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Women's basketball hosts Franklin in HCAC Opening Round on Tuesday

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s basketball team is back into the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament after a year of vacancy, and will begin tournament play with a home contest against Franklin in the Opening Round at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening.

The Panthers (13-12, 11-7 HCAC) finished the regular season tied for fourth in the HCAC standings with Franklin, but won the tiebreaker to earn the conference tournament’s No. 4 seed and opportunity to host an Opening Round game. Hanover is coming off a 1-1 week to cap the regular season, including a 68-55 home win over Mount St. Joseph last Wednesday. The Panthers fell later in the week at Bluffton, 83-68.

This will be Hanover’s first appearance in the HCAC Tournament since winning it in the 2014-15 season. The Panthers were the No. 2 seed in the 2014-15 HCAC Tournament, as they went on to defeat Rose-Hulman in the semifinal round, before taking down the host, Transylvania, in the championship game, 106-98. A win over Franklin would give HC three consecutive HCAC Tournament victories and its seventh conference tournament win in the last eight games, after winning the 2014-15 and 2012-13 tournaments and appearing in 2013-14 championship game.

The Panthers have been paced in scoring by junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) this season. The junior has been one of the more consistent scorers for HC this year, averaging just under 11 points per game. Nash scored in double figures in both games last week, including a 17-point performance at Bluffton. She is also among the HCAC’s best in field goal percentage, entering the tournament with a .514 shooting clip.

Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season in last Wednesday’s victory over MSJ, totaling 14 points and 11 rebounds. Motter is averaging 8.8 points per game, while also leading the team in rebounds per game at 6.8 per game.

Despite a low scoring performance in the two games last week, freshman Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per game. Nall is also among the top six in the HCAC in shooting percentage, coming in at 48.6 percent.

Hanover and Franklin split the two regular season meetings this year, as both teams won on their home courts. The Panthers picked up a 67-46 decision back on Jan. 18, but fell in overtime in the last meeting on Feb. 8, 70-63. The Blue and Red have won the past two meetings versus the Grizzlies in the HCAC Tournament.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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McKinney garners HCAC weekly award for the second time this seaosn

Wes McKinney drives to the hoop against Earlham

GREENWOOD, Ind. – For the second time this season, junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.) of the Hanover men’s basketball team has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the week.

McKinney also garnered the weekly honor back on Dec. 12 of this season, as this week’s award gives No. 22 Hanover four total player of the week awards this year.

The junior averaged 17.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, recording a pair of double-doubles, as the Panthers captured their first HCAC Regular Season championship since the 2004-05 season with two road wins last week.

In the opener last week, McKinney recorded 11 points and 10 rebounds, as HC defeated Mount St. Joseph 72-64, clinching the conference regular season title outright. He went on to post a game high 23 points and 12 rebounds in the 65-64 win at Bluffton on Saturday. McKinney made 9-of-12 field goal attempts in the win over the Beavers, shooting 75 percent from the floor.

On the week, McKinney shot 60 percent from the field (12-20), as he helped guide the Panthers to the top team field goal shooting percentage in all of NCAA Division III.

For the season, the junior is averaging a team high 18.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. McKinney’s totals also rank fifth and first respectively in the HCAC. He is shooting 51.2 percent from the field through the first 24 games and has a .414 shooting clip from behind the arc.

Hanover is 21-3 overall and finished HCAC regular season play with a 16-2 mark. The team will host the HCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament in its entirety this weekend, beginning with the Opening Round games on Friday, Feb. 24. The Panthers will open tournament play with a 5 p.m. semifinal contest against Rose-Hulman or Transylvania on Saturday, and a win would vault HC to the 2 p.m. championship game on Sunday, Feb. 26.

For full coverage on the 2017 HCAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, click here.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Hanover to host HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament this weekend

HCAC Men's Basketball Championship Logo

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HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover College will have the privilege of hosting the entire 2017 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament, after the Panthers secured the top seed after regular season play.

The Blue and Red will host the three-day tournament this weekend, Friday, Feb. 24, through Sunday, Feb. 26, with the tournament winner earning the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA National Tournament.

The Opening Round of the HCAC Tournament will consist of two games, with the first contest beginning with at 6 p.m., and the second game following shortly after. The first Opening Round contest will feature the No. 4 seed, Rose-Hulman and the No. 5 seed, Transylvania, with the winner set to face the top-seeded Panthers in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The night cap in the Opening Round will be the No. 3 seed, Anderson and No. 6 seed, Manchester, as the winner will advance to face No. 2, Mount St. Joseph in the second semifinal on Saturday.

The HCAC Tournament Championship game is set to take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with the highest remaining seed as the home team.

Live stats and video links will be available for all tournament games at Hanover’s and the HCAC’s tournament webpages, which can be found at the top of this release.

Admission to the HCAC Tournament is available for $8 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and non-HCAC affiliated students. Children 11 and under, HCAC students and HCAC faculty and staff members are admitted free with valid campus identification.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Women's track wins HCAC Indoor Championship for third time in six seasons

Women track and field win conference championship

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – For the third time in the past six years, the Hanover women’s track and field team has won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.

The Panthers, who won back-to-back indoor titles in 2012 and 2013, recorded 130 total points in the 2017 championship event, outlasting host Rose-Hulman and Manchester, who ended up with 126 and 120 points respectively.

The Panthers’ 130 points marks the highest total for the team since the 2014 indoor championship.

After 10 completed events, Hanover was tied in the team scoring with RHIT, and after 15 events, the Panthers led the Fightin’ Engineers by eight points.

The championship title came down to the final event of the day, the 4x400 meter relay. The Blue and Red sent out sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) in the first leg as she gave HC the early advantage. Competing in her final indoor conference championship, senior Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) ran second for HC, keeping them within the top two as Manchester led heading into the final two legs.

Senior Erika Jervis (Cicero, Ind.) took the handoff from her classmate and sprinted to the front of the pack, handing off to freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) for the final 400 meters. In the biggest race of her collegiate career, Hunter held off the RHIT runner early and pulled away at the end, securing the event and team championship victories for HC. The 4x400 squad finished in a time of 4:12.35, the second fastest in school history.

Burnett also pulled off the only other first place finish for the women, finishing the 400m dash in 1:02.03. Her 400m time set a new personal record, while also moving her into fourth all-time at HC. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 200m, with a personal best time of 27.40.

Recording a team high 34 points was senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). The senior was busy, competing in six events, placing fourth or better on four separate occasions. Hubbard’s best finishes came in the long jump and triple jump, where she placed second in both events. Her long jump distance of 5.42m set a new personal record, while her distance of 10.85m broke her own school record by nearly 0.2 meters.

In the 200m, Hanover grabbed the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots. Freshman Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) paced the Panther runners with a personal best time of 27.39, moving her into fourth in program history. Henderson also improved on her already top-five 60m dash time, finishing in 8.20 seconds to place fourth.

Henderson, along with Burnett and Hunter, teamed up with freshman Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) to run in the 4x200m relay. The all-underclassman group placed second in the meet, crossing the finish line in 1:49.85, the second fastest time in school history.

The 60m hurdles also saw three Panthers score, including Hubbard, whose time of 9.56 seconds was good enough for third overall and third in school history. Beasley and classmate Michelle Witt (Carmel, Ind.) placed sixth and seventh respectively.

Two women’s pole vaulters logged a height of 3.24 meters, placing fourth and fifth in the event. Sophomore Erin Trimpe (New Palestine, Ind.) won the tiebreaker over classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) to pick up the fourth place finish, as the 3.24m set a new career record for her.

Freshman Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) competed in her first conference championship, placing seventh in the shot put. Her throw of 11.02m is the second longest mark in school history.

Hanover will continue the 2017 indoor slate with its first of two last chance meets next Saturday, Feb. 25, at Anderson.



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Distance medley relay highlights Panthers' day at the HCAC Indoor Championships

Distance Medley relay squad finishes first at conference championship

RESULTS

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team recorded its second highest point total in the past seven Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, placing fourth as a team on Saturday.

Hanover totaled 65.5 points, ranking fourth in the 10-team championship meet. Host Rose-Hulman recorded 247.50 points to earn the men’s conference championship team award.

