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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

Historical men's basketball season in review

2016-17 Hanover men's basketball team shot


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Men's and women's tennis matches against Wittenberg postponed

Tennis Shot

HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover men's and women's tennis matches against Wittenberg (Ohio) have been postponed.

The Panthers and Tigers were slated for a 1 p.m. dual match on Saturday, March 25, but due to threat of precipitation, it has been postponed.

No makeup date has been scheduled yet. Stay tuned for further updates on a revised time or cancellation.

For breaking news on Hanover College Athletics, follow our social media pages, @HanoverPanthers.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Panthers drop ORLC opener to Transylvania

Abby Shroyer wins a draw control


HANOVER, Ind. – Despite six different players scoring in the contest, the Hanover women’s lacrosse team dropped its Ohio River Lacrosse Conference opener to Transylvania on Thursday, 18-9.

The home loss snaps a three-game winning streak for the Panthers (3-4, 0-1 ORLC). The Pioneers have now won five straight games and sit at 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the ORLC.

Junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse, Ile, Mich.) led the team with three goals, two of which came in the first 30 minutes of action. Also recording multiple goals was freshman Emma Boomershine (Louisville, Ky.).

The Pioneers main source of offense came from the free position attempts, where they finished 7-of-13. Hanover attempted just six free position shots, scoring once. Overall, HC was outshot 41-22.

Junior Amanda Mousa (Springboro, Ohio) faced 34 Transy shots on goal, making 16 saves. Mousa and junior Abby Shroyer (Zionsville, Ind.) each retrieved four ground balls to lead the team. Shroyer also gained a team high six draw controls.

Of Hanover’s 22 shots, 19 came on goal. Senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the team with six shots attempts, as she scored one goal. Freshman Kinna Laymon (Fishers, Ind.) tallied one goal and one assist, while recording four shot attempts.

The scoring for the contest was early and often, as the two sides combined for seven goals over the first 10 minutes of action. Fogus got the game started with a goal 30 seconds in, off an assist from Boomershine. Miller also scored unassisted for HC in the opening minutes, as the Blue and Red trailed 5-2.

After going up 2-1, Hanover was on the wrong end of a 6-2 scoring run to end the half. The Panthers trailed 7-4 at the intermission. Boomershine and Fogus tallied the HC goals, with freshman Laurel Atchinson (Florence, Ky.) picking up one assist.

Senior Maddy Jones (Carmel, Ind.) assisted on the first Hanover goal of the second half, which came from Fogus. Laymon logged her goal less than a minute after Fogus to close the gap to 8-6, with 24 minutes remaining.

A 6-1 scoring run over the next 12 minutes sealed the victory for the Pioneers, as they led 14-7 with just under 13 minutes left in the game. Sophomore Rachel Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored for HC.

The final Hanover goal came from Boomershine at the 5:35 mark of the second half. On the score, Jones recorded her second assist of the day.

The Panthers will look to bounce back with a non-conference contest against Centre (Ky.). Hanover will host the Colonels at 4 p.m. next Wednesday, March 29.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Harriers open outdoor campaign at Cedarville this Saturday

Ivy Stevens hammer throw



HANOVER, Ind. – Coming off a successful indoor campaign, the Hanover men’s and women’s track and field teams will open the outdoor season this weekend at Cedarville (Ohio).

Both Panther squads have been picked to finish among the top three at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, with the women picked to win the meet. The Hanover women are coming off a first place finish at the HCAC Indoor Championships, while the men placed fourth at the indoor conference meet.

This weekend, Hanover will begin the outdoor campaign at NCAA Division II institution Cedarville. The meet will see over 15 universities compete, with a spread covering all three NCAA divisions and schools from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The women will look to rely on senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.), who recently made program history by becoming the first Hanover athlete to compete at the NCAA Indoor National Championships. Hubbard placed 15th in the pentathlon. The senior is the reigning HCAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, while also winning the award in each of the last two indoor seasons.

Also coming off strong indoor seasons are the two sophomore pole vaulters in Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) and Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.). The two first team all-HCAC selections in 2016 also hold the top two marks in program history for the indoor and outdoor pole vault. Clancy’s height of 3.25 meters is the program’s outdoor record.

Sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) earned first team all-conference accolades this past indoor season after winning the 400m dash, while also being a member on the first place, 4x400m relay squad. Burnett was also a second team all-HCAC selection during the outdoor season last year.

On the men’s side, junior Joe Rector (Aurora, Ind.) will look to improve upon his outdoor marks in 2016, where he moved into the top five all-time at HC in the 3000, 5000, and 10000m runs. Rector also earned first team all-conference accolades last year.

Freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) is coming off a strong indoor campaign to open his HC career. Between individual and relay events, the freshman totaled 10 finishes inside the top eight in the indoor season.

In the field events, senior Ivy Stevens (Goshen, Ky.) will look to jump up the all-time list in the hammer throw. Stevens posted a personal best distance of 44.65 meters last season, moving him into fifth all-time at HC.

Running and field events for the Yellow Jacket Open will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25. The meet is schedule to end around 7 p.m. with the women’s 4x400m relay.

Contact: Tyler Jester

Hanover men to compete at Mount St. Joseph this weekend

Ashton Oaks Golf Club


HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s golf team will be in action for the second time this spring when they compete at Mount St. Joseph this weekend.

The Panthers will travel to participate in the Mount St. Joseph Spring Invitational at Ashton Oaks Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26. The North Bend, Ohio golf course will also be the host of the opening two rounds of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship during the last weekend of April.

Hanover is coming off a second place finish two weeks ago at the Franklin Spring Invitational. The Blue and Red fired off rounds of 314 and 307 for a total score of 621.

Sophomore Gabe Rohleder (Evansville, Ind.) and freshman Mitchell McElfresh (Felicity, Ohio) led the way for HC in the last tournament, tying for fifth place with a score of 154. Rohleder currently leads the Panthers with an 18-hole scoring average of 76.33 during the 2016-17 season.

Junior Tony Rogers (Indianapolis, Ind.) is second on the squad in scoring average at 76.36. Rogers and Rohleder have combined for six top 10 finishes this season.

A pair of seniors in Ben Hamilton (Henderson, Ky.) and Johnny Vidal (Harrison, Ohio) are both averaging a shade above 77 for each round. Vidal also has two top 10 individual finishes this season.

Hanover competed in a MSJ-hosted event back in the fall in Lawrenceburg, Ind., at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Club. The Panthers finished third out of four teams, falling to Thomas More and MSJ.

Contact: Tyler Jester