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Football routs Earlham on Hall of Fame Day, 54-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team played a complete game, as the defense and special teams units set up the offense for its highest scoring performance of the season in a 54-0 win over Earlham on Saturday afternoon.

On a day in which Hanover honored six members entering the Athletic Hall of Fame, including three offensive football standouts from the past, the Panthers (2-5, 2-3 HCAC) produced more than 50 points in a game for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012. The Blue and Red defeated Earlham on that date, 55-10.

The zero points allowed by the Panther defense also marked the first shutout since Oct. 19, 2013, when the team defeated Bluffton, 41-0.

Overall, the Panther defense held Earlham to just 75 yards of total offense, while HC totaled 451 yards in the contest. For the second time this season, Hanover held its opponent under 40 rushing yards, allowing just 35 yards to EC.

Freshman Tee Hart (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his first 100 yard rushing performance of his career, and the first for HC in the past month. Hart finished with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. The freshman averaged 8.3 yards per carry.

In the air, senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) completed 13-of-17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Gutermuth added a rushing touchdown, as all three of his scores came in the first half.

Freshman Taylor Bleistein (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) put together his best performance of the season, grabbing five passes for a team high 84 yards and a touchdown.

Joining Hart in the backfield was junior Justin Conners (Harrison, Ohio), who rushed eight times for 74 yards and one score. Conners, who played sparingly in the second half, also logged two catches for 18 yards.

Special teams played a big factor in the game for HC, as junior Casey Virgin (Westfield, Ind.) posted five punt returns for 141 yards.

In the kicking game, senior Adam Goepfrich (Jasper, Ind.) made his first six point-after tries, before his seventh was blocked. Goepfrich also made two field goals, running his current streak to five consecutive makes.

The first three scores for HC were all set up by strong defensive and special teams play. After forcing a three-and-out on the first possession of the game, the Panthers blocked the Quakers’ (0-7, 0-5 HCAC) punt attempt setting up the ball on the EC one-yard line. Conners rushed into the end zone on the first offensive play.

On the second EC drive, the Blue and Red partially blocked a punt, giving HC the ball inside the Earlham 35-yard line. Hart would cap a six play drive, with a three-yard touchdown run. HC led 14-0 less than five minutes into the opening quarter.

Another EC three-and-out forced a punt, which was returned 54 yards by Virgin setting up first and goal on the Quaker eight-yard line. Goepfrich knocked in his first field goal of the game.

A three-yard touchdown run later in the period, from Gutermuth, gave the Panthers a 24-0 advantage, a score they led by after the first quarter. HC outgained the Quakers in total offense, 81-10.

The second quarter saw Gutermuth throw touchdown passes to Bleistein and senior Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.), for a 38-0 lead at the intermission.

Gutermuth tossed a 24-yard score to Bleistein at the 10:36 mark, Bleistein’s first of the season. Windell’s six-yard touchdown reception was his fourth of the year, and marks the third time in the past four games he has scored.

Hart rushed in for his second score of the contest at the 10:12 mark of the third quarter, giving the Panthers a 45-0 edge on the scoreboard.

On its next drive, HC covered 53 yards on nine plays, the most of plays any drive for the Panthers in the game, to get another field goal from Goepfrich. Hanover led 48-0 after 45 minutes of action.

The final quarter saw sophomore Sam Layden (Milan, Ind.) take his first career carry 19 yards for a touchdown.

Overall, Hanover scored on nine of its 13 drives in the game, including its first six offensive possessions.

Two Panthers tied for the team high in tackles with four, including junior Drew Doehla (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman Ross McDonough (Martinsville, Ind.).

Hanover will welcome Defiance next Saturday, Oct. 29, at 1:30 p.m., as the Panthers will honor its seniors during the last home game of 2016.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Six members enshrined into Athletic Hall of Fame

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover College athletic department enshrined six members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon.

The Class of 2016, includes Paul Gray, Joe and Marcia Luigs, Terry Sprinkle, Chris Stormer, and Bill Wilcox. The inductees and close relatives and friends celebrated the occasion with a brunch hosted inside the Horner Health and Recreation Center on Saturday morning, and were later recognized at halftime of the football contest against Earlham.

