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Cornacchione garners All-American honor from D3Soccer

Anna Cornacchione all-American graphic


HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio) of the Hanover women’s soccer team was announced as a third team All-American by on Tuesday afternoon.

Cornacchione, who was named as a first team academic All-American earlier this year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, now becomes the first women’s soccer player at Hanover to earn two athletic All-American awards. She received third team All-American honors by NSCAA back in 2014.

The senior led the team and ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in goals (16), assists (15), and points (47). Cornacchione ended her career as the all-time leader in all three scoring categories at Hanover.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native can add this All-American award to her already full list of accolades during the 2016 season. To go along with her national academic honor, Cornacchione was named to the first team all-region by NSCAA and first team all-conference by the HCAC. She finished her career as the only women’s soccer player at HC to earn four first team all-HCAC selections.

Hanover made its fourth straight NCAA National Tournament back in the fall of 2016, after earning the HCAC’s automatic bid by winning the conference tournament title at rival Franklin. The Panthers (14-6, 8-1 HCAC) also shared the HCAC regular season crown with the Grizzlies.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's tennis suffers a pair of setbacks in Florida

Landon Carrico returns a volley



ORLANDO, Fla. – The Hanover men’s tennis team suffered two losses during its Winter Break trip in Florida on Tuesday.

The Panthers (2-4) fell in the morning round to Davenport (Mich.), 8-1, and nearly rallied from a 3-0 deficit after doubles play against Augustana (Ill.), but fell 5-4 later in the day.

After conceding all three doubles matches to the Vikings, Hanover won each of the top four singles matches. Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) picked up a 6-3, 6-0 win in the top spot. Carrico also won by default in the No. 1 singles match against DU.

Also picking up straight set victories in singles play against Augustana were junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomores Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) and Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.). The duo of Bates and Barrett had the best performance in doubles play in the nightcap, falling 8-6 in the second spot.

Sophomore Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.) nearly pulled off a win in the fifth singles spot against AU, falling in three sets, 6-0, 1-6, 7-10. Clohessy and Smith had the closest defeat in doubles action against Davenport, losing the top spot 8-5.

Hanover will have a day off before continuing its trip with a 9 a.m. contest against Otterbein (Ohio) on Thursday, March 2.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers drop two matches in Florida on Tuesday

Lizzy Katzenberger and Cami Jones await a serve



ORLANDO, Fla. – After winning a pair of contests in the opening day of spring action, the Hanover women’s tennis team fell twice on Tuesday during the Winter Break Trip in Florida.

Hanover (13-7) squared off with Davenport (Mich.), who is currently in the process of becoming a NCAA Division II institution, and Augustana (Ill.) on Tuesday. The Panthers were only able to pick up one doubles victory on the day against Davenport, losing 8-1, while conceding a 9-0 decision to Augustana.

Freshmen Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) picked up the lone victory for HC, winning the No. 3 doubles match against DU, 9-7. Hanover suffered six, straight set losses against DU.

Despite not picking up a point against Augustana, sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) posted a strong singles performance. Schwartz opened the third singles match with a 6-2 victory in the first set, before falling in the second frame 6-3 and in the third set tiebreaker, 10-5.

Hanover will close its southern trip with a neutral site contest against NCAA Division II foe Mary (N.D.) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 2.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover bounces back with 11-2 win over Cabrini

Tanner Simpson head shot


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – One day after dropping its first game of the season, the Hanover baseball team rebounded with 13 hits, including eight doubles, to go along with solid pitching and defense for an 11-2 win over Cabrini (Pa.) Tuesday morning.

The Panthers (3-1) got a strong outing from Tanner Simpson (Mitchell, Ind.), as the freshman hurler tossed six scoreless innings in his collegiate debut. Simpson allowed five hits, walked three, and struck out three for his first career victory in a Hanover uniform.

Backing the freshman was an offense that gave him three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) led off with a double and moved to second when junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) was hit by a pitch. Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) followed with a double down the right field line to score Herrmann for a 1-0 advantage.

Sophomore Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.) then scored Scheil on a sacrifice fly, and sophomore Bryce Fields (Connorsville, Ind.) singled up the middle through a drawn-in infield to score Shine and make it 3-0 after one inning of play.

The Panthers added three more in the third. Scheil hit his first of two doubles and scored on Shine’s second double of the game. Sizemore plated Shine with an RBI single and moved to third on an errant pick-off attempt, and would score on a Fields’ sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.

Sophomore Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) doubled home a pair of runs in the fifth and promptly scored on sophomore Tyler Fitch’s (Crestwood, Ky.) double down the left field line to push the lead to 9-0.

Cabrini (3-2) scored its two runs in the seventh. With two outs and the bases loaded the Cavaliers got a two-run single to pull within 9-2, but Fitch and Scheil hit a run-scoring double each in the bottom of the inning for the final 11-2 score.

