PERFECT 2-0 FALL SEASON: Hanover College’s women’s rugby team (pictured above) recently completed its fall season with a 2-0 record by the A-side for the first two wins in the history of the club. Rugby is a club sport at Hanover College with both women and men competing. (Submitted photo)
PERFECT 2-0 FALL SEASON: Hanover College’s women’s rugby team (pictured above) recently completed its fall season with a 2-0 record by the A-side for the first two wins in the history of the club. Rugby is a club sport at Hanover College with both women and men competing. (Submitted photo)
- Hanover College's women's rugby team remained perfect on the year with a 47-10 win over Earlham Sunday, Nov. 4, at Hanover.

Nichole Marquez got the Panthers out to a 14-0 lead with two quick scores. Jordan Martell, Libby Bower, Alex Forward and Carrie Knauer also scored trys in the first half and Knauer converted all six trys to give Hanover a 42-0 halftime lead.

Ruthie Lewis scored two trys for Earlham in the 2nd half sandwiched around a Chelsea Bowman score for the Panthers to make the final margin 47-10. Hanover's A-side completed the fall season at 2-0, the first two victories in club history.

In the B-side game, Hanover defeated an Earlham team supplemented by Hanover players 37-5. Sarinna Dazey and Martell had two trys each. Nichole Marquez, Taylor Forsyth, Kaylie Brown added trys for Hanover. Earlham's lone score was made by Hanover's Bower.

- Hanover College's men's rugby team lost at DePauw 24-14 on Sunday.

DePauw jumped out to a 19-0 half time lead, but the Panthers fought back with two quick trys by Fily Marinez in the second half, one converted by Cameron Graca the other by Dakota McCoy to make the score 19-14.

Hanover had three chances to pound the ball in from about five meters out, but failed to capitalize. A late turnover lead to a final DePauw try and the final margin of 24-14.

Hanover ended the fall season at 0-2.

- The Level 3 gymnasts from Madison Gymnastics World took first place team honors at the Bug Bite Invite in Bloomington over the weekend.

Rori Ware took first-place in the 7-year-old division by sweeping every category. She won the vault with a score of 9.4, the bars with 8.95, the beam with 9.3, and the floor with 9.2.

Meaghan Kramer won the eight and up division. She won the beam with a score of 9.65 and the floor with a 9.5 and was second in the vault with a 9.5.

Other individual honors were: 6-under - Peighton Chatham, first, beam (8.7), first, floor (8.6), second, vault (8.8), third, bars (7.05), second all-around; Alexa Yeomans, first, vault (8.9), second, beam (8.45); Brooke Hay, first, vault (8.9), second, floor (8.5), second, beam (8.45), third, all-around. 7-year old - Emily Franklin, third, floor; Molly Ambrecht, second, bars (8.8); Emmaline Leatherman, third, beam (8.65), third, all-around; Parker Mefford, third, vault (9.1). 8-up - Annabelle Bear, second, floor (9.3).

- Hanover College's Kaitlin McCulloch has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer Defensive Most Valuable Player.

McCulloch, a senior back from Florence, Ky., was a star on a defensive unit that allowed only 10 goals and posted 10 shutouts in 19 matches this season, including only four goals allowed in conference play.

Hanover's Tricia Walsh, a sophomore from Amelia, Ohio, was also named to the All-HCAC team. Shannon Grueter, a senior from Cincinnati, and Rachel Alvis, a freshman from Cincinnati, were named to the All-HCAC Second Team. Jennie Dumaine, a senior from California, Ky., was named to the All-Sportsmanship team.

Earlham's Joy Doucette was named the conference's Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Rose-Hulman's Lucinda Combs was named freshman of the year and Earlham's Shane Meredith was named coach of the year.

- Hanover College's Kylie Justus has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference's Defensive Most Valuable Player in volleyball for the second-straight year.

Justus, a junior defensive specialist from Crawfordsville, was the backbone of the Hanover defense all season. She ranked second in the conference with a 5.56 digs per set average during conference play and posted a conference-leading 6.01 average in all contests. During Hanover's 32 matches, Justus totaled 691 digs on the year.

Sarah Quebe, a senior from Indianapolis, was also named to the All-HCAC squad. Megan Keller, a junior from Cincinnati, was named to honorable mention and to the All-Sportsmanship team. Sarah Hasewinkle, a sophomore from Zionsville, was also honorable mention.

Rose-Hulman's Anna Lewer was named Most Valuable Player, Manchester's Sarah Pruden was named Freshman of the Year, and Defiance's Brie Brenner was named Coach of the Year.


- Hanover College's Matt Grau has been named to the All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Men's Soccer team.

Grau, a sophomore from Cincinnati, was also named to the league's sportsmanship team.

John Wittich, a junior from West Chester, Ohio, and Joaquin Acuna, a freshman from Santiago, Chile, were named to the All-HCAC second team from Hanover.

Transylvania's Kyle Smith was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player while Rose-Hulman's Mike Schiff was named Defensive Most Valuable Player. Franklin's Austin Fundenberger was named Freshman of the Year and Rose-Hulman's Sean Helliwell was named Coach of the Year.

- Madison's junior varsity girls basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 34-17 win over Switzerland County on Friday.

Annelise Hackney led the Cubs with seven points while Raven Lee and Katie Hartman had six points each.

Makenzie Mathews led Switzerland with seven points.

On Tuesday, Madison hammered South Dearborn 46-12 at home.

Hartman had 17 points to lead the Cubs while Hackney scored nine.

Madison, now 2-0, visits Salem on Saturday.

- Madison's seventh-grade boys basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 48-31 win over South Dearborn on Monday.

Braydon Perry led the Bears with 18 points and Connor Thurnall had eight.

Madison visits Switzerland County on Thursday.

- The Girls on the Run 5K Fun Run will be held Saturday starting at 9 a.m.

The race will begin at Madison Junior High School and the registration fee is $15. To register, visit

- Shawe Memorial will hold its boys basketball soap and towel game on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The entry fee will be towels or laundry detergent to be used by the team this season.

- The Carroll County boys and girls basketball programs will hold their annual Black and Gold scrimmage on Tuesday starting at 6 p.m.

Admission is a canned food for the local food pantry.

- The Switzerland County High School girls basketball team will be holding an Angel Tree Game Toy Drive on Dec. 11.

The Lady Pacers host South Ripley that day and fans are asked to bring a new, never opened toy and will be entered to win free Nike Pacer gear. The drawing will be held at the end of the third quarter.

- The Hanover College Dance Team is offering Hip Hop/Jazz dance lessons for local girls ages 7-12 on Sundays from 4-5 p.m. with one of the team members.

For more info, contact Marissa Disbrow at

- Fast pitch softball group lessons for hitting, defense, and pitching are forming soon. Group lessons will be held on Sunday afternoons and space is limited.

For more info, call Kevin Brierly at (812) 866-3098 or (513) 594-9903.