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Late surge upends Panthers at Franklin

The final four minutes of action proved costly as Hanover College men’s basketball team lost to Franklin College, 83-71, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Franklin, Ind.

Hanover trailed 62-61 with four minutes to play, but Franklin outscored the Panthers 13-2 in a two and one-half minute span to surge ahead 75-63 with 1:38 on the clock.

Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) and sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) each scored from inside to pull Hanover within 75-67 at the 1:10 mark. The Grizzlies countered with an 8-4 run to close the game and snap the Panthers’ five-game winning streak in the series.

Junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored a season-best 18 points off the bench to pace Hanover, now 11-11 overall and 9-6 in the Heartland Conference. Billups added 10 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

The Panthers shot 42.6 percent from the field in the contest (23-of-54), but hit just 3-of-17 three-point attempts (17.6%) and turned the ball over 15 times.

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) also grabbed eight rebounds, while Muchmore had seven, to spark Hanover on the glass. The Panthers posted a 40-23 rebounding advantage with 15 offensive boards.

Franklin, just 2-20 overall this winter, improved to 2-13 in the HCAC with the win. The Grizzlies made 26-of-49 field goals (53.1%) with 14 three-pointers.

Hanover @ Franklin statistics

Hanover will face Earlham College, Saturday, Feb. 13, in a Heartland Conference tilt in Richmond, Ind. The contest will tip off at 4 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Patti Bingham

Poor shooting sinks Panthers

Sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Hanover College women’s basketball team lost 69-61 to Franklin College in Collier Arena.

The Panthers forced 23 turnovers and scored 21 points off the bench, but were unable to overcome an off-shooting night.

The loss drops the Panthers' record to 9-13 overall and 5-10 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Franklin jumped out to the lead from the start, sprinting to a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter, before three baskets by Nash in the paint pulled the Panthers within 23-15 with 9:03 remaining in the half.

Franklin responded with a run that included five straight points to take a 38-25 lead into halftime.

The Panthers trailed by as many as 23 points heading into the fourth quarter before senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) hit two free throws to spark a 16-8 rally to cut the final lead to single digits.

Malloy hit five free throws during the run and sank a three-pointer with :02 remaining, while Nash sank four free throws and a trey of her own to fuel the late rally.

The duo combined for nine steals in the game.

Reserve guard Whitney Wilson (Springville, Ind.) scored 13 points off the bench.

Hanover hit 18-of-56 (32.1%) from the floor, including only 2-of-14 three-pointers (14.3%). The Panthers, however, converted 23-of-27 (82.4%) from the free throw line.

Franklin shot 27-of-60 (45.0%) and had three players in double digits, led by Lauren DeSutter with 17.

Franklin improves to 15-7 overall and 11-4 in HCAC play.

Hanover vs. Franklin statistics

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. with at Heartland Conference game against Earlham College in Richmond, Ind.

Records fall at DePauw, Anderson

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) broke his own school record in the 200-meter dash and led off the record-setting 4 x 400-meter relay to highlight a second-place finish at the DePauw Small College Invitational by the Hanover College men’s track & field team. The meet was held Friday, Feb. 5 in Greencastle, Ind.

Feldman held-off teammate Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) to win his heat of the 200-meter run in 23.21, bettering his previous record of 23.21 set last week. Franchini ran 23.34, a season-best to finish sixth.

The pair teamed with Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) to finish second in the 4 x 400-meter relay, running 3:32.61 to break the previous record of 3:32.75 set during the 2015 campaign.

Feldmann also won the 400-meter run (50.69), while Alexander ran a personal-best 53.01 to finish fourth.

Feldmann, Alexander, and Franchini teamed with freshman Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) to place second in the 4 x 200-meter relay. Their 1:33.16 mark is the second-best in Hanover history.

Junior mid-distance specialist, Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) ran 4:38.56 to finish fourth in the mile run, while freshman Jordan Davis (Lebanon, Ind.) matched his place in the high jump with a 1.78-meter leap. Classmate Brock Kitchel (Sheridan, Ind.) cleared 1.68-meters to place seventh.

Davis leapt 6.11-meters to take second in the long jump, while Ricky Windell (Camden, Ind.) placed third with a 6.08-meter jump. Both just missed the fifth-best jump in Hanover history (6.17-meters) in their debut performance in the event.

Jumps specialist Dontre Woodruff (Radcliff, Ky.) placed second in the triple jump. His 12.40-meter leap ranks fourth in Hanover history.

Sophomore thrower Jacob Sofronco (Ridgeville, Ind.) turned in two personal-record performances, placing second in the weight throw with a 13.69-meter toss and sixth in shot put (12.23-meters).

Junior Ivy Stevens (Goshen, Ky.) placed seventh in the shot put (11.91-meters) and third in the weight throw (13.30-meters).

The Panthers tallied 98 points to finish second overall behind Marian University’s 179 points.

Three distance runners made history of their own, racing Saturday, Feb. 6th at the Anderson University Invitational.

Sophomore Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) broke his own school record in the 5000-meter run, placing first in 15:36.87.

Senior Ben Franke (Seymour, Ind.) ran a personal record of 15:56.62 to place third overall. He now ranks fourth in Hanover history.

Freshman Jacob Hedrick (Henryville, Ind.) finished sixth overall in his debut, running 16:04.49.

The Panthers return to action Saturday, Feb. 13 at the DePauw University Tiger Invitational starting at 11:00 a.m. in Greencastle, Ind.

Panthers' balance handles Manchester

Four players scored double figures, including two off the bench, as the Hanover College women’s basketball squad snapped a three-game skid with a 71-59 victory against Manchester University in Collier Arena.

Hanover grabbed a 19-9 lead late in the first quarter and pushed the margin to 17 points at the half (41-24). Sophomore center Julia Miller (Hartsville, Ind.) scored nine points off the bench and reserve guard Whitney Wilson (Springville, Ind.) added eight to spur the first-half burst.

Freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) scored eight points in the third period as the Panthers expanded the lead to 60-40 heading into the fourth quarter.

Manchester outscored Hanover, 11-4 to open the final frame, cutting the cushion to 64-51 with 4:24 on the clock. However, sophomores Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) and Baylee Mitchell (Advance, Ind.) each scored from inside to push the Panthers' lead to 68-57 with 2:37 left and defense held the Spartans to just one basket in the closing two minutes of action to hold off any late challenge.

Cromer tossed in a game-high 15 points, while Wilson added 13. Senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) posted 12 points, a team-best eight rebounds and four assists. Miller finished with 11 points and seven boards.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics

Hanover, battling for a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s six-team post-season tournament, will host Franklin College, Wednesday, Feb. 10. The HCAC game is slated for a 7:30 start in Collier Arena.

Rally lifts Hanover against Manchester, 78-73

Hanover College’s men’ basketball team outscored Manchester University 24-11 in the final eight minutes to come away with a 78-73 victory in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tilt in Collier Arena.

Manchester led 62-54 with 8:18 to play before freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ind.) jump-started the decisive run with a three-point play. Sophomore swingman Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) followed with a three-pointer and junior center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) added a bucket from inside to erase the Spartans’ lead and tie the game at 62-62 with 5:41 still on the clock.

The squads were tied three times through the next two and one-half minutes. Muchmore scored on a roll to the bucket to give the Panthers the lead for good (68-67) with 2:49 remaining.

Manchester (10-11; 7-7 HCAC) eventually pulled within 72-71 with 50 seconds to go, but Fails and sophomore guard Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) combined to hit 6-of-6 free throws in the closing 26 seconds to seal Hanover’s victory.

Fails finished with a team-high 20 points, including 14 in the second period, and dished out a game-high six assists. Senior forward V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) had 14 points and led the team with six rebounds.

McKinney posted 13 points and senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) added 12.

The Panthers shot 56.9 percent from the field (29-of-51), marking the third time in the squad’s last seven games the unit has shot higher than 50 percent from the floor.

Hanover raised its season mark to 11-10 overall and 9-5 in the Heartland Conference. Manchester, meanwhile, slipped to 10-11 overall and 7-7 in the league.

Hanover vs. Manchester statistics

Hanover will face Franklin College, Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Franklin, Ind. The HCAC battle will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Clancy record leads track

Freshman Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) broke the school record in the pole vault and junior multi-events specialist Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) won two event to pace the Hanover College women’s track & field team at the DePauw University Small College Invitational. The meet was held Friday, Feb. 5th in Greencastle, Ind.

Clancy claimed the record she previously shared with classmate Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) with a 3.20-meter mark, placing third overall. Trimpe cleared 2.90-meters to finish fifth.

Clancy also finished fifth in the 60-meters with a season-best time of 10.27.

Hubbard leapt a season-best 5.02-meters to win long jump by over half a foot and debuted in triple jump with a 10.34-meter leap to claim her second victory of the day.

Classmate Mackenzie Dean (Greenwood, Ind.) placed third in the 3000-meter run, opening her season with a time of 11:07.84.

Hubbard joined two others in scoring in the 400-meter run, placing seventh. Freshman Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) ran 1:04.05 to place fifth, while Erika Jervis (Sheridan, Ind.) placed sixth with an indoor personal record of 1:04.99.

Seniors Kaleigh DeBeck (Cromwell, Ind.) and Rachel Smith (Brownsburg, Ind.) both scored in the 800 and mile runs. Smith placed fourth in the mile (5:32.30) and fifth in the 800 (2:29.04), while DeBeck placed sixth in the 800 (2:30.13) and seventh in the mile (5:42.78).

Junior Cami Trachtman (Carmel, Ind.) joined the duo in the mile run, running 5:37.70 to place fifth.

Senior Anni Titchenal (Lizton, Ind.) ran a personal-best 11:16.51 to place fifth in the 3000-meter run, while sophomore Casey Pennell (Indianapolis, Ind.) matched her place with a 1.48-meter leap in the high jump.

Pennell also placed fifth in the long jump with a personal-best 4.60-meter leap.

Junior Megan Richey placed fifth in the weight throw (11.30-meters) and eighth in shot put (9.07-meters).

Hanover placed third overall with 92 points behind Marian University’s 148.

McKinney nets 22, but Panthers fall in overtime

Sophomore forward Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) hit a three-pointer with :01 remaining in regulation to force overtime, but the Hanover College men’s basketball team fell to Transylvania University (Ky.), 84-78, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match in Collier Arena.

McKinney scored a team-high 22 points, while snagging eight rebounds. Senior swingman V.J. Billups (Jeffersonville, Ind.) also grabbed eight boards along with 12 points.

The Panthers, who led by as much as eight points in the first half, held a 38-32 lead at intermission. McKinney hit 3-of-6 from three-point range to score 13 points in the first half.

Classmate Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) dished four of his career-high seven assists in the first period.

The Panthers quickly built a 49-40 lead on two consecutive baskets by freshman guard Cameron Fails (Mason, Ohio) with 15:32 to play.

Transylvania answered with their own rally, using a 17-8 run to tie Hanover 57-57 at the 6:24 mark.

Trailing 61-60 with 4:16 remaining in regulation, senior forward Michael Van Kleunen (Mason, Ohio) sank a three. McKinney was fouled while the ball was in the air and converted two free throws to give the Panthers a four-point cushion, 65-61.

The Pioneers answered on the ensuing possession, but Van Kleunen hit another trey give the Panthers their largest lead (68-63) since the 10:43 mark.

Over the next several possessions, Transylvania slipped through the Panthers' defense and the Hanover lead diminished.

Two free throws eventually gave Transylvania a 71-68 lead before the McKinney trey forced overtime.

Both teams struggled to score early in overtime before a 6-0 Transylvania run forced the Panthers to foul. The Pioneers hit 9-of-`5 free throws down the stretch to put the game out of reach.

Van Kleuenen scored 14 points, while center Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored nine off the bench.

Hanover hit 14-of-18 free throws (77.8%) while shooting 17-of-62 (43.5%) from the field.

The Panthers fall to 10-10 overall and 8-5 in Heartland Conference play.

Theobald led the Pioneers with a game-high 24 points, while three others reached double digits.

Transylvania improves to 8-12 overall and 7-6 in Heartland league games.

Hanover vs. Transylvania (Ky.) statistics

Hanover will host Manchester University in a Heartland Conference clash, Saturday, Feb. 6. The game will begin at 5 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Panthers clipped late at Transylvania

A second-half rally put the Hanover College women’s basketball team back in the contest, but the Panthers ultimately lost to Transylvania University (Ky.), 89-84, in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference clash at Lexington, Ky.

Senior guard Ashley Malloy (Salem, Ind.) scored 17 points to lead four Hanover players in double figures. Freshman forward Morgan Bivins (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman guard Macy Walker (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 14 points apiece, while sophomore forward Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) added 13 points.

The Panthers trailed 45-36 at halftime and faced a 61-50 deficit with five minutes left in the third period. The squad, behind nine points by Malloy, closed the quarter with an 18-5 run to sneak into a 68-66 lead heading into the fourth period.

Hanover and Transylvania were tied three times in the first seven minutes of the final frame, including a 79-79 deadlock after a three-pointer from freshman guard Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.).

The Pioneers (14-6; 10-3 HCAC) surged ahead 83-79 with 1:23 left before Walker canned two free throws to trim the margin to 83-81 at the 1:01 mark.

Transylvania jumped ahead 87-81 with 23 seconds on the clock. However, senior guard Kelsey Block (Madison, Ind.) drained a three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to make a one-possession game.

The Pioneers picked up a turnover with 10 seconds to go and used a pair of late free throws for the final margin.

Hanover (8-12; 4-9 HCAC) posted its second-highest field-goal percentage of the season, canning 33-of-69 field-goal attempts (47.8%) with a season-best 11 three-pointers (11-of-21).

Malloy dished out a season-high seven assists.

Nash and Cromer led the Panthers on the glass with five rebounds apiece.

Hanover @ Transylvania (Ky.) statistics

Hanover returns to the hardwood, Saturday, Feb. 6, with a Heartland Conference game against Manchester University. The squads will tip off at 3 p.m. in Collier Arena.

Hubbard captures HCAC weekly honor

Junior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s field athlete of the week for her record-setting performance at the University of Indianapolis Track & Field Challenge, Jan. 29.

Hubbard, the only NCAA Division III athlete in the field, set a Hanover record with 2,997 points to win the pentathlon. She recorded career bests in two of the five events. Her effort currently ranks ninth in NCAA DIII.

Hubbard set a personal best in the high jump with a 1.49-meter leap, the fifth-best indoor jump in Hanover history. She had the event’s top mark in the shot put, 10.01 meters, which also ranks fifth in school history. She matched her season-best with a five-meter leap in the long jump, covered the 60-meter hurdles in 10.15 seconds and posted a time of 2:36.49 in the 800-meter run.

Hanover returns to action Friday, Feb. 5, at the DePauw University Invitational in Greencastle, Ind.

Feldmann breaks two records in season debut

Senior Joe Feldmann (Oregonia, Ohio) broke two school records to highlight several strong sprint performances at the Rose-Human Institute of Technology Engineer Invitational.

Feldman started the day by winning the 400-meter dash, running 50.28 seconds to break Andy Orem’s 2012 record of 50.50. The mark currently ranks 23rd in NCAA Division III.

Feldmann followed this mark by breaking the 200-meter record co-held by Orem and Kris Jenkins. Running in the third heat, Feldmann broke free of the pack early in the race and cruised to the win. His time of 23.22 seconds bested the duo’s 23.39 record and placed second overall in the invitational.

Junior sprinter Enrico Franchini (Sao Paolo, Brazil) also won his heat in a season-best 23.35 seconds, placing fourth overall. Franchini narrowly missed his life-time best of 23.35 and ranks fourth in Hanover history in the event.

Franchini also placed sixth in the 60-meter dash, running a personal-best 7.27 seconds.

The Panthers return to action Friday at the DePauw Invitational, in Greencastle, Ind., at 6 p.m.