Athletics News
Triple Crown finale cancelled

The final event in Hanover's College's cross country Triple Crown racing series, scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, has been cancelled due to excessive heat.

Runners who have participated in the first two races in the series can pick up commemorative t-shirts at the course from 7-7:30 p.m. or in the Horner Health and Recreation Center during normal business hours.

The three-race series is designed to test fitness and sharpen summer training. Each week, the course distance will increase one kilometer. The series begins Wednesday, July 15, with a three-kilometer race (3K). A four-kilometer race (4K) will be held July 22 and the triple crown will conclude July 29 with a five-kilometer event (5K).

All three races will be held on Hanover’s renowned course, which served as site for the 2013 NCAA III national championships. The course also hosted NCAA national championships in 2008 and 2003, in addition to numerous regional and conference championships, as well as high school and middle school meets.

Hanover's Triple Crown costs $5 dollars per race. Each race will begin at 7 p.m. Registration will be held at the course prior to each race, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Athletes who pre-register for all three will receive a one-of-a-kind t-shirt after completing the final race.

Information is available at www.hanover.edu/athletics/summercamps or contact Hanover track & field coach Brian Power at (812) 866-6817 or powerb@hanover.edu.

Weather-related changes to the schedule will be available on Twitter by following @Hanover_TnF.

Triple Crown XC 3K Results

Dietz, McKay, Green headline honorees

Senior athletes Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) and Josh Green (Beaumaris, Australia), along with former football standout Brett Dietz, highlighted award recipients at the Hanover College Athletic Honors Banquet. The annual event was held in the Horner Health & Recreation Center.

Dietz, a 2004 Hanover graduate, was inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. McKay and Green were named Hanover’s outstanding senior female and male athletes, respectively.

Dietz spent time as a member of Hanover's basketball, baseball and golf teams, but made his mark as a quarterback for the Panthers' from 2000-2003. He helped Hanover win three Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships and also earn three berths in the NCAA Division III national playoffs.

A two-time all-Heartland Conference selection, Dietz led the nation in total offense in 2003 with 380.5 yards per game. He also set school single-season records with 575 attempts, 360 completions and 4,031 passing yards.

He eventually closed his collegiate career ranked third in Hanover career touchdown passes (67), fourth in career completions (583) and fourth in completion percentage (61.6%).

Dietz played professionally in Finland before moving to the Arena Football League, where he later became the first player to earn rookie-of-the-year awards in the AFL (Tampa Bay Storm, 2007) and AFL2 (Louisville Fire, 2006).

McKay led Hanover's women's golf team to back-to-back Heartland Conference championships and appearances in the NCAA Division III national tournament in 2014 and 2015.

A four-time all-Heartland Conference honoree, McKay earned four top-five finishes in the league tournament. She was the HCAC's medalist as a sophomore and junior. She also placed second as a senior after falling in a playoff.

McKay played in a school-record 68 tournaments and earned medalist honors a program-record 18 times. In addition, she holds Hanover's 18-hole (72), 36-hole (148), 54-hole (246) and 72-hole (322) records and also set the school's single-season scoring average mark this year with 79.09 strokes per match.

She was 21st overall to help propel the Panthers to a 12th-place finish in the 2015 NCAA III championship. She led the squad to a 15th-place finish in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Green played three seasons as an attacker with Hanover's men's lacrosse team and has, additionally, been a punter for the football squad for three seasons.

A two-time first-team all-conference selection in lacrosse, Green established Hanover's career record for goals (121) and also set the Panthers' single-season records for goals (48), assists (35) and points (75). He also holds the program's single-match records for goals (10), assists (eight) and points (13).

As a senior, Green 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 his school-single-season-record 35 assists.

Green earned second-team all-Heartland Conference honors for the football team in 2014 after averaging 39.2 yards per punt. In his three seasons on the gridiron, he has averaged more than 38 yards per punt, with a career long of 69 yards. He has 16 career punts of more than 50 yards and landed 36 inside the 20-yard-line.

Individual honors were also presented during the honors banquet to junior Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.), senior Frannie Larson (La Grange, Ky.) and senior Austin Duncan (Pekin, Ind.).

Clark, a three-year member of the Panthers' men's tennis squad, became the first recipient of the Bill Griffin Mental Attitude Award.

Larson, a four-year high-jumper on Hanover's track & field team, was presented the Mildred Lemen Mental Attitude Award.

Duncan, a thrower, received the Glen and M.J. Bonsett Track & Field Award. He has also played four seasons as a lineman with the Panthers' football program.

Team academic awards were presented to Hanover's men's and women's cross country teams.

The women's cross country squad earned the Dean's Award, given each year to the team with the highest grade-point average for the academic year. The unit, coached by Josh Payne, posted a 3.37 grade-point average.

The men's cross country team received the Faculty Athletic Representative Award, given to the team that has shown the most improvement in its collective grade-point average. The group, also guided by Payne, raised its grade-point average .46 from the 2013 season.

Steinman to lead cross country program

Anna Steinman has joined the Hanover College athletic department and will lead the Panthers’ men’s and women’s cross country teams. She will also work with Hanover’s track & field program.

Steinman comes to Hanover after serving two seasons as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Salisbury University (Md.). While at Salisbury, she instructed the Sea Gulls’ distance and middle-distance runners, as well as providing support for recruitment, strength and conditioning and meet management.

In addition to her work at Salisbury, Steinman also served as a sports-performance intern at University Orthopaedic Associates. In the role, she created programs for individuals returning from physical therapy, assessed imbalances and injury risk and set training programs for distance runners.

Steinman also continues to compete. She completed her first marathon in November, turning in a time of 3:05.09 as the 86th overall female to finish in the 2014 New York Marathon.

A 2013 Salisbury graduate, Steinman earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education. She will complete work on a master’s degree in applied health physiology this month.

While a student-athlete at Salisbury, she was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams and twice earned all-Capital Athletic Conference honors. She served as a team captain for both squads, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and worked as a student-athlete mentor.

Steinman is a member of USA Track & Field, the national governing body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the U.S., as well as the American College of Sports Medicine and Garden State Track Club.

She holds track & field technical certification through the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

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.

Gridders post shutout victory in Scotland

Hanover College’s football squad defeated the East Kilbride Pirates, 51-0, during the team’s week-long visit to Scotland and Ireland. The contest was played at the Hamilton Rugby Club on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland.

Freshman running back Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio) scored three touchdowns to lead Hanover’s attack, including two scores to spur the Panthers to an 18-0 lead at the intermission.

Hanover-East Kilbride photo gallery

Freshman quarterback Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) lofted a five-yard touchdown pass to freshman running back Nate Hein (Tipton, Ind.) to get Hanover on the scoreboard.

Conners scored on a one-yard plunge to push the Panthers’ lead to 12-0 in the first period. He added a five-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give Hanover an 18-0 halftime advantage.

Conners increased the margin to 24-0 with a two-yard scoring burst in the third period.

East Kilbride, which had a field-goal attempt bounce off the crossbar in the first quarter, misfired on a fake punt in the third quarter. The Panthers countered with a 10-yard scoring dash by Lightfoot to bump the lead to 31-0.

Hanover, rotating players in various positions late in the contest, added 20 points down the stretch for the final margin.

Senior wide receiver Tanner Parker (Greencastle, Ind.), a former quarterback, scrambled eight yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 37-0 lead.

Senior linebacker Vince Peiffer (Trafalgar, Ind.) plunged into the end zone from five yards out and sophomore linebacker Kevin Scholz (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to cap the scoring.

The contest was part of a nine-day travel experience through Scotland and Ireland. The trip, led by Hanover history professor Jeff Brautigam, included visits to Dublin, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Croke Park Stadium, GAA Museum, Guinness Storehouse, Titanic Belfast, Trim Castle and even a ferry ride from Northern Ireland to Scotland.

Panthers close NCAA with record round

The Hanover College women’s golf team closed the NCAA Division III Championship with a school-record round of 314 and finished 12th overall in the four-day event. The 72-hole tournament completed play Friday, May 15, at the Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

NCAA III Championship leaderboard

Hanover's 314 in the fourth round was 28 shots better than the team’s previous record of 342, set during the third round of the 2011 tournament. The Panthers, which moved from 15th place to 12th with the final-round effort, totaled 1,353 strokes (347-349-343-314) in the championship.

Senior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) fired a four-over-par 76 in the closing round. Her score stands as Hanover’s lowest individual round in its three tournament appearances.

Juniors Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) each turned in a five-over 77, while freshman Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) posted an 84. Sophomore Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) added a non-scoring round of 86 on the 5,844-yard El Campeon Course.

McKay and Shepherd each earned top-35 finishes in the 110-golfer field. McKay finished 21st with a 322 (79-86-81-76). Shepherd followed in 34th place, just eight strokes behind McKay, with a 330 (84-85-84-77).

Gingerich landed in 56th place with a total of 342 strokes (94-82-89-77). Wuerch was 77th after a four-round 359 (90-96-89-84) and Smith finished 94th with a 375 (95-102-92-86).

Williams College (Mass.) earned the NCAA III team title with a 1,263 (319-322-309-313). Wittenberg University (Ohio) was second with 1,281 (323-327-308-323).

McKenzie Ralston from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) captured medalist honors by four strokes with a 301 (74-71-79-77).

Baseball plants six on all-HCAC team

Six members of Hanover College’s baseball squad have earned a spot on the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s all-league team.

Senior first baseman Matt Brooks (Goodlettsville, Tenn.), senior shortstop Matt Newman (Bloomington, Ind.) and junior centerfielder Chris Ares (Versailles, Ky.) were each named the Heartland Conference’s second team.

Senior utility Nolan Hall (Knightstown, Ind.), senior pitcher/outfielder Alex Lantz (Indianapolis, Ind.) and junior pitcher Kellen Otto (Columbus, Ind.) each received honorable mention. Otto, in addition, was named to the HCAC’s sportsmanship team.

Brooks, who was named to the all-conference team for the third time, batted .347 in 35 games for Hanover this spring. He shared the team lead with 52 hits, including a team-best 13 doubles. He knocked in 23 runs and scored 19 times.

Newman, a three-time all-HCAC honoree, hit .316 in 34 contests. He collected 48 hits with five doubles and a team-leading three home runs. He also scored 25 runs and tallied 20 runs-batted-in.

Ares, a first-time all-league pick, batted .342 in 35 games in Hanover’s outfield. He shared the team lead with 52 hits and had eight doubles and two triples. He scored 25 times, led the Panthers with 24 RBI and also swiped a team-leading nine bases.

Hall, who saw action at catcher, second base and in the outfield, earned conference post-season honors for the second time in his career. He hit .331 in 35 outings for the Panthers with 21 RBI and 23 runs scored. He totaled 50 hits, including a team-high three triples and seven doubles.

Lantz logged innings in 28 games for Hanover as a pitcher, outfielder or designated hitter. He batted a team-leading .362 with five doubles, a homer, 16 runs-batted-in and 20 runs scored. In 10 appearances as a pitcher, he posted a 3-3 record with a 4.24 earned-run average through 46 and two-thirds innings.

Otto led the Panthers’ pitching staff with 17 appearances, all in relief. He finished with a 2-0 record and team-best 3.68 ERA. He led Hanover with four saves and also limited opponents to a team-low .239 batting average.

Under head coach Shayne Stock, the Panthers posted a 17-18 overall record. The squad was sixth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 13-14 mark.

Tennis falls in NCAA opener

Hanover College’s women’s tennis team lost to Webster University (Mo.), 5-0, in the opening round of the NCAA III national championship tournament. The match was played at the Bruton-Guerry Tennis Center in Sewanee, Tenn.

Hanover, making its second consecutive appearance in the national tourney, dropped three doubles matches to open the match. The Panthers were beaten in two singles matches to reach the verdict.

Senior Kelsey Jones (Hanover, Ind.) and freshman Alan Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) lost at No. 1 doubles to Webster’s Marissa Lewis and Kaylen Kress, 8-3. Sophomores Brooke Glahn (Burlington, Ky.) and Molly Miller (Nashville, Ind.) fell at No. 2, 8-1, to Monica Behrle and Jesse Seffens-Willis. Senior Shauna Watson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and sophomore Kirby Lantz (Greenville, Ohio) were edged at No. 3, 8-5, by the Gorloks’ Chelsea Foster and Stephanie Lass.

The Panthers dropped two of the completed singles matches to close the match.

Feeley, playing in the No. 1 singles slot, fell to Behrle, 6-1, 6-0. Miller retired in the second set to end a battle against Steffens-Willis at No. 3.

Hanover caps its season with a 13-3 overall record. Webster (15-4) advances to play No. 1 ranked Emory University (Ga.) in the second round.

Hanover vs. Webster (Mo.) results

Kemmerer, Skutt headline league softball honorees

Senior pitcher Leah Kemmerer (North Vernon, Ind.) and freshman outfielder Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) lead a collection of six members of Hanover College’s softball team who have earned post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Kemmerer and Skutt have each been selected first-team all-Heartland Conference. Freshmen utilities Tori Luster (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Sidney Powers (Indianapolis, Ind.) have been named to the second team, while senior shortstop Danielle Merrick (Quincy, Ind.) received honorable mention recognition. Senior catcher Breann Wininger (Loogootee, Ind.) earned a spot on the conference’s sportsmanship team.

Kemmerer, a three-time first-team selection, led Hanover’s pitching staff with an 11-5 record and 3.29 earned run average. She worked a team-high 104 innings with 11 complete games and re-established her own school single-season strikeout record with 132 this spring.

Skutt, in her first season with the program, batted a team-best .420 and led the squad with 52 hits, nine doubles, four triples and 69 total bases. She also ranked second on the squad with 28 runs scored.

Luster saw action at catcher and third base. She batted .328 with seven doubles, a triple and three home runs. She also ranked second on the team with 18 runs-batted-in.

Powers logged innings at first base and designated hitter. She hit .368 with three doubles, one homer and 17 RBI.

Merrick, a two-time all-league pick, batted .280 while appearing in all 34 games for the Panthers. She had two doubles and a home run, scored 15 times and led the team with 22 runs-batted-in.

Wininger was named to the Heartland Conference’s sportsmanship team for the third straight season. She hit .205 through 30 games behind the plate for the squad during the season.

Hanover finished with a 19-15 overall record. The Panthers were 9-7 in league games to place fourth and earn a berth in the HCAC's post-season tournament. The team advanced to the tourney championship with two victories in the event.

Clark brothers net HCAC tennis honors

Hanover College tennis players Brian Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) and Reid Clark (Greenfield, Ind.) have each received post-season honors from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Brian Clark, a senior, received honorable mention all-Heartland Conference recognition. Reid Clark, a junior, was named to the league’s sportsmanship team. The awards mark the third consecutive season the Clark brothers have been selected among the HCAC’s post-season honorees.

Brian Clark posted a 4-10 record playing for the Panthers at No. 1 singles. He also tallied a 7-9 record at Nos. 1-2 doubles while teaming with partners Alex Kitchel (Indianapolis, Ind.), Reid Clark and Joshua Ruse (Indianapolis, Ind.) during the fall and spring seasons.

Reid Clark earned a 5-10 record in Hanover’s No. 2 singles slot. He was 6-8 in doubles action, primarily pairing with freshman Nolan Carrico (Sellersburg, Ind.) in the No. 1 position.

The Panthers finished the year with a 5-11 overall record. The squad placed eighth in the Heartland Conference standings with a 1-7 mark.