Gray, a 1992 graduate, played four seasons with the Hanover Panther football and golf squads. Biding his time at the quarterback position, Gray built on momentum at the conclusion of his junior year where he was named the team’s most improved player, by throwing himself into the record books his senior campaign.

The 1991 NAIA All-American was also the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC) most valuable player and first team selection, setting at the time, a program record 3,703 total yards in the season.

The gunslinger also currently holds the school records for passing yards, attempts, and touchdowns in a game, all of which came against Georgetown, the eventual NAIA national champion in 1991. Gray threw 92 pass attempts, at the time breaking the national collegiate record for all levels, completing 41 attempts for 630 yards.

Joe, a 1965 graduate, was the former President of Crooked Stick Golf Club, where the Hanover golf teams participate in an event annually. He has also served as a rules official in over 80 United States Golf Association and amateur events.

In 2003, Joe was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame. He also received the USGA Ike Granger Award for 25 years of volunteer service in 2006. Joe was also the chairman of the USGA Women’s Amateur in 2007.

At Hanover, Joe was a member of the men’s golf team, where he was named as an all-conference selection on three separate occasions.

Marcia, class of 1967, has held numerous positions within the USGA, including the vice chairwoman of the USGA Women’s committee from 2003-04. From 2005-06, Marcia was named as the chairwoman of the same committee, which is the highest position in women’s golf.

In 2003, Marcia was also inducted into the Indiana

Golf Hall of Fame, and served as the Honorary Chair of the 2007 USGA Women’s Amateur. In 1996, the governor of Indiana awarded her with the Sagamore of Wabash.

Marcia also received the USGA Ike Granger Award in 2009, as she and Joe became the first couple to earn the award. She has also served as a rules official in over 80 amateur and USGA sanctioned events.

Sprinkle, a 1984 graduate, was a four-year standout for the Hanover women’s basketball and volleyball teams. As a four-year starter for the women’s basketball squad, Sprinkle averaged 18.4 points per game for her career, and was the program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,470 points when she left Hanover.

Currently, Sprinkle ranks third all-time in scoring, and though rebounding records are incomplete prior to 1990, it is estimated she grabbed approximately 648 boards, which would put her in the top 10 in school history. During the 1981-82 season, Sprinkle shot 51.3 percent from the floor, putting her in the top 10 in program history for field goal percentage in a single season.

A two-time first team all-NAIA District 21 selection, Sprinkle led the team in scoring (18.1), rebounds (10.5), assists (3.4), steals (2.6), and blocked shots during her senior campaign.

Stormer, a 1999 graduate, is statistically the most accurate passer in Hanover football history, as he holds the program record for pass completions in a game (44), career pass completion percentage (.652), season completion percentage (.675), and completion percentage in a game (.886).

It was Stormer’s accurate passing during his junior year, in which he completed 263 of 399 passes for 2,994 yards and 23 touchdowns that earned him NCAA Division III Second Team All-American honors. His 1997 total offense per game average of 320.4 yards was also good enough to rank second in the country.

During the 1998 campaign, Stormer was named to the honorable mention squad as an All-American, while also garnering the conference’s and team’s most valuable player awards. Stormer was also named the Hanover Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1999.

As a two-sport standout, 2001 graduate Bill Wilcox currently holds a spot in both the football and track and field all-time record books. Wilcox participated in the football program for five seasons after receiving a medical hardship waiver in his junior season, 1999, and also competed for the track and field squad during the 1998 and 2000 seasons.

For his career on the gridiron, Wilcox ranks third in school history in all-purpose yards with 4,448, while his 2,160 rushing yards is fourth best in the program’s rich history.

A three-time, all-conference choice, Wilcox received first team honors during his first two seasons in 1996 and 1997, rushing for 947 and 524 yards respectively.

Hanover went on to win its football contest against Earlham 54-0, marking the first shutout since the 2013 season.

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Eldridge's hat trick sends Panthers to program record 13th win


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) scored three first half goals, as the Hanover men’s soccer team cruised past Defiance on Saturday afternoon, 5-1.

Eldridge took only four shots in the contest, but three found the back of the net. All three of his goals came over the first 21 minutes of play.

With the win, the Panthers (13-3, 6-1 HCAC) have won nine of their last 10 matches overall. The victory also gives HC its most wins in a single season in program history. The previous mark was set last season when the Blue and Red went 12-6-3 overall.

Junior Ryan Keeney (Rineyville, Ky.) and freshman Chris Roe (Louisville, Ky.) added a goal apiece for HC. Keeney now has three goals this season, while Roe has two.

Junior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with two assists. Senior Cameron Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) added the third helper for HC.

After neither team scored over the first 14 minutes, the two sides combined for four goals over the next eight minutes of play. Hanover scored three of those goals, all three coming from Eldridge, to jump in front 3-1. All of Hanover’s assists for the contest came during the offensive explosion.

The Panthers led 3-1 at the intermission.

Keeney’s goal came at the 67:42 mark, giving HC a 4-1 advantage. Roe tacked on the final goal for the Blue and Red in the 75th minute.

Hanover outshot Defiance (5-8-3, 2-3-2 HCAC) 16-1 in the second half, and 26-3 overall. Shots on goal were also in the favor of HC at 11-1.

The Panthers will next travel to face Mount St. Joseph for a 7 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Volleyball wins 11th straight; Defeat Anderson 3-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team tied a program record, winning its 11th consecutive match overall, defeating Anderson in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match on Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Hanover (21-7) is now 6-0 in the HCAC, and the 11 consecutive wins ties a program record, which was set in 2015.

The Panthers earned their fourth three-set victory in conference play this season, winning all three frames against the Ravens (8-17, 2-6 HCAC) by a tally of 25-17.

Junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) continues her stretch of strong play, logging a team high 13 kills. Ertel was one of three players for HC to post a hitting percentage over .400 as well. The junior also pitched in four total blocks.

Leading the team in hitting percentage was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.), as she totaled a mark of .467. Main added eight kills and three total blocks.

Junior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) totaled seven blocks to lead the squad, as HC recorded 11.0 total team blocks in the contest. Crawford logged four kills as well.

Classmate Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.) recorded nine kills and two blocks, while sophomore Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) added four kills and three blocks.

Leading the team with 17 assists was sophomore Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.). Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers with 11 digs.

In the first frame, Hanover jumped out to an early 11-6 lead after a kill from Main. Main finished the opening set with six kills, while Ertel added seven.

A 7-1 run later in the set made the score 22-15 in favor of HC. The Panthers went on to win the opening set, 25-17.

The second set saw Anderson get off to a fast start, as they led 5-1. The Blue and Red bounced back, as a 7-2 run gave HC a 13-11 advantage. After an AU timeout, the Panthers used another 7-2 run to go up 20-13.

The third set belonged to HC from the start, as the Panthers opened the frame on a 10-1 run, capped by a kill from Goben. Hanover controlled the set, winning 25-17.

Hanover has now held seven of their last eight opponents to a hitting percentage under .100, as the Ravens hit .000 in the match.

The Panthers will look to win their 12th consecutive match when they welcome Transylvania for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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Panthers fly past Yellow Jackets for fifth straight win


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Scoring five goals in each half, the Hanover women’s soccer team posted double digit goals for the second time in three matches, winning at Defiance on Saturday afternoon, 10-0.

Not only has the offense come to life recently, but the Panthers (9-5, 6-1 HCAC) have now posted five consecutive clean sheets, and have earned a shutout in six of their past seven matches overall.

During the current five-match winning streak, Hanover has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 37-0.

Senior Karlee VanDerWeele (Argos, Ind.) and freshman Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) combined to record HC’s seventh team shutout of the season. The two net minders were not asked to make a single save, as HC outshot the Yellow Jackets 48-2 overall, and 30-0 in shots on goal.

Both the 48 shots and 30 shots on goal set new season highs for the Panthers. Hanover’s eight assists also marked a new season best for a single match. Defensively, the zero shots on goal allowed, marked the first time for HC this season.

Leading the way offensively was senior Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio). Cornacchione scored three goals and added one assist, for a total of seven points in the match. The senior recorded a team high 10 shots as well.

Seniors Elaine Simpson (Lexington, Ky.) and Rebecca Tumlin (West Harrison, Ind.) both added two goals and one assist apiece. Simpson now has four goals this season, while Tumlin’s goals were her first of 2016.

Sophomores Leah Ellis (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) and Shannon Hawkins (Carmel, Ind.), and senior Shelby Adams (Avon, Ind.) rounded out the scoring for the Panthers. Ellis also logged one assist.

Cornacchione scored the first goal of the match in the eighth minute, and assisted on the next Panther score at 15:17, as Simpson’ first goal of the game gave HC a 2-0 advantage.

The two seniors paired up for the third HC goal, this time Cornacchione scored with Simpson dishing out the helper in the 22nd minute.

Goals from Ellis and Tumlin in the final five minutes of the first half gave the Panthers a 5-0 edge heading into the intermission. Tumlin and sophomore Katie Koopman (Loveland, Ohio) picked up the assists on the two goals.

In the second half, Hanover scored all five of its goals over the first 18 minutes of play, pushing its lead out to 10-0. Senior Chandler Turner (Indianapolis, Ind.) picked up two assists over the final 45 minutes.

Hanover will welcome Mount St. Joseph for its next contest, at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Volleyball wins in three sets on Senior Night


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team picked up its 10th consecutive victory, defeating Kean (N.J.) in a non-conference contest on a Friday night, 3-0.

The Panthers, who honored their two seniors prior to the contest, sent Jordan Benge (Flanagan, Ill.) and Shelby Hart (Crestwood, Ky.) out with a clean sweep victory.

On a night in which HC recorded seven service aces, Benge tied for the team high with three. She also added 13 digs, which was second on the squad. Hart led the team with 17 assists, as she pitched in with five digs as well.

The two seniors are currently 37-10 at home over their four years, a .787 winning percentage.

Leading the team with 10 kills, while hitting .304 was sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.). Main also paced the Panthers with four total blocks.

Junior Kristin Goben (Louisville, Ky.) added nine kills, and hit a team high .412. Classmates Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) logged seven and six kills respectively.

With 18 digs, junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers.

The vaunted Panther defense was at again, as Hanover held the Cougars (17-9) to just a .062 hitting percentage. This match marked the sixth time in the past seven matches that Hanover has held its opponent to a hitting percentage under .100.

The first frame was tightly contested as the two sides were tied as late as 18-18. An attack error and kill from Main gave the Panthers a two-point lead at 20-18. The two sides traded points until a KU ball handling error secured the first set for HC at 25-22.

Despite dropping three of the first four points in the second set, the Panthers came roaring back with a 5-1 run to gain a 6-4 advantage early. Hanover led by as many as 11 points in the set, as a kill from junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) made the score 24-13. The Blue and Red won the set 25-15.

In the final set, the Panthers used five service aces, three from freshman Madie Snyder (Boonville, Ind.), to secure the sweep, winning the third frame 25-17.

The Blue and Red will look to match a program record 11-match winning streak, which they set in 2015, when they welcome Anderson for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Women's basketball opens practices for upcoming season


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team began preparations for the 2016-17 season this week, as team practices officially started.

To see photos from Thursday’s practice session, view the photo gallery link above.

The Panthers will be looking to get back to their winning ways after posting a 9-16 overall record and 5-13 mark in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference last season. In 2014-15, HC produced a 19-9 overall mark and a HCAC tournament championship, en route to an appearance in the NCAA National tournament.

Hanover returns its leading scorer from the 2015-16 season in junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.). Nash, a 2015-16 second team all-HCAC selection, was also named to the conference’s all-freshman team in 2014-15.

Nash averaged 15.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game a year ago, as both marks ranked third in the HCAC. As a sophomore, Nash also averaged 1.4 steals and 1.0 blocks per contest. In 25 appearances last season, Nash totaled nine games of 20 points or more, while also recording five double-doubles.

A pair of sophomores also return in the backcourt for HC in Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) and Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.). Cromer was one of just two players last season to record a start in all 25 games, as she was second on the team in scoring at 10.5 points per game. The Wabash, Ind. native is also the leading returner in three-point shooting, as she shot 35.4 percent from behind the arc a year ago.

Walker appeared in 22 games last season, while making 16 starts. With a 2.6 average in assists per game during the 2015-16 season, Walker is the leading dime-giver returning for the 2016-17 campaign. Walker added 7.0 points per game last season as well.

As a team, Hanover produced one of the nation’s best offensive attacks last season. The Panthers averaged 74.9 points per contest, which led the HCAC and ranked 15th in the NCAA.

