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Hanover falls in non-league tilt at Taylor

Hanover College’s women’s tennis squad lost to Taylor University, 7-2, in a non-conference match in Upland, Ind.

Senior Alexis Taylor (Frankfort, Ind.) and sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) each posted singles victories for Hanover, which slipped to 9-3 overall with the setback.

After dropping the first set, Taylor bounced back to defeat Taylor’s Corinne Hoffman 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 at No. 5 singles. Feeley handled Annika Zeilstra 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6.

Taylor, closing its season with a 9-5 match, opened the match with three doubles wins against the Panthers.

Feeley, paired with freshman Susan Winterheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) at No. 2, fell to the Trojans’ Betsy Jones and Rachel Kammer, 8-4. Junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) lost at No. 1 to Katherine Marquez and Taelor Grose, 8-3.

Hanover @ Taylor results

Hanover steps back into Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, Saturday, Oct. 10, against Anderson University. The match will start at noon in Anderson, Ind.

Heartland Conference featured at NCAA headquarters

The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference was recently approached by the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis to be the featured conference in the venue’s “Membership Showcase.”

The Hall of Champions is a sports museum that features great exhibits about the history of the NCAA and collegiate athletics in its building right in front of NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

The NCAA decided to focus on Division III for the current showcase. The organization thought the HCAC was a great fit since the conference has several Indiana member schools so the local community would be familiar with its institutions. Along with the locality of the conference, the NCAA staff members thought the HCAC has a wonderful story to tell and would be a terrific conference to highlight.

“We look forward to our membership showcase spotlighting the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the NCAA Hall of Champions this fall,” said Kelly Dodds, assistant director of the NCAA Hall of Champions. “The HCAC has a connection to Indiana with its member schools so we want to inform the public of the great things happening in the conference and give attention to some interesting things happening in Division III too.”

Under a banner headline that notes "NCAA Student-Athletes Making a Difference", the story of the history of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as well as its pioneering relationships with Samaritan’s Feet International and Special Olympics is told to the visitors.

All of the HCAC institutions, from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, have a chance to show visitors what they are all about. The entire display is enormous, as it covers several walls, filling up a gigantic portion of the Hall of Champion's second floor.

The school exhibits feature a description of the institution as well as a unique story about each school’s athletic program. Anderson University reminds us of former Harlem Globetrotter “Jumpin’ Johnny Wilson and former Brooklyn/L.A. Dodger Carl Erskine. Defiance tells the story of former Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions star Ben Davis. Earlham features the story of NBA head coach Del Harris, who honed his skills as Earlham’s men’s basketball coach from 1965-1974. Manchester reminds us where former Indiana University standout and current UCLA men’s basketball head coach Steve Alford got his coaching start as he led the Spartans to a NCAA runner-up finish in 1995. Mount St. Joseph showcases the inspiration Lauren Hill provided the nation as she raised more than $1.5 million in her quest of playing collegiate basketball while being diagnosed with DIPG. Rose-Hulman highlights current president of Penske Racing, Tim Cindric, who was a standout basketball player for the Engineers. Others featured includes Bluffton football player Tyson Goins, Franklin’s national champion Anna Murdock, Hanover’s Dr. Thom Mayer, and Transylvania’s women’s basketball standout, Tari Young.

"Hopefully for those who view our display they will come to understand and appreciate the value our member institutions place on intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the overall educational experience for our student-athletes,” stated HCAC Commissioner, Chris Ragsdale. "As a member of Division III we are very proud of the many accomplishments and achievement of our student-athletes both academically and athletically.”

The “Membership Showcase” has been part of the NCAA Hall of Champions since 2009 and changes every three to four months. It is a way to spotlight NCAA member schools while educating visitors about all the positive things that are happening at the campus, conference and Association levels.

The HCAC display will be featured at the NCAA Hall of Champions from now until the end of January.

Courtesy: Ryan Davis, Heartland Conference

Hanover takes MSJ in three

Hanover College’s volleyball team rolled to a three-game victory against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash in Collier Arena.

Hanover, winners in its last three outings, defeated the Lions 25-14, 25-19, 25-16 to raise its record to 13-7 overall and 3-0 in the league.

The Panthers' offense connected on a season-best 30-of-61 attacks (49.2%). Senior outside hitter Nicole Blevins (McCordsville, Ind.) paced the effort with eight kills on 11 attacks. Freshman middle hitter Margo Main (Lafayette, Ind.) added six kills.

Freshman setter Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) posted 13 assists, while classmate Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) had 10.

Senior outside hitter Rachel Hasewinkel (Sheridan, Ind.) collected five kills, a team-high eight digs and a solo block.

Senior defense ace Maddie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) chipped in seven digs and a pair of service aces.

