Athletics News
Jones' retirement spurs changes to basketball program

After 17 seasons on the sidelines, Molly Jones has announced her retirement as head coach of the Hanover College women’s basketball team. Jones’ retirement, effective immediately, spurs the first changes atop the program since 1998.

Jones’ longtime assistant coach, and husband, John Jones, will become Hanover’s head coach. In addition, Chris Hitchcock, a veteran high school and college head coach, will return to the Panthers’ bench as an assistant coach and recruiter.

Molly Jones will remain at Hanover, becoming an associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator. She will continue as chair for the Health and Fitness Department and will assume more teaching and administrative responsibilities. She will also continue to oversee the girls' basketball summer camps and shoot-outs.

Jones amassed a career record of 405-296, including 11 seasons at Marian University before taking control of Hanover’s program prior to the 1998-99 season. The stint includes a string of four straight 20-win seasons from 2009-10 to 2012-13.

A 1986 Hanover graduate, she led the Panthers to two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season titles, three HCAC tournament championships and three berths in the NCAA III national tournament. Her squads have posted a 164-96 record in HCAC regular-season games and, in addition, played in the league’s tourney championship game in each of the past seven seasons.

John Jones has served as an assistant coach with Hanover’s women’s team for the past 10 seasons. Along with his coaching experience, Jones, an associate athletic director at Hanover, has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the secondary and collegiate levels.

Prior to joining Hanover’s athletic department staff in 2005, he served three years as athletic director at Southwestern High School (Ind.) and was previously a teacher and administrator at Brownsburg High School (Ind.).

In addition to his coaching duties, John Jones will continue as associate athletic director. His responsibilities will continue to involve the College’s events staff, concessions and golf outings.

Hitchcock returns to the Panthers’ sidelines, where he worked as an assistant coach with the women’s program from 1997-98 to 2000-01. He comes after serving the past six seasons as head coach at Bloomfield High School (Ind.).

Prior to leading Bloomfield’s squad, he was the head coach at Benedictine University (Ill.) for three seasons and head coach at Hendrix College (Ark.) for five seasons.

Hanover is slated to open its 2015-16 campaign Nov. 21-22 in a tournament at the College of Wooster (Ohio).

The Panthers finished the 2014-15 season with a 19-9 overall record, including a second-place finish in the Heartland Conference standings with a 13-5 mark. Under Jones, the squad captured the HCAC’s tournament championship and earned a spot in the NCAA III national tournament field.

Eight Panthers named to ORLC squad

Eight members of Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team have received post-season honors from the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.

Seniors Josh Green (Beumaris, Australia), Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Zac Cheatle (Fox River Grove, Ill.), along with junior Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.), earned first-team all-ORLC honors.

Senior Nick Hermes (Grayslake, Ill.), junior Angelo Butturi (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) received honorable mention. Senior Addison Sears (Louisville, Ky.) was named to the conference’s sportsmanship team.

Green, an attacker, led Hanover in scoring with 75 points and also tallied 47 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers. He scored a team-leading 40 goals and added a school-single-season-record 35 assists. He finished his three-year career with 184 points, including a Hanover-career-record 121 goals.

Karnick, a midfielder, ranked second on the squad with 42 points and trailed only Green with his 32 goals. He closed his four-year career second in school history with 117 goals and third in scoring with 143 points.

Cheatle netted a career-high 21 goals and added a career-best 19 assists to finish with 40 points. He also added 39 ground balls and nine caused turnovers from his midfield slot.

Farrow led the Panthers' defense, and set career highs, with 76 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. He also scored one goal and had a pair of assists.

Hermes, an attacker, was third on the team with 25 goals. He also dished out 14 assists to finish with 39 points. He caps a four-year career as the leading scorer in school history with 188 points. The effort includes 107 goals and a Hanover-career-record 81 assists.

Butturi set personal highs with 60 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers, which ranked second on the squad. He also scored one goal from his midfield position

Szczublewski, a midfielder, was second on the Panthers with 74 ground balls. He also netted 18 goals and had 16 assists to tally 34 points.

Sears, a goalie, totaled more than 560 minutes in Hanover’s net during the season. Though his season was shortened by injury, he posted 110 saves with an 11.07 goals-against average in 12 appearances.

Hanover capped its first season in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference with a 4-2 record and third-place finish in the league standings. The Panthers were 7-9 overall during the program’s fifth season of competition.

