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Panthers continue to climb D3Hoops 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

Panthers drop 11-7 contest to Neumann

Tyler Fitch takes off out of the batter's box


AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Hanover baseball team fought back from an early deficit, but came up short in an 11-7 loss to Neumann (Pa.) Monday morning.

The loss drops the Panthers overall record to 2-1, while the Knights improve to 2-0 in the early going.

Neumann jumped out to an early lead with a single tally in the first and three more in the second to take an early 4-0 advantage.

The Knights extended the lead to 6-0 with a run in each of the fourth and the fifth innings, but Hanover cut the lead in half with a three in the bottom of the fifth.

With one out, sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Sophomore David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) then followed with an RBI triple for the Panthers’ first run of the day. Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored Herrmann with an RBI double, and would later score on sophomore Ty Stover’s (Galveston, Ind.) run-scoring single.

Neumann quickly answered with three runs of its own to push the lead back to six at 9-3, only to see Hanover cut the lead back to three runs with its second straight three-run inning, highlighted by a two-run double by junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.).

Each team scored a run in the seventh inning, and the Knights added another in the eighth for the 11-7 final tally.

Shine and Fitch finished with two hits apiece, while Herrmann and Scheil score twice each and drove in a run each.

Senior Chase Justus (Crawfordsville, Ind.) took the loss in his first start of the season. Justus allowed four runs – two earned – over three innings of work with two walks and two strikeouts.

Hanover will continue its winter break trip with a nine-inning contest against Cabrini Tuesday, Feb. 28. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla.

Contact:Mike Pritchard

Men's tennis opens spring play with split against Wartburg and Adrian

Brent Barrett prepares for a return



ORLANDO, Fla. – The Hanover men’s tennis team opened up the 2017 spring season with a split in two neutral site games in Florida on Monday.

The Panthers (2-2) defeated Wartburg (Iowa) 7-2 in the morning session before falling to Adrian (Mich.) in the afternoon round, 8-1.

Hanover had three individuals pick up singles victories against Wartburg, while also dropping third set tiebreakers to Adrian. Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) won in the top singles spot 6-4, 6-4, then fell in the third set to Adrian 11-9. Also going 1-1 with a third set loss versus the Bulldogs were junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomore Drake Clohessy (Muncie, Ind.).

Sophomore Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) was a perfect 3-0 on the day, combining singles and doubles play. Barrett teamed up with classmate Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) in the No. 2 slot for doubles against Wartburg, where the duo won 8-6. Barrett also picked up a pair of straight set victories in the No. 2 singles spot.

Clohessy teamed up with freshman Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) to add another doubles victory against Wartburg, winning the third spot, 8-6.

The Panthers dominated singles play against Wartburg, winning five of the six matches. The lone loss came in the No. 4 slot, where Bates fell in three sets, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (6-8), 8-10.

Barrett’s single’s victory against Adrian was Hanover’s lone positive result in the match.

Hanover will continue its stretch of six neutral site matches in five days when they face Davenport (Mich.) and Augustana (Ill.) on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Women's lacrosse drops season opener at Rhodes

women's lacrosse team fights for a loose ball


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team dropped its 2017 season opener at Rhodes (Tenn.) on Monday, 23-2.

The Panthers (0-1) scored both of its goals early in the first half. With the win, Rhodes, who started the season two weeks earlier than HC, is 7-0 in 2017.

Junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.), who has led the team in scoring the past two years, scored once on three shots in the season opener. Freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) also scored her first collegiate goal.

Fogus and Boomershine, along with sophomore Rachel Davis (Florence, Ky.), posted three shots apiece, tying for the team lead and combining for over 80 percent of the team’s shot attempts.

After conceding two goals over the first three minutes of action, Boomershine got the Panthers on the scoreboard with a free position goal at the 26:16 mark of the opening half.

Fogus added her goal at 24:19, as HC trailed the Lynx 3-2 at that point. The rest of the scoring belong to Rhodes, who finished the first half on a 12-0 run.

Overall, the Panthers were outshot 42-11. The Blue and Red did however win the battle of draw controls, 14-12.