Mount St. Joseph dipped to 7-14 overall and 0-2 in the league with the setback.

Hanover vs. Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) statistics

Hanover will host Defiance College (Ohio) in a key Heartland Conference match, Saturday, Oct. 10. The match will tip off at 1 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Netters blank Earlham in HCAC clash

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 9-0 victory at Earlham College.

The Panthers, now 9-2 overall and 6-0 in the HCAC, rolled to a trio of 8-0 victories in doubles play and earned 6-0, 6-0 wins in five of the six singles matches.

Junior Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) defeated Earlham’s Jordyn Grimes and Lexi Aligrabes, 8-0, at No. 1 doubles. Sophomore Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and freshman Susan Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) paired for an 8-0 triumph at No. 2 against Kaitlin Morgan and Rachel Riggs. Freshman Ruth Gaston (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior Kelly Gehlbach (Wilmington, Ohio) posted an 8-0 win against the Quakers’ Carley Carpenter and Tenzin Zompa at No. 3.

Spicer led Hanover’s singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 against Grimes. Senior Allison Poston (Attica, Ind.) blanked Aligrabes, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 2 position. Schwartz, who leads Hanover with an 11-3 singles record this fall, handled Morgan, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3.

Feeley beat Carpenter, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4, while Gastonpicked up her second win of the season with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 5 against Riggs. Gehlbach completed the singles sweep with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Earlham’s Megan Howell in the No. 6 slot.

The Quakers fell to 0-10 overall and 0-8 in the Heartland Conference with the setback.

Hanover @ Earlham results

Hanover will step out of conference play, Friday, Oct. 9, with a match against Taylor University. The contest will begin at 5 p.m. in Upland, Ind.

Soccer tops Earlham, 7-0

Forwards Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) each scored twice and two others added goals as the Hanover College women’s soccer team over-powered Earlham College, 7-0, at the Panther Athletic Complex.

The Panthers wasted little time getting on the scoreboard with junior forward Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) converting a Jessica Comorosky (Loveland, Ohio) assist inside the six-yard box at the 1:11 mark.

Koopman and Cornacchione connected for the next Panther score, with Koopman placing a Cornacchione pass into the lower right corner of the goal late in the fifth minute.

Freshman Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) assisted Koopman on her second goal, just eight minutes later.

The Panthers tallied 24 shots in the first period, taking a 3-0 lead into intermission.

Cornacchione quickly dashed any hopes of a Quaker comeback, striking twice in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

Her first goal was a left-footed strike from the top of the 18-yard-box at the 56:29 mark. Four minutes later, Evanson collected her second assist of the day as Cornacchione sank another long shot from the left side of the 18-yard box.

The Panthers gained even more of a cushion from an Earlham own goal in the 68th minute.

Freshman Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) punctuated the Panthers' scoring with the first goal of her career at the 86:09 mark.

Hanover outshot the Quakers, 47-2, and enjoyed an 11-0 corner kick advantage.

Earlham goalie Ashley Johnson collected 12 saves, while Maritza Santon grabbed one as the Quakers fall to 1-6-1 overall and 0-2 in HCAC play.

Senior Morgan Cole (Mason, Ohio) and junior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) split time in the goal, as the Panthers improve to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in Heartland Conference play.

Hanover vs. Earlham statistics

Hanover will face Manchester University in a Heartland Conference battle, Saturday, Oct. 10. The match will start at 1 p.m. in North Manchester, Ind.

Panthers shut out Earlham, 2-0

The Hanover College men’s soccer team pushed its winning streak to three matches with a 2-0 victory against Earlham College at the Panther Athletic Complex.

Juniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) each scored goals to help Hanover improve to 2-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and even the Panthers' overall mark at 6-6.

Franchini scored in the 23rd minute to get Hanover on the scoreboard. Junior midfielder Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) assisted on the goal, which was Franchini’s team-leading seventh of the season.

Eldridge, who netted his second goal of the season, nudged the Panthers' lead to 2-0 in the 48th minute. Sophomore midfielder Will Bridgeman (Columbus, Ind.) fed the ball to Eldridge on the left side of the six-yard-box for the insurance goal.

Earlham, now 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the HCAC, totaled 17 shots in the match. Most of the Quakers attempts, however, were from 20 yards or farther and off the mark. Junior goalie Rafael DiMaio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) did post six saves through 90 minutes in Hanover’s net.

The Panthers had 11 shots in the contest, with nine coming in the first period. Franchini and Eldridge each fired three shots to lead the attack.

Hanover vs. Earlham statistics

Hanover continues Heartland Conference action Saturday, Oct. 10, on the road against Manchester University. The HCAC tilt is set for a 3:30 p.m. start in North Manchester, Ind.

Three snag league player-of-the-week honors

Sophomore Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and junior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) have been selected as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s athletes of the week in their respective sports.

