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Women’s indoor track team looks for continued success in 2017

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GREENWOOD, Ind. – In exclusive voting conducted by the league’s ten head coaches, the Hanover women’s indoor track and field team was chosen to finish third in the 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Preseason Poll.

The Panthers received 74 total votes to finish behind both Manchester and Rose-Hulman. Manchester was tabbed as the pre-season favorite to win its second straight indoor championships as the Spartans collected eight first place votes for a total of 98 points. Rose-Hulman was second with the remaining two first place votes and 89 points.

Anderson (69) and Bluffton (52) completed the top five, while Franklin (50), Transylvania (48), Defiance (32), Earlham (28) and Mount St. Joseph (10) accounted for the second five.

Hanover was also selected to finish third last year, but finished only 1.5 points behind Anderson in last year’s HCAC Championship to place fourth as a team.

Since the inaugural conference indoor championship in 2011, the Panthers have won two titles (2012, 2013), finished second once, third twice and fourth once.

Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) returns for her final season. Hubbard was named the 2016 HCAC Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year after she compiled 10 first place finishes and ranked in the top five in 19 events for the year. In last year’s championship meet, the senior won the women’s long jump with a distance of 5.23 meters, which put her second all-time in school history.

The Panthers officially opened the 2017 indoor season Saturday, Jan. 14 at the R.H. Johnson Invitational, but only competed with a partial squad.

Next up for Hanover is the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Friday, Jan. 20. Start time is set for 6 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers set for 2017 indoor track and field season

HCmtf17 PreseasonPoll News


GREENWOOD, Ind. – In a league-wide vote by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s ten head coaches, the Hanover men’s indoor track and field team has been picked to finish third in the 2017 preseason poll.

The Panthers finished with 78 total points, only four shy of second place Anderson with 82. Rose-Hulman, the defending HCAC Team Champion, was chosen as the unanimous favorite as the Fightin’ Engineers garnered all ten first place votes to finish with 100 points.

Manchester was fourth with 75 points, and Bluffton picked up 55 points to round out the top five. Franklin (52), Transylvania (38), Earlham (32), Defiance (28), and Mount St. Joseph (10) followed to complete the poll.

This is the second consecutive year the men have been picked to finish third. The Panthers went on to finish only 3.5 points behind Anderson in last year’s indoor championships to finish in that same third place spot as predicted. That finish marked the highest by a Hanover indoor team in school history.

Junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) returns as the team’s top performer from last year’s championship meet after winning both the 3000 and 5000-meter runs as a sophomore. His 15:14.15 time in the 5000 set both a school record and a Defiance fieldhouse record, while his 8:58.51 in the 3000 is the second best ever by a Hanover runner.

The Panthers officially opened the 2017 indoor season Saturday, Jan. 14 at the R.H. Johnson Invitational, but only competed with a partial squad and finished third.

Next up for Hanover is the Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind. Friday, Jan. 20. Start time is set for 6 p.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Men's basketball coach Jon Miller to be on national podcast Thursday evening

Head men's basketball coach Jon Miller


HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover men’s basketball coach Jon Miller will be a guest on the national podcast Hoopsville, produced by on Thursday evening.

The podcast airs live twice a week from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sundays and Thursdays. The show airs from the beginning of the season through the end of the basketball season, with its main focus on NCAA Division III men’s and women’s basketball.

Miller, who recently celebrated his 200th career coaching victory back on Dec. 30, has led the Panthers to a 13-2 overall record and 8-1 mark in the HCAC after a 78-57 road win at Franklin on Wednesday evening.

Hanover is currently in a two-way tie for first place in the HCAC standings, with Anderson. The Panthers also received four votes to be considered among the nation’s top 25. The four votes marked the first time HC has received any recognition in the Poll since the 2011-12 campaign.

Tune in at 7 p.m. this evening to see what coach Miller has to say about the team, conference play, and theregion as a whole. Visit the link above to listen in live tonight.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Huge first half run leads to 78-57 win for Hanover men

Wes McKinney dribbles off a screen set by Corey Muchmore


FRANKLIN, Ind. – Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) scored 21 points and junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) added 20 points, as the Hanover men’s basketball team cruised to a 78-57 road win over Franklin on Wednesday evening.

McKinney has now topped the 20-point plateau on eight separate occasions this year, while Fails has three such games this season. Both players also recorded five rebounds in the contest against Franklin (4-11, 1-7 HCAC).

