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Bench and boards key win against Spalding

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team notched a 72-47 victory against Spalding University (Ky.) in the squad’s 2015-16 home debut in Collier Arena.

The Panthers, now 1-2 this season, outscored Spalding 39-19 in the second half to pull away for the victory. Hanover’s defense limited the Golden Eagles to just four free throws and no field goals though the final 7:58 of the contest.

Senior forward Evan Bingham (Louisville, Ky.) scored a game-high 14 points off the bench to lead the Panthers. Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) had 12 points and senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.

Hanover’s bench, behind Bingham's season high, outscored Spalding’s bench by a 28-8 margin. Freshman forward Christian Evans (Scottsburg, Ind.) added six points on a pair of long three-pointers and six reserves hit the scoring column for the Panthers.

Hanover, which grabbed the lead for good just four minutes into the tilt (8-6), led by as many as seven points in the first half (30-23) and held a 33-28 cushion at the intermission.

The Panthers held a 41-34 lead six minutes into the second half before using a 7-0 burst to jump ahead 48-34 with 13:52 on the clock. Spalding (1-2) would get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way (50-39). Hanover extended the cushion to 25 points (68-43) with the aid of an 18-6 run during a nine-minute stretch late in the contest.

The Panthers dominated the glass, earning a 45-28 rebounding advantage. Senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) had six rebounds and Bingham chipped in four.

Hanover vs. Spalding (Ky.) statistics

Hanover returns to the hardwood, Sunday, Nov. 29, in the annual Collier Classic. The Panthers will host Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) at 3 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Women's basketball gets first win under Jones

First-year head coach John Jones recorded his first victory as the Hanover College women’s basketball team defeated Alma College (Mich.), 78-59, in the Nan Nichols Classic at Wooster, Ohio.

Freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) scored a game-high 16 points and sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) added 14 points to lead Hanover. Sophomore center Julia Miller (Hartsville, Ind.) set career highs with 13 points and 11 rebounds to notch her first collegiate double-double.

Hanover built a 30-23 halftime lead, then shot 52.6 percent from the floor (20-of-38) in the second half to pull away for the double-digit win. The Panthers led 57-43 after three quarters and stretched the margin to 21 points (75-54) with two minutes left in the contest.

Miller, who pulled down seven rebounds in the first half, helped Hanover earn a 44-38 rebounding advantage. Sophomore guard Maci Maupin (Walton, Ind.) and freshman forward Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) each grabbed six boards, while Nash, who was named to the all-classic team, added four.

The Panthers (1-1) made 29-of-70 field goals (41.4%) with nine three-pointers. Nash canned three from long range, while Cromer and senior guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) each hit two from beyond the arc.

The loss was the first of the season for Alma, which slipped to 2-1 with the setback.

Jones is beginning his first season as Hanover's head coach. He has more than 15 years experience as an assistant coach, including the past 12 seasons on the Panthers' bench.

Hanover vs. Alma (Mich.) statistics

Hanover will face Centre College (Ky.) in the Julie Costello Classic, Saturday, Nov. 28, in Crestview Hills, Ky. The contest will start at 2 p.m.

Insley selected first-team academic all-American

Hanover College senior soccer player Megan Insley (Worthington, Ohio) has been selected a first-team academic all-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Insley, a two-time academic all-district honoree, is a senior biochemistry major in Hanover''s pre-dental program. She is one of just two athletes on CoSIDA's first team with a 4.0 grade-point average.

To be nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average at his/her current institution.

Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s games at the position listed on the nomination form. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.

Insley, a defender, is a three-time all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection. She earned first-team all-HCAC honors this fall after helping the Panthers' defense limit opponents to only 8.2 shots and 0.65 goals per contest with 10 shutouts.

Hanover capped the 2015 campaign with a 15-6 overall record. The Panthers earned the Heartland Conference's regular-season title with an 8-1 mark, captured the HCAC's tournament championship and earned the program's fourth berth in the NCAA Division III tournament in the past five seasons.

CoSIDA NCAA Division III Academic All-America Team


Baudendistel steps down as football coach

Steve Baudendistel has resigned as head coach of Hanover College’s football team. The change at the top of the program’s leadership is effective immediately.

Baudendistel, who recently completed his fourth season at the Panthers’ helm, guided the squad to a 15-25 record during his tenure. His teams posted a 15-17 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests.

Hanover earned a 6-4 record in his first season as head coach, including a second-place finish in the Heartland Conference standings with a 6-2 mark. The Panthers had a 5-5 record in 2013 and finished with a 2-8 overall mark in both 2014 and 2015.

Baudendistel, a 2001 Hanover graduate, served as an assistant coach with the Panthers’ for eight seasons before taking the reins of the program in 2012.

