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Erin Trimpe gets set for pole vault

Strong performances by a small squad of athletes kicked off Winter Break for the Hanover College Track & Field teams at the Anderson University Fred Wilt Invitational.

In the pole vault, sophomore Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) placed third in the women’s event as the top collegiate athlete with a 3.05 meter clearance, while freshman Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio) cleared 3.95-meters to place fourth in the men's section.

Junior thrower Jacob Sofronko (Winchester, Ind.), followed up his school-record holder performance in the weight throw at the HCAC championship with third-place 14.39-meter heave.

Hanover's lone sprinter of the day, freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) ran the fifth-fastest 400m in school history, placing sixth with a 52.20 effort.

Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) moved into fourth all-time at Hanover in the shot put with a 10.62-meter throw. The local product placed fifth in the event. The nationally-ranked pentathlete holds top five all-time marks in nine different indoor events at Hanover.

Hubbard, the school record holder in the pentathlon will travel to the Ohio Northern University Polar Bear Qualifier next Friday in an attempt to qualify for the NCAA DIII National Championship.

Monnin and the men’s distance medley relay will compete on Saturday in the same invitational.

Muchmore drains game-winner, No. 16 Panthers advance to HCAC Championship

Corey Muchmore goes up for the game winner against Transylvania

BOX SCORE

HANOVER, Ind. – For the third time this season, the No. 16 Hanover men’s basketball team defeated Transylvania on a last second shot, this time with a 78-76 win in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Semifinals, on Saturday evening.

With the win, Hanover advances to 22-3 overall and moves onto the HCAC Tournament Championship at home on Sunday. The Blue and Red have also won eight straight games overall and four consecutive home HCAC semifinal contests.

After Alex Jones of Transylvania made a layup with 21 seconds remaining, the Pioneers led 76-75. On the ensuing HC possession, senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) received the ball on the left block, where he converted on a drop down layup opportunity, as he was fouled. Muchmore cashed in on the free throw attempt, giving the Panthers a 78-76 lead with five seconds remaining.

Transylvania was given the final possession of the game, and its three-point attempt was on target but too strong, hitting the back of iron, securing the victory for HC.

Muchmore finished with a team high 18 points, making 8-of-11 field goal attempts. The senior also added five rebounds.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) posted his third straight double-double and his 11th of the season, totaling 15 points and 14 rebounds. His 14 boards ties a career high, which he set earlier this year.

Also scoring in double figures were sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio), 14, and junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.), 10. Fails and Buck, along with McKinney, each dished out two assists to lead the team.

The Panthers trailed by two at halftime, 40-38, but shot 61 percent from the field in the second half, making 14-of-23 attempts from the floor. Hanover also held TU to a .387 shooting clip over the final 20 minutes.

The Blue and Red made just three field goal attempts from behind the arc, but held a 44-32 edge in points in the paint, recording a 22-16 advantage in each half.

Hanover got off to a fast start, scoring 11 of the game’s first 13 points to lead 11-2, just five minutes in. The lead ballooned to as many as 10 on multiple occasions, but a 10-2 run from the Pioneers closed the gap to two points, 24-22, with 7:06 to play in the opening half.

Transylvania closed the half on a 9-1 run, to take just its second lead of the game at 40-38. The Pioneers shot close to 52 percent in the first half, while the Panthers tapered off down the stretch, finishing the first half at 45.5 percent.

The Pioneers grew their lead to as many as seven points in the second half, leading 51-44 with just under 15 minutes remaining. Hanover responded with a quick 7-0 spurt to tie the game at 51-all with 11:43 left in regulation.

Neither Hanover or Transy held a lead of more than five points down the stretch, as there were 11 ties and eight lead changes overall. The contest was tied for over seven minutes game of action.

The Panthers will face the winner of the other HCAC Semifinal matchup between the No. 2 seed, Mount St. Joseph, and the No. 6 seed, Manchester. Hanover will host the winner at 2 p.m. inside Collier Arena on Sunday.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Men's lacrosse stifled in season opener at Centre

Chad Szczublewski makes a pass near midfield

BOX SCORE

DANVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team suffered an 11-2 loss in its 2017 season opener at Centre (Ky.) on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers (0-1) scored both goals in the second half, with the tallies coming from junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) and senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.).

Szczublewsi finished with four shots attempts, while Warner’s lone shot was when he scored in the fourth quarter. Sophomores Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio) and Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) combined for 15 of HC’s 23 shots in the game. Schell fired off a team high 10 attempts.

In net, freshman Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made his collegiate debut, posting a save percentage above 52 percent, making 12 saves.

Defensively, sophomore Evan Bartlett (Oxford, Ohio) and freshman Andrew Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) tied for the team lead in ground balls with four apiece. Bartlett also had three caused turnovers.

Centre (2-0) got off to a fast start, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of play. The Colonels took the 3-0 advantage after the first quarter and added four more in the second period to lead 7-0 at the intermission.

Szczublewski stopped an 8-0 Centre run with a goal at the 2:29 mark of the third quarter. Warner added the second goal for HC in the final two minutes of the contest.

Hanover will look to bounce back next time out, when they travel to Sparks, Md. to face Wesley (Del.) in a neutral site contest on Wednesday, March 1. The game will be the first NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse game at the new U.S. Lacrosse National Headquarters.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Hanover men’s tennis set to play six matches in opening week

Brent Barrett and Alec Bates celebrate after a point

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team is set to open its 2017 season as the Panthers head to Orlando, Fla. to play six matches as part of their winter break trip.

The trip will also be the first for Interim Head Coach Devon Sharpe. Sharpe took over the program midway through this year after Ryan Miller departed for a coaching position at Indiana.

Hanover had five matches scheduled for this past fall, but played only two as the others were postponed due to weather. The Panthers split those two by earning a win over IU East, before falling to IU Southeast.

Freshman Landon Carrico (New Albany, Ind.) was impressive as he earned wins in both of those matches playing at #1 singles, including the team’s only win against IU Southeast.

The Panthers will also count on three all-conference performers from last year, including junior Dakota Smith (Greenfield, Ind.) and sophomores Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) and Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.). Barrett was the first Hanover player to be named the league’s top freshman since 2011.

Of the Hanover’s six opponents, five will be played against NCAA Division III opponents and one against Davenport (Mich.), which is transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

The Panthers open the season Sunday, Feb. 27 with a match against Wartburg (Iowa) at 9 a.m., followed by a match against Adrian (Mich.) at 1 p.m.

Hanover will then play Davenport Monday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. and then return later that day to play Augustana (Ill.) at 6 p.m.

The trip will conclude with a match against Otterbein (Ohio) Tuesday at 9 a.m. and another against Capital (Ohio) at 9 a.m. Wednesday before returning home.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Hanover women to open spring season in Florida

Lizzy Katzenberger prepares for a return

HANOVER, Ind. – Following a successful fall season, the Hanover women’s tennis team will open its spring season by traveling to Orlando, Fla. to play five matches as part of its winter break trip.

The team will do so with a new coach as Interim Head Coach Devon Sharpe takes over for Ryan Miller, who left in January for a coaching position at Indiana.

The Panthers posted an 11-5 overall record and an 8-0 mark in league play this fall to claim their fourth consecutive regular season championship.

Following the fall slate, six different players were honored by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their efforts, led by HCAC Most Valuable Player, and senior, Mackenzie Spicer (Indianapolis, Ind.).

Other all-conference performers looking to build on a successful fall are sophomores Susie Winternheimer (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Tori Schwartz (Nappanee, Ind.), and freshmen Meghan Farrell (Indianapolis, Ind.),Cami Jones (Richmond, Ind.), and Lizzy Katzenberger (Crawfordsville, Ind.).

Of Hanover’s five opponents in Florida, three are NCAA Division III members, while Mary (N.D.) is an NCAA Division II school, and Davenport is transitioning from NAIA to Division II.

The Panthers will open Sunday, Feb. 27 with a pair of matches. At 9 a.m. they will play Wartburg (Iowa), followed by a contest against Adrian (Mich.) at 1 p.m.

Another pair of matches will be played Sunday, Feb. 28 against Davenport at 9 a.m. and Augustana (Ill.) at 6 p.m.

Hanover will then wrap up the trip Thursday, March 2 with a single contest against Mary at 9 a.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's Lacrosse Preview: Attackers

Rachel Davis looks to attack the net

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s lacrosse team will open the new season on Monday, Feb. 27, so today we will conclude the three-part preview series by diving deeper into the attackers on this year’s roster.

The Panthers will debut in 2017 with a road contest at Rhodes (Tenn.). The season opener for HC is set for 5 p.m. on Monday. The Lynx are currently 4-0 overall and have scored at least 17 goals in all four contests. Rhodes will play matches on Saturday and Sunday before welcoming Hanover next week.

GOALIES & DEFENDERS PREVIEW

MIDFIELDERS PREVIEW

The attacking group for the Panthers this season will feature a fountain of youth with a bevy of freshmen and sophomores. Overall, five of the nine attackers listed on the roster are either a freshman or sophomore.

