Athletics News
Panthers garner No. 7 preseason ranking from Street & Smith's

Wes McKinney shooting a jump shot


HANOVER, Ind. – With less than two months from opening tip-off, the Hanover men’s basketball team has earned its first national recognition of the 2017-18 season with a top-10 team ranking and an individual All-American award.

The 2017-18 Street & Smith’s Basketball Yearbook is now available at newsstands everywhere, and the Panthers are ranked No. 7 in its NCAA Division III preseason top 10. Senior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) is also recognized in the national magazine as a preseason second team All-American.

Street & Smith’s Basketball Yearbook releases a preseason magazine annually, taking an in-depth look at collegiate and professional basketball teams. This year, the magazine features 442 scouting reports on collegiate teams, which covers schools from NCAA Division I all the way to the junior college level.

Defending national champion, Babson (Mass.), sits atop the Division III rankings. Two schools Hanover faced during its run to the NCAA Sectional Finals last year are also on the top 10 list in Augustana (Ill.) and North Central (Ill.). Augustana, eventual national runner-up, knocked off the Panthers in the NCAA Round of Eight and come in at No. 5 in the preseason poll. North Central sits at No. 10 after bowing out to the Blue and Red, in Collier Arena, during the second round of the national tournament.

The Panthers will have the luxury of returning seven of their top eight scorers from last season, including four starters. The 2016-17 squad finished with a 26-4 overall mark, while also making the program’s deepest run in the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the team won both the HCAC regular season and tournament titles en route to a No. 7 ranking in the final D3Hoops National Top 25 Poll.

McKinney, a D3Hoops fourth team All-American last season, will return for his senior campaign as the reigning HCAC Player of the Year. As a junior, the forward averaged a conference-best 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. McKinney’s performance was also good enough to earn him CoSIDA second team academic All-American honors.

Hanover will open its regular season at the Thomas More (Ky.) Jim Connor Classic against Kent State-Tuscarawas (Ohio) and Otterbein (Ohio), Nov. 17 and 18. The Panthers will tune up for the season with an exhibition contest at NCAA Division I institution, Butler (Ind.), who advanced to the national “Sweet 16” last season.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover men to play first of four straight road contests Sunday

Nicholas Ash passing


HANOVER, Ind. – While the last two matches were technically neutral site contests, the Hanover men’s soccer team will go back on the road Sunday, Sept. 24 to play Spalding (Ky.) in the first of four straight true road games.

The Panthers (4-2-0) are currently riding a three-match winning streak and have out-scored their opponents 10-1 in those wins. In the team’s two matches last week, Hanover defeated Cincinnati-Clermont 7-0 and Wittenberg 1-0 as part of the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic. The pair of wins also marked the first shutouts of the season.

Head Coach Matt Wilkerson got a total team effort that weekend as all eight goals were scored by eight different players. On the season, 11 different players have scored at least one goal with junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) leading the way with three scores.

In addition, freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) became the second newcomer in as many weeks to earn Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week accolades. For his efforts, Bedel was selected as the top defensive player in the league for the week after he posted 135 minutes of scoreless action.

Sunday’s complete-game shutout of Wittenberg was the first of his collegiate career. He joined Korfhagen, who was named the offensive player of the week the previous week. Bedel has made 19 saves in six matches and has allowed only 0.80 goals per game.

Spalding currently owns a 3-3-0 record and has won its last two by a combined score of 10-3. The Golden Eagles have already played a pair of HCAC schools, and will also play Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Friday prior to Sunday’s contest against the Panthers.

In its last two matches, Spalding blanked Berea (Ky.) 5-0 on the road and then rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Franklin to win 5-3. The Golden Eagles also opened the season with a 9-0 win over Bluffton (Ohio).

Sophomore Kornell Hilliard and freshman Trustun Ashburn lead Spalding with four goals apiece through six contests. Hilliard also has a team-high five assists for a team-best 13 points, while Ashburn has one assist for nine points. Freshman Nick Lucas has served as the team’s primary keeper. In almost 530 minutes, he has allowed 1.36 goals per game and made 28 saves.

Over the last seven years, the Panthers own a 6-1-0 record over the Golden Eagles, including wins in each of the last two seasons. Last year, in Hanover, the Blue and Red won 7-2 as six different players scored for the Panthers.

Sunday’s contest is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at Champions Trace in Louisville, Ky.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Football returns home to host Anderson for Samaritan's Feet Game

Kegan Aldridge celebrating on the sideline



HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover football team will return home this Saturday, Sept. 23, after a brief two-game road stint, as they welcome Anderson for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.


  • Hanover will host Anderson Saturday for its fifth annual Samaritan’s Feet Game.
  • Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization, founded by Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie in 2003. The goal of the organization is to provide hope to impoverished children through the gift of shoes, washing their feet and giving them positive encouragement.
  • Head coach Matt Theobald will be coaching barefoot to help raise awareness . The players will also be wearing orange wristbands.
  • Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than six million children in more than 80 nations, as well as 325 U.S. cities.
  • The Panthers have won the last two meetings with the Ravens, including a 49-25 victory last season at Anderson.
  • Hanover is coming off a 38-28 loss at Rose-Hulman, while Anderson rallied to defeat Earlham last week, 27-16.
  • The Blue and Red lead the all-time series with Anderson, 45-23. Hanover has won four straight at home against the Ravens.
  • Hanover enjoyed success through the air last week, with senior quarterback Chase Lightfoot throwing for 446 yards.
  • Sophomores Taylor Bleistein and Jackson Daugherty, along with freshman Cory Leppert, all posted 100-yard receiving days during the air-raid attack.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers set for Dan Quayle Collegiate Golf Classic

Justin Smith reading putt


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s golf team will hit the midway point of its fall season this weekend as the Panthers compete in the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24.

The two-day tournament will be hosted by DePauw and will take place at Deer Creek Golf Club in Clayton, Ind.

Hanover is coming off its first top five finish this fall. The Red and Blue posted a fifth place finish last week at the Franklin Dick Park Invitational with a team score of 630 (314-316).

Sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) was the Panthers top player. Zapp tied for 11th place with a 36-hole score of 153 (77-76), including a team-best five birdies.

Senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) also finished in the top 20 overall. Rogers shot a 175 (75-80) to tie for 13th, while Wade, in his collegiate debut, tied for 17th with a 156 (79-77).

Hanover has fared well at the Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic in recent years. The Panthers finished second in each of the last two years when the event was played at Twin Bridges Golf Club in Danville, Ind.

Rogers and junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) are the only two current members of the team to finish among Hanover’s top five in those two tournaments. Rogers won the 2015 Classic with a 151 (73-78) and tied for 15th last year (155), while Smith tied for 36th in 2015 (163) and tied for 33rd (159) a year ago.

Following this weekend, the Panthers will have two fall tournaments remaining before entering the off-season in preparations for the spring.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Women's soccer treks to Capital (Ohio) this weekend

Kaitlyn Rhodes dribbling soccer ball

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant


HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women’s soccer team will look to continue its hot start as they travel to face Capital (Ohio) at 2 p.m., this Saturday, September 23.

In the Panthers’ most recent match against Sewanee (Tenn.), the contest remained scoreless through the intermission. Hanover opened up scoring quickly in the second half, with sophomore Brandi Brock (Cincinnati, Ohio) recording her first goal of the season at 48:43.

The Panthers increased their lead at 64:48 with a goal from sophomore Kayla Nowlin (Harrison, Ohio), who recorded the first goal of her career. Brock added onto the lead and her season total at 74:06, widening the gap to 3-0.

Although Sewanee quickly responded to Brock’s second score, they couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole, falling to HC, 3-1.

Brandi Brock took a quick jump in Hanover’s season statistics, as she now leads the team with 5 points. Brock and sophomore Maisyn Garland (Rochester, Ill.) share the team lead in goals with two apiece.

Junior Cassidy Evanson (Carmel, Ind.) and freshman Natalie Fausz (Alexandria, Ky.) co-lead the squad with two assists.

The Panthers’ opponent, Capital University, has a 2-3-1 record on the season. In their last match versus Wittenberg (Ohio), the contest was competitive throughout, but ended in a 1-1 tie in double overtime.

The last time Hanover and Capital faced off, the Panthers won 4-2 on the strength of three unanswered goals to close out the first half.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Football, Samaritan's Feet team up to raise awareness for childhood poverty

Coach Theobald running down sidelines


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team will host the fifth annual Samaritan’s Feet Game this Saturday, Sept. 23, when the team hosts Anderson for 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Alumni Stadium.

For the past four years, the Panthers have hosted a Samaritan’s Feet awareness-event during a home football game. The Hanover men’s basketball team also hosted a Samaritan’s Feet game this past season.

Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization, founded by Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie in 2003. The goal of the organization is to provide hope to impoverished children through the gift of shoes, washing their feet and giving them positive encouragement.

Hanover, Samaritan’s Feet and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will join forces again this Saturday to help collect donations and bring awareness to the fact that there is an estimated 2.2 billion people in poverty and more than 1.5 billion people who suffer from foot borne diseases.

The Hanover football team will be selling wristbands and bracelets throughout the week in the James Graham Brown Campus Center. The team is asking for five and 10-dollar donations based on what you would like to purchase.

“Our goal is to reach 1,000 dollars in donations here at Hanover,” stated head coach Matt Theobald. “Every donation helps put a new pair of socks and shoes on a child in need both locally and globally.”

Donations made to Samaritan’s Feet will help children around the globe, as well as those effected by the recent natural disasters here in the United States.

Coach Theobald will do his part in raising awareness and drawing attention to the cause, as he will be coaching barefoot during the game Saturday. Players will also wear orange wristbands during the game.

All members of the HCAC will participate in joint-effort with Samaritan’s Feet this weekend, with home teams hosting an awareness event. Those who are not on campus will still be able to make donations at Alumni Stadium this Saturday.

Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than six million children in more than 80 nations, as well as 325 U.S. cities. The organization also has partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.

To learn more about Manny’s story, the development of Samaritan’s Feet, or how to donate directly, visit the link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers travel to Baldwin Wallace for HCAC-OAC Crossover

Team celebrating after a point



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team wraps up the non-conference tournament portion of its schedule with the four-match HCAC-OAC Crossover at Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) this weekend.

Despite coming off a 2-3 week, the Panthers bring a 10-3 overall mark into the conference crossover event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. Hanover opens HCAC-OAC Crossover play with 4 and 8 p.m. matches against Capital (Ohio) and No. 22 Ohio Northern Friday, before wrapping up with contests against Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) and John Carroll (Ohio) Saturday.

Senior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) is coming off a strong showing at the DePauw Invitational this past weekend, where she was named to the All-Tournament team. Brandvik logged 39 kills and a .315 hitting percentage in the four-match tournament, while logging double-digit kills in three times.

Ranking among the career active leaders in three NCAA Division III statistical categories is senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.). Crawford’s career hitting percentage of .347 is second best in the nation, while her blocks per set, 0.96, and total block count, 384, are also second most among active Division III participants.

Defensively, the Panthers logged 41 team blocks in five matches last week, moving them into sixth in the country this season with 96.5 total rejections. Crawford and junior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) both rank among the top three in the HCAC this season in blocks per set. Dennis is second in the conference at 1.17 per set, and is coming off a 15-block week in four matches, including 11 rejections against Thomas More (Ky.) last Wednesday.

Senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) has the second most digs in the HCAC through 13 games with 235. Huynh’s dig total is also good enough for a top 30 spot in Division III.

Hanover has had mixed success over the last three HCAC-OAC Crossovers, posting a 5-7 mark since 2014. The Panthers hosted the eight-team event last season, going 2-2, with victories over Capital and Muskingum.

The Blue and Red’s opponents this weekend have a combined 32-18 record this year, a .640 winning percentage. Highlighting this weekend’s matches are contests against 13-0 Baldwin Wallace and 9-3 Ohio Northern.

Full coverage of the HCAC-OAC Crossover can be found at the tournament page link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover women to compete in HCAC Preview

Ellen Wuerch reading line for putt


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s golf team will get its first look at the course that will be used for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship later this fall when the Panthers head to Nicholasville, Ky. to play in the HCAC Preview.

The two-day event will be played at Keene Trace Golf Club Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, and will mark the midway point of the fall season for Hanover.

The Panthers participated in the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic last weekend in Normal, Ill. The team’s top three finishers ended that tournament with two-day scores of 161, 162, and 163.

Sophomore Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) tied for 31st with scores of 81-80, followed by sophomore Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) in a tie for 33rd with 82-80. Junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished in a tie for 36th overall. After posting an 88 on day one, Pease tied for the lowest individual round by a Hanover player this fall with a 75.

This weekend’s tournament will not be the first time the Panthers have seen the course. HCAC foe Transylvania hosted its Invitational at Keene Trace almost one year ago this weekend with Hanover finishing first out of seven competing schools.

With a team score of 666 (330-336), the Panthers finished four strokes ahead of second place Pikeville (Ky.). Other HCAC schools at that event were Transylvania (3rd – 673), Manchester (4th – 714), and Franklin (6th – 742).

Goodwin led all current team-members at that tournament with a 163 (81-82) to tie for fourth overall. Senior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) was 10th with 86-84 for a 170. Cody tied for 11th one stroke back with a 171 (88-83), and Pease finished in a tie for 13th another stroke back at 172 (82-90).

After this weekend Hanover will play in two more tournaments before returning to Nicholasville Thursday and Friday, Oct. 14-15 for the HCAC Championship.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers host Rose-Hulman in HCAC Championship rematch

Cami Jones and Haley Parker high-fiving

Written by Sports Information Student Assistant, Jake Sipes-Salter


HANOVER, Ind. - The Hanover women’s tennis team will look to remain undefeated in conference play as they host Rose-Hulman at 11 a.m., this Saturday, September 23.

Last week, the Panthers went 1-1, including a 9-0 win versus Earlham. Sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) rolled in her No. 1 singles match, winning in straight sets by a score of 6-1, 6-1. In No. 1 doubles, Alana Feeley (Colchester, Vt.) and sophomore Caroline Millard (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 8-1.

The match also included three sweeps: Millard in No. 6 singles, sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) in the No. 2 singles, and the team of Jones and freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.) in No. 3 doubles.

Hanover’s opponent, Rose-Hulman, is a familiar foe as they last played in the HCAC Tournament Championship, where RHIT escaped with a 5-4 win. However, the Panthers have four straight regular season victories against the Engineers, dating back to the 2013-14 season.

This season, Rose-Hulman boasts a 3-0 record and will face Franklin on Wednesday evening before traveling to face Hanover this Saturday.

Singles competitor Fanny-Jade Banda holds a 4-1 record on the season competing in singles action while competing mainly in the No. 4 spot. The doubles team of Naomi Bhagat and Anna Thompson have a 3-3 record on the season while competing mainly in the No. 1 spot.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Bedel recognized by HCAC for weekend performance

Will Bedel rolling ball out from goal


GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the second straight week, a Hanover men’s soccer player was recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as freshman goalkeeper Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for matches played September 11-17.

Bedel posted 135:00 of scoreless action in a pair of Panther wins at the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic in Wilmington, Ohio over the weekend.

The first-year keeper played 45 shutout minutes in a 7-0 win against Cincinnati-Clermont (Ohio) Friday, and then returned Saturday to record his first career-shutout victory in a 1-0 win over Wittenberg (Ohio).

The shutouts were the first of the season for Hanover, which improved to 5-2-0 overall. Bedel, now 4-1 on the year, has allowed only 0.80 goals per game and has made 19 saves in 23 chances.

Bedel’s honor comes one week after junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the conference’s top offensive player. He’s also the first freshman to be recognized since sophomore Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) was named player of the week last fall.

The Panthers will look for their fourth straight win Sunday, Sept. 24 when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to play Spalding (Ky.) Start time is set for 4 p.m. at Champions Trace.

Contact: Mike Pritchard