A search for Hanover's next head coach will begin immediately.

Panthers fall to open season, Nichols Classic

The Hanover College women’s basketball squad tipped off its 2015-16 campaign with a 76-70 loss to Adrian College (Mich.) in the opening game of the Nan Nichols Classic at Wooster, Ohio.

Sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) scored a career-high 21 points to lead three Hanover players in double figures. Freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) netted 16 points in her first collegiate outing and senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) had 12 points.

Adrian (1-1) led 16-10 after the first period and extended the margin to 34-27 at the intermission.

Nash had eight points in the third frame as Hanover pulled within one point on three occasions, but the Bulldogs held a 52-46 lead after three quarters.

Nash hit back-to-back three-pointers in the opening 90 seconds of the fourth period and added a free throw to give the Panthers a 55-54 lead with 8:16 to go in the contest. Cromer added two from the line to nudge the cushion to 57-54 with 7:41 on the clock.

The teams were eventually tied at 66-66 with 2:24 to play, however, Adrian outscored the Panthers 8-0 during a two-minute span to take late control of the game. Hanover missed three field goals, but did not commit a turnover, during the decisive run.

Hanover (0-1) was 24-of-72 from the floor (33.3%) and 17-of-26 from the free throw stripe (65.4%).

Adrian hit 28-of-77 field-goal attempts (36.4%) and 13-of-18 free throws (72.2%).

The Panthers were out-rebounded by a 66-38 margin. Freshman forward Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) led the squad with six boards, while Nash pulled down five.

Hanover vs. Adrian (Mich.) statistics

Hanover returns to the hardwood Sunday, Nov. 22, against Alma College (Mich.). The Panthers’ second game in the Nichols Classic will begin at 1 p.m.

Van Kleunen, Billups net 18 in tourney setback

The Hanover College’s men’s basketball team lost to Denison University (Ohio), 81-71, in the consolation game of the Smokey Ballenger Tournament at Westerville, Ohio.

Senior forwards Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) and V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) scored 18 points apiece to lead four Hanover players in double figures.

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) posted his first collegiate double-double with 12 points and a career-best 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) notched career highs with 10 points and six assists.

Denison (2-1) led 37-36 at halftime and held a 53-48 lead with 13 minutes left in the contest. Hanover, behind eight points from Van Kleunen, used a 15-8 run to jump ahead 63-61 with 6:20 to play.

The Big Red countered with a 12-3 burst to move ahead 73-66 with 1:44 left and held on to post the double-digit win.

The Panthers were out-rebounded by a 42-32 margin. Van Kleunen, who was named to the all-tournament team, added seven boards to go along with McKinney’s career-high 10.

Hanover vs. Denison (Ohio) statistics

Hanover (0-2) will make its home debut Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Spalding University (Ky.). The contest will tip off at 7:30 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Panthers drop opener to Marian

Hanover College’s men’s basketball team dropped its season-opener to Marian University, 67-50, in the opening game of the Smokey Ballenger Tournament at Westerville, Ohio.

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) scored a game-high 16 points to pace Hanover (0-1). Senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) notched his second collegiate double-double with 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, while freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) netted 12 points in his first college outing.

Hanover trailed 34-31 at the intermission and just 57-50 with 4:27 to play. The Panthers, which hit 5-of-28 shots in the second half (17.9%), did not score the rest of the way.

Hanover finished 16-of-57 from the field (28.1%) with six three-pointers. The squad made 12-of-20 attempts from the charity stripe (60%).

The Panthers earned a 42-39 rebounding advantage, including a 13-7 edge in offensive boards. McKinney and senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) each pulled down six rebounds.

Marian, off to a 6-0 start, made 28-of-62 field goals (45.2%) and 5-of-7 free throws (71.4%).

Hanover vs. Marian statistics

Hanover will play in the Smokey Ballenger Tournament’s consolation game at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. The Panthers will face either event host Otterbein University (Ohio) or Denison University (Ohio).

Martin, Green top football’s all-HCAC selections

Junior linebacker Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) and senior punter Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) headline nine members of Hanover College’s football squad who have earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Martin and Green were each named to the Heartland Conference’s first team. Senior defensive tackle Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind.), senior center Kyle Babb (Anderson, Ind.) and junior receiver Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) earned second-team all-HCAC honors.

Junior receiver Layne Taylor (Sellersburg, Ind.), sophomore running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) and sophomore defensive back Kegan Aldridge (Jasper, Ind.) each received honorable mention from the Heartland Conference’s nine head coaches.

Senior linebacker Zach Burkhardt (Anderson, Ind.) was named to the league's sportsmanship team.