Isadore was tabbed the Heartland Conference’s men’s soccer player of the week after scoring three goals to lead Hanover (5-6; 1-0 HCAC) to a pair of victories.

Isadore, a forward, netted a goal late in the 17th minute to ultimately lift the Panthers to a 1-0 win against Asbury University (Ky.), Sept. 29, at the Panther Athletic Complex. He scored a goal in each half to spark the squad’s 3-0 victory at Bluffton University (Ohio), Oct. 3, in the squad’s Heartland Conference opener in Bluffton, Ohio.

Shepherd was named the HCAC’s women’s golfer of the week after posting a first- and second-place finish to lead Hanover’s women’s golf team to a pair of second-place finishes.

Shepherd, the league’s golfer of the week three times this fall, earned medalist honors at Franklin College’s Lady Grizzly Invitational, Oct. 3, at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind. She fired a 78 to win by two strokes.

Earlier in the week, Shepherd fired an 82 to land second overall at the Oakland City Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Course in Montgomery, Ind.

Vidal was named the Heartland Conference’s men’s golfer of the week for the second time in the past three weeks.

Vidal set a school 18-hole record to lead Hanover to an 11-stroke victory at the Oakland City Invitational at Country Oaks Golf Club, Sept. 29. He fired a four-under-par 68 to earn medalist honors and break the school mark by one stroke. His round included six birdies, eight pars and just four bogies.

Fall season ends with loss to IUS

Hanover College’s men’s tennis squad capped its fall season with an 8-1 loss to Indiana University Southeast at the Zeddies Tennis Center.

Hanover (3-1) was swept in doubles, but pushed four of the six singles matches into a third set.

The Panthers picked up a victory at No. 2 singles as freshman Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) recorded a win after his competitor, Jonathan James, retired in the third set.

Sophomore Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) lost at No. 1 singles to Indiana Southeast’s Nick Roby, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Freshman Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) fell to Trent Wallace, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 5. Freshman Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) was edged at No. 6 by the Grenadiers’ Chris Braun, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Indiana Southeast raised its fall record to 2-1 with the triumph.

Hanover vs. Indiana Southeast results

Hanover will start its spring season Tuesday, March 8, on the road against Oakland City University. The match will begin at 3 p.m. (CT) in Oakland City, Ind.

Football suffers Homecoming setback

The Hanover College football team lost to Bluffton University (Ohio), 56-10, in the program’s 88th-annual Homecoming game. The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt was played at Alumni Stadium.

Junior receiver Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) hauled in a 65-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Zachary Donan (New Albany, Ind.) to tie the game at 7-7 early in the first period.

Bluffton pulled ahead 28-7 in the opening seconds of the second quarter. Hanover, however, trimmed the margin to 28-10 when junior placekicker Ben Wheeler (Greenwood, Ind.) booted a career-long 39-yard field goal with 11:51 left in the half.

The Beavers added two touchdowns in the final 10 minutes to build a 42-10 lead at halftime. Two third-quarter scores bumped the final margin to 56-10.

The Panthers finished with 171 yards of offense. Donan completed 6-of-22 passes for 104 yards with the touchdown and one interception. Windell had three catches for 69 yards and sophomore running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) tallied 68 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Junior linebacker Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) led Hanover’s defense with 12 tackles, including 10 solo stops.

Sophomore defensive back Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) swiped his team-leading second interception of the season and also blocked a 38-yard field-goal attempt early in the fourth quarter.

Senior Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) punted seven times for an average of 45.1 yards per kick.

Bluffton (2-2; 1-1 HCAC) notched 579 yards of offense, including 306 yards on the ground. The Beavers had possession of the ball for nearly 38 minutes in the 60-minute contest.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

Hanover continues Heartland Conference play Saturday, Oct. 10, against Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio). The game will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in Delhi, Ohio.

Shepherd first, Panthers second at Lady Grizzly

Senior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) earned medalist honors to lead Hanover College’s women’s golf squad to a second-place finish at the Lady Grizzly Invitational. The 18-hole tournament, hosted by Franklin College, was held at Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind.

Shepherd, who has captured medalist honors four times this fall, posted a 78 to post a two-stroke victory. Junior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) placed fifth in the 50-golfer field with an 81. Seniors Alli Lindenschmidt (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Brittany Mosteller (Indianapolis, Ind.) each had a 92 to share 19th place.

Hanover totaled 343 strokes to land in second place. The Panthers finished just four strokes behind Rend Lake College (Ill.), which claimed the team crown with 339. Host Franklin was third in the six-team field with 347.

Lady Grizzly Invitational results

Hanover will close the fall season, Oct. 10-11, in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The 36-hole event will be played at Ashton Oaks Golf Club in North Bend, Ohio. The Panthers are the two-time defending league champions.