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Hubbard sets school record, qualifies for Nationals

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) set a new school record for the heptathlon and, in the process, became only the third female in Hanover women’s track and field history to qualify for the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Hubbard finished sixth overall at the North Central College Gregory Invitational with a combined score of 4421 points to break her own record of 4353 pionts set in 2016 by 68 points.

Over the course of the two-day invitational she set two personal bests and added another season best in a third event.

On Wednesday, Hubbard opened with a time of 15.56 in the 100-meter hurdles to place seventh and collect 769 points. She followed with a jump of 1.44 meters in the high jump for tenth and 555 points, and then set a season best in the shot put with a distance of 10.46 meters to finished second with 560 points.

The senior ended the day with a personal best in the 200-meter dash in which she ran a time of 26.71 to place eighth and earn 681 points for a first day total of 2620 points.

Hubbard returned Thursday with a third place finish in the long jump. Her jump of 5.27 meters was good for third and 634 more points.

She then was second in the javelin throw (30.49 meters) for 486 points, and finished with another personal best in the 800-meter dash. In that race, Hubbard placed eighth for 681 points to complete her record-setting meet.

She joins 2005 graduate Leah Peelman and 2015 graduate Briahna Chambers as the only females in school history to qualify for the national meet.

Hubbard will complete her outstanding four-year career Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27 at the 2017 NCAA Division III National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.




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Three Panthers recognized by HCAC

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – Three members of the Hanover baseball program have been recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts during the 2017 season.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) were each named to the HCAC Honorable Mention Team, while senior Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.) was selected to the HCAC Sportsmanship Team.

Shine earns his second post-season honor after being an honorable mention pick as a sophomore. The third-year shortstop led the team and was seventh in the league with a .356 average in 146 at-bats. He also led the team in hits (52), slugging (.541), home runs (5), triples (2), and total bases (79), while ranking second on the team in on-base percentage (.428), runs scored (35), and RBI (27).

The honor is the first of Fitch’s career, as the second-year catcher hit .321, good for third on the team. He was also third on the team in both doubles (10) and RBI (21), fourth in total bases (52), and tied for second on the team with 16 walks.

Chumas earned the team’s all-sportsmanship honor in his senior year. A relief pitcher for the Panthers, Chumas made a career-high 11 appearances out of the bullpen and posted a 1-0 record with a 5.14 earned run average, while allowing opponents to hit only .208 off him.

Hanover ended the 2017 season with a five-game improvement from last year and finished 18-20 overall.

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Stump places third at Harrison Dillard Twilight

Amanda Stump running

BEREA, Ohio – Sophomore Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.) continued her 2017 season at the Harrison Dillard Twilight Meet hosted by Baldwin Wallace and finished third in 3000-meter steeplechase.

The sophomore ran a time of 11:57.03, her second best time of her young career. Stump set her personal best at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships where she ran a time of 11:52.55.

In addition to Stump, senior Ivy Stevens (Goshen, Ky.) placed ninth in the hammer throw and sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished eighth in the 400-meter dash.

Stevens recorded a distance of 46.05 meters, while Payne ran a time of 51.44, just missing his personal best time of 51.20, set at the conference championship meet.

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Women's golf wraps up play at NCAA National Championship

Allison Goodwin post shot


HOUSTON – The Hanover women’s golf team concluded its play at the NCAA National Championship Thursday, falling three positions short of making the cut for the final round.

With the top 15 teams advancing to Friday’s fourth and final round, the Panthers entered Thursday in 18th place and stayed put after a team total of 335. Hanover gave it a valiant effort in the third round, posting its fourth lowest team score of the season. The Blue and Red finished with a tournament total of 1,020 (336-349-335).

Freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) nearly made the individual cut, as the top six individual scores not on the top 15 teams also advanced to the final 18 holes. Cody tied for 53rd, falling three strokes short of earning a spot in Friday’s round. The freshman logged double-digit pars in two of the three rounds and led the team with five birdies, posting a score of 245 (79-86-80).

With bookend rounds of 80, freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) finished with a tournament total of 246 (80-86-80), to place in a tie for 56th overall. Goodwin fired off two birdies in the first and third rounds, while also adding 13 pars over 54 holes.

Competing in her final round of her HC career Thursday was senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.). Smith recorded a pair of birdies for the second straight round, as she finished with a tournament score of 263 (89-87-87). The senior placed 91st in the field of 116 golfers. Smith also became the first women’s golfer at Hanover to appear in four NCAA National Championships.

Posting a tournament-best six pars in the third round was junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.). Wuerch finished 95th with a 266 (88-90-88). Sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) also logged six pars in the third leg of the national tournament, as she tied for 107th with a final score of 282 (90-95-97).