Martin, a first-time all-HCAC pick, led NCAA Division III in total tackles and solo tackles this season. He totaled 143 tackles, an average of 14.3 per game, and had 104 solo stops. Among his total were 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

Green, also a first-team all-conference honoree for Hanover’s lacrosse team, snagged an all-HCAC award for the second straight year for the football squad. He led the Heartland Conference in punting with a career-high 41.1 average. He booted the ball 61 times for 2,507 yards, including 12 punts of 50 yards or longer, with 14 inside the 20-yard-line.

Stilwell is a four-time all-HCAC choice and a three-time first-team honoree. He totaled 35 tackles, including 23 solo tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks. He also recovered a pair of fumbles.

Babb, who moved to center from a guard slot this season, anchored an offensive line which included two freshmen among its four first-time starters. The unit helped Hanover generate 275.1 yards of offense per game, including 349.4 yards per contest in the second half of the season.

Windell grabbed second-team all-league honors for the second year in a row. He caught 36 passes for a team-high 561 yards and led the receiving corps with four touchdowns.

Taylor, a two-time all-conference choice, had a team-best 49 receptions for 385 yards and a touchdown.

Conners led Hanover’s rushing effort this fall. He carried the ball 189 times for 760 yards, including three 100-yard games, and scored a team-high eight touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 168 yards.

Aldridge led the Panthers’ secondary with 50 tackles, including 35 solo stops, with two tackles for loss. He also led the squad, and ranked fourth in the conference, with four interceptions.

Burkhardt totaled nine tackles this fall.

Hanover finished the 2015 campaign with a 2-8 overall record. The Panthers tied for sixth place in the HCAC standings with a 2-6 mark.

Men's & women's hoop seasons tip off in Ohio

After nearly four weeks of practice sessions, the Hanover College men’s and women’s basketball teams will begin their seasons Nov. 20-22 when the programs compete in two-day events in Ohio.

Hanover’s men’s squad, guided by eighth-year head coach Jon Miller, will open its season Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21, with two games in the Otterbein University (Ohio) Smokey Ballenger Tournament in Westerville, Ohio.

The Panthers will face Marian University in the opener at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. The squad will meet host Otterbein or Denison University (Ohio) the following day.

Senior swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) will lead Hanover’s attack. Billups averaged a team-high 11.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season. McKinney was selected the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s freshman of the year after posting 10.4 points and 4.1 boards per outing in his rookie season.

The Panthers’ first home game will be Tuesday, Nov. 24, against Spalding University (Ky.) in Collier Arena. The annual Collier Classic will follow Sunday, Nov. 29, against Washington University (Mo.).

Hanover was chosen to finish third in the Heartland Conference race this winter. The team opens league action Saturday, Dec. 5, at Manchester University.

Hanover’s women’s team will begin its season Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 21-22, at the Nan Nichols Classic in Wooster, Ohio.

The Panthers, led by longtime assistant and first-year head coach John Jones, will battle Adrian College (Mich.) at 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. The squad will come back Sunday, Nov. 22, against Alma College (Mich.) at 1 p.m.

Senior guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) and sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) are Hanover’s top returning scorers. Block came off the bench to net 8.2 points per game last winter. Nash averaged 7.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in her first collegiate season.

The Panthers, picked third in the HCAC’s pre-season coaches’ poll, begin Heartland Conference play Saturday, Dec. 5, at Manchester.

Hanover’s first home appearance of the season is set for Wednesday, Dec. 9, in a conference clash with league-favorite Transylvania University (Ky.).

Martin nominated for Cliff Harris Award

Junior linebacker Ryan Martin (Greensburg, Ind.) has been nominated for the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defensive player.

Presented by the Little Rock Touchdown Club and Wright Lindsey Jennings, the Cliff Harris Award is named for the over-looked high school player from tiny Des Arc, Ark., who played at Ouachita Baptist University (Ark.) and later went to five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cliff Harris Award is presented annually to a player from among the nearly 500 NCAA II, NCAA III and NAIA colleges and universities. Finalists and the recipient are selected by head coaches and a committee of college and pro football greats, including Harris, Roger Staubach, Gene Stallings and Gil Brandt.

Martin led NCAA Division III in total tackles and solo tackles this fall. He totaled 143 tackles, an average of 14.3 per game, and had 104 solo stops. Among his total were 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and had one fumble recovery.

Martin is the second Hanover player to be nominated for the Cliff Harris Award. Senior defensive lineman Jake Stilwell (Pendleton, Ind.) was a finalist for the honor after the 2013 season. That fall, Stilwell set a school single-season record with 15 sacks (-93 yards) and led the Panthers’ linemen with 50 tackles, including 33 solo stops and 18 tackles for loss (-103 yards).

Hanover finished the 2015 campaign with a 2-8 record. The Panthers were tied for sixth place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference standings with a 2-6 mark.