Highlighting the conference meet was the distance medley relay squad of senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.), junior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.), and freshmen Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.). The quartet picked up the only first place finish for the Hanover men, as their time of 10:50.93 not only paced the field, but is also the second fastest time in school history. Veach’s final leg of 4:22 pushed the Panthers to the front of the pack.

Simon went on to add two top-eight finishes in individual events as well. The senior was sixth in the one mile run, as his time of 4:36.07 marked his fastest interval this season. He also placed seventh in the 800m with a time of 2:04.92.

Two school records fell on Saturday, with both coming in field events. Junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) moved from fourth all-time at HC to the top spot with a throw of 15.54 meters. Sofronko placed third in the event.

Breaking his own school record was freshman Ethan Monnin (Minster, Ohio). Monnin placed fourth in the pole vault, improving his school record to 4.10m.

Sophomore Jacob Hedrick (Memphis, Ind.) added a pair of top five finishes in the distance events. Hedrick was fourth in the 5000m with a time of 15:38.41. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 3000m, as his time of 9:07.23 set a new personal best.

The 4x200m relay squad placed third overall and third in school history with a time of 1:33.05. Seniors Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) teamed with sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) for the 800m relay time.

Pyle went on to place ninth in the 200m with the second fastest time in school history, 23.20, while also placing eighth in the 400m with the fifth fastest time at HC, 52.60.

Freshman Zac Butler (Clayton, Ind.) was eighth in the 60m dash after both the preliminaries and finals runs. Butler’s prelim time of 7.22 marked the third fastest in program history. He added a time of 7.27 seconds in the finals.

Hanover will have two last chance meets to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Panthers will next travel to Anderson for the Fred Wilt Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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No. 22 men's basketball survives late push from Bluffton in 65-64 road win

Wes McKinney makes a wrap-around pass

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BLUFFTON, Ohio – Behind a game high 23 points and 12 rebounds from junior Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind.), the No. 22 Hanover men’s basketball team survived a road contest at Bluffton on Saturday afternoon, 65-64.

The Panthers (21-3, 16-2 HCAC) received a pair of free throws from junior Colin Smith (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 32 seconds remaining to go in front 65-62. Bluffton (13-12, 6-12 HCAC) also capitalized on a pair of shots from the foul line on its next possession, closing the gap to 65-64 with 15 seconds left to play.

Hanover missed on the front end of a one-and-one situation, giving the Beavers the final possession of the game with a chance to win. The Blue and Red forced an errant layup with three seconds remaining and after giving up an offensive rebound, forced another miss in the final second, securing their seventh straight victory.

With his 23 point-12 rebound effort, McKinney recorded his 10th double-double of the season, which leads the HCAC. McKinney made 9-of-12 field goal attempts, while also going 2-for-2 from three-point range and 3-for-3 at the charity stripe.

Smith finished with eight points, four rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Cam Fails (Mason, Ohio) recorded a team high five assists, while also adding seven points.

Senior Corey Muchmore (Cincinnati, Ohio) and junior Levi Buck (Pendleton, Ind.) also tallied in double figure scoring efforts with 11 and 10 points respectively.

Hanover finished the contest with a 54.3 percent shooting clip, making 25-of-46 field goal attempts. The Blue and Red took a season low in three-point attempts, seven, but made four shots from deep.

With the season low in three-point tries, HC relied on its inside game to pick up the victory, outgaining the Beavers 42-20 in points in the paint. Bluffton held an 11-8 edge in offensive rebounds, but it was the Panthers that posted a 15-5 advantage in second chance points.

Leading by just two points early on, HC used an 11-2 run to balloon its lead to 11 points, 19-8, with 9:21 remaining in the opening half. The 11-point lead was the largest of the game for the Blue and Red.

The Beavers rallied to take a first half lead with nine seconds remaining, but a tip-in from sophomore Nick White (New Albany, Ind.) in the closing moments gave HC a 29-28 lead at the intermission.

Bluffton opened the second half with an 11-4 run, taking its largest lead of the contest at 39-33, with 17:23 left to play. Hanover also led by as many as six points in the second half, as a layup from Muchmore put them in front 61-55 with 5:27 remaining.