Returning for her second year with HC is sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.). Davis totaled 14 goals last season to rank fourth on the team, and is the second leading scorer to return from the 2016 roster. As a freshman, Davis did most of her scoring damage in bundles, posting three games with at least four goals, including a five-goal performance in a 12-8 home win over Trine.

Another experienced player returning this season is senior Maddy Jones (Carmel, Ind.). Jones has appeared in 24 of the Hanover’s 30 games as a program. She recorded two goals and one assist in 2016, while also posting a shot on goal percentage of .667.

Hanover will look to improve upon its win total from the first two years as a program, recording five wins in 2016 and three victories in 2015. The Panthers have been picked to finish sixth in the 10-team Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

HCAC Tournament on the horizon for No. 16 Panthers

Corey Muchmore receives high fives from the bench

FULL GAME NOTES

TOURNAMENT PAGE

HANOVER, Ind. – The No. 16 Hanover College men’s basketball team will host the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament this weekend, as they search for the season sweep in conference titles and the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

Hanover won the HCAC regular season crown by posting a 16-2 record in conference play. The Panthers are 21-3 overall this season and 8-2 at home, but both home losses came to possible HCAC Tournament opponents in Rose-Hulman and Mount St. Joseph.

With its 21-3 overall record, the Blue and Red have posted one of the top five seasons, in terms of least amount of losses, since the end of World War II. Under former head coach Mike Beitzel, the Panthers posted back-to-back seasons in the early 2000’s with just two losses, while legendary HC coach John Collier had a team in the 1940’s and another in the 1960’s post four-loss seasons.

The Panthers are hosting the HCAC Tournament for the first time since the 2004-05 season, which was also the last time HC won the conference regular season title. The 04-05 campaign capped a four-year run of hosting the HCAC Tournament, the last three of which Hanover won the championship. Hanover has won seven consecutive HCAC Tournament games at home when hosting the final four and championship.

Junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) has been the most consistent player for HC this season, as he leads the team in scoring, 18.2, and rebounding per game, 8.5. McKinney was also named the HCAC’s final Player of the Week this past Monday, after he recorded his conference-leading 9th and 10th double-double of the season, averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game last week.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) will have at least one more chance of playing in Collier Arena, and possibly more if the Panthers advance past the semifinal round on Saturday. Muchmore is having his best statistical season, averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest.

The senior is also a big reason why the Panthers are the top field goal shooting team in the country. Muchmore is shooting close to 64 percent from the floor, ranking in the top 15 in the NCAA. Hanover has three players among the top 200 nationally in field goal percentage, including Muchmore, McKinney, and sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio). As a team, HC is shooting 51.9 percent from the field, which leads all of NCAA Division III and is among the top eight in all three NCAA divisions combined.

The HCAC Tournament will open with a pair of first round games, beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Hanover and the No. 2 seed, MSJ, will begin their tournament runs in the semifinal round on Saturday, with the championship set for 2 p.m. on Sunday. All tournament games will be played inside Collier Arena.

For more information on the HCAC Tournament schedule, participants, and prices, visit the tournament page link at the top of the page.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu

Baseball Preview: Outfielders

John Scheil crosses home plate

HANOVER, Ind. – In the final part of a three-part series that takes a deeper look into the 2017 Hanover baseball roster, we finish with a preview of the team’s outfielders.

PITCHERS & CATCHERS PREVIEW

INFIELDERS PREVIEW

The team will feature seven different players vying for time in the outfield this season, including one senior, one junior, four sophomores and one freshman.

Gone is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference First Team outfielder Chris Ares. The graduated senior led the team in several statistical categories, including average (.352), hits (56), runs scored (30), doubles (5), triples (4), total bases (72) and stolen bases (17).

Projected to replace Ares in centerfield is junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.). In 30 starts last year, Scheil hit .265 with 27 hits, 24 runs scored and 25 walks. He also stole six bases in seven attempts and finished with a team-leading .427 on-base percentage.

Among the candidates for the other two outfield positions is sophomore Brooks Bailey (Madison, Miss.). As a freshman, Bailey took advantage of his opportunities and hit .329 in 21 games with 13 runs scored and 11 RBI.

Along with Scheil and Bailey, the Panthers will count on five others to provide production and depth. Although the outfield, overall, is relatively inexperienced, there is talent and depth to provide Hanover with quality options.

With 22 of the team’s 31 players in the sophomore or freshman classes, youth will be served in 2017. If those younger players continue to improve, and the upperclassmen build on their past successes, the Panthers have a chance to surprise some people this year.

Hanover will make their annual trek to Florida Friday, Feb. 24 through Wednesday, March 1. The Panthers will open the 2017 campaign with a doubleheader Sunday, Feb. 26 against Finlandia (Mich.) First pitch of the year is set for 12:15 p.m. in Auburndale, Fla.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Softball Preview: Outfielders

Dabney Skutt awaits a pitch

HANOVER, Ind. – After taking a look at the pitchers and catchers in part one and infielders in part two, our final piece of a three-part look into the 2017 Hanover softball roster will preview the team’s outfielders.

PITCHERS & CATCHERS PREVIEW

INFIELDERS PREVIEW

This year’s squad consists of eight outfielders, including one senior, two juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen.

The Panthers return two starters from last year, but will need to replace the production from graduated senior Lyndsea Burke. Burke was a Second Team Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference selection in 2016 after she led the team with a .398 average.

Junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) returns after serving as the team’s primary centerfielder last year. In 40 games, she hit .331, good for second on the team. The third-year outfielder was also second on the team in runs scored (25), doubles (8), RBI (19), and stolen bases (7), while leading the team in total bases with 61.

One newcomer expected to play a significant role in 2017 is junior Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich). Burtscher transferred to Hanover from Owens Community College, where she hit .367 with 63 runs scored and 53 stolen bases in two seasons.

Sophomore Haleigh Kelly (Coatsville, Ind.) saw significant time in the outfield in her first collegiate season as she started 33 games. She will look to build upon that experience this season and will compete with five others for playing time.

With an experienced group returning as well as the addition of a talented group of newcomers, the Panthers are primed to compete for the HCAC Championship in 2017.

Hanover is scheduled to open the season with its annual trip to Clermont, Fla. Friday, Feb. 24 through Friday, March 3. The Panthers are set to play two games Sunday, Feb. 26. They will first play Alma (Mich.) at 9 a.m., followed by a contest against York (Pa.) at 11:30 a.m.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

pritchard@hanover.edu

Women's basketball falls to Franklin in the HCAC Opening Round

Allison Nash drives to the basket against Franklin

BOX SCORE

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team’s season came to an end on Tuesday evening, as they fell at home in the Opening Round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament to Franklin, 65-64.

The Panthers finish the season with a 13-13 overall mark after posting an 11-7 record in HCAC play to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. Franklin advances to face the No. 1 seed, Rose-Hulman, in the HCAC semifinals this weekend.

Hanover struggled from the charity stripe all evening, converting on just 12-of-27 attempts (.444). The Panthers had a shot to tie or take the lead with seven seconds remaining, but missed a pair of free throws to stay behind 65-64.

After the Grizzlies (14-11) missed a pair of free throws of their own, the Blue and Red were left with possession and a little over two seconds remaining. The ensuing inbounds pass was bobbled and HC’s desperation attempt from just inside the three-point line was off target, securing the win for FC.

The lead changed hands on numerous occasions throughout, especially in the second half, as there were seven ties and 13 lead changes. Hanover’s largest lead of the game came in the third period, as a 12-0 run gave them their first lead of the game since the opening minutes of the contest. The Panthers led 46-41 with 2:27 left in the third period.

Junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) recorded her second double-double of the season, totaling a team high 17 points and 12 rebounds. Nash made 7-of-12 field goal attempts in the contest.

Two more Panthers added nine points off the bench in freshmen Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) and Audrey Wetzel (Columbus, Ind.). Motter also recorded nine rebounds, while Wetzel had three boards. Bench points were drastically slanted toward the Blue and Red, as they held a 30-8 advantage.

Freshman Katie Hartman (Madison, Ind.) added eight points and six rebounds as a starter. Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) also scored eight points, while her classmate Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) paced the Panthers with three of the team’s seven assists.

Hanover finished the contest with a .431 shooting clip, making 25-of-58 attempts. The Panthers did most of their scoring damage in the paint, while the Grizzlies relied on the three-point ball to produce points. Franklin made eight three pointers in the contest, while HC was just 2-of-14 from deep, but the Blue and Red held a 40-16 edge in points in the paint.

The Panthers improved their overall win total by four in Year Two of the John Jones era. The biggest improvement came in conference play, where HC went from 5-13 a year ago to an 11-7 conference mark this year with predominately all underclassmen on the roster.

Contact: Tyler Jester

jestert@hanover.edu