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HCAC Tournament on the horizon for No. 16 Panthers

Corey Muchmore receives high fives from the bench



HANOVER, Ind. – The No. 16 Hanover College men’s basketball team will host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend, as they search for the season sweep in conference titles and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

Hanover won the HCAC regular season crown by posting a 16-2 record in conference play. The Panthers are 21-3 overall this season and 8-2 at home, but both home losses came to possible HCAC Tournament opponents in Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph.

With its 21-3 overall record, the Blue and Red have posted one of the top five seasons, in terms of least amount of losses, since the end of World War II. Under former head coach Mike Beitzel, the Panthers posted back-to-back seasons in the early 2000’s with just two losses, while legendary HC coach John Collier had a team in the 1940’s and another in the 1960’s post four-loss seasons.

The Panthers are hosting the HCAC Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season, which was also the last time HC won the conference regular season title. The 04-05 campaign capped a four-year run of hosting the HCAC Tournament, the last three of which Hanover won the championship. Hanover has won seven consecutive HCAC Tournament games at home when hosting the final four and championship.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) has been the most consistent player for HC this season, as he leads the team in scoring, 18.2, and rebounding per game, 8.5. McKinney was also named the HCAC’s final Player of the Week this past Monday, after he recorded his conference-leading 9th and 10th double-double of the season, averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last week.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) will have at least one more chance of playing in Collier Arena, and possibly more if the Panthers advance past the semifinal round on Saturday. Muchmore is having his best statistical season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.

The senior is also a big reason why the Panthers are the top field goal shooting team in the country. Muchmore is shooting close to 64 percent from the floor, ranking in the top 15 in the NCAA. Hanover has three players among the top 200 nationally in field goal percentage, including Muchmore, McKinney, and sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio). As a team, HC is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, which leads all of NCAA Division III and is among the top eight in all three NCAA divisions combined.

The HCAC Tournament will open with a pair of first round games, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Hanover and the No. 2 seed, MSJ, will begin their tournament runs in the semifinal round on Saturday, with the championship set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. All tournament games will be played inside Collier Arena.

For more information on the HCAC Tournament schedule, participants, and prices, visit the tournament page link at the top of the page.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball Preview: Outfielders

John Scheil crosses home plate

HANOVER, Ind. – In the final part of a three-part series that takes a deeper look into the 2017 Hanover baseball roster, we finish with a preview of the team’s outfielders.



The team will feature seven different players vying for time in the outfield this season, including one senior, one junior, four sophomores and one freshman.

Gone is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team outfielder Chris Ares. The graduated senior led the team in several statistical categories, including average (.352), hits (56), runs scored (30), doubles (5), triples (4), total bases (72) and stolen bases (17).

Projected to replace Ares in centerfield is junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.). In 30 starts last year, Scheil hit .265 with 27 hits, 24 runs scored and 25 walks. He also stole six bases in seven attempts and finished with a team-leading .427 on-base percentage.

Among the candidates for the other two outfield positions is sophomore Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.). As a freshman, Bailey took advantage of his opportunities and hit .329 in 21 games with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI.

Along with Scheil and Bailey, the Panthers will count on five others to provide production and depth. Although the outfield, overall, is relatively inexperienced, there is talent and depth to provide Hanover with quality options.

With 22 of the team’s 31 players in the sophomore or freshman classes, youth will be served in 2017. If those younger players continue to improve, and the upperclassmen build on their past successes, the Panthers have a chance to surprise some people this year.

Hanover will make their annual trek to Florida Friday, Feb. 24 through Wednesday, March 1. The Panthers will open the 2017 campaign with a doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 26 against Finlandia (Mich.) First pitch of the year is set for 12:15 p.m. in Auburndale, Fla.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Softball Preview: Outfielders

Dabney Skutt awaits a pitch

HANOVER, Ind. – After taking a look at the pitchers and catchers in part one and infielders in part two, our final piece of a three-part look into the 2017 Hanover softball roster will preview the team’s outfielders.



This year’s squad consists of eight outfielders, including one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen.

The Panthers return two starters from last year, but will need to replace the production from graduated senior Lyndsea Burke. Burke was a Second Team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in 2016 after she led the team with a .398 average.

Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) returns after serving as the team’s primary centerfielder last year. In 40 games, she hit .331, good for second on the team. The third-year outfielder was also second on the team in runs scored (25), doubles (8), RBI (19), and stolen bases (7), while leading the team in total bases with 61.