Hanover football headed to Scotland, Ireland

Hanover College’s football team will participate in a cross-continental exchange of sports, culture and education during an upcoming trip to Scotland and Ireland.

More than 75 members of Hanover’s football squad will travel to Europe May 11-19 to play a game against Scotland’s top team and include a week-long travel experience led by Hanover history professor Jeff Brautigam.

On the field, the Panthers will face the East Kilbride Pirates, British 2014 semi-finalists, at 1 p.m. (local time), Saturday, May 16, at Hamilton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland.

By the time of the contest, East Kilbride will have played four games, including a win against the Belfast Trojans, the Irish champions in the British American Football Association National Leagues.

The Pirates posted a 10-0 record last season and reached the semifinals of the British premiership playoffs under head coach Ross Templeton.

“Everyone in the Pirates' organization is really looking forward to this game,” said Templeton. “It will be great to be able to measure ourselves against a team from the United States. We’re expecting it to be an exciting and challenging encounter, and hopefully, it will help us continue to get better and take the next step in our growth as a team.”

In addition to the sporting aspect of the trip, the classroom element of the 4,500-mile journey is designed, according to Brautigam, “to examine the complex relationship between the geography, culture, and sport in Ireland and Scotland. It will combine lecture and discussion of both primary and secondary sources with a week-long traveling experience designed to allow the students to compare and contrast the two lands and cultures.”

While in Scotland and Ireland, Hanover’s squad will visit Dublin, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Croke Park Stadium, GAA Museum, Guinness Storehouse, Titanic Belfast, Trim Castle and also take a ferry ride from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Hanover head coach Steve Baudendistel, who has been a member of the Panthers’ coaching staff for 10 seasons, states, “I am very excited to bring the Hanover Panthers to Scotland for our game against the Pirates. The opportunity to visit Ireland and Scotland will be a great cultural and educational experience for our players, but also allow us to promote the game of football internationally. Our trip to Germany through Global Football five years ago was a great trip and I know this will be as well.”

Patrick Steenberge, president of Global Football, planner of Hanover’s trip, is especially eager for this tour, adding, “during the 19 years of running Global Football tours, we have never had the opportunity to travel to Scotland, where they have a solid tradition of good football. By combining the competition in Scotland with the very special culture and history of Ireland, this will prove to be a memorable journey for Hanover.”

The game has the support of the British American Football Association and has been approved by the International Federation of American Football and USA Football.

Tennis to face Webster in NCAA tournament

Hanover College's women’s tennis squad will play Webster University (Mo.) in the opening round of the 49-team NCAA III tournament. The Panthers and Gorloks will square off at 1 p.m. (ET), Thursday, May 7, at Sewanee, Tenn.

Hanover, making its second straight NCAA tournament appearance, has a 13-2 overall record. The Panthers captured the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s regular-season crown in the fall with an 8-0 record. The squad posted a 5-2 triumph against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the league's Oct. 19 tournament championship.

Webster, a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is 14-4 overall. The Gorloks earned the SLIAC’s regular-season title with a 5-0 record. The squad captured the conference’s tournament title with victories against Westminster College (Mo.) and Principia College (Mo.).

The winner of the Hanover-Webster match will face top-ranked Emory University (Ga.) in the second round.

Emory is 16-3 overall and earned the University Athletic Association tourney championship with wins against New York University, University of Chicago (Ill.) and Carnegie Mellon University (Pa.). The Eagles are making the program's 31st straight appearance in the NCAA event.

The bracket also features a first-round clash between 12th-ranked University of the South (Tenn.), the regional host, and Agnes Scott College (Ga.).

University of the South, known as the Sewanee Tigers, is 17-5 overall and earned the program’s third consecutive Southern Athletic Association title to claim an automatic berth in the field. Sewanee blanked Oglethorpe University (Ga.), Birmingham Southern College (Ga.) and Berry College (Ga.) to win the SAA championship.

Agnes Scott, meanwhile, is 10-4 overall. The Scotties won the Great South Athletic Conference regular-season title with a 6-0 mark, then followed with wins against Wesleyan College (Ga.) and Salem College (N.C.) to take the GSAC tournament championship.

The winner will face 11th-ranked Washington University in St. Louis (Mo.) in the second round. The Bears are 18-5 overall this year and placed third in the UAA standings.

The NCAA III championship is slated for Wednesday, May 20, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

NCAA III championship bracket

Golfers fourth; Geary, Rogers grab HCAC honors

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) and freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Hanover College’s men’s golf team to a fourth-place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. The 72-hole event concluded with 18 holes at Royal Hylands Golf Course in Knightstown, Ind.