The Panthers never trailed in the final 5:27, finishing the regular season with a program best 16-2 HCAC record.

Hanover, who clinched the HCAC regular season title this past Wednesday, will host the entire HCAC Tournament next weekend, Feb. 24-26. The Panthers will await the winner of the game between the fourth seed, Rose-Hulman, and the fifth seed, Transylvania.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Women’s basketball falls to Bluffton in regular season finale

Allison Nash closes out on defense

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BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Hanover women’s basketball team went on the road for its final regular season game of the year and fell 83-68 to Bluffton Saturday afternoon.

The Panthers finish the regular season 13-12 overall and 11-7 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Beavers upped their record to 21-4 overall and 15-3 in league play.

Freshman Maleha Motter (Danville, Ind.) made a jumper midway through the first quarter to give Hanover a 7-3 lead, but Bluffton scored the next six points to go in front 9-7.

With the Panthers ahead 15-14 late in the opening period, Bluffton hit a three-pointer to end the quarter and take a two-point advantage into the second quarter.

The Beavers pushed the lead to six at the 6:36 mark, only to see Hanover go on a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 26-23.

Bluffton, however, rebounded to score eight of the final 12 points of the half for a 31-30 lead at the break.

After a Beaver lay-up to open the second half extended the lead to three, junior Allison Nash (Speedway, Ind.) made one of two free throw attempts to cut the lead to two points.

From there, Bluffton slowly began to pull away and pushed the lead to as many as 11 in the third quarter, but Hanover closed the gap to 55-53 early in the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run.

A pair of free throws at the 3:33 mark cut the Beaver’s lead to five points, but the home team went 5 of 5 from the floor and 6 of 7 from the charity stripe in a 16-4 run to pull away for the eventual 15-point victory.

After tying a season-high with 10 three-pointers made earlier in the week, the Panthers were limited to only one made three-pointer against Bluffton.

Nash led Hanover with a team-high 17 points and four rebounds as she made eight of her 11 attempts from the field. Sophomore Claire Cromer (Wabash, Ind.) also finished in double figures as she scored 13 points off the bench.

The Panthers will enter the 2017 HCAC Tournament as the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Franklin Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Collier Arena. The two teams split a pair of regular season games with each team winning at home. Hanover’s hot shooting in the first game earned the Panthers a 67-46 win, while Franklin won 70-63 in overtime in the second meeting.

Contact: Mike Pritchard

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Women's Lacrosse Preview: Midfielders

Mallory Fogus looks to score against Franklin

HANOVER, Ind. – After previewing the defenders and net minders last week, we will dive into a deeper look at the midfield position for the Hanover women’s lacrosse team, as they open the 2017 season in a little over a week.

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The Panthers will have the benefit of returning their leading scorer from the past two seasons in junior Mallory Fogus (Grosse Ile, Mich.). Fogus, a second team all-Ohio River Lacrosse Conference pick in 2015, earned first team accolades last season. In two years with the Blue and Red, Fogus has totaled 62 goals, 12 assists and 74 points. She added 30 goals and eight assists last season, ranking in the top 15 in the ORLC in goals scored. Fogus was also 13-for-22 in scoring on free position attempts, as her goal percentage on such opportunities of .542 was second in the ORLC and among the top 75 in the nation.

Senior Isabella Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) will also return this season. Miller appeared in all 16 games a season ago, recording 12 goals and five assists offensively. She was also fourth in ground balls, 27, while also ranking second on the team in caused turnovers, 16.

Also appearing in all 16 games last season was sophomore Hannah Mundt (Prospect, Ky.). Mundt had four of her five shots on goal last year, as she totaled one goal and two assists. Defensively, Mundt logged 19 ground balls and seven caused turnovers.

Hanover and first year head coach Brandon Allwood will open the new season with a 3 p.m. contest at Rhodes (Tenn.) on Mon. Feb. 27.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Men's Lacrosse Preview: Midfielders

Sam Green prepares for a face off

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team is just over a week away from opening the 2017 campaign, so let us delve deeper into this year’s roster.

Last week we took an in-depth look at the goalkeepers and defenders. This week we will overview the midfielders on the 2017 squad.

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At the midfield position, sophomore Sam Green (Beaumaris, Australia) returns after being one of the best in the nation in face-offs in 2016. The 2016 Ohio River Lacrosse Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team selection, won over 66 percent of his face-off attempts, ranking in the top 20 in all of NCAA Division III. He was also ranked ninth among all Division III midfielders. Green added five goals and two assists offensively as well.

A pair of 2016 ORLC Second Team selections return for another season in junior Chad Szczublewski (La Grange, Ky.) and sophomore Bret Schell (Dayton, Ohio). The two midfielders combined for nearly 34 percent of the goal scoring last year. Szczublewski ranked second on the team and seventh in the ORLC with 30 goals. The junior also added 12 assists for a total of 42 points, which was among the top 10 in the conference.

Schell’s first season with HC was a good one, as he was third on the team in scoring. His 26 goals were also 12th best in the ORLC. Ranking second on the team in assists with 15, Schell was among the top 15 in the conference in both assists and total points, 41.

Senior Dakota Kwasny (Port Washington, Wis.) is also back in the midfield for the Blue and Red in 2017. Kwasney appeared in just 12 games last season, but recorded eight goals and two assists in the limited action.

As a long stick middie, sophomore Evan Bartlett (Oxford, Ohio) will look to assist the youthful defense this year. Bartlett totaled 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers in 2016.

The Panthers will also sprinkle in a talented freshmen group at every position this year, as 18 of the 24 players on the roster are freshmen and sophomores.

Hanover opens the regular season with a 1 p.m. contest at Centre (Ky.), on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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Panthers prepped for HCAC Indoor Championships

Brittany Ferrell runs in the 800 meter

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HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover women’s track and field team will hope to return to the form from a few seasons ago, when they won back-to-back Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor championships in 2012 and 2013, as they compete in the league meet this weekend.

The Panthers have never failed to finish outside the top four in the team scoring over the past six indoor conference championships, put are coming off a fourth place finish a year ago. Hanover will look to return to the top of the HCAC this weekend, as the conference championships will take place at Rose-Hulman at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Hanover is no stranger to the RHIT facility this year, competing at Engineer-hosted events in the first two weeks of the indoor campaign. The Panthers have three top three finishes as a team this season, including a 181-point performance, which earned them first place at the DePauw Small College Invitational back on Feb. 3.

The Blue and Red will have the luxury of having the reigning HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Most Outstanding Field Athlete on their side in senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.). Hubbard has not disappointed this year, as she has 17 top-five finishes in her final indoor campaign. Hubbard has enjoyed strong performances at the HCAC Championships in the past, as she has recorded points for the team scoring in nine individual events over the past two conference meets. She will return this year to defend her 2016 HCAC indoor long jump title, while also looking to improve upon finishes in the 200m, 400m, 60m hurdle, and triple jump.

Her classmate Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio) will return to the HCAC Indoor Championships for the first time since 2014, as she will compete in the 800m and 4x400m relay. In the 2014 conference meet, Ferrell placed seventh in the 400m, while also being a part of the 4x400m and distance medley relay teams, earning second team all-HCAC honors. The senior has ran in the 800m twice this season, setting a new personal record last time out, finishing in 2:30.04.

Sophomore Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) is scheduled to compete in the pole vault, as she set the school record in the event earlier this season. Clancy posted a height of 3.27 meters in the opening meet of the season, Rose-Hulman Friday Night Invitational, following it up with a 3.20 meter performance the following weekend at RHIT. She placed fourth in the event in last year’s conference meet.

Clancy’s classmate Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) will compete in four events this year, after competing in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays last season. Burnett will again participate on the two relay squads, which posted top six finishes in 2016, while also adding the 200m and 400m to her schedule. The sophomore set a personal best in the 400m earlier this year, racing in at 1:03.05.

Freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) will be making her conference championship debut this weekend, but has fond memories of competing at RHIT earlier this season. Hunter finished first in the 400m in the opening meet of the season, posting the third fastest time in school history, 1:01.82, en route to being named HCAC women’s track athlete of the week. Her conference weekly award started a streak of three consecutive awards for HC, as Burnett and Hubbard each added the award in the following weeks.

Contact: Tyler Jester

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