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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).

Hanover football headed to Scotland, Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Golfers tally 343 in NCAA’s third round

The Hanover College women’s golf team has recorded its second-lowest round in the program’s three appearances in the NCAA III national championship. The Panthers totaled 343 strokes in the third round of the 72-hole event, which is being played at the Mission Inn Resort’s El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.

Senior Brooke McKay (Carmel, Ind.) led the effort with a nine-over-par 81. Junior Erika Shepherd (Jeffersonville, Ind.) fired an 84, while junior Brittany Gingerich (Millersburg, Ind.) and freshman Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) each added an 89 to cap Hanover’s scoring.

Sophomore Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.) finished with a 92.

McKay is 27th overall in the 110-golfer field with a 246 (79-86-81). Shepherd is seven strokes behind in 45th place (253: 84-85-84) and Gingerich is 65th (265: 94-82-89).

NCAA Division III championship leaderboard

Hanover remains in 15th place in the 21-team field with a 54-hole total of 1,039 (347-349-343). The 1,039 marks the best 54-hole effort in the Panthers’ three trips to the NCAA championship.

The squad has produced two of Hanover's top three NCAA rounds in this year’s tournament. Only a 342 in the third round of the 2011 championship is lower than today’s effort and a 347 in Tuesday's opening round.

The Panthers, led by head coach Wayne Perry, finished 15th at the 2014 NCAA III championship, also held on the El Campeon Course. The Panthers fired a 1,057 (358-351-348) in the weather-altered tourney.

Hanover placed 17th in the 2011 national championship with 1,067 strokes (370-355-342). Storms also affected that event, with scores reverting to the third round to determine final team and individual positions.

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.

Hubbard sets heptathlon record in finale

Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) completed Hanover College's track & field season in memorable fashion, setting a school record in the heptathlon at the Ron Althoff Final Qualifying Meet in Delaware, Ohio.

Hubbard, a sophomore, turned in five personal bests, including four in the first day of the two-day event, to score 4,118 points. Her performance ranks 41st in the country this spring.

She began day one by running 16.02 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, matching the best time by a Panther athlete this season. She followed with a personal-best jump of 1.39 meters in the high jump.

Hubbard turned in the fifth-best throw in the shot put field with a 9.37-meter toss and also ran the 26.74 seconds in the 200-meter dash to complete the first day of competition. Her 200-meter time is the fastest by a Hanover athlete this season.

The second day of competition began with a 4.90-meter leap in the long jump, followed by a 30.94-meter throw in the javelin. Her javelin mark was the second-best in the 13-competitor field.

Hubbard finished the competition with a personal-best time of 2:32.99 in the 800-meter run. She passed several competitors in the final 200 meters to move up in the race and the final standings.

Hubbard's point total improves the previous Hanover record she set last season by more than 1,000 points. Her effort is the top performance by a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference athlete this season.

Men's soccer sets prospect camp date

Hanover College’s men’s soccer program will host a training camp for college prospects, Thursday, June 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Panther Athletic Complex.

The prospect camp is designed to expose athletes to a typical collegiate preseason training day. Open to high school students and 2015 graduates, the event offers a great opportunity to visit Hanover’s campus, compete in an intense environment and interact with Hanover head coach Matt Wilkerson and current members of his squad. Campus tours will be available at the conclusion of the camp.

The cost for the camp is $65 per person before May 31 and $80 in June. Groups of two or more athletes can attend for $60 per person. The fee covers morning and afternoon sessions, lunch and a training shirt.

Athletes are encouraged to bring a ball, two sets of soccer clothing, molded soccer shoes, indoor/running shoes, shin guards and a towel.

All athletes must have a medical form signed by a parent/guardian and turned in before the beginning of the camp. The form may be mailed or brought to the field. Information and a link to the medical form are available at

For more information, contact Wilkerson at (859) 699-0038 or

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.

Payne steps down to end successful run

The close of track & field season brings the end of Josh Payne’s 17-year coaching career at Hanover College. Payne, who has worked with the Panthers’ cross country and track & field teams since 1998, is leaving the College to start a private business.

Payne served as head coach of Hanover’s men’s and women’s cross country teams from 1998 through 2104. During that span, he was recognized as the Heartland Conference’s coach of the year six times.

His program produced more than 50 all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference runners, 10 all-NCAA Great Lakes Region honorees, four NCAA championship qualifiers and one all-American. He also guided the Panthers’ women's squad to five HCAC championships.

For their work in the classroom, Payne’s athletes have earned NCAA Division III academic all-American honors 31 times.

Through his work with the NCAA’s national committee, he also helped the College earn the right to host the NCAA III national championship on Hanover’s campus course in 2003, 2008 and 2013. The course has also hosted three NCAA Great Lakes Regionals and numerous area high school and middle school meets.

Payne served as head track & field coach from 1998 through 2011 before moving into an assistant role with the program.

While head coach, he led 33 athletes to all-Heartland Conference status, including two HCAC most valuable athlete award recipients. He also guided nine athletes to NCAA national-qualifying marks and, in 2005, produced Hanover’s first NCAA all-American.

Under his guidance, Payne’s athletes set more than 25 school track & field records and established three Heartland Conference records. His 2011 women’s squad won the Heartland Conference’s outdoor championship for the first time in school history and he was selected the league’s coach of the year.

Prior to coming to Hanover, Payne was an assistant coach at his alma mater, Anderson University. With the Ravens, he helped coach multiple all-conference and national-qualifying athletes in both cross country and track & field.

While a collegiate student at Anderson, he was a two-time all-American and a four-time all-Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in cross country.

In 1996, Payne earned his master's degree in physical education at Eastern Illinois University, where he assisted with the cross country and track & field programs.

As a high school runner, he was the 1990 Ohio High School Division III state champion in the 1,600-meter and 800-meter runs.

Spots available in elite lacrosse camp

Hanover College will host the Trilogy Lacrosse Middle School Aces Midwest Camp, July 27-31, 2015. The five-day camp is designed for the top sixth, seventh and eighth grade players from the Midwest.

Trilogy Lacrosse’s Aces events are targeted at players who are the best on their team (or in their region) and aim to play at the collegiate level. The instruction, competition and exposure is designed to help athletes prepare for the rigors of high school lacrosse and the recruiting process.

Led by Trilogy’s national staff, camp participants will receive high-level position-specific instruction, film review and personal evaluations. Athletes will also examine team concepts and game strategies, as well as compete in a championship tournament and a potential all-star game. In addition, players will also attend workshops to address the college recruiting landscape.

Players who perform well could earn additional opportunities to qualify for future Trilogy Aces events and intensive club experience.

Trilogy Lacrosse Middle School Aces Midwest Camp

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