Geary earned all-conference honors with an eighth-place finish in the tournament. He fired a team-low-round 73 in the final day of competition and finished with a 305 (74-78-80-73).

Rogers earned the HCAC’s freshman of the year honor after a ninth-place finish in the 40-golfer field. Rogers turned in a 77 on the 6,452-yard course in the fourth round. He totaled 307 in the tourney (75-79-76-77).

Senior Austin Robinson (Hagerstown, Ind.) placed 14th with a 312 (82-78-76-76), including back-to-back rounds of five-over 76 at Royal Hylands.

Sophomores Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) and Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) completed Hanover’s championship lineup.

Vidal finished 25th with a 321 (79-80-77-85). Hamilton was 28th after shooting 330 (83-77-86-84).

Hanover totaled 1,241 strokes in the tournament (310-312-309-310). Transylvania University (Ky.) captured the league’s team title with 1,199 (294-292-303-310). Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) was second with 1,231 (316-312-297-306) and Franklin College finished third with 1,237 (311-310-298-318).

Franklin Chris Arnold was the championship’s individual medalist. Arnold turned in a 292 (71-73-72-76) to win the crown by five strokes.

Heartland Conference Championship final results

Softball ends season in HCAC title game

Hanover College’s softball team lost to No. 1 seed Anderson University, 9-2, in the championship game of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s post-season tournament.

Anderson (30-9) led 6-1 after five innings. Hanover cut the margin to 6-2 with a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Ravens plated three more runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin.

Hanover (19-5) totaled five hits in the contest. Senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) had two of the Panthers’ hits. Freshman outfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.), who tallied 12 hits in the four-game tourney, had a base hit and capped the season with at least one hit in the Panthers’ final 13 contests.

Merrick, Skutt and sophomore outfielder Gabrielle Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) were each named to the HCAC’s all-tournament team.

Sophomore pitcher Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) suffered the loss after two and one-third innings. Phillippe (6-5) allowed eight hits and five earned runs.

Hanover at Anderson statistics

Earlier in the day, freshman Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Skutt each had run-scoring hits in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Hanover a 7-6 win against Bluffton University (Ohio) and push the Panthers into the championship of the Heartland Conference’s tournament.

Trailing 6-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, Ritchey hit a one-out single and swiped second. Skutt followed with a double to score Ritchey and tie the game at 6-6. Powers hit a single into right field to score Skutt with the game-winning run.

Senior Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) pitched all nine innings to record her 11th win of the season. Kemmerer (11-5) gave up 10 hits, but only one through the final three innings of the tilt. She allowed four earned runs with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Skutt reached base five times in the contest. She finished 4-for-4 at the plate, including her game-tying double, and also walked.

Powers, Kemmerer, Ritchey and junior outfielder Lyndsea Burke (Modoc, Ind.) had two hits apiece to help fuel the Panthers’ 15-hit effort.

Kemmerer hit run-scoring singles in the first and fourth innings to keep Hanover within 4-3. The Panthers eased ahead 5-4 in the fifth when Powers smacked a bases-loaded, two-run single.

Bluffton (26-16) tied the game with a run in the top of the sixth to eventually force extra innings.

Hanover vs. Bluffton (Ohio) statistics

Ninth-inning rallies cap season with twinbill sweep

Hanover College’s baseball squad used a pair of ninth-inning rallies to sweep a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader at Earlham College.

Hanover scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to swipe a 4-3 victory in the opening game of the twinbill. The Panthers snapped a 9-9 tie with a run in the ninth inning to pull out a 10-9 triumph in the second contest.

The teams combined for just 12 hits in the opening game, but Hanover used two of its seven hits to score the winning runs in the ninth-inning rally.

Freshman designated hitter Colin Marsh (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a one-out single and sophomore catcher Austin Holloway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) followed with a walk. Junior outfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) punched a base hit into center field to score Marsh. Freshman third baseman Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) added a sacrifice fly to right to deliver Holloway from third and Ares later scored the winning run on a passed ball.

Marsh and Ares stroked two hits apiece for the Panthers, which did not get a hit until the fourth inning.

Sophomore hurler Cody Reister (Underwood, Ind.), now 3-2 this season, earned the victory with one and one-third innings of hitless relief.

Junior Matt Powers (Floyd Knobs, Ind.) tossed the first seven and two-thirds innings. He limited Earlham to only five hits and three earned runs. Powers fanned four and issued two walks.