Hanover will look to rebound with a 4 p.m. road contest at Hendrix (Ark.) on Wednesday, March 1.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's basketball to host First and Second Round of NCAA Tournament

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

Softball posts four-run innings in both victories on Opening Day

Sydney Griffin winds up for a pitch



CLERMONT, Fla. – Coming off a historic 2016 season, the Hanover softball team opened the 2017 campaign with a pair of neutral sites wins against York (Pa.) and Brandeis (Mass.) on Sunday.

Hanover, who made its first NCAA national tournament appearance last season, opened this year with a 5-2 victory against York. The Blue and Red later added a 6-5 win against Brandeis.

The Panthers received a complete game pitching effort from sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) in the opener. Griffin allowed just four hits, giving up two runs, while striking out 10 batters to pick up her first win of 2017. The sophomore added a save with a clean sheet, seventh inning against Brandeis.

Junior transfer Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich.) made her Hanover debut on Sunday, hitting .429 over the two games, while also successfully stealing two bases. Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) was the only other Panther to record multiple hits on Sunday, as she went 3-for-8.

After a scoreless two and a half frames against York, the Blue and Red posted a four-spot in the bottom of the third inning. Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) reached on an error as she recorded a RBI with freshman Taylor Merrill (Brownsburg, Ind.) scoring. Burtscher’s infield single scored Ritchey later in the inning, while junior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.) capped the frame with a two-RBI single.

The Spartans (1-2) scored twice in the fourth inning, but a RBI sacrifice fly from sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.) in the sixth gave HC the 5-2 victory.

Hanover used another four-run inning against the Judges (3-3) in the second game of the day to help secure the 2-0 start. Skutt recorded a two-RBI double, while junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) also had a RBI double in the second inning for HC. Ritchey’s RBI single gave the Panthers a 4-2 lead after two complete.

Poe went on to add another RBI in the third inning, as her sacrifice fly scored sophomore Lillian Hughes (Sellersburg, Ind.), who led off the frame with a single. Hanover led 5-2 after three innings.

The Panthers went up 6-2 in the top of the fifth with a RBI ground out from freshman Bailey Miller (Charlestown, Ind.). Brandeis scored a combined three runs in the fifth and sixth innings and led off the final frame with a double. Griffin then entered the pitching circle, where she retired three straight batters to secure the 6-5 win.

Hanover returns to the diamond for two more games on Monday, Feb. 27. The Blue and Red will open the doubleheader at 2 p.m. as they face Neumann (Pa.) and St. Mary’s (Minn.).

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball opens season with doubleheader sweep against Finlandia

David Herrmann crosses home plate



AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Behind a pair of complete game performances from sophomores David Herrmann (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio), the Hanover baseball team picked up two wins on the opening day of the 2017 season.

The Panthers, who are in Florida for five games to open the season, won their first two games of the season for the first time since 2014, when they defeated Brandeis (Mass.) and Concordia-Moorhead (Minn.).

Hanover picked up a 6-2 win in the opener over Finlandia (Mich.) on Sunday, and completed the doubleheader sweep with a 7-5 victory.

Herrmann pitched in the opener where he went the full seven innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits. The sophomore also recorded 10 strikeouts, while conceding just two walks.

In the second game, Zorb went the distance, giving up five hits and three earned runs. He recorded six strikeouts in the victory.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) recorded just two triples all of last season, as he matched that total with a three-bagger in each game today. Shine finished the day 2-for-6 at the plate, adding two runs and one RBI.

With three hits over the two-game span, senior Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) led the team. Dunn was 2-for-2 in the second game, adding two runs scored. Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored three runs on the day.

The opener saw the Panthers jump out to a 2-0 lead after three complete innings. After Shine hit a two-out triple in the first inning, he crossed the plate on a single from sophomore Chase Sizemore (Fishers, Ind.), giving HC a 1-0 edge. Sizemore finished the first game 2-of-4 at the plate, driving in the one run.

Scheil led off the top of the third inning with his own triple, as he scored on a wild pitch. Finlandia (0-2) then tied the game up in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs with two outs.