One newcomer expected to play a significant role in 2017 is junior Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich). Burtscher transferred to Hanover from Owens Community College, where she hit .367 with 63 runs scored and 53 stolen bases in two seasons.

Sophomore Haleigh Kelly (Coatsville, Ind.) saw significant time in the outfield in her first collegiate season as she started 33 games. She will look to build upon that experience this season and will compete with five others for playing time.

With an experienced group returning as well as the addition of a talented group of newcomers, the Panthers are primed to compete for the HCAC Championship in 2017.

Hanover is scheduled to open the season with its annual trip to Clermont, Fla. Friday, Feb. 24 through Friday, March 3. The Panthers are set to play two games Sunday, Feb. 26. They will first play Alma (Mich.) at 9 a.m., followed by a contest against York (Pa.) at 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Women's basketball falls to Franklin in the HCAC Opening Round

Allison Nash drives to the basket against Franklin


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team’s season came to an end on Tuesday evening, as they fell at home in the Opening Round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament to Franklin, 65-64.

The Panthers finish the season with a 13-13 overall mark after posting an 11-7 record in HCAC play to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Franklin advances to face the No. 1 seed, Rose-Hulman, in the HCAC semifinals this weekend.

Hanover struggled from the charity stripe all evening, converting on just 12-of-27 attempts (.444). The Panthers had a shot to tie or take the lead with seven seconds remaining, but missed a pair of free throws to stay behind 65-64.

After the Grizzlies (14-11) missed a pair of free throws of their own, the Blue and Red were left with possession and a little over two seconds remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass was bobbled and HC’s desperation attempt from just inside the three-point line was off target, securing the win for FC.

The lead changed hands on numerous occasions throughout, especially in the second half, as there were seven ties and 13 lead changes. Hanover’s largest lead of the game came in the third period, as a 12-0 run gave them their first lead of the game since the opening minutes of the contest. The Panthers led 46-41 with 2:27 left in the third period.

Junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) recorded her second double-double of the season, totaling a team high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Nash made 7-of-12 field goal attempts in the contest.

Two more Panthers added nine points off the bench in freshmen Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) and Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.). Motter also recorded nine rebounds, while Wetzel had three boards. Bench points were drastically slanted toward the Blue and Red, as they held a 30-8 advantage.

Freshman Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) added eight points and six rebounds as a starter. Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) also scored eight points, while her classmate Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers with three of the team’s seven assists.

Hanover finished the contest with a .431 shooting clip, making 25-of-58 attempts. The Panthers did most of their scoring damage in the paint, while the Grizzlies relied on the three-point ball to produce points. Franklin made eight three pointers in the contest, while HC was just 2-of-14 from deep, but the Blue and Red held a 40-16 edge in points in the paint.

The Panthers improved their overall win total by four in Year Two of the John Jones era. The biggest improvement came in conference play, where HC went from 5-13 a year ago to an 11-7 conference mark this year with predominately all underclassmen on the roster.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Coaches, Hubbard honored with top awards to highlight all-HCAC selections for Hanover women

HCAC Indoor all-conference graphic





GREENWOOD, Ind. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season and the Hanover women’s track and field coaches have been selected as the Coaching Staff of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers won their first indoor HCAC title last weekend for the first time since winning back-to-back conference championships in 2012 and 2013. As a result, head coach Brian Power and the rest of the coaching staff were honored with the HCAC Coach of the Year award.

Hubbard totaled 34 points in the conference championship, tying for the highest individual point total in the meet, as she earned her third consecutive HCAC Field Athlete of the Year award combining the indoor and outdoor seasons. She was also named to the second team all-conference for the indoor season, giving her three second team and one first team all-conference indoor awards in her career.

Competing in six individual events, Hubbard placed fourth or better on four separate occasions in the conference championship last weekend. She used a personal best jump of 5.42 meters to place second in the long jump, while also breaking her own school record in the triple jump at 10.85 meters to also place second.

The 4x400m relay team, which secured the conference championship with a first place finish in the relay event earned first team accolades. Sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) not only was a member of the 4x400 team that won, but she also took home first place in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.03. She also placed second with the 4x200m relay team and fifth in the 200m dash.

Joining Burnett on the 4x400m relay team and first team all-conference is freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and seniors Erika Jervis (Cicero, Ind.) and Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio). The group posted a time of 4:12.35, the second fastest in program history.

Hunter also added second place finishes in the 400m and 4x200m relay. Jervis added a third place finish with the distance medley relay team, while Ferrell placed fourth in the 800m.

Burnett and Hunter teamed up with freshmen Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) in the 4x200m relay event. Henderson and Beasley were named to the second team for their performance. Henderson added a pair of fourth place finishes in the 60m and 200m, while Beasley was seventh in the 60m hurdles.

The DMR squad finished with a time of 13:35.61, placing third this last Saturday. Sophomores Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.), along with junior Stephanie Simpson (Watertown, Tenn.) earned honorable mention accolades for the finish. Hamilton also placed seventh in the one mile run.

All-conference awards are given out based out an individual’s best finish at the HCAC Championships. First team honors are awarded to those that place first, second place finishers receive second team accolades, and anyone that places third is named to the honorable mention team.

Hanover will continue the indoor season this weekend with the Fred Wilt Invitational at Anderson.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's track and field garners four first team all-HCAC picks for the indoor season

HCAC Indoor all-conference graphic





GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team earned nine indoor all-conference selections from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers received four first place members, all from the distance medley relay squad. The DMR team of freshmen Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.), junior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) placed first at the HCAC Championships this past weekend, earning the program’s first victory in a conference championship relay event. The relay group ran the second fastest time in school history at 10:50.93.

Simon went on two score in two individual events, including the 800 meter and one mile runs. Strong, a 2016 second team selection, teamed up with three members from the 4x200m relay team to place fourth in the 4x400m relay.

The 4x200m relay squad of seniors Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil), sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) picked up honorable mention accolades for their performance at the conference meet. The 4x200 team finished the 800 meters in 1:33.05, placing third at the meet and third all-time at HC.

Alexander, Franchini and Payne, all 2016 second team picks, joined Strong on the 4x400m relay as they recorded a time of 3:35.36. Pyle went on to place eighth in the 400m dash.

Junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) also earned honorable mention all-HCAC accolades, as he placed third in the men’s weight throw. Sofronko posted a mark of 15.54 meters, which set a new school record.

All-conference awards are given out based out an individual’s best finish at the HCAC Championships. First team honors are awarded to those that place first, second place finishers receive second team accolades, and anyone that places third is named to the honorable mention team.

Hanover will continue the indoor season this weekend with the Fred Wilt Invitational at Anderson.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's Lacrosse Preview: Attackmen

Brock Warner looks to fire off a shot

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team will open up the 2017 season this weekend, so we will conclude our three-part preview series today by looking at the attackmen on this year’s roster.



Despite the relative inexperience as a whole, Hanover will have the luxury of returning its top goal scorer from a season ago in sophomore Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.). DeLeo was third in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference last season in goals per game at 2.19, as he totaled a team high 35 goals in 2016. As a freshman, DeLeo also added 17 assists, as his 52 total points was fifth in the ORLC, earning him first team all-conference accolades.

Senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) also returns in 2017, as he was an honorable mention all-ORLC pick last year. Warner started in all 16 games a season ago, logging 22 goals and 20 assists. His 42 total points were good enough to tie for second on the squad and 10th in the ORLC. Over the past two seasons, Warner has totaled 36 goals and 24 assists in just 22 games played.

Also coming back for his sophomore campaign in 2017 is Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio). Hafl recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in his first year with the Blue and Red. Freshman Alex Eash (Goshen, Ind.) will also look to impress this season.

Hanover will open the regular season with a non-conference contest at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25. The Panthers first game of 2017 will be at Centre (Ky.). In last year’s season opener, HC dropped a home contest to the Colonels, 10-9. Centre won its opener against Mount St. Joseph last weekend, 19-2.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's basketball climbs to No. 16 in national poll

Colin Smith dribbles down the floor

D3Hoops Poll


HANOVER, Ind. – For the second consecutive week, the Hanover men’s basketball team is ranked among the Top 25 nationally in the Poll, as they jumped up six spots in this week’s edition.

The Panthers entered the poll last week at No. 22 after being in the receiving votes category for four straight weeks. This week, HC has moved all the way up to No. 16 in the national poll.

Last week marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Blue and Red were among the top 25 in the poll. Hanover was ranked as high as No. 17 that season, making this week’s positioning the highest in the past seven seasons.

In the NCAA regional rankings, which came out last Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Panthers were ranked fourth, but they have a chance to catapult up into the top two in the Great Lakes region after defeating Mount St. Joseph, who was ranked third in the region. The second team in the Great Lakes, Hope (Mich.), also fell in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play last week.

The Blue and Red capped the regular season last week with a pair of road victories over MSJ and Bluffton. With the win over MSJ, the Panthers secured their first HCAC regular season title since the 2004-05 season.

With the top spot in the final HCAC standings, Hanover now has the honors of hosting the entire HCAC Tournament this weekend. Conference tournament play will begin with a pair of Opening Round games on Friday evening, but the Panthers will make their tournament debut in the semifinals against the winner of the four-five matchup between Rose-Hulman and Transylvania.

Hanover’s semifinal game is set for a 5 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 25, inside Collier Arena. If HC is successful in defending its home court on Saturday, they will compete in the HCAC Tournament Championship at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's basketball hosts Franklin in HCAC Opening Round on Tuesday

Women's basketball huddle during timeout



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team is back into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after a year of vacancy, and will begin tournament play with a home contest against Franklin in the Opening Round at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

The Panthers (13-12, 11-7 HCAC) finished the regular season tied for fourth in the HCAC standings with Franklin, but won the tiebreaker to earn the conference tournament’s No. 4 seed and opportunity to host an Opening Round game. Hanover is coming off a 1-1 week to cap the regular season, including a 68-55 home win over Mount St. Joseph last Wednesday. The Panthers fell later in the week at Bluffton, 83-68.

This will be Hanover’s first appearance in the HCAC Tournament since winning it in the 2014-15 season. The Panthers were the No. 2 seed in the 2014-15 HCAC Tournament, as they went on to defeat Rose-Hulman in the semifinal round, before taking down the host, Transylvania, in the championship game, 106-98. A win over Franklin would give HC three consecutive HCAC Tournament victories and its seventh conference tournament win in the last eight games, after winning the 2014-15 and 2012-13 tournaments and appearing in 2013-14 championship game.

The Panthers have been paced in scoring by junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) this season. The junior has been one of the more consistent scorers for HC this year, averaging just under 11 points per game. Nash scored in double figures in both games last week, including a 17-point performance at Bluffton. She is also among the HCAC’s best in field goal percentage, entering the tournament with a .514 shooting clip.

Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season in last Wednesday’s victory over MSJ, totaling 14 points and 11 rebounds. Motter is averaging 8.8 points per game, while also leading the team in rebounds per game at 6.8 per game.

Despite a low scoring performance in the two games last week, freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per game. Nall is also among the top six in the HCAC in shooting percentage, coming in at 48.6 percent.

Hanover and Franklin split the two regular season meetings this year, as both teams won on their home courts. The Panthers picked up a 67-46 decision back on Jan. 18, but fell in overtime in the last meeting on Feb. 8, 70-63. The Blue and Red have won the past two meetings versus the Grizzlies in the HCAC Tournament.

Contact: Tyler Jester

McKinney garners HCAC weekly award for the second time this seaosn

Wes McKinney drives to the hoop against Earlham

GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the second time this season, junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s basketball team has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week.

McKinney also garnered the weekly honor back on Dec. 12 of this season, as this week’s award gives No. 22 Hanover four total player of the week awards this year.

The junior averaged 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, recording a pair of double-doubles, as the Panthers captured their first HCAC Regular Season championship since the 2004-05 season with two road wins last week.

In the opener last week, McKinney recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds, as HC defeated Mount St. Joseph 72-64, clinching the conference regular season title outright. He went on to post a game high 23 points and 12 rebounds in the 65-64 win at Bluffton on Saturday. McKinney made 9-of-12 field goal attempts in the win over the Beavers, shooting 75 percent from the floor.

On the week, McKinney shot 60 percent from the field (12-20), as he helped guide the Panthers to the top team field goal shooting percentage in all of NCAA Division III.

For the season, the junior is averaging a team high 18.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. McKinney’s totals also rank fifth and first respectively in the HCAC. He is shooting 51.2 percent from the field through the first 24 games and has a .414 shooting clip from behind the arc.

Hanover is 21-3 overall and finished HCAC regular season play with a 16-2 mark. The team will host the HCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament in its entirety this weekend, beginning with the Opening Round games on Friday, Feb. 24. The Panthers will open tournament play with a 5 p.m. semifinal contest against Rose-Hulman or Transylvania on Saturday, and a win would vault HC to the 2 p.m. championship game on Sunday, Feb. 26.

For full coverage on the 2017 HCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, click here.

Contact: Tyler Jester