Through three rounds, the average round at Bay Oaks Country Club was 83.07. Cody and Goodwin each logged two round under the tournament average, giving HC four total.

Hanover’s season is now complete, as the team appeared in its fourth consecutive NCAA National Championship this season. The Panthers earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference automatic bid after winning the league’s tournament back in the fall.

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Hubbard wins second heptathlon meet of the outdoor season

Savannah Hubbard mid-air during long jump

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Winning her second heptathlon of the 2017 outdoor season, Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) of the Hanover women’s track and field team, posted a cumulative score of 4,105 points Wednesday and Thursday at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic.

With the win, Hubbard now has a victory at NCAA Division II hosted Heptathlon and Pentathlon meets, while also winning a NCAA Division I heptathlon meet this season. Her total this week moves her into the top 35 nationally.

Recording 2,488 points in the first four events on Day One, the senior ranked third in the field of nine athletes, predominately from NCAA Division II institutions. She proceeded to post 1,617 points over the final three events Thursday to jump up to the top spot, outlasting Tiffin’s (Ohio) Deborah Brodersen by just 59 points.

Hubbard opened the seven-leg competition with a third place finish in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 15.68 seconds to earn a meet high 754 points. She also added a season best mark in the shot put at 10.42 meters.

The second and final day of action saw Hubbard post a long jump mark of 5.18 meters, giving her a first place finish and 609 points. The senior clocked in at 2:39.19 in the final event, the 800m run, giving her a new season best in the event.

Overall, Hubbard posted a top four finish in five of the seven events, while also recording over 600 points in three events. The senior ran the 200m in 27.19 seconds to close out the first day, giving her 696 points in the race.





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Sheryak sets school record in decathlon at Hillsdale Last Chance Classic

Joe Sheryak jumping over hurdles

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Competing in the decathlon for the first time in his career, sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s track and field team set a new program record in the event at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheryak posted a two-day total of 5,620 points, placing sixth in the initial field of 11 athletes. The sophomore set four personal records, as his decathlon total is currently good enough to crack the top 50 nationally in NCAA Division III and fourth in the Great Lakes region.

Doing most of his damage on the opening day, Wednesday, Sheryak logged 3,081 points over the first five events. The sophomore set new personal records in the 400-meter dash (52.83) and the long jump (6.08m), placing fourth and fifth respectively, while earning over 600 points in each event.

Another highlight of the opening day was his first event, the 100m dash. Sheryak, who was competing in the event for the first time in his Hanover career, posted a time of 11.61 seconds, which earned him 730 points, the most of any event during his 10-leg competition.

Day Two saw him compete in three events, for the first time in his two years at HC, while also setting PR’s in the 110m hurdles and javelin throw. Sheryak clocked his first sub-17 second time at 16.96 in the hurdles, while adding a javelin toss of 38.79m. The two PR’s gave Sheryak just over 41 percent of his total Thursday.








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Smith grateful to be a part of "Folds of Honor" Day at NCAA National Championship

Devan Smith swinging

HOUSTON – Senior women’s golfer Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.), who will be entering the military service upon graduation at Hanover College, discussed how much the “Folds of Honor” day meant to her at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf National Championship.

The national tournament honored fallen service members as part of the “Folds of Honor” program during Wednesday’s second round. Each golfer was playing in memory of a service member killed in the line of duty and there were commemorative plaques honoring fallen service members on each hole.

To see Smith’s post round interview, click on the video below.

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Panthers in 18th place after second round of NCAA National Championship

Devan Smith putting


HOUSTON – The women’s golf team posted a team score of 349 Wednesday afternoon, falling to 18th overall at the NCAA National Championship at Bay Oaks Country Club.

A day after firing off one of its best rounds of the season, putting the squad in a tie for 16th, HC fell back to 18th in the field of 22 teams, cumulating a two-round total of 685 (336-349).

Leading the way at the halfway point is freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). Cody followed up a career low round of 79 on Day One with an 86 Wednesday. The freshman is tied for 60th out of 116 golfers.

Another freshman, Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.), tied for the Panthers’ individual low round of the day. Goodwin is tied for 62nd with a total of 166 (80-86).

Firing off a round of 87 Wednesday afternoon was senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.). Smith’s two-day score of 176 (89-97) is good enough for a tie for 90th. The senior was the lone Panther to move up the individual leaderboard, jumping up three spots.

Junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) and sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) are in 95th and 103rd place respectively, after 36 holes of golf. Wuerch has a total of 178 (88-90), while Pease sits at 185 (90-95).

Hanover sits 19 strokes back from Central (Iowa), who is in 15th place in the team standings. Only the top 15 teams after Thursday’s round will advance to the final 18 holes Friday.