With the win, Hanover improves to 13-2 overall and 8-1 in the HCAC, currently in a two-way tie for first place in the league standings. The Blue and Red have also won four consecutive road games this year.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded his fourth career double-double, as he logged 12 points and 10 rebounds, to give him two double-doubles in the past four games. Nearly recording his third game of double digit points and rebounds effort of the season was junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio). Smith totaled nine points and tied Muchmore for the team lead in rebounds with 10.

All five starters grabbed at least five rebounds in the contest as junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) finished with five rebounds and four points. Off the bench, freshman Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) added six points and five rebounds.

Overall, HC held a 48-25 advantage on the glass, marking the third time this season that they have outgained their opponents by at least 20 rebounds. The Panthers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, which resulted in 18 second chance points.

Hanover has shot the ball well all season, and that continued against the Grizzlies, as they made 30-of-60 field goal attempts, giving them nine games this year with a shooting percentage of 50 percent or higher.

The defense also came to play tonight, as HC held Franklin to a .368 shooting clip for the game, including a 25.9 percent shooting performance in the first half.

Despite missing all 10 three-point attempts in the first half, the Blue and Red was able to work the ball inside, scoring 30 points in the paint. The Panthers enjoyed a 52-26 advantage in points in the paint for the contest.

Leading by just two points early in the game, Hanover used a 25-6 run, covering a nearly 11-minute span, to capture its largest lead of the opening half at 37-16. The Panthers led 39-25 at the intermission.

Early in the second half, McKinney would go on his own 8-2 run, capped with a layup at the 13:18 mark, to give HC a 20-point advantage, 57-37.

The Panther lead was cut to as little as 13 points on two separate occasions over the final 13 minutes, but Hanover kept the Grizzlies from cutting the deficit to single digits both times.

Hanover’s starting unit not only dominated the rebounding totals, but also accounted for 66 of the team’s 78 points, scoring nearly 85 percent of the team’s buckets.

The Panthers will next travel to meet Anderson at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in what is now a contest for sole possession of first place in the HCAC standings. Hanover defeated AU back on Dec. 17, 88-86, on a last second layup from Buck.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Fast start propels Hanover women to 67-46 win over Franklin

Katie Hartman runs down the court


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team out-scored Franklin 27-8 in the first quarter and never looked back as the Panthers rolled to a 67-46 win over the visiting Grizzlies.

With the victory, Hanover improves to 8-8 overall and 6-3 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Franklin falls to 7-8 overall and 5-4 in league play.

The Panthers shot a sizzling 66.7% (10-15) from the floor in the first quarter and hit five of their seven three-point attempts, while limiting the Grizzlies to only 23.5% (4-17) for the 15-point lead after one quarter.

The two teams struggled to find any offensive consistency in the second quarter as only six total field goals were made. Each team scored 11 points, and Hanover would take a 38-19 lead into the break.

Even though only three points separated the two teams in the second half, Franklin never threatened as the closest they got was 17 points (56-39) at the 6:35 mark in the fourth quarter.

The Hanover defense recorded a pair of season bests as they limited the Grizzlies to only 46 points on only 22.5% (16-71). The game also marks the first time the Panthers have not allowed a three-point basket as Franklin finished 0-12 from beyond the arc.

Freshman Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) had a big game for the Panthers. The first-year guard scored eight of the team’s first 14 points and finished with a season-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, which tied her season-best.

The Hanover bench got points from seven different players led by freshman Maleha Motter’s (Danville, Ind.) 10 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double is the her fourth of the year.

The Panthers will next travel to Anderson, Ind. Saturday, Feb. 21 to play Anderson for the second time this season. Hanover won the first meeting 68-49 in Collier Arena December 17th.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Two road games on tap for men's hoops

Levi Buck comes off a screen from Kevin Williams


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s basketball team will look to continue to climb up the national poll and stay atop the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with a pair of road league games this week.

The Panthers (12-2, 7-1 HCAC) have recently received votes in the National Top 25 Poll. Hanover recorded four votes and was recognized by D3hoops for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Hanover split its two-game conference slate last week, dropping its first home and HCAC game of the season to Mount St. Joseph, 76-73, before bouncing back with a 77-66 home victory over Bluffton.

This week, HC will be on the road for both conference games, first traveling to face Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Blue and Red will then stay on the road for a 4 p.m. contest at Anderson, who is one of the teams they are currently tied with atop the HCAC standings.

Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) returned to the starting lineup last week for the first time since Dec. 3, as he scored a career high 29 points against MSJ. Fails is now averaging 14.9 points and 2.6 assists, and 1.4 steals per game.

Leading the way offensively is junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.). With 27 points against Bluffton, McKinney surpassed the 20-point plateau for the seventh time this season. He is currently second in the HCAC in scoring at 20.5 points per game, while also leading the conference with 8.0 rebounds per contest.

Overall, Hanover has posted a .520 shooting clip as a team, ranking first in the HCAC and third in NCAA Division III. The Panthers have also shot well from distance, making over 40 percent of their attempts this season, which is first in the conference and among the top 25 in the nation.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) is among the nation’s best in field goal percentage, shooting 63.4 percent overall. McKinney has also pitched, making over 52 percent of his field goals, while shooting 47.4 percent from behind the arc.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Red Out versus Franklin highlights women's conference tilt this week

Women's basketball team huddle


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team’s week of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference contests is highlighted by hosting Franklin in a “Red Out” at Collier Arena on Wednesday evening.

The Panthers will host the rival Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, and will then travel to face Anderson for the second time this season at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.


Hanover is coming off a two-game split last week in conference action. The Panthers defeated Mount St. Joseph 71-52 on the road last Wednesday, before falling to Bluffton 86-81 at home on Saturday. The win over MSJ runs HC’s current road winning streak to three games, while the loss to BU gave the Blue and Red three straight home losses.

The Panthers received double figure scoring from both freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) and junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) in each game last week. Nall averaged 19.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest, as she scored no less than 18 points in either game. Nash added 10 points against MSJ and 17 points versus Bluffton.

On the season, Nash leads the team in scoring and ranks 11th in the HCAC at 11.3 points per game. Nall is right behind her at 10.5 points per tilt. The two are also combining for nine rebounds per game.

Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) is coming off a season high 20 points last time out, as she made 7-of-10 field goal attempts against BU. Cromer is now averaging 8.3 points per game, while also dishing out close to two assists per contest.

In the assist department, freshman Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) continues to pace the Panthers. Todd is averaging 3.2 helpers per game, ranking sixth in the HCAC. The freshman tied a career high with seven dimes against MSJ.

Freshman Kristin Mills (Cincinnati, Ohio) saw extended action off the bench against MSJ, scoring six points and adding a career best seven rebounds. The freshman has seen double digit minutes off the bench in six of the last eight games.

Hanover continues to be the HCAC’s top scoring offense, averaging 70.5 points per game. The Blue and Red have scored over 80 points in three of their past five games, averaging 74.2 points per contest over the stretch.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Track opens with strong season debuts at R. H. Johnson Invite

Savannah Hubbard clears the high jump


CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s and women’s track and field teams had five athletes open up the 2017 indoor season at the R. H. Johnson Invitational Saturday afternoon.

One of the main highlights of the day was the men finishing third in the team scoring with just two competitors. Also, freshman Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) placed second overall and was the top NCAA Division III runner in the women’s 60 meter hurdles, as her time of 10.18 seconds in the finals ranks among the top 10 all-time at HC. This was her first meet as a member of the Panther track squad.

Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) added a pair of top six finishes for the women as well. Hubbard placed fourth in the high jump, logging a height of 1.47 meters. The local product also recorded a shot put distance of 10.14 meters, which was good enough for sixth overall.

Also making her debut for the women was freshman Keena Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.). Hunter competed in the long jump, as her mark of 4.48 meters was good enough for sixth.

For the men, sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) appeared in the high jump and long jump events. Sheryak placed fourth in the high jump with a height of 1.74 meters, while his distance of 5.59 meters in the long jump was seventh best.

Freshman Zac Butler (Clayton, Ind.) also competed in the long jump, recording a mark of 5.70 meters, which was good enough for sixth.

Overall, the HC men totaled 8.5 points, which was enough to defeat Franklin, the lone other HCAC men’s team that was scored at the invitational.

Hanover will expect to have its full roster ready to run next week, when they travel to compete at the Rose-Hulman Invitational at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover men bounce back with 77-66 win over Bluffton

Wes McKinney dribbles at the top of the key


Written by Jake Sipes-Salter, Sports Information Assistant

HANOVER, Ind. -In the first game of the Hanover College men’s and women’s basketball double-header, the Panthers rebounded from a tough loss with a 77-66 win over Bluffton.