Scheil, Shine, Sizemore, and Fitch all finished with at least two hits apiece. Shine went 3-4 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

Overall, seven different players scored at least one run, and six different guys drove in at least a run.

Hanover will close out its winter break trip Wednesday, March 1 with a game against Alma (Mich.). The contest is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in Auburndale, Fla.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Miller, McKinney highlight all-conference awards for men's basketball

All-Conference graphic



GREENWOOD, Ind. – After earning both the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, the Hanover men’s basketball team picked up numerous individual accolades from the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) was named the HCAC Player of the Year for his performance throughout the season, as he currently leads the team in scoring and rebounding at 18.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. McKinney was also named to the HCAC First Team, giving him two all-conference selections in his career, to go along with his 2014-15 HCAC Freshman of the Year award. He was also named as a second team academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday.

The junior is shooting over 51 percent from the floor, and has made 41 percent of his attempts from behind the arc. In conference play this season, McKinney averaged 17.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, while posting a shooting clip of .507.

Also earning a yearly honor from the conference was head coach Jon Miller. Miller, who picked up his 200th career coaching victory this season and has guided the Panthers (23-3, 16-2 HCAC) to one of the best five seasons in program history since the end of World War II, was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career and first time at his alma mater. Miller was also the conference’s Coach of the Year at Defiance in 2007-08, where he added a District Coach of the Year honor as well.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) joined McKinney on the all-conference first team this season. This is Fails’ first HCAC accolade, as he averaged 15.2 points and 2.5 assists per game. The sophomore was also among the top 10 in the HCAC in field goal percentage at .484.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) also picked up his first all-HCAC honor this season, as he was named to the second team. Muchmore also garnered the HCAC’s Tournament Most Valuable Player award this past weekend, after hitting the game-winner in the semifinal contest and adding 23 points and seven rebounds in the tournament championship. The senior is averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season, while also ranking among the top 10 nationally with a .640 field goal shooting percentage.

Earning HC’s all-conference sportsmanship selection was sophomore Nick White (New Albany, Ind.).

Hanover will also host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend for the first time in program history. The Blue and Red open NCAA Tournament play with a home contest against Westminster (Mo.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. A win would advance HC to the second round game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, where they would face the winner of Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

CoSIDA names McKinney as a second-team academic all-American

Wes McKinney academic all-american graphic


AUSTIN, Texas – For just the second time in program history, the Hanover men’s basketball team has received an academic all-American selection from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), as junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) was awarded with second-team honors on Tuesday.

McKinney, an economic major, has produced a cumulative grade point average over 3.70 in his two-plus years at Hanover, as he is having a career year on the court in 2016-17. He is one of just 15 total NCAA Division III men’s basketball players to be honored on the three academic all-American teams.

The junior is the second men’s basketball player for HC to receive the national academic honor from CoSIDA, as Mike Case earned second team honors back in 2012.

On the season, McKinney is leading the team in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He also leads the HCAC in rebounding and is fourth in scoring.

Hanover has spent time as the top field goal shooting team in the country this season, and currently ranks second in the nation at 51.1 percent. McKinney has played a large part of the team’s overall shooting percentage, posting a field goal shooting clip of .513, while also shooting 41 percent from behind the arc.

The No. 12 Panthers (23-3) are having a historic season, as they won the HCAC regular season and tournament championships for the first time since 2004-05. Hanover will also host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament this weekend for the first time in program history.

The Blue and Red open NCAA Tournament play with a home contest against Westminster (Mo.) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. A win would advance HC to the second round game at 7 p.m. on Saturday, where they would face the winner of Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's basketball to host NCAA tournament first and second rounds

Team celebrates winning HCAC Tournament title


HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time in its illustrious program history, the Hanover men’s basketball team will host NCAA First and Second Round games inside Collier Arena.

The Panthers earned the final hosting position on the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Selection Show broadcast on Monday afternoon, as they will open tournament play with Westminster (Mo.). The other first round matchup at Hanover will be between Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.).

The First Round will begin with a 5:30 p.m. tip off with Wooster and North Central playing, as Hanover and Westminster will follow with a 7:30 p.m. start time. Saturday's second round game is set for a 7 p.m. tip.

Hanover earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s automatic bid into the national tournament by winning the league’s tournament title. The Panthers finished the regular season 23-3 overall and their 16-2 HCAC mark was also good enough for the HCAC regular season crown.

This will mark the seventh time Hanover has made an appearance in the NCAA National Tournament, and the first time they will host both the first and second rounds. Hanover has hosted either a first or a second round game in four of their six NCAA Tournament appearances, going 3-1.

The Panthers are back into the national dance for the first time since the 2010-11 season, which saw that team bow out to Hope (Mich.) in the opening round.

