeared in just 12 games last season, but recorded eight goals and two assists in the limited action.

As a long stick middie, sophomore Evan Bartlett (Oxford, Ohio) will look to assist the youthful defense this year. Bartlett totaled 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers in 2016.

The Panthers will also sprinkle in a talented freshmen group at every position this year, as 18 of the 24 players on the roster are freshmen and sophomores.

Hanover opens the regular season with a 1 p.m. contest at Centre (Ky.), on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Panthers prepped for HCAC Indoor Championships

Brittany Ferrell runs in the 800 meter

TOURNAMENT PAGE

PERFORMANCE LISTS

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s track and field team will hope to return to the form from a few seasons ago, when they won back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor championships in 2012 and 2013, as they compete in the league meet this weekend.

The Panthers have never failed to finish outside the top four in the team scoring over the past six indoor conference championships, put are coming off a fourth place finish a year ago. Hanover will look to return to the top of the HCAC this weekend, as the conference championships will take place at Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Hanover is no stranger to the RHIT facility this year, competing at Engineer-hosted events in the first two weeks of the indoor campaign. The Panthers have three top three finishes as a team this season, including a 181-point performance, which earned them first place at the DePauw Small College Invitational back on Feb. 3.

The Blue and Red will have the luxury of having the reigning HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete on their side in senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). Hubbard has not disappointed this year, as she has 17 top-five finishes in her final indoor campaign. Hubbard has enjoyed strong performances at the HCAC Championships in the past, as she has recorded points for the team scoring in nine individual events over the past two conference meets. She will return this year to defend her 2016 HCAC indoor long jump title, while also looking to improve upon finishes in the 200m, 400m, 60m hurdle, and triple jump.

Her classmate Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) will return to the HCAC Indoor Championships for the first time since 2014, as she will compete in the 800m and 4x400m relay. In the 2014 conference meet, Ferrell placed seventh in the 400m, while also being a part of the 4x400m and distance medley relay teams, earning second team all-HCAC honors. The senior has ran in the 800m twice this season, setting a new personal record last time out, finishing in 2:30.04.

Sophomore Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) is scheduled to compete in the pole vault, as she set the school record in the event earlier this season. Clancy posted a height of 3.27 meters in the opening meet of the season, Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, following it up with a 3.20 meter performance the following weekend at RHIT. She placed fourth in the event in last year’s conference meet.

Clancy’s classmate Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) will compete in four events this year, after competing in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays last season. Burnett will again participate on the two relay squads, which posted top six finishes in 2016, while also adding the 200m and 400m to her schedule. The sophomore set a personal best in the 400m earlier this year, racing in at 1:03.05.

Freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will be making her conference championship debut this weekend, but has fond memories of competing at RHIT earlier this season. Hunter finished first in the 400m in the opening meet of the season, posting the third fastest time in school history, 1:01.82, en route to being named HCAC women’s track athlete of the week. Her conference weekly award started a streak of three consecutive awards for HC, as Burnett and Hubbard each added the award in the following weeks.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's track & field primed for HCAC Indoor Championships this weekend

Jacob Sofronko rotating prior to launching the weight throw

TOURNAMENT PAGE

PERFORMANCE LISTS

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team will look to build upon a strong start to the indoor campaign as they compete in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships this weekend.

This year’s conference meet will be at a familiar site for HC, Rose-Hulman, as the first event is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18. Hanover has competed at Rose-Hulman twice already during the 2017 indoor season.

The Panthers have consistently improved in the final team point standings over the past three seasons at the HCAC Championships, going from a seventh place finish in 2014 to a third place finish and 83.5 points last year.

Senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) will look to add to his collection of top eight finishes from last year’s indoor conference meet. In 2016, Franchini placed seventh individually in the 200 meter, while also being a member on the 4x200m squad which finished second. This year, Franchini is scheduled to compete in the 200m, 400m, 4x200m relay, and 4x400m relay. The senior has the third fastest 200m time of the season for HC at 23.77, while also posting a career best time of 53.26 seconds in the 400m this year.

Coming off a career best 200m time of 23.29 seconds last week, which is tied for the second fastest time in school history, freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) will look to leave his mark in his first conference championship. Pyle also has the second fastest 400m time for HC this season at 53.02. The freshman will run in the 200m, 400m, and 4x200m relay.

Highlighting the field events is junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.), who will compete in the two throwing competitions. Sofronko recorded a career best weight throw distance of 15.04 meters back on Feb. 3, as he is ranked fourth in school history. The junior will also compete in the shot put, where his best mark this season is 11.76 meters.

Sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) has ran just once this season in the 5000m, the event he will participate in this weekend, but his time of 15:37.17 was a personal record and ranked second all-time in HC history. Hedrick also placed third in the HCAC Cross Country Championships back in the fall, earning all-conference accolades.

Joining Hedrick with all-HCAC honors in cross country this past fall was freshman Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). Veach will compete in his first HCAC indoor track and field championship this weekend, running in the 800m, one mile, and distance medley relay. The freshman has posted top five all-time marks in both the 800m (2:02.05) and one mile (4:32.59) this season.

Hanover has a meet championship to its name this indoor season, totaling 148 points at the DePauw Small College Invitational back on Feb. 3.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Softball Preview: Infielders

Gabby Ritchey and McKenzie Writt take their defensive places before a pitch

HANOVER, Ind. – After previewing the team’s pitchers and catchers last week, we will next take a look at the Hanover softball team’s infielders for 2017.

PITCHERS & CATCHERS PREVIEW

The Panthers return all four starting infielders from last year’s squad, led by Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Second Team pick McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.). Writt returns as the starting second baseman after she hit .310 in 40 games. The junior led the team and was fourth in the HCAC in RBI with 34, while also pacing Hanover in doubles with nine.

Back as the team’s shortstop is senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.). Ritchey set the tone offensively for the Panthers as their lead-off hitter a year ago. In 40 games, she ranked in the top 10 in the HCAC in four different categories including walks (1st – 24), stolen bases (2nd – 31), runs scored (6th – 32), and on-base percentage (8th - .439).

Sophomore Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.) returns for her second season in a Panther uniform. The third baseman finished her freshman campaign with a .294 average in 32 games. Hughes tied for the team lead in home runs with three, and also had four doubles and 17 RBI in 102 at-bats.

Junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) is also back after starting 28 games last year and serving as the team’s primary first baseman. She will be joined in the infield by three freshmen and three sophomores that will compete for playing time and provide depth in 2017.

Like the pitching staff, Hanover returns an experienced and talented group of infielders from last year’s team, and will count on that group both offensively and defensively to help lead the team to another HCAC Tournament appearance.

With less than two weeks until Panthers’ season-opener in Florida, we will complete our look into this year’s team and the three-part series next week with a look at Hanover’s outfielders.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Baseball Preview: Infielders

Jack Shine and Chase Sizemore

HANOVER, Ind. – As we continue our preseason look at the Hanover baseball roster, we turn our attention to the infielders.

PITCHERS & CATCHERS PREVIEW

The Panthers return all four starting infielders from a year ago, led by all-conference selections Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.).

Shine, a junior and team co-captain for the 2017 season, is back as the team’s starting shortstop, and is expected to hit in the middle of the order once again. A Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Honorable Mention selection in 2016, Shine hit .281 in 36 games with a team-high 31 RBI. He also finished the year tied for second on the team in runs scored (24), hits (39), and extra-base hits (8).

Joining Shine in the middle of the infield will be Sizemore, who earned HCAC Second Team Honors in his freshman season. The sophomore second baseman started 29 games and hit .327 with 35 hits and 16 RBI. Sizemore also played a solid second base as he posted a .954 fielding percentage in 131 defensive chances.

Sophomores Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) and Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) finished last season as starters at third base and first base and will look to build on that experience in 2017.

In addition, the Panthers will count on two seniors and four freshmen to compete for playing time and provide depth this year.

With a young group of infielders, including three sophomores and a junior returning as starters from last year, there is plenty of experience to argue the Hanover infield could be the team’s strength this season.

With less than two weeks until Hanover’s season-opener in Florida, we will complete our look into this season’s team and the three-part series next week with a look at the Panthers’ outfielders.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu