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2016-17 Top Moments No. 1: McKinney denies Hope with buzzer beater in NCAA Men's Basketball "Sweet 16"

Wes McKinney shooting a jump shot over a defender

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HANOVER, Ind. – Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s basketball team helped secure the program’s first NCAA Elite Eight appearance after stunning a crowd of 3,000-plus at Hope (Mich.) with a buzzer-beating jumper, earning our top moment from the 2016-17 year.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the past few weeks we have recalled some of the top moments from the year that was. Today marks the finale of our inaugural summer series countdown.

Trailing by 11 points at halftime, the Panthers responded with nine of the first 11 points out of the break to cut the No. 18 Flying Dutchmen lead to 47-43, less than three minutes into the second stanza.

After falling behind by double figures again, a McKinney three pointer capped an 11-4 scoring spurt to close the gap to 59-56, but once more, Hope pushed the lead to 10 points, 66-56, with 7:21 left to play.

The Panthers, who became known for late game heroics, totaling six game-winning shots in final second situations, rallied to take a three-point lead, 71-68, with just over three minutes remaining. The back-and-forth affair saw Hope regain the lead at 77-75 with 26.9 seconds remaining after a pair of free throws.

On Hanover’s next possession, senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) grabbed an offensive rebound and scored on a put back, tying the game at 77-all with 2.6 seconds left in regulation. The ensuing Hope inbounds pass was deflected by freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) off a Flying Dutchmen guard, giving the Panthers possession under their offensive basket with just over one-tick left on the clock.

Out of a timeout, McKinney came around a pair of screens on the right block, catching the inbounds pass near the right corner, where his fade away jumper hit the bottom of the net as time expired. The shot gave HC a 79-77 victory in the NCAA Round of 16.

McKinney, a D3Hoops.com fourth team All-American and CoSIDA second team academic All-American, totaled a team high 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting, while also grabbing five rebounds. Muchmore added 20 points and five rebounds as well.

Hanover’s magical season, which saw the team go 26-4 overall and win the HCAC regular season and tournament titles, ended the NCAA Elite Eight with a loss to eventual national runner-up, Augustana (Ill.). The Panthers finished No. 7 in the D3Hoops.com National Poll, which tied the team’s highest ranking to end a season since the 2004-05 campaign.

To go along with his national accolades, McKinney was named HCAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, as well as the conference’s Male Athlete of the Year. Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) also garnered first team all-HCAC honors, while Muchmore was named to the second team.

Head coach Jon Miller enjoyed his best season at the helm for the Blue and Red, as he earned Coach of the Year accolades by the HCAC, the NABC Great Lakes District and D3Hoops’ Great Lakes Region. Miller also won his 200th career game with a 118-65 decision against Ohio State-Lima at Defiance (Ohio), where Miller began his head coaching career.

To review the other top moments in our countdown, visit the links below.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women’s lacrosse’s first ORLC Tournament spot

No. 4: Trio of one-goal victories highlights women’s soccer’s postseason run

No. 3:Men's soccer seniors secure program's first HCAC Tournament title, NCAA Tournament appearance

No. 2: Hubbard becomes first women’s track athlete to qualify for indoor and outdoor nationals

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hanover sports info honored with national award

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ORLANDO – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) have awarded the Hanover College Sports Information office with a national award.

CoSIDA announced its annual design and publications awards earlier this summer, with Hanover Sports Information Director, Tyler Jester, taking the honor for the top spot in the Winter Game Notes (College Division) national category. The College Division is open to all NCAA Division II and III institutions, as well as all NAIA and junior college schools.

Jester, who has headed the Hanover sports information office since February 2016, won the award for his men’s basketball game notes from this past athletic year. This is his first national award from CoSIDA.

During the 2016-17 athletic year, junior men’s basketball player, Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) also earned accolades from CoSIDA, as he was named a second team academic All-American.

The Hanover sports information office has also enjoyed success at the national level in the social media realm. The Panthers are currently ranked first in the HCAC and No. 21 in the national ranking system for NCAA Division III institutions. D3socialmedia.com uses an index score based on total likes/followers per enrollment.

Assisting Jester in the sports information office is assistant baseball coach Mike Pritchard. Jester and Pritchard also received help this past academic year from student, Jake Sipes-Salter, who assisted with game day statistics and web releases.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 2: Hubbard becomes first women's track athlete to qualify for indoor and outdoor nationals

Savannah Hubbard in the starting blocks

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HANOVER, Ind. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) of the Hanover women’s track and field squad became the first athlete in program history to qualify for both the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor National Championships, earning her the No. 2 spot in our 2016-17 Top Moments Countdown.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the past few weeks we have recalled some of the top moments from the year that was. We have finally entered the final week of our countdown with the top two moments.

After earning a pair of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Year awards in 2016, Hubbard improved on both her school records in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon to qualify for the 2017 NCAA National Championships.

During the indoor campaign, Hubbard competed in the pentathlon twice in the regular season, posting a season high and new school record with 3,243 points at the Ohio Northern Last Chance Meet. Hubbard also posted a total of 3,125 points at the NCAA Division II meet, Tom Hathaway Classic in Indianapolis, for a first place finish.

At the 2017 NCAA Indoor National Championships, the senior logged a five-event score of 3,189 points. Her national meet was highlighted by the long jump where she posted the fourth best mark in the field of 17 athletes with a mark of 5.21 meters.

Hubbard’s first outdoor heptathlon event of 2017 came at the NCAA Division I meet, Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) Multi’s. The senior’s first showing was a strong one, as she placed first overall with a score of 3,981. She later qualified for the national meet with a new school best total of 4,421 points at the North Central Gregory Final Qualifier.

In her second national championship meet of 2017, Hubbard posted a score of 4,263, placing 19th in the field of 22 athletes. Her best two events came in the field, where she placed sixth in the long jump (5.30m) and seventh in the shot put (10.33m).

Hubbard finished her Hanover career with three HCAC Most Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year honors, while also garnering all-conference selections in every indoor and outdoor season.

The senior was the 2017 High Point scorer in the HCAC Indoor Championships with 34 points, while also setting the High Point total in the conference outdoor meet with 36 points. Behind Hubbard, the Panthers won the conference indoor title for the third time in the past six years, while being named co-champions of the outdoor season with Manchester.

The two-time academic All-American has five school records, while also combining for 19 indoor and outdoor Top Five marks in program history. She was also published on the most recent issue of the Hanoverian, which can be seen online at the link above.

Stayed tuned later this week, as we announce the No. 1 Moment in our countdown, Thursday, July 20.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women’s lacrosse’s first ORLC Tournament spot

No. 4: Trio of one-goal victories highlights women’s soccer’s postseason run

No. 3:Men's soccer seniors secure program's first HCAC Tournament title, NCAA Tournament appearance

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 3: Men's soccer seniors secure program's first HCAC Tournament title, NCAA Tournament appearance

Rafael Di Maio kicking a soccer ball

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HANOVER, Ind. – Opening up the final three in our Top Moments countdown from the 2016-17 athletic year is the Hanover men’s soccer team, as they won their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship with a pair of one-goal road victories.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the third and fourth best moments.

Men’s soccer had a record breaking 2016 campaign that saw the squad set a new program record for wins in a single season, as they finished 16-5-0 overall. After dropping its opening match of the season to nationally ranked DePauw, Hanover won 10 of its next 11 games, while also finishing HCAC regular season play 7-2, to earn the conference tournament’s No. 3 seed.

The Panthers headed to Transylvania for the HCAC Semifinal round, where the team suffered a 1-0 defeat during the regular season. Again, HC fell behind by a goal, but this time a score from senior Walker Goodbub (Prospect, Ky.) off a cross from classmate Matthew Hand (Auckland, New Zealand) tied the contest at 1-all in the 86th minute.

Neither side was able to find the back of the net over the final three-plus minutes of regulation or the first 10-minute overtime session, forcing a second extra period. Just over two minutes into the second overtime, the Blue and Red were awarded a penalty kick. Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) proceeded to line up for the free kick and his shot found the bottom left corner of the goal to send the Panthers the conference championship.

For the second straight year, Hanover met Rose-Hulman in the HCAC Tournament Finals, this time looking to avenge a penalty kick loss in the 2015 final. The senior class for HC, once again, guided the team to victory, as Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) drilled a first half penalty shot for the match’s only goal in the 37th minute.

Senior Rafael Di Maio (Sao Paulo, Brazil) made five saves in the championship match, including a penalty kick save right before the intermission. Di Maio was named HCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player for his performance in the two thrilling matches.

The Panthers’ record-breaking season unfortunately ended in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament with a 2-0 setback to nationally ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Hanover has won double-digit games in each of the past two seasons and three times in the last four years.

Next week we will reveal the top two moments in our countdown, beginning with No. 2 on Monday, July 17.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women’s lacrosse’s first ORLC Tournament spot

No. 4: Trio of one-goal victories highlights women’s soccer’s postseason run

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 4: Trio of one-goal victories highlights women's soccer's postseason run

Abby Shroyer kicking soccer ball

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HANOVER, Ind. – As we enter the final few weeks of our Top Moments countdown from the 2016-17 athletic year, the Hanover women’s soccer team’s postseason run highlighted by a trio of one-goal victories comes in at No. 4.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the third and fourth best moments.

Hanover’s women’s soccer squad finished the 2016 regular season 11-5 overall and 8-1 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, earning a share of the conference’s regular season title for the fourth consecutive year.

In the HCAC Tournament, the Panthers knocked off the three seed, Mount St. Joseph, by a count of 2-1 before winning their fourth consecutive conference tournament championship with a 1-0 win at Franklin.

After beating MSJ 6-0 in the final week of the regular season, HC jumped out to a two-nil lead just two minutes into the second half of the HCAC semifinal contest. The Panthers conceded a goal in the 63rd minute, but controlled possession for much of the final 25 minutes, outshooting the Lions 4-1 down the stretch.

Hanover then traveled to Franklin for the HCAC Tournament Championship, where junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) scored the game’s only goal in the 40th minute. Senior net minder Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) made two saves over the final 25 minutes to help secure the team’s fourth straight HCAC Tournament championship and automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

In the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, HC squared off with the host Illinois Wesleyan. The Panthers and Titans each scored once in the opening 30 minutes of action, but played a scoreless stalemate over the final 60 minutes of regulation, forcing an extra session.

Less than 30 seconds into the overtime period, junior Daria Volker (Lawrenceburg, Ind.) found the back of the net off a cross from senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio), giving HC a 2-1 victory, just the program’s second all-time in the NCAA Tournament.

Hanover’s postseason run came to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling to then No. 3 Trinity (Texas), 3-1. Over the conference and national tournaments, Shroyer, who was named HCAC Most Valuable Defensive Player, collected two goals and one assist to lead the team offensively.

Cornacchione, who led the team with 47 points (16 goals and 15 assists), became the program’s first player to win two athletic all-American awards after earning a third team honor from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2016 and 2014. The senior earned first team academic All-American honors from NSCAA this past season as well.

On Thursday, July 13, we will continue our Top 10 list from the 2016-17 athletic year with our No. 3 moment.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women’s lacrosse’s first ORLC Tournament spot

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Eckerle to lead softball program at Hanover

Cori Eckerle headshot

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department announced Cori Eckerle as the new head coach of the softball program Friday evening.

Eckerle comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons, both as a player and a coach at the University of Indianapolis, where the team appeared in the NCAA Division II National Tournament Regional, Super Regional and World Series rounds.

Eckerle will look to build upon the recent success of the Hanover softball program, which has won at least 18 games in each of the past four seasons. The Panthers finished 18-14 overall this past spring and logged their first Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament championship in 2016 to earn a trip to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.

“I am honored and excited to continue the previous success of the Hanover softball program and take it to the next level,” stated Eckerle. “I am very thankful to Melissa Frost, Sara Kubuske, Dr. Willey and the University of Indianapolis for their support and guidance in the previous years.”

Eckerle spent the past three seasons as a graduate assistant for the UIndy softball program, which accumulated a 132-41 overall record during the span. The Greyhounds appeared in the NCAA National Tournament in all three seasons with Eckerle on the staff, including a trip to the Women’s College World Series in 2015. Eckerle and her fellow UIndy coaches added 2015 NFC Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year to their resumes.

Prior to her coaching stint with the Greyhounds, Eckerle was a four-year starter for the squad as a catcher and infielder, with the team accumulating a 184-44-1 overall mark. She was voted to the all-Great Lakes Valley Conference teams on three occasions, while also earning 2011 GLVC Freshman of the Year honors. Eckerle’s freshman campaign also garnered her NFCA Academic All-American and second team Midwest region awards.

“I want to thank Hanover College, Lynn Hall and the administration for this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to meeting the Panther softball team members, their families and alumni.”

Eckerle is currently finishing her Masters of Business Administration program at UIndy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She resides in Northern Kentucky with her fiancé, Alesa Collinsworth.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 5: Fogus nets game-winner to secure women's lacrosse's first ORLC Tournament spot

Mallory Fogus with possession

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HANOVER, Ind. – Our No. 5 moment from the 2016-17 athletic year comes from the Hanover women’s lacrosse team, as they scored an overtime victory at Franklin to help secure their first Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Tournament appearance.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the fifth and sixth best moments.

After a 5-1 scoring spurt to end the first half, the Hanover women’s lacrosse team took a two-goal lead into the intermission at 8-6. The Grizzlies however, were able to regain the lead at 11-10 with just over 10 minutes remaining.

The Panthers tallied the next two goals to take a goal-advantage, but Franklin score with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to tie the game at 12-all. Both sides recorded one shot over the final 2:17 of the second half, but they were saved, forcing overtime, marking just the second time in the Panthers’ three-year history that extra time was needed.

Just over two minutes into the extra session, junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.) found the back of the net on a free position shot to secure the victory for Hanover, 13-12. Fogus finished the game with three goals.

Overall, there were six lead changes and seven ties in the contest. The back-and-forth second half alone, included four lead changes and five ties.

Junior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) made 12 saves in the game, including four stops in the final five minutes of regulation and the two-plus minutes of overtime. Offensively, freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.) added three goals to tie Fogus for the team high.

The win moved the Panthers into a two-tie for fourth place in the ORLC standings with just one game remaining in the regular season. After defeating Waynesburg (Pa.) on the road the following Saturday, the Blue and Red earned their first trip to the ORLC Tournament.

The Top 10 Moments countdown from the year that was will continue next week with the third and fourth ranked moments. The No. 4 ranking will be announced Monday, July 10.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

No. 6: Volleyball’s 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 6: Volleyball's 15-match winning streak helps secure second straight HCAC title

Claire Dennis on a dig

HANOVER, Ind. – Closing out the bottom half of our Top 10 Moments from the 2016-17 athletic year is the Hanover volleyball team, which won 15 straight games en route to its second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championship.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the fifth and sixth best moments.

Heading into its final game of the opening month, Hanover had a 10-7 record. After completing September with a victory over Muskingum in the HCAC/OAC Crossover, the Panthers rattled off 14 more straight wins, including all nine of their HCAC regular season matches.

During the 15-match winning streak, Hanover won eight games by a count of 3-0. The Blue and Red only conceded a total of five sets in their nine conference matches.

Highlighting the winning streak were the final two games of the regular season, which included a 3-1 win at Bluffton on October 29 and a 3-2 victory at Defiance the next afternoon, earning the team the outright conference regular season title.

Hanover’s regular season HCAC championship also earned them the right to host the conference postseason tournament the first weekend of November. The Panthers knocked off the fifth seeded Spartans of Manchester in the semifinals before falling to Bluffton in the championship round.

The 15-match winning streak set a new program record for most consecutive victories, breaking the old record of 11, which was set during the 2015 season. Hanover won eight home matches during the winning streak.

Overall, the Panthers finished the 2016 campaign with a 25-8 record, posting the most victories in a single season during head coach Peter Preocanin’s 18 years at HC. Preocanin was named HCAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season, while juniors Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) each earned all-conference accolades.

We will continue our Top Moments series later this week, when we announce the No. 5 moment Thursday, July 6.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

No. 7: Softball’s Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

John R. Smith '53 Indianapolis Alumni Golf Scramble set for July 20

Dye's Walk Country Club

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College Athletic Department will host its annual Alumni Golf Scramble Thursday, July 20.

Now in its 29th year, the John R. Smith ’53 Indianapolis Alumni Scramble, will be held Thursday, July 20, once again in Greenwood, Ind. at the beautiful Dye’s Walk Country Club. The tournament is a four-person scramble format with proceeds from the outing benefitting the Hanover College Athletic Department.

The Hanover College Athletic Department is coordinating the John R. Smith Indianapolis Golf Outing with the goal to make alumni, and our wide network of faculty and staff, students and friends know that when they support this event, they are impacting the lives of our student-athletes and coaches.

The deadline for all golf registration is Friday, July 14. To register online, visit the link at the top of the page. If you are unable to attend, we have other opportunities available to sponsor the event or to donate items for the raffle by contacting John Jones, Associate Director of Athletics, at jjones@hanover.edu or 812-866-7382.

A complete schedule and full details on the location are also available at the registration link above.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

2016-17 Top Moments No. 7: Softball's Griffin tosses no-hitter against Johnson & Wales

Sydney Griffin pitching

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HANOVER, Ind. – Coming in at No. 7 in our Top 10 Moments from the 2016-17 athletic year is Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) of the Hanover softball squad, with her no-hitter against Johnson & Wales (R.I.) back in March.

The 2016-17 athletic campaign was one to remember for the Hanover College Athletic Department, so over the next few weeks we will recall some of the top moments from the year that was. This week we announce the seventh and eighth best moments.

Griffin helped the Panthers jump out to a strong start in the 2017 season, assisting the team to a 6-2 overall record during the annual Florida Winter Break Trip. The sophomore posted a 3-1 record with four complete games and one save over the campaign-opening trip.

Even with the strong numbers inside the pitching circle to open the 2017 season, Griffin’s Florida trip was highlighted her first collegiate no-hitter. Griffin blanked J&W in the hit column back on March 1, in a 6-0 victory.

Griffin struck out three of the first four batters she faced and totaled four K’s over the first two innings, as Hanover jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Panthers added two more runs in the third and another score in the fifth, while the sophomore struck out eight batters in seven frames.

The fast start earned Griffin the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s first Pitcher of the Week award of the 2017 season.

Griffin finished the year with an average of 8.0 strikeouts per seven innings, leading the HCAC and ranking among the top 25 in NCAA Division III. She also posted a team-best 2.69 earned run average, as she earned HCAC second team honors.

Next week we will continue our countdown with the fifth and sixth best moments from the year that was. We will reveal No. 6 on Monday, July 3.

No. 10: Men’s Cross Country wins first team invitational since 1998

No. 9: Football’s late rally against Defiance

No. 8: Women’s Golf wins fourth straight HCAC Championship

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu