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Hanover takes to the road for HCAC games against Franklin and Rose-Hulman

Garett Zorb awaits the signs from Tyler Fitch

HANOVER, Ind. – One week after going 2-2 in the opening week of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, the Hanover baseball team will go on the road for four more conference games this week.

The Panthers fell to Transylvania 5-4 on the road to open league play last Tuesday, and are scheduled to go back on the road this Tuesday when they play Franklin at 4 p.m.

Hanover will then look to win its second series in two tries with a three-game series against Rose-Hulman Friday and Saturday, March 31 and April 1. The Panthers defeated visiting Defiance two out of three this past weekend to improve to 11-5 overall.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomore Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) continued their strong seasons last week. Shine went 7 for 16 (.438) and is now hitting .469, while Fitch finished the four games 6 for 16 (.375) to improve to .370 on the year.

Sophomores David Blanco (Fishers, Ind.) and Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio) combined for three strong outings on the mound. Blanco pitched 9.2 innings or relief between two games and allowed only one earned run for a 0.93 earned run average. The sophomore earned his first collegiate win in a 6-4 game-three victory against Defiance. Zorb had one of his best starts of the year as he tossed 6.2 innings of two-run baseball with only one walk and five strikeouts in game one against the Yellow Jackets to lower his ERA 4.56 in 23.2 innings.

Franklin is currently 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the HCAC after winning two of three from Transylvania over the weekend. Sophomore infielder Sam Claycamp leads the team in most major offensive categories, including home runs (5) and RBI (19).

While the offense is hitting .294, the pitching staff has posted a 4.69 team ERA in 142.0 innings as nine different hurlers have seen action. The team has also done a nice job controlling the running game as opponents have only been successful 13 times in 22 attempts (59.1%).

Last year’s regular season and conference tournament champion, Rose-Hulman, will host Hanover on the weekend. The Fightin’ Engineers are 3-12 overall and dropped two of three to HCAC pre-season favorite Earlham in the first league games for both teams last week.

Rose-Hulman, which hosts Anderson Tuesday, is led offensively by senior Zack Trusk. In 58 at-bats, Trusk is hitting .431 with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBI. Sophomore David Burnside is also swinging the bat well as he leads the team in doubles (5), triples (1), home runs (3) and RBI (15).

The Fightin’ Engineers are hitting .290 as a team, and the pitching staff has tallied a 5.83 team ERA. In 19.2 innings, senior Jonathan Banks is 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Junior Ian Grant (4 starts) and senior Cody Sunderhaus (5 starts) lead the team in innings pitched and have notched 4.50 and 6.45 ERA’s respectively.

Rose-Hulman won all three contests between the two teams last year, while Franklin and the Panthers split a pair of games, with the third game of the series cancelled due to weather.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

Softball slated for two non-conference doubleheaders this week

Tori Luster rounds third base smiling after home run


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover softball team will wrap up non-conference action this week with a pair of doubleheaders.

The Panthers, who have not competed since Saturday, March 18, will host Wilmington (Ohio) for a pair of games beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The Blue and Red will then travel to face Spalding (Ky.) for a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

Hanover currently sits at 7-5 overall, but the team has dropped three of its last four games, prior to winning 6-of-8 to start the season. The Panthers are currently tied for the fourth best overall record in the HCAC.

The Blue and Red dropped both games at Wilmington last season, but picked up a pair of victories at home against Spalding. In the wins over the Golden Eagles, pitchers Sydney Griffin (Cambridge City, Ind.) and Anna Phillippe (Greenfield, Ind.) both threw complete games, allowing one run apiece.

Griffin is second in the HCAC in strikeouts per game at 7.5. The sophomore has also posted a 3-3 record this year and has one no-hitter to her name. Leading the pitching staff, in terms of earned run average, is sophomore Allison Wiseman (New Albany, Ind.). Wiseman has posted an ERA of 2.76, adding a 2-0 record.

Senior Gabby Ritchey (Loogootee, Ind.) and junior Makayla Burtscher (Temperance, Mich.) are both among the top 10 in the HCAC in stolen bases, combing for 15 of HC’s 18 swipes this season. Ritchey is also among the top 50 in NCAA Division III in steals per game, at 0.75.

With a batting average of .415, junior Dabney Skutt (Indianapolis, Ind.) leads the team and ranks seventh in the HCAC. Skutt also has nine RBI, while defensively, posting a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Junior Mikala Poe (Greenfield, Ind.) has a team high 10 RBI, while also posting two of Hanover’s three home runs in 2017. Her two blasts rank among the top five in the conference.

Wilmington enters the week with a 2-12 overall mark, but both wins have come in their past five games. The Quakers will travel to Oberlin (Ohio) on Tuesday before coming to Hanover on Wednesday.

Grace Yoder is batting .426 this season to lead WC, while adding seven runs scored and six RBI. Becca Carpenter has done most of the pitching for the Quakers, currently holding a 4.10 ERA.

Spalding has won three of its last four games and will enter Friday with an overall mark of 4-3. The Golden Eagles are 1-1 at home this season.

Samantha Klein has logged a .450 batting average, as she has one triple and one home run to her name this season. The Golden Eagles have only had three players appear in the pitching circle through seven games, with Olivia Leet holding a team low 4.42 ERA. Leet has a 2-1 record this year.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers sweep singles play in win at Anderson

Alec Bates on a serve

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Hanover men’s tennis team swept singles play at Anderson on Sunday afternoon, en route to an 8-1 victory in their Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener.

The Panthers have now won four consecutive matches, improving to 6-4 overall. Hanover has not conceded more than two points in any match during the winning streak.

Three players for HC recorded both a singles and doubles victory on Sunday afternoon. Sophomores Alec Bates (New Albany, Ind.) and Brent Barrett (New Palestine, Ind.) recorded an 8-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot. Bates went on to win the No. 4 singles match in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. Barrett, the reigning HCAC Player of the Week, added a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the second singles spot.

Freshman Jonathan Helmers (Cincinnati, Ohio) also added two wins on Sunday, taking the sixth singles slot by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Helmers teamed up with classmate Mitchell Minniear (Muncie, Ind.) at No. 3 doubles to win 8-1.

Hanover won all six singles matches in straight sets, conceding no more than four games in any of the 12 total sets. The Blue and Red also blanked the Ravens (0-1, 0-1 HCAC) in three sets, and lost two games or less in 10 frames.

The Panthers, who snapped a four-game losing streak in conference openers, will take a break from HCAC play when they next step on the court. Hanover will travel to Wabash on Saturday, April 1, to take on the Little Giants, as well as Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Cody leads women's golf at Golden Eagle Invite

Maddie Cody post shot in the fairway



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Hanover women’s golf team finished second in the weather-shortened Spalding Golden Eagle Invite this past Saturday and Sunday.

Due to weather delays, the originally planned 36-hole tournament was cut to 27 total holes (18 on Saturday and 9 on Sunday). However, due to NCAA rules, nine hole rounds do not count toward official results, meaning only Saturday’s 18 hole scores will officially count.

Freshman Maddie Cody (Brownsburg, Ind.) finished second after Saturday’s round, posting a score of 89. The freshman moved into first in the unofficial 27-hole total, recording a score of 130, after a 41 on Sunday.

Two other Panthers logged top 10 finishes in sophomore Sam Pease (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman Allison Goodwin (Lebanon, Ind.). Pease recorded a round of 95 on Saturday to place eighth, while Goodwin’s score of 100 was good enough for ninth. Both golfers stayed put in the individual standings after Sunday’s shortened round.

Rounding out the team scoring were juniors Ellen Wuerch (Fortville, Ind.) and Cassie Hendrickson (Greenwood, Ind.). Both Wuerch and Hendrickson logged a round of 103 on Saturday. Wuerch ripped off a nine-hole score of 44 on Sunday, unofficially finishing 10th overall.

Junior Hannah George (Saint Augustine, Fla.) and sophomore Erin Graninger (Evansville, Ind.) also competed as individuals.

Hanover finished round one with a score of 387, placing second out of four teams. Otterbein (Ohio) took the top spot in the team scoring with a total of 358. Team standings were not affected by the shortened nine-hole round on Sunday.

The Panthers will continue their spring slate when they compete in the Big Four Classic on Tuesday, April 11. The one-day tournament will be held in Carmel, Ind., at Crooked Stick Golf Club.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Rohleder finishes third as four Panthers post top 20 finishes at MSJ Spring Invite

Gabe Rohleder


NORTH BEND, Ohio – The Hanover men’s golf team had four players finish inside the top 20 during the Mount St. Joseph Spring Invitational, tying for third overall this past weekend.

Despite four players finishing inside the top 20 for HC, three of those players competed as individuals, including sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.), who finished third. Rohleder logged a two-day score of 151 (77-74), as he led HC in par three (2.75) and par four (4.40) average scoring. The sophomore added a tournament high seven birdies as well.

Senior Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) led the team scoring group with a total of 155 (76-79). Vidal was tied for third place after the opening round on Saturday.

Joining Vidal with a score of 76 on Saturday were junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) and sophomore Justin Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.). Rogers finished in a tie for ninth after a second round score of 86 gave him a total of 162. The junior led the Panthers with 23 pars, while also finishing with a par three holes at even, which was third in the field.

Smith totaled a score of 166 after a Sunday round of 90, tying for 37th place with senior Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) (82-84). The sophomore finished the tournament with HC’s lone eagle and four birdies.

Sophomore Travis Butte (Milan, Ind.) and freshman Austin Zapp (Union, Ky.) each placed top 20 finishes as individuals. Butte ripped off five birdies on the weekend, as he tied for 15th with a score of 158 after consecutive rounds of 79. Zapp logged a total of 161 (79-82), tying for 20th overall.

With three individuals tied for third place after the opening round, Hanover posted a score of 310 to lead the field of 14 teams after Saturday. The Blue and Red posted a score of 333 on Sunday, finishing with a total of 643 and dropping into a tie for third with Thomas More.

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference school, Transylvania jumped up to the top spot in the team standings, finishing the event with a score of 628. The Pioneers’ Carson Wattenbarger competed as an individual, earning the medalist honors with a total of 143.

Hanover is scheduled to compete for the second consecutive weekend, when they enter the Rose-Hulman Invitational next Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers jump-start outdoor season with multiple PR's at the Yellow Jacket Invite

Savannah Hubbard takes off from the blocks


CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Behind multiple personal records, the Hanover women’s track and field team placed seventh at the Cedarville Yellow Jacket Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers opened the 2017 outdoor campaign by tallying 36 points, tying for seventh overall out of 28 schools and organizations. Hanover also finished fifth among NCAA Division III schools, while scoring the most points of any institution in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.), who is coming off a 15th place finish in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships, continued her strong season by placing in the top eight in four individual events. Hubbard won the 100m hurdles with a personal best time of 15.94 seconds. The senior also set a personal record in the long jump, with a leap of 5.30 meters, placing sixth overall. She added top eight individual finishes in the 400m hurdles and javelin as well.

The 4x400m relay team of Hubbard, senior Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio), sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) and freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) took home first place, recording a time of 4:09.58. The squad also posted the fourth fastest time in program history. Burnett added an eighth place finish in the 400m, racing across the track in 1:02.51.

Competing in the sprinting events, freshman Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) logged two eighth place finishes. Henderson recorded a 100m dash time of 12.64, which ranks as the third fastest in school history. The freshman also posted a time of 26.70 in the 200m.

In her collegiate debut, freshman Haley Huddleston (Henryville, Ind.) posted a seventh place finish in the high jump. The freshman logged a height of 1.43 meters. Also recording a jump of 1.43 meters was junior Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.), who finished eighth.

The 1500m saw two Panthers post significant runs. Senior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) passed six runners in the final 300 meters, placing 16th overall and sixth in her heat, logging a time of 5:07.24. Sophomore Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) set a new personal record in the event, finishing in 5:13.00, as she placed second in her heat.

Freshman Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) recorded the third best mark in program history in the shot put. Galbreath’s best toss came at 10.77 meters, which was good enough for 16th.

For the first time in her career, junior Stephanie Simpson (Watertown, Tenn.) logged a sub-23 minute, 5000m time. Simpson placed 12th overall, finishing in 19:54.69.

The Panthers will now turn their focus to next Saturday, April 1, when they host the Hanover Invitational. The meet is schedule for an 11 a.m. start time.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Men's track opens outdoor season with solid performance at Cedarville

Gavin Alexander leads the field in a sprint


CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The Hanover men’s track and field team opened the 2017 outdoor season on Saturday, competing at the Cedarville Yellow Jacket Open.

The Panthers tallied 43 points on the day, finishing seventh overall out of 28 teams and organizations. The Blue and Red were fifth among NCAA Division III institutions, while also posting the most points of any Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference school.

Freshman Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.) put together a strong outdoor debut, highlighted by a third place finish in the 1500-meter run, where he crossed the finish line at 4:06.33. He also led his 800m heat wire-to-wire, placing 10th overall with a time of 1:59.64.

Also competing in the 1500m was senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.). Simon logged a time of 4:14.96, placing third in his heat and 15th overall. His time nearly set a new personal record.

Another freshman that put together a strong opening meet was Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.). Pyle placed second overall and was the first collegiate racer to cross the finish line in the 400m, where he raced across the track in 50.81 seconds. The freshman also added a 200m time of 22.87, placing third in his heat.

Senior Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) also put together a nice showing the 200 and 400 meter events. Alexander placed fifth overall in the 400m, posting a time of 51.67, while his 22.98 in the 200 marked his first career time under 23 seconds, as he won his heat.

Pyle and Alexander, along with sophomore Joe Sheryak (Greenwood, Ind.) and freshman Paxton Caldwell (Connersville, Ind.), placed fifth in the 4x400m relay. The quartet finished the relay event in 3:31.16.

Another relay squad that finish among the top eight overall was the 4x100m group of Alexander, , sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.). They finished in 43.46 seconds, placing sixth overall, while also tying for the fifth fastest time in school history.

Senior Dontre Woodruff (Radcliff, Ky.) posted a triple jump mark of 12.72 meters, placing fourth overall. Also adding a top five finish was junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.), as his time of 15:53.41 was good enough for fifth in the 5000m.

The Panthers will look to build upon their strong start to the outdoor season, when they host the Hanover Invitational at 11 a.m. next Saturday, April 1.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball splits with Defiance on Saturday afternoon

Alec Dunn leads off at second base



HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover baseball team split a home doubleheader with Defiance on Saturday afternoon, winning 6-4 after dropping the opener 4-3.

The Panthers improve to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Blue and Red also move to 5-1 at home this season. Defiance goes to 4-10 overall and 1-2 in HCAC play with the split.

Senior Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) was the lone Panther to record multiple hits in both games on Saturday, going 2-for-3 in the opener, and being one of three HC players to go 2-of-4 at the plate in the series finale.

Pitching 6.1 innings in relief, sophomore David Blanco (Fishers, Ind.) picked up his first HC win in the second half of the doubleheader. Blanco allowed just two hits and one earned run, as he also retired eight straight batters at one point.

In the series finale, the Panthers did most of their offensive damage early on, scoring five of their six runs in the first two innings. Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) and sophomores Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) and Tyler Fitch (Crestwood, Ky.) all recorded RBI singles in the bottom of the first inning.

Fitch finished the contest 2-for-4, driving in the one run. Also going 2-for-4 in the second game on Saturday was sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.).

Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) ripped a RBI double to left centerfield in the second inning, and later scored on a single by Stover. After Defiance tallied three runs in the top of the third, HC led 5-3.

The Yellow Jackets added a run in the top of the eighth inning, closing the gap to just one run. Hanover responded with a run of their own in the bottom half of the frame, as freshman Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, which scored sophomore Bryce Fields (Connersville, Ind.).

Blanco retired the Yellow Jackets in order in the top of the ninth, securing the 6-4 victory for HC. The win gave the Panthers two-of-three in the weekend series.

Saturday’s opener saw DC jump out to a 4-0 lead through 4.5 innings. Hanover tacked on two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, including one run on a single from Shine, closing the gap to 4-2.

The Panthers had two of their first three batters post hits in the bottom of the sixth, with the leadoff man in the inning, Stover, scoring on a single from senior Tyler Cockerham (Georgetown, Ind.). Any threat HC had at tying the contest ended in the next at-bat with a ground ball double play.

Hanover grounded into three double plays in the first half of the doubleheader, leaving a total of nine baserunners stranded.

The Blue and Red will continue conference action when they travel to face Franklin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers fall in overtime at Thiel, 11-10

Joe DeLeo attacks from behind the net


GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team rallied from two-goals down in the fourth quarter to force overtime, but fell in the extra session at Thiel (Pa.), 11-10.

The Panthers (1-8, 0-2 ORLC) scored three straight goals in the fourth period to take a 10-9 advantage, with just over five minutes remaining. The Tomcats (6-1, 1-0 ORLC) tied the game at 10-all with 3:48 left in regulation.

Less than one minute into the overtime period, Thiel found the back of the net to secure the victory.

Sophomore Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.) and junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) combined for eight of the Panthers’ 10 goals in the contest. Both finished with four scores, while DeLeo added a team high three assists.

Freshman Noah Dubrava (Centerville, Ohio) made 20 saves, giving him at least 20 stops in three games this season. Dubrava has also posted double-digit saves in seven straight games.

Sophomore Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) retrieved a team high 10 ground balls, while also going 13-for-22 in face-off attempts.

After 15 minutes of play, Hanover led 3-2. DeLeo scored the opening goal of the game with an assist coming from senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.). Szczublewski capped the first quarter with a pair of goals. Freshman Noah King (Lexington, Ky.) tallied an assist on the second Szczublewski score.

The Tomcats controlled the low scoring second quarter, blanking the Panthers 2-0. Thiel led 4-3 at halftime.

Thiel grew its lead to as many as three goals, 7-4, after starting the second half on a 3-1 run. Hanover stormed back to score three straight goals to tie the contest at 7-7 to start the fourth quarter. DeLeo capped the HC scoring run by tallying a goal with one second left in the third stanza.

Overall, Thiel held a 48-41 edge in shot attempts, while posting the only two attempts during the extra period. The Blue and Red won the ground ball game, grabbing 36 to TC’s 31. Both sides also scored on two extra-man opportunities.

Hanover will continue ORLC play with a 7 p.m. road contest at Transylvania, next Wednesday, March 29.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Baseball walks off on single from Scheil; Panthers defeat Defiance 11-10

Close up of John Scheil at the plate


HANOVER, Ind. – Junior John Scheil (Indianapolis, Ind.) ripped a single through the right side in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Hanover baseball team an 11-10 walk-off victory over Defiance on Friday evening.

The Panthers (10-4, 1-1 HCAC) conceded six runs in the top of the ninth, as the Yellow Jackets (3-9, 0-1 HCAC) led 10-8 through 8.5 frames.

Sophomore Josh Meszaros (Loveland, Ohio) led off the bottom of the ninth with a single through the right side, which was followed by a walk and hit by pitch to load the bases with no outs. Freshman Spencer Coop (Lexington, Ky.) then hit a two-RBI single up the middle to tie the contest at 10-all. In the next at-bat, Scheil knocked in senior Alec Dunn (Louisville, Ky.) for the game-winning run.

Scheil finished the game a triple away from the cycle, going 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored. The junior led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to left field and later added a RBI double to left centerfield.

Junior Jack Shine (New Albany, Ind.) recorded two hits in the contest, giving him multiple hits in each of the last five games. Coop, Meszaros and sophomore Ty Stover (Galveston, Ind.) all tallied two hits in the contest as well.

The leadoff home run from Scheil in the bottom of the first sparked the HC offense early on, as the Panthers logged six runs over the first three innings. The Blue and Red put up a four-spot in the third inning, tallying five hits, while also taking advantage of two DC errors.

The Defiance pitching staff stymied the HC offense over the next four innings, but the Yellow Jackets were only able to score once during the stretch, giving the Panthers a 6-2 edge through seven complete.

Both sides tacked on two runs in the eighth inning, as Hanover led 8-4. Scheil’s double scored Coop for the first HC run of the eighth. Scheil scored on a wild pitch later in the frame for the second run of the inning.

Hanover received a strong effort out of starting pitcher Garett Zorb (Medina, Ohio). The sophomore went 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out five batters. Senior Gino Chumas (Elkhart, Ind.), who came on in relief in the ninth inning, picked up his first win of the season.

The Panthers and Yellow Jackets will wrap up the weekend series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Contact: Tyler Jester