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Rier named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Matt Rier recovering fumble


GREENWOOD, Ind. – With a strong team and individual defensive performance this past Saturday, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced Hanover football’s Matt Rier (Wellington, Fla.) as its Defensive Player of the Week.

In just three quarters of action, Rier was second on the team with five tackles, including one-half sack. The sophomore also picked up a fumbled Anderson snap in the end zone for the game’s first score of the second half and his first career touchdown.

As defensive unit this past Saturday, Hanover allowed a season-low 151 total offensive yards. The Panthers also held the Ravens to just 11 total yards in the first half.

Rier and the rest of the front-seven led a strong run defense against the Ravens, who recorded minus-20 rushing yards on 20 carries.

On the season, Rier now has nine total tackles, including 1.5 for loss. The sophomore has added one pass break up as well.

This is Rier’s first career HCAC Player of the Week award and Hanover’s second defensive weekly honor this season.

Hanover, who won its first game of the new season against Anderson, 64-21, will look for win No. 2 with a trip to Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Saturday, Sept. 30. The Panthers and Lions are slated for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Schueler Field in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Shroyer earns HCAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades

Abby Shroyer passing soccer ball


GREENWOOD, Ind. – Hanover women’s soccer senior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Panthers to a 1-0 double-overtime win over Capital over the weekend.

Shroyer led a defense that posted its fourth shutout of the season and limited the Crusaders to only 10 total shots, including only six on goal, over 101:05 of action.

Just over one minute into the second overtime period, Shroyer hit the back of the net in the top right corner on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box to give Hanover the 1-0 win. The score was her first of the season and third of her career.

The weekly honor is the first for the reigning two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Year, and the first for the Panthers in 2017.

Hanover, 6-2-0 overall, will next play Manchester in the HCAC-opener for both teams Saturday, Sept. 30. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. in North Manchester, Ind.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Road contests at Wilmington and Manchester set for men’s soccer this week

Team huddle


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team will conclude its non-conference schedule Tuesday against Wilmington (Ohio), and then begin its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference season Saturday at Manchester.

The Panthers, currently 5-2-0 overall, are riding a four-match winning streak after winning their only contest last week, a 4-0 road victory over Spalding Sunday.

Junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice and had an assist to give him a team-best 12 points on the season. Through seven matches, the first-year transfer ranks among the top five in the HCAC in points and goals (5).

Another first-year player, freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.) is off to a strong start in his collegiate career. In six starts, Bedel has allowed only four goals (0.67 GaAvg.), made 20 saves, and has recorded two complete-game shutouts, while also playing half of the team’s third.

Hanover’s week will begin Tuesday, Sept. 27 on the road against Wilmington. The Quakers, 5-3-1 overall, will enter the contest on a five-match unbeaten streak, including wins in their last four games.

Three different players have recorded double-digit point totals for Wilmington. Junior Niklas Martensson leads the team with 13 points and six goals. Sophomore Roman Kirschner has 12 points on four goals and four assists, and freshman Wille Winald has tallied 11 points and is second on the team with five goals.

Senior Chris Bourque has started all nine matches in goal for the Quakers. He has made 42 saves, allowed 13 goals, and recorded one shutout.

The Panthers and Wilmington have played two common opponents. Hanover defeated Thomas More (Ky.) 3-1 and Wittenberg (Ohio) 1-0, while the Quakers lost 2-1 to Thomas More and blanked Wittenberg 4-0. Wilmington’s last match was a 3-2 win over HCAC foe Earlham in Richmond, Ind.

Hanover scored a pair of second half goals in last year’s match to pull away for a 3-0 win in Hanover.

The Panthers will then return to action Saturday, Sept. 30 when they travel to North Manchester, Ind. to play Manchester in the HCAC-opener for both schools.

The Spartans, 4-4-0 overall, ended a three-match losing streak with a 1-0 win over DePauw Sunday to improve to 3-1-0 at home.

Only five players have recorded a point, and only four have scored a goal for Manchester this year. Freshman Josh Gonzalez leads the team with seven points and three goals. Junior Ben Niederhelman is tied for second with one goal, and leads the team with two assists for four points.

Senior Brady Forman has been the team’s primary goalkeeper. Forman has stopped 44 shots, allowed 11 goals and posted a pair of shutouts.

Along with DePauw, which Hanover fell 2-0 to in the season-opener, the Spartans have also played Wittenberg and defeated the Tigers 3-1.

Over the last five meeting between the Panthers and Manchester, Hanover has won three times, including the last two by a combined score of 7-1. The Blue and Red defeated the Spartans 4-1 last year in Hanover.