With the win, Hanover now holds a 12-2 overall record and 7-1 mark against HCAC opponents, while Bluffton falls to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in conference action.

The contest was hotly contested throughout the first half with Hanover trailing 13-8 after the first five minutes. The Panthers then went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-15 lead midway through the half. The score was close throughout the half and was tied at 22 with 7:06 remaining. A big momentum swing occurred when junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) cashed in on a four-point play with 6:24 remaining in the half, giving the Panthers a 26-22 lead. From that point, the Panthers outscored Bluffton 15-9, making the halftime score 41-33.

The second half began much like the first half with both teams trading layups for the first five minutes of the half. Bluffton rallied to bring the score within three points with 14:24 left in half. The turning point in the half came following a layup by freshman guard Logan Ratts (Martinsville, Ind.) with 12:25 left in the half that put the Panthers up six. Hanover then went on an 8-0 run to take a 61-47 halfway through the second half.

Hanover took a 15-point lead with 8:53 left, giving them their largest lead of the game, 64-49. Bluffton rallied to bring the score within nine with 4:54 left to play but could never fully recover from the Panthers’ mid-half run.

McKinney led the Panthers in scoring with 27 points, including 5-8 from 3-point range and 60% overall shooting. Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 11 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes of playing time.

Sophomore guard Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) put up 13 points on 5-8 shooting in the game. Junior guard Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 11 points including a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. Ratts provided energy off the bench with nine points and four assists.

For the contest, Hanover shot 51.9% from the floor, including almost 60% in the first half. The Panthers were particularly hot from behind the arc, where they shot 47%.

Hanover also took advantage of Bluffton’s 16 turnovers, turning them into 21 points.

The Panthers will look to start another winning streak on Wednesday, Jan. 18 when they travel to Franklin, Ind. to take on Franklin College.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Panthers fall late to Bluffton, 86-81

Claire Cromer drives to the basket


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team was tied at 55-all heading into the fourth quarter, but were unable to stave off the visitors from Bluffton, falling 86-81 on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (7-8, 5-3 HCAC) were riding a modest two-game winning streak before Saturday, but were outscored 31-26 in the final quarter. Bluffton (13-2, 7-1 HCAC) has now won three straight games against HC.

A layup from junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) gave the Panthers a 57-55 advantage just 40 seconds into the fourth frame. Bluffton however, rattled off 11 of the games next 14 points to take a 66-60 edge with 6:41 left to play.

The two sides would trade basket-for-basket until a three-point play from freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) made it 69-68 in favor of BU, with 5:21 remaining. This however would be as close as the Panthers would get down the stretch, as the Beavers used a 10-4 spurt to go in front 79-72 with less than two minutes remaining.

Hanover was able to crawl back within three points, after a pair of free throws from Nash in the closing seconds, but the Beavers added two makes from the charity stripes themselves to capture the 86-81 victory.

Both Nall and Nash ended up in double figures in scoring with 18 and 17 points respectively. Nall added seven rebounds, while Nash helped out on the glass with six grabs.

Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) scored a team high 20 points, with 13 coming in the second half. Cromer made 7-of-10 shots from the field, while also making three of her five attempts from behind the arc.

Off the bench, freshman Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.) scored six points, while also grabbing a team high nine rebounds. Her classmate Brooke Todd (Vevay, Ind.) dished out a team high four assists, in addition to recording five points and three rebounds.

Both teams lived at the charity stripe, with the Panthers making 24-of-26 attempts, for a season high 92.3 percent shooting. Bluffton made 25 foul shots in 34 tries, 73.5 percent.

In the first quarter, HC used an 8-1 run to catapult to a 14-7 lead with 3:31 remaining in the opening period. The Blue and Red led 18-17 after the first quarter.

Hanover was outscored 22-19 in the second quarter, as they entered halftime trailing 39-37.

The second half saw the Panthers jump out to their largest lead of the game at nine points, 48-39, as they opened the half on an 11-0 run. A Cromer three pointer capped the spurt for HC at the 5:45 mark of the third quarter.

Bluffton responded however, by nearly doubling up the Panthers in scoring over the final 5:45 of the period, 16-7, as the game was tied 55-55 with 10 minutes remaining.

Hanover will look to rebound next week, when they host Franklin for a 7:30 tip-off on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The game is being advertised as a Red Out for home students and fans.

Contact: Tyler Jester