Part of the success offensively had to do with HC’s ability to not only get to the free throw line, but also knock in shots from the charity stripe more often than not. The Blue and Red attempted 586 free throws lasts season, ranking 37th in the nation, while their 421 makes ranked 21st in the NCAA. Overall, HC shot 72 percent from the free throw line, which was in the top half of the conference and top 55 in Division III.

Not only did HC have a high scoring attack, the Panthers also provided a strong defensive presence, as they averaged 11.1 steals per game last season. Overall, the team held a positive turnover margin of 3.44 per contest in 2015-16.

Leading the team for the second straight season is John Jones. Jones will be entering his 14th season overall on the sidelines for the Panthers, after spending 12 years as an assistant.

Hanover will open the season with an exhibition at NCAA Division I opponent, Butler, on Sunday, Oct. 30. The regular season will begin with two games at the Washington (Mo.) McWilliams Classic, including a contest against Washington, who finished last season ranked in the top 10 nationally.

The Panthers’ home opener will also be their HCAC opener, against Manchester on Dec. 3. Overall, Hanover will be at home for 10 games this season.

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Volleyball runs win streak to nine with 3-1 victory at Franklin


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team stayed unbeaten in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this season, picking up a 3-1 road win at Franklin on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers (19-7, 5-0 HCAC) won the first two sets of the match, 25-23 and 25-21. Franklin would avoid the sweep, winning the third frame 25-23. Hanover then sealed the victory with a 26-24 win in the fourth set.

The third set loss was just the second time this season that HC has dropped a frame in conference play. The Blue and Red have now won nine consecutive matches overall, and improve to 5-1 in true road matches this season.

Sophomore Margo Main (West Lafayette, Ind.) led the team with 12 kills, as she hit a team high .345 as well. Main has now recorded double digit kills in nine games this season.

Adding 11 kills was junior Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.), while classmate Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) pitched in with nine kills. Ertel, the reigning HCAC offensive player of the week, has recorded at least 10 kills in three of the past four matches.

Both sophomore setters, Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.), each recorded 19 assists in the contest. Crump also recorded two of HC’s four service aces.

Junior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with 30 digs, while classmate Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) and Ertel tied for the team high with three total blocks.

Hanover totaled seven team blocks to FC’s 11, but the Panthers recorded just one blocking error to the Grizzlies’ eight.

The Blue and Red will take their current winning streak into Senior Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21. The Panthers will welcome Kean (N.J.) for a non-conference contest in Collier Arena.

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Men's soccer wins weather-shortened match with Earlham, 2-0


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team earned a 2-0 decision in a home, weather-shortened, Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday afternoon.

Due to multiple lightning delays, the two sides agreed to call the match at the 74:51 mark. Since the contest lasted at least 70 minutes, the results and statistics will officially count.

Hanover improves to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the HCAC with the victory. The Panthers also stayed unbeaten at home, improving to 7-0 this season. The Quakers fall to 5-9 overall and 1-5 in the conference.

Senior Matthew Eldridge (Louisville, Ky.) and junior Thomas Doering (Lexington, Ky.) scored the goals for HC. Eldridge paced the Panthers with four shot attempts.

Hanover outshot the Quakers 13-6, while also holding a 6-3 edge in shots on goal. Junior Dominic Isadore (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded three shots, while Doering and senior Taylor Childers (Lafayette, Ind.) also added multiple shot attempts.

Freshman Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) earned his third solo shutout of the season, as he has appeared in five total clean sheets this season. Brashear made three saves against EC.

Eldridge opened the scoring with a penalty shot in the 27th minute. An Earlham foul in the scoring box resulted in a Quaker yellow card, and Eldridge’s first penalty kick opportunity of the season.

The Panthers took the 1-0 lead into the intermission. The two sides each recorded five shot attempts over the opening 45 minutes.

In the second half, junior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) sent his corner kick outside the attacking box, where Doering found the ball and sent a shot from close to 30 yards out pass the Earlham net minder.

As Hanover led 2-0 in the 75th minute, the first lightning delay began. Near the end of the first 30-minute delay, a second lightning strike occurred, and it was at that point the two teams agreed to call the match at its current point.

The Blue and Red have won eight of their last nine matches overall, and will look to carry the momentum into a road contest at Defiance. The Panthers and Yellow Jackets are slated for a 3:30 p.m. start on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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Panthers host Earlham for Hall of Fame Day

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