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

Allison Nash drives to the basket against Franklin


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.

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Coaches, Hubbard honored with top awards to highlight all-HCAC selections for Hanover women

HCAC Indoor all-conference graphic





GREENWOOD, Ind. – Senior Savannah Hubbard (Madison, Ind.) has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season and the Hanover women’s track and field coaches have been selected as the Coaching Staff of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers won their first indoor HCAC title last weekend for the first time since winning back-to-back conference championships in 2012 and 2013. As a result, head coach Brian Power and the rest of the coaching staff were honored with the HCAC Coach of the Year award.

Hubbard totaled 34 points in the conference championship, tying for the highest individual point total in the meet, as she earned her third consecutive HCAC Field Athlete of the Year award combining the indoor and outdoor seasons. She was also named to the second team all-conference for the indoor season, giving her three second team and one first team all-conference indoor awards in her career.

Competing in six individual events, Hubbard placed fourth or better on four separate occasions in the conference championship last weekend. She used a personal best jump of 5.42 meters to place second in the long jump, while also breaking her own school record in the triple jump at 10.85 meters to also place second.

The 4x400m relay team, which secured the conference championship with a first place finish in the relay event earned first team accolades. Sophomore Teal Burnett (Marshall, Ill.) not only was a member of the 4x400 team that won, but she also took home first place in the 400m dash with a time of 1:02.03. She also placed second with the 4x200m relay team and fifth in the 200m dash.

Joining Burnett on the 4x400m relay team and first team all-conference is freshman Kenna Hunter (Mooresville, Ind.) and seniors Erika Jervis (Cicero, Ind.) and Brittany Ferrell (Hillsboro, Ohio). The group posted a time of 4:12.35, the second fastest in program history.

Hunter also added second place finishes in the 400m and 4x200m relay. Jervis added a third place finish with the distance medley relay team, while Ferrell placed fourth in the 800m.

Burnett and Hunter teamed up with freshmen Simone Henderson (Liberty Township, Ohio) and Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) in the 4x200m relay event. Henderson and Beasley were named to the second team for their performance. Henderson added a pair of fourth place finishes in the 60m and 200m, while Beasley was seventh in the 60m hurdles.

The DMR squad finished with a time of 13:35.61, placing third this last Saturday. Sophomores Morgan Hamilton (Centerville, Ind.) and Amanda Stump (Garrett, Ind.), along with junior Stephanie Simpson (Watertown, Tenn.) earned honorable mention accolades for the finish. Hamilton also placed seventh in the one mile run.

All-conference awards are given out based out an individual’s best finish at the HCAC Championships. First team honors are awarded to those that place first, second place finishers receive second team accolades, and anyone that places third is named to the honorable mention team.

Hanover will continue the indoor season this weekend with the Fred Wilt Invitational at Anderson.

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Men's track and field garners four first team all-HCAC picks for the indoor season

HCAC Indoor all-conference graphic





GREENWOOD, Ind. – The Hanover men’s track and field team earned nine indoor all-conference selections from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers received four first place members, all from the distance medley relay squad. The DMR team of freshmen Hananiah Davis (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hayden Veach (Shelbyville, Ind.), junior Andrew Strong (Poland, Ind.) and senior Jack Simon (Lexington, Ky.) placed first at the HCAC Championships this past weekend, earning the program’s first victory in a conference championship relay event. The relay group ran the second fastest time in school history at 10:50.93.

Simon went on two score in two individual events, including the 800 meter and one mile runs. Strong, a 2016 second team selection, teamed up with three members from the 4x200m relay team to place fourth in the 4x400m relay.

The 4x200m relay squad of seniors Gavin Alexander (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Enrico Franchini (Sao Paulo, Brazil), sophomore Darrell Payne (Indianapolis, Ind.) and freshman Samuel Pyle (Goshen, Ky.) picked up honorable mention accolades for their performance at the conference meet. The 4x200 team finished the 800 meters in 1:33.05, placing third at the meet and third all-time at HC.

Alexander, Franchini and Payne, all 2016 second team picks, joined Strong on the 4x400m relay as they recorded a time of 3:35.36. Pyle went on to place eighth in the 400m dash.

Junior Jacob Sofronko (Ridgeville, Ind.) also earned honorable mention all-HCAC accolades, as he placed third in the men’s weight throw. Sofronko posted a mark of 15.54 meters, which set a new school record.

All-conference awards are given out based out an individual’s best finish at the HCAC Championships. First team honors are awarded to those that place first, second place finishers receive second team accolades, and anyone that places third is named to the honorable mention team.