Tuesday’s contest again Wilmington is set for a 7 p.m. start, followed by a 3:30 p.m. kick-off against Manchester Saturday.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Wuerch's first hole-in-one highlights play at HCAC Preview

Ellen Wuerch watching tee shot on follow through


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. – A pair of upperclassmen highlighted play for the Hanover women’s golf team this past weekend at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preview.

Senior Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) and junior Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) each finished the 36-hole, two-day tournament with a score of 163. The duo tied for 14th in the field of 84 golfers.

Wuerch finished with rounds of 81 and 82, while tying for third in the field in par three scoring average at 3.00. The senior’s second round could not have gotten off to a better start, as she holed her opening tee shot on No. 4, recording her first ever hole-in-one.

Behind 18 pars in two rounds, Pease went 82 and 81 to earn the top 15 finish. The junior also posted a team-best par four scoring average of 4.56.

Adding top 25 finishes were sophomore Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.) and freshman Dayna Dale (Andrews, Ind.). Goodwin tied for 23rd with a total of 166 (84-82), while Dale finished with a score of 167 (86-81) for 25th place.

Rounding out the team scoring was sophomore Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.). Behind a second round 81, Cody finished in a tie for 28th overall.

Three other Panthers competed as individuals with senior Scarlett Hartlage (Floyds Knobs, Ind.) leading the way with a 169 (85-84). Hartlage’s total was good enough to tie for 27th place.

Hanover’s team score finished at 659 (333-326), placing them fifth in the field of 14 squads. The Panthers also placed third among HCAC teams, with the host Transylvania leading the way, placing third overall.

The University of Texas at Dallas won the team championship with a two-day score of 628 (314-314). Centre’s (Ky.) Alison Miller earned medalist honors after posting back-to-back rounds of 74 for a total of 148.

The Panthers will continue their preparation for the HCAC Championship in mid-October with the Earlham Invitational next Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Korfhagen’s big day highlights Hanover’s 4-0 win over Spalding

Tanner Korfhagen running


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored twice and assisted on another as the Hanover men’s soccer team blanked Spalding (Ky.) 4-0 in a non-conference match-up Sunday afternoon.

The win is the fourth straight overall for the Panthers and the third consecutive shutout. Hanover, now 5-2-0 overall, has also won three straight over the Golden Eagles (3-5-0) and out-scored them 14-2 in those three contests.

Freshman Renato Yostsui (Sao Jose Do Rio Preto, Brazil) scored the first goal of his collegiate career just over 25 minutes into the match to give the Panthers a 1-0 advantage. Korfhagen had the assist, his first in a Hanover uniform.

The Red and Blue out-shot Spalding 6-2 in the opening period, but the score remained 1-0 at the intermission.

Korfhagen made it 2-0 less than a minute into the second half with his first goal, and then pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 54th minute with his second score to give him a team-leading five on the season. Senior Zach Barnes (Seymour, Ind.) was credited with his first assist of the year.

Senior Michael Dumaine (California, Ky.) capped the scoring in the 63rd minute as he became the 13th different player to score a goal for the Panthers in 2017.

Freshman Will Bedel (Walton, Ky.), the league’s defensive player of the week last week, continued his strong play with his second straight complete-game shutout. Bedel stopped the only shot he faced as Hanover out-shot the Golden Eagles 13-6, and had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Panthers will play their final regular season, non-conference match Tuesday, Sept. 26 against Wilmington (Ohio). Start time is set for 7 p.m. in Wilmington, Ohio.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Zapp records top-20 finish at Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic

Austin Zapp following through on swing


CLAYTON, Ind. – For the second straight tournament, sophomore Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) led the way for the Hanover men’s golf team, as the Panthers competed in the DePauw Dan Quayle Collegiate Classic this past Saturday and Sunday.

After opening the tournament with a first-round 76, Zapp tied a career low Sunday, firing off a 74, to move up seven spots into a tie for 18th overall. His tournament total of 150 set a new personal best in a 36-hole event.

Freshman Aaron Wade (Loveland, Ohio) followed up a 17th place finish in his collegiate debut two weeks ago with another top 25 finish this weekend. Wade tied for the lowest round by a Panther with a 74 Saturday, before finishing the tournament with 151 strokes. The freshman tied for 22nd in the field of 80 golfers.

Three additional Panthers posted back-to-back sub-80 rounds this weekend, including senior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.). With a score of 155 (78-77), Rogers placed in a tie for 44th overall.

Freshman Garrett Valentine (Elizabethtown, Ky.) and sophomore Bradley Murray (Carmel, Ind.) shot 157 (78-79) and 158 (78-80) respectively, tying for 47th and 53rd overall. Junior Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) also tied for 53rd place after a pair of 79’s.