Hanover has made it past the second round on two separate occasions, with the last coming in 2005, where they lost in overtime in the Sweet 16. Overall, HC is 5-6 in the NCAA National Tournament.

The tournament page is available on the Hanover men’s basketball tournament home. The webpage will have video and stat links available for all tournament games at Hanover, prices and directions, as well as team and NCAA website links.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers continue to climb national poll, move up to No. 12

Logan Ratts comes off a screen set by Nick White



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team has moved up to No. 12 in the final National Top 25 Poll before the NCAA Tournament.

Hanover won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament last week, picking up home wins over Transylvania and Mount St. Joseph.

This marks the third consecutive week the Panthers are ranked among the top 25 nationally in the D3Hoops poll. The 12th position in the rankings is also the highest mark for HC in the past seven seasons. D3Hoops once ranked the Blue and Red No. 2 in the nation back in the 2003-04 season.

Two weeks ago, HC entered the top 25 at No. 22 and moved up to the 16th spot in last week’s edition.

Overall, Hanover is 23-3 this season, and they added a HCAC regular season title to their tournament crown with a 16-2 mark in regular season conference play. The team is also ranked second in the nation in field goal shooting percentage at .511.

It was also announced Monday afternoon that the Panthers will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA National Tournament for the first time in program history. Hanover will welcome Westminster (Mo.), Wooster (Ohio) and North Central (Ill.) to Collier Arena this weekend.

The Panthers will face Westminster in the opening round at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 3. If HC wins, they will face the winner of the Wooster-North Central game at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the NCAA Tournament, visit the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover softball wins a pair to improve to 4-0

Gabby Ritchey fields a ball at shortstop



CLERMONT, Fla. – The Hanover softball team is off to a hot start as the Panthers defeated Neumann (Pa.) 5-2 and St. Mary’s (Minn.) 6-2 to remain undefeated through their first four games of the year.

With the two wins, Hanover improves to 4-0, which marks the team’s best start in over a decade.

Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Panthers at the plate with three hits apiece. Ritchey stole two bases and scored a pair of runs, while Skutt scored three times and had an RBI.

Sophomore Carlie Roark (Hebron, Ky.) broke open a scoreless tie in the fourth inning against Neumann with a two-run double, and sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) added a two-run double of her own in the fifth to give Hanover a 4-0 lead.

Junior Tory Luster tacked on another run in the sixth with a run-scoring single to make it 5-0.

Neumann scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within three, but would get no closer as sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) closed the door in the seventh for her second complete-game victory of the year.

Griffin allowed two runs on four hits, while walking three and striking out four to up her record to 2-0.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning against St. Mary’s, but the Cardinals quickly tied the game at 1-1 in the second.

Another two-run double, this time by junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.), highlighted a three-run third inning to put Hanover ahead 4-1.

The score remained that way until the sixth when St. Mary’s cut the lead in half with a run in the top half of the inning, only to see the Panthers tack on two runs in the bottom for the final 6-2 score.

Wiseman earned her first win of the year after tossing five innings and allowing only one run on four hits. She walked three and struck out two.

Junior Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich.) also finished the game with a pair of RBI.

Hanover will look to continue its hot start Wednesday, March 1 with two more games. The Panthers will first play Johnson & Whales (R.I.) at 11:30 a.m., followed by a game against Otterbein (Ohio) at 2 p.m. in Clermont, Fla.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Women's tennis picks up wins over Wartburg and Adrian

Alana Feeley returns a volley



ORLANDO, Fla. – Coming off a regular season conference championship in the fall, the Hanover women’s tennis team opened spring play with a pair of victories in Florida on Monday.

Hanover (13-5) blanked Wartburg (Iowa) 9-0 in the morning session, and later added a 7-2 decision against Adrian (Mich.).

Three Panthers picked two, straight set victories on Monday, including sophomore Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.), who logged wins in the second and third singles spots.

Also adding a pair of singles decisions were senior Kelly Gehlbach (Wilmington, Ohio) and junior Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.). Feeley also earned a doubles victory with Winternheimer against Wartburg.

Freshman Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) also won two singles matches in the top two spots, including a 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 win at No. 1 against Adrian. Farrell teamed up with sophomore Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.) in the top doubles spot in both matches, as the duo went 2-0. Schwartz added a singles victory against Wartburg.

Hanover was strong in doubles play on Monday, posting a combined 5-1 record over the two matches. Against Wartburg, HC dropped just five games in doubles action.

In singles play, the Panthers combined for nine, straight set victories. The 9-0 win over Wartburg was HC’s ninth shutout victory of the season.

The Blue and Red will look to continue upon its winning way with a pair of matches on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Hanover will face Davenport (Mich.) in the morning and Augustana (Ill.) in the evening.

Contact: Tyler Jester