Hanover will continue the indoor season this weekend with the Fred Wilt Invitational at Anderson.

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Men's Lacrosse Preview: Attackmen

Brock Warner looks to fire off a shot

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s lacrosse team will open up the 2017 season this weekend, so we will conclude our three-part preview series today by looking at the attackmen on this year’s roster.



Despite the relative inexperience as a whole, Hanover will have the luxury of returning its top goal scorer from a season ago in sophomore Joe DeLeo (Waterford, Mich.). DeLeo was third in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference last season in goals per game at 2.19, as he totaled a team high 35 goals in 2016. As a freshman, DeLeo also added 17 assists, as his 52 total points was fifth in the ORLC, earning him first team all-conference accolades.

Senior Brock Warner (Greenwood, Ind.) also returns in 2017, as he was an honorable mention all-ORLC pick last year. Warner started in all 16 games a season ago, logging 22 goals and 20 assists. His 42 total points were good enough to tie for second on the squad and 10th in the ORLC. Over the past two seasons, Warner has totaled 36 goals and 24 assists in just 22 games played.

Also coming back for his sophomore campaign in 2017 is Gage Hafl (Hamilton, Ohio). Hafl recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in his first year with the Blue and Red. Freshman Alex Eash (Goshen, Ind.) will also look to impress this season.

Hanover will open the regular season with a non-conference contest at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 25. The Panthers first game of 2017 will be at Centre (Ky.). In last year’s season opener, HC dropped a home contest to the Colonels, 10-9. Centre won its opener against Mount St. Joseph last weekend, 19-2.

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Men's basketball climbs to No. 16 in national poll

Colin Smith dribbles down the floor

D3Hoops Poll


HANOVER, Ind. – For the second consecutive week, the Hanover men’s basketball team is ranked among the Top 25 nationally in the Poll, as they jumped up six spots in this week’s edition.

The Panthers entered the poll last week at No. 22 after being in the receiving votes category for four straight weeks. This week, HC has moved all the way up to No. 16 in the national poll.

Last week marked the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Blue and Red were among the top 25 in the poll. Hanover was ranked as high as No. 17 that season, making this week’s positioning the highest in the past seven seasons.

In the NCAA regional rankings, which came out last Wednesday, Feb. 15, the Panthers were ranked fourth, but they have a chance to catapult up into the top two in the Great Lakes region after defeating Mount St. Joseph, who was ranked third in the region. The second team in the Great Lakes, Hope (Mich.), also fell in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play last week.

The Blue and Red capped the regular season last week with a pair of road victories over MSJ and Bluffton. With the win over MSJ, the Panthers secured their first HCAC regular season title since the 2004-05 season.

With the top spot in the final HCAC standings, Hanover now has the honors of hosting the entire HCAC Tournament this weekend. Conference tournament play will begin with a pair of Opening Round games on Friday evening, but the Panthers will make their tournament debut in the semifinals against the winner of the four-five matchup between Rose-Hulman and Transylvania.

Hanover’s semifinal game is set for a 5 p.m. tip-off on Saturday, Feb. 25, inside Collier Arena. If HC is successful in defending its home court on Saturday, they will compete in the HCAC Tournament Championship at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

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

Women's basketball huddle during timeout



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.

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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.

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Hanover to host HCAC Men's Basketball Tournament this weekend

HCAC Men's Basketball Championship Logo



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.

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

Women track and field win conference championship


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 Championship.

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 Rose-Hulman, 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 the Panthers 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 a Rose-Hulman runner early and pulled away at the end, securing the event and team championship for Hanover. The 4x400 squad finished in a time of 4:12.35, marking the second-fastest effort in school history.

Burnett also pulled off the only other first-place finish for the women, finishing the 400-meter dash in 1:02.03. Her time set a new personal record, while also moving her into fourth all-time at Hanover. The sophomore also placed fifth in the 200 meters 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 5.42 meters set a new personal record, while her distance of 10.85 meters broke her own school record by nearly two-tenths of a meter.

In the 200 meters, 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 seconds, moving her into fourth in program history. Henderson also improved on her already top-five 60-meter dash time, finishing in 8.20 seconds to place fourth.

Henderson, along with Burnett and Hunter, teamed with freshman Kara Beasley (Mooresville, Ind.) to run in the 4x200-meter 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 60-meter 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 against classmate Emily Clancy (Columbus, Ind.) to pick up the fourth-place finish, as the 3.24-meter vault set her new career record.

Freshman Eve Galbreath (Vevay, Ind.) competed in her first conference championship, placing seventh in the shot put. Her throw of 11.02 meters 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


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