Rhodes (Tenn.), the defending national champions, holds a five-stroke lead over George Fox (Ore.) and Williams (Mass.) for the top spot. The Lynx’s Emily Salamy was the highlight of Day Two, as her round total of 68 set a new NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship record in terms of lowest score in relation to par, four-under.

The Panthers will look to move back up the leaderboard Thursday morning, as the team tees off at 8:35 a.m. CST in Round Three of the national tournament.

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Skutt garners first team honors as five Panthers earn HCAC accolades

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its yearly awards for softball Wednesday afternoon, as five players from Hanover were recognized.

Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) was the lone Panther to earn first team accolades, while senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and sophomore Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) were each named to the second team. Earning honorable mention accolades was junior McKenzie Writt (Franklin, Ind.).

Skutt, who was also a first team selection back in 2015, led the team and ranked fifth in the HCAC in batting average at .385. The junior added a team high 22 RBI, while also scoring 17 times this season. Skutt was one of just two players for HC to start in all 32 games this year.

Ritchey’s 2017 all-conference selection is the second of her career, as she earned honorable mention accolades during her freshman campaign back in 2014. The senior batted .351 this season, and ranked among the top of the HCAC and NCAA leaderboards in stolen base categories. Despite missing four games, the speedster still led the HCAC in stolen bases with 22, while her stolen base per game average of 0.79 was 25th best in the nation. Ritchey was also one of the toughest batters to strikeout in the HCAC, ranking third in the conference in strikeouts per at-bats, going down on strikes just once every 48.5 plate appearances.

Leading the Panthers in the pitching circle this season was Griffin, whose year was highlighted by a no-hitter against Johnson & Wales (R.I.) back on March 1. In 20 appearances, Griffin struck out 119 batters, giving her a conference best, 8.01 strikeout per seven innings total. Her average “K” number was also among the top 25 in the nation. The sophomore struck out seven or more batters in 11 appearances, while also hoisting a team-best 2.69 earned run average.

Writt, appeared and started in all 32 games this season, as posted a .323 batting average in 2017. The junior added 17 RBI and 14 runs scored. This is Writt’s second award from the HCAC, as she was a second team selection last year.

Senior Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) was Hanover’s all-sportsmanship choice. Phillippe made nine appearances during the 2017 season, as a complete-game shutout over Indiana-Southeast highlighted her senior campaign. She accumulated 37.1 innings pitched, while posting an ERA of 5.06.

The Panthers finished the 2017 campaign with an 18-14 overall record, while going 8-8 in the HCAC. Hanover fell just 1.5 games short of earning a spot in the HCAC Tournament this year and defending its 2016 title. The Blue and Red have now won 18 or more games four consecutive years, while also posting at least a .500 overall winning percentage in all four seasons.

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Freshmen lead the way for women's golf in NCAA Opening Round

Maddie Cody swinging


HOUSTON – Behind four sub-90 rounds, the Hanover women’s golf team sits in a tie for 16th after the opening day of the NCAA National Championship.

The Panthers, who are competing in their fourth consecutive NCAA national tournament, opened the event with a team score of 336, tied for their fourth lowest total this season.

Leading the way for HC in the first round was freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). After getting off to a slow start, Cody rallied to post a back-nine 37 to total an overall round of 79. The freshman’s first round score put her in a tie for 29th, while also setting a new career low and tying for the team season low.

Another freshman, Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.), also tied a career low, as she posted an 18-hole score of 80. Back-to-back birdies on Nos. 4 and 5 highlighted Goodwin’s round, which tied her for 17th in most opening round birdies. The freshman is tied for 37th overall.

Junior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) was the first Panther to finish, as she posted “In” and “Out” scores of 44 for an overall total of 88. Wuerch birdied her third hole of the day, on No. 12, as she is tied for 87th after Day One.

Tied for 93rd is senior Devan Smith (Depauw, Ind.), after she posted an opening round of 89. Smith improved by three strokes on her second nine holes Tuesday, logging a 43.

Rounding out the team scoring was sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio). After going out with a 43, Pease finished her round with a 47 on the back nine, totaling 90 strokes, placing her in a tie for 96th in the field of 116.

Defending national champions, Rhodes (Tenn.), are again atop the leaderboard, as the Lynx posted an opening round score of 301. Hanover sits one stroke back from Gettysburg (Pa.), who sits in 15th place, which will be the cut line after Thursday’s third round.

Second round action of the NCAA National Championship will begin at 7:45 a.m. CST Wednesday morning. The Panthers will tee it up in the afternoon session, beginning at 1:15 p.m. CST.

Maddie Cody swinging

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