Hanover’s cross country teams opened the 2019 season with a sweep of their own Invitational on campus on Saturday.

The Panthers, whose original opener was canceled due to weather last week, scored 35 points to win the men’s race and 22 points to win the women’s race.

Arig Tong, a sophomore from Columbus, led the Hanover women with a second-place overall in 19:52.5. Leah Anders, a freshman from Switzerland County High School, was fourth in 20:21.8, Brianna Medcalf was fifth in 20:46.7, Ariel Barlow was seventh in 21:30.2 and Caitlin Naghdi was ninth in 22:12.18.

Other results for the Hanover women were: Sawyer Osmun, 15th, 23:01.01; Madison Van Winkle, 16th, 23:15.9; Maddie McHugh, 18th, 23:22.7; Allison Handorf, 21st, 23:34.0; and Lexi Gurr, 37th, 25:43.8.

Hanover alumni Emily Cochard won the race. Cochard, now 33 and 10 years removed from her Hanover days, crossed the line in 19:48.9.

Andrew Clegg, a junior from Indianapolis, led the Hanover men with a second-place finish in 20:19.1. Hayden Veach was fourth in 20:33.2, Andy Vilardo was seventh in 20:52.8, Michael Taylor was 10th in 21:01.1, and Cooper Hanson was 12th in 21:05.1. Robert Hoegeman placed 26th in 23:37.9 in a non-scoring run for the Panthers.

Hanover alumni Rick Veach, 53, finished 39th in the race in 26:55.1.

Team scores in the women’s race were: Hanover, 22; Thomas More, 59; Franklin, 74; Transylvania, 98; Mount St. Joseph, 109; and Oakland City, 165.

Team scores in the men’s race were: Hanover, 35; Franklin, 52; Thomas More, 56; Transylvania, 78; and Mount St. Joseph, 126.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 21 when it competes in the McNichols Invitational at Rose-Hulman.

Women’s soccer wins two

Hanover’s women’s soccer team picked up a pair of victories over the weekend.

The Panthers knocked off Millikin (Ohio) 2-1 at home on Saturday, then scored a 1-0 road victory over Sewanee (Tenn.) on Sunday.

Josie Dattilo, a freshman from Montgomery, Ohio, and Autumn Boothby, a sophomore from Mount Orab, Ohio, each scored goals in Hanover’s victory over Millikin on Saturday.

Hanover did all of its scoring in the second half after trailing 1-0 at intermission.

Boothby struck first when she used passes from Abby Howes and Ruby Kate Gray to tie the score at 1-1 in the 52nd minute. Dattilo then hammered in the game-winner for the Panthers in the 75th minute off an assist by Anna Smith.

Hanover out-shot Millikin 