Hanover at Earlham game one statistics

In the second game, senior second baseman Ryan Johns (Cincinnati, Ohio) led off the top of the ninth inning with a base hit. Two batters later, freshman outfielder John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) stroked a base hit into center field to deliver Johns with the eventual game-winning run.

Junior pitcher Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) sent Earlham down in order in the bottom of the ninth and picked up his second win of the season (2-0) with one and two-thirds innings of no-hit relief.

Hanover totaled 15 hits in the outing, marking the 22nd time this season the squad has collected 10 or more hits in a game.

Ares notched his first career four-hit game, finishing 4-for-5 with two runs-batted-in. Johns, Scheil, Shine and senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) had two hits apiece.

Hanover built a 7-0 lead after batting in the top of the seventh. Earlham (26-12; 15-11 HCAC) scored three times in the bottom of the stanza to cut the Panthers’ lead to 7-3.

Hanover added two runs in the eighth to pull ahead, 9-3, but the Quakers used two walks, three hits and an error to score six times in the inning to tie the game at 9-9.

Hanover, which won six of his final nine games, closes the season with a 17-18 overall record. The Panthers finished sixth in the HCAC standings with a 13-14 league mark.

Hanover at Earlham game two statistics

Robinson, Rogers pace Panthers in HCAC’s third round

Senior Austin Robinson (Hagerstown, Ind.) and freshman Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) led Hanover College’s men’s golf team in the third round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s championship tournament. The final 36 holes of the 72-hole event are being held at the Royal Hylands Golf Course in Knightstown, Ind.

Robinson and Rogers each fired a five-over-par 76 on the 6,452-yard course.

Rogers is now ninth overall in the 40-athlete field with a 54-hole total of 230 (75-79-76). Robinson climbed into a 17th-place tie with sophomore Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio), who turned in a six-over 77 in the third round.

Both golfers have totaled 236 strokes in three days of action.

Senior Patric Geary (Clarksville, Ind.) added an 80 in the third round to complete the Panthers’ scoring. Geary is tied for 10th place overall with a 232 (74-78-80).

Sophomore Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) posted a non-scoring round of 86. He is 28th in the field with a 246 (83-77-86).

Hanover, with its tournament-low round, amassed 309 strokes to push its 54-hole total to 931 (310-312-309). The Panthers are in fourth place in the team standings behind Transylvania University (889), Franklin College (919) and Mount St. Joseph University (925).

Franklin's Chris Arnold is the individual leader. Arnold's 216 is just ahead of Ben Fister, who leads Transylvania with a 217.

Heartland Conference Championship third-round results

Track to host clinic for youth athletes

Hanover College’s track & field teams will host a one-day youth clinic Wednesday, May 13, at Alumni Stadium.

The clinic, designed for fourth through eighth grade athletes, will be conducted by Hanover’s track & field coaches and athletes. The cost for the session, which runs from 6-7:30 p.m., is just $10 per athlete.

All participants must have a medical form signed by a parent/guardian and turned in before the beginning of the clinic. The form may be mailed or brought to the field.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the stadium.

Hanover College Track & Field Youth Clinic Waiver.

Lacrosse bumped in ORLC semifinals

Hanover College’s men’s lacrosse team closed its season with a 12-6 loss at Transylvania University (Ky.) in the semifinals of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference tournament.

Senior attacker Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia) and senior midfielder Luke Karnick (Indianapolis, Ind.) each scored two goals for Hanover, which caps its season with a 7-9 overall record.

Junior defender Stephen Farrow (La Grange, Ky.) and freshman midfielder Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) also added goals for the Panthers.

Senior goalie Austin Czisny (Gurnee, Ill.) allowed seven goals with seven saves in the opening 20 minutes of action. Sophomore Adam Anthony (Louisville, Ky.) relieved and had 11 saves with five goals allowed through the closing 40 minutes.

Hanover trailed 11-1 at halftime, but outscored Transylvania (11-6) in the final 30 minutes of action.

The Panthers had 15 turnovers, but just eight shots in the decisive first half. The squad finished with 29 shots, including 21 in the second half. Green led the offense with 13 shots, while Karnick attempted seven.

Sophomore midfielder Frank Vest (Nashville, Tenn.) led Hanover with four ground balls and the team collected 17 in the match. Farrow and Szczublewski had three apiece.

The Panthers won 12-of-22 face-offs and converted 18-of-26 clears.

Hanover at Transylvania (Ky.) statistics