Hanover answered right back, scoring four runs on three hits in the top half of the sixth frame. Dunn recorded a RBI sacrifice fly, while the other three runs all came on wild pitches.

Herrmann faced the minimum over the final two innings, securing the 6-2 win in the first game of 2017.

The Blue and Red continued the scoring early in the second half of the doubleheader, posting at least one run in each of the first three innings, including a crooked number in the first and third frames.

Again, Shine tripled in the first inning, this time, driving in Scheil who walked in the previous at-bat. Sophomore Bryce Fields (Connersville, Ind.) posted his lone hit of the game in the opening inning, driving in Shine to put HC in front 2-1.

Herrmann, who was the leadoff, designated hitter in the second game, drove in Dunn in the second inning, who opened the frame with a single and a steal. Hanover added four more runs in the third inning on just one hit, thanks to three walks and one hit-by-pitch, as they led 7-3 after three complete.

The Lions went on to tack on one run in the fifth and seventh innings, but it was not enough to catch the Panthers, who won 7-5.

Hanover will look to continue upon its strong start to the new season with a 10:30 a.m. contest against Neumann (Pa.) on Monday, Feb. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's basketball claims program's fourth HCAC tournament title

The team celebrates winning the HCAC Tournament Championship


HANOVER, Ind. – For the first time in more than 10 years, the Hanover men’s basketball team is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Champions, defeating Mount St. Joseph 58-51 at home on Sunday afternoon.

The win secures No. 16 Hanover (22-3) the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament, which will begin next week. The Blue and Red are also the 2016-17 HCAC undisputed champions in men’s basketball, after winning the regular season title with a 16-2 mark in league play.

Hanover’s HCAC Tournament championship is its first since the 2004-05 season, which was also played in Collier Arena. The 2004-05 title capped a three-year run of HC winning the conference tournament title.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) earned the HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player award, as he recorded 18 points and seven rebounds. Muchmore made 8-of-12 field goals in the contest. The senior hit the game-winner in HC’s semifinal contest against Transylvania as well.

Also earning all-tournament accolades was junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). McKinney posted a game high 23 points in the win over MSJ, while also grabbing seven rebounds. The junior added 15 points and 14 rebounds in the victory over Transy.

Trailing by two points with just under 6:38 remaining, Hanover secured the automatic bid by outscoring the Lions (20-7) 13-4 down the stretch. McKinney drained two three pointers in the late run by HC.

Hanover had just seven players appear in the contest, with only six finding the scoring column. Muchmore and McKinney combined for over 70 percent of the team’s scoring, totaling 41 of HC’s 58 points.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded nine points, while juniors Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) and Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) tied for the team high in assists with three each. Smith also recorded a team high 10 rebounds.

Both teams started off hot offensively, combining to make the first five shot attempts in the game. Hanover made its first three tries from the floor to lead 7-4. The first half, and the game overall, was played within a tightly contested window, as there were a total of 10 ties and 10 lead changes.

Muchmore had the final bucket of the first half with 35 seconds remaining, giving HC a 28-27 edge at the intermission. The Lions largest lead of the game, five points, came in the first 20 minutes of play.

The first 14 minutes of the second half were played within a five-point window, with HC’s largest advantage being three points and MSJ’s being two points. Overall, the Panthers largest lead was seven points.

Hanover and MSJ were nearly identical in terms of shooting percentages, with the Panthers holding a slight 40-37 edge in overall field goal percentage. Both sides made exactly 20 field goal attempts and five shots from behind the arc. The real difference came at the foul line, where HC was 13-of-19, while the Lions went 6-of-7.

The conference championship marks Hanover’s fourth HCAC Tournament title since the conference realigned and renamed in the 1998-99 season. The Blue and Red will also be making their seventh NCAA National Tournament appearance.

The Panthers will wait to see who their opponent will be and if they are fortunate enough to host the opening two rounds, as the NCAA Selection Show is set for 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27.

HCAC Championship Graphic

Contact: Tyler Jester