In the field of 17 teams, Hanover’s two groupings finished 10th and 13th respectively. The Panthers’ “A” squad finished with a two-day total of 620 (311-309).

Kenyon (Ohio) earned the top team spot after two sub-300 rounds led to a 587-stroke total. Mikel Merker of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) recorded a 141 (70-71) en route to medalist honors.

Hanover will return to action Tuesday, Oct. 3, when the team competes in the one-day Oakland City (Ind.) Fall Invitational.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers explode for 64 points in win over Anderson

Matt Pica running


HANOVER, Ind. – Behind a 27-point second quarter and close to 600 total yards of offense, the Hanover football team cruised to its first victory of the season Saturday, defeating Anderson at home, 64-21.

Hanover’s 64-point effort marked the first time the team has scored 60 or more since the 2011 season. The Panthers had also not scored more than 60 points in a home contest since a 71-26 victory over Manchester on Oct. 10, 1998.

Leading 9-7 after the first quarter, Hanover (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) scored three touchdowns and two field goals in the second frame to take a commanding 36-7 lead at the intermission. Highlighting the score spurt was a 38-yard touchdown pass from senior Chase Lightfoot (Crestwood, Ky.) to sophomore Jackson Daugherty (Greenwood, Ind.) as time expired.

Lightfoot completed 23-of-38 passes for 284 yards, totaling two touchdowns through the air. The senior added his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge in the second quarter. Daugherty led the HC receiving core, finishing with seven catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns.

Freshman Austin Steurer (Warsaw, Ky.) knocked in both of his field goal tries in the second quarter for his first two makes of his collegiate career. Steurer was also perfect on point-after tries, going 8-for-8.

The Panthers received a touchdown on a one-yard fumble recovery by sophomore Matt Rier (Wellington, Fla.) to open the scoring in the third quarter. Freshman Sam Taylor (Prospect, Ky.) added a one-yard rushing score late in the third stanza, giving Hanover a 50-21 lead after 45 minutes of action.

Rier finished with five tackles, the one fumble recovery and one-half sack defensively. Taylor logged the most rushes in the Panther backfield, tallying 71 yards on 16 carries, while also adding a pair of tackles on special team units.

Hanover enjoyed a 595-151 total offensive yard advantage in the contest. The Blue and Red held the Ravens (1-3, 1-1 HCAC) to just 11 total yards in the first half. The Panthers also recorded a 41:31-18:29 edge in time of possession.

The ground game was solid through for HC, as the team posted 246 yards on 44 carries, while scoring four rushing touchdowns. The Panther run defense also held Anderson to minus-20 yards on 20 attempts.

Hanover’s offense also threw for a total of 349 yards, completing 28-of-45 attempts for three scores. To go along with Lightfoot’s two touchdown tosses, sophomore Alex Fabert (Mooresville, Ind.) threw a passing score for the second consecutive week, in relief, as he connected with freshman Jared Franks (Louisville, Ky.) from 10-yards out in the fourth quarter.

Senior Adam Gutermuth (Whiteland, Ind.) played quarterback and wide receiver in his first action of the 2017 season, totaling 109 offensive yards. Gutermuth completed his lone pass for 23 yards, while also rushing six times for 78 yards and receiving one eight-yard pass.

Sophomore Connor Gibson (Lexington, Ky.) entered the day with three career catches, but snatched five passes for 75 yards. Freshman Matt Pica (Delray Beach, Fla.) added four catches for 60 yards, as he totaled 106 all-purpose yards and one rushing touchdown.

Two other freshmen produced points for HC with Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) scoring on a 38-yard run in the fourth and Marcus Dunbar (Indianapolis, Ind.) blocking a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety at the 12:03 mark of the opening quarter.

After going close to three years without a safety, the Blue and Red have now recorded the feat in back-to-back weeks.

Defensively, the Panthers had 27 different players record a tackle. Freshman Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) has led the team in every game this season after recording 10 stops Saturday, marking his third double-digit effort in four games.

Hanover will head back out on the road next weekend, as the team continues HCAC play with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff against Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) Saturday, Sept. 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Shroyer’s goal in 102nd minute sends Hanover to 1-0 win over Capital

Abby Shroyer with soccer ball


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Abby Shroyer’s (Zionsville, Ind.) first goal of the season came at a great time, as the fourth-year defender gave the Hanover women’s soccer team a 1-0 road win in double overtime over Capital (Ohio) Saturday afternoon.

Just over a minute into the second extra period Shroyer hit the top right corner on a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box after the Crusaders’ goalkeeper was called for being outside the box before she punted the ball away.

With the win, the Panthers have now recorded three shutout victories and improve to 6-2-0 overall, while Capital falls to 2-4-1. Sophomore Emma Debolt (West Chester, Ohio) earned the win in goal for Hanover and has played in all three of the team’s shutouts, including complete-game efforts in the last two. Debolt stopped all six shots she faced in just over 101 minutes of action.

The match was tightly contested throughout. The Blue and Red out-shot the Crusaders 4-3 in the first half, but were out-shot 7-5 in the second. Neither team was able to get a shot off in the first overtime, but on Hanover’s second shot of the final period, Shroyer ended the match with her third career goal.

The Panthers finished with an 11-10 advantage in shots and had five corner kicks to only two for Capital.

Hanover will look for its third straight win Saturday, Sept. 30 in its Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener against Manchester. Start time is set for 1 p.m. in North Manchester, Ind.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Strong start sends Panthers past Rose-Hulman, 6-3

Haley Parker returning shot


HANOVER, Ind. – In a rematch of the 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament Championship, the Hanover women’s tennis avenged the loss with a home victory over Rose-Hulman Saturday afternoon, 6-3.

Hanover (2-1, 2-0 HCAC) jumped out to an early lead, taking two of the three doubles matches. Junior Susie Winterheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) cruised to an 8-0 victory in the No. 3 spot.

Also picking up a win in doubles play were sophomore Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.) and freshman Haley Parker (Leo, Ind.). The duo took the first three games en route to an 8-5 decision in the second slot.

The Panthers earned a point on the first three singles matches to finish, securing the overall victory with their fifth point.

Freshman Mia Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.) picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win in her first official collegiate match, as she competed in the No. 6 spot. Classmate Addison Laker (Indianapolis, Ind.) also recorded her first singles victory at HC, taking the fifth spot, 6-0, 6-2.

Parker became the third freshman to earn a straight-set singles victory, taking the No. 4 slot at 6-3, 6-3. She improves to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the HCAC as a solo competitor this season.

Winternheimer added a three-set win in the No. 2 singles spot. The junior dropped the first set, 6-4, but rallied to win the second set, 6-4, and the third-set tiebreaker, 10-7.

With the win, Hanover runs its regular season, conference-winning streak to 35. The Panthers have not fallen in HCAC regular season action since the 2012-13 season.

Hanover will look to stay unblemished in conference action as they travel to face Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 30.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Volleyball earns doubleheader split on Day One of HCAC-OAC Crossover

Emily Diehr at the net



BEREA, Ohio – Representing the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Hanover volleyball team split a pair of matches against Capital (Ohio) and No. 22 Ohio Northern Friday evening, during Day One of the crossover tournament between the HCAC and the Ohio Athletic Conference.

The Panthers (11-4) opened the day with a straight-set victory over Capital (7-8), winning 25-20, 25-15 and 25-12. Facing its first nationally ranked opponent of the season in the nightcap, Hanover won the first set against ONU (12-3), 25-20, but fell in the following three frames, 25-11, 25-14 and 25-17.

Junior Margo Main (Ann Arbor, Mich.) led the team offensively, posting 21 kills, including a team high 11 against ONU. Main also hit .667 in the opener, logging 10 kills in 15 total attacks.

Seniors Emily Ertel (North Vernon, Ind.) and Kristin Goben (Finchville, Ky.) each added a double-digit kill effort, as Ertel logged a team high 11 kills versus Capital and Goben recorded 10 against ONU.

With 11 total kills, freshman Emily Diehr (Greenfield, Ind.) set a new season high for a doubleheader. Diehr pitched in defensively with five blocks as well.

Junior Haley Alexander (Martinsville, Ind.) led the team with 35 assists, posting a team high 18 and 17 helpers respectively. Classmate Abby Crump (Indianapolis, Ind.) added 18 assists in the match with ONU. Crump and senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 30 of the team’s 59 digs versus the Polar Bears.

Hanover hit a season high .438 in the win against Capital, including a .571 third-set hitting percentage. The Blue and Red also had a strong defensive effort at the net, recording 10 blocks. Senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.) led the way with six rejections.

Extended runs near the end of each frame helped the Panthers secure the sweep over the Crusaders. Hanover enjoyed a 43-25 advantage in kills during the match.

The Panthers followed the strong performance with a .234 hitting percentage in the first set against the Polar Bears, but could not surpass the .100 mark in the final three frames. Hanover still out gained ONU 44-42 in total kills for the contest.

The Blue and Red will be back in action Saturday, as they square off against Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) and John Carroll (Ohio). Hanover opens competition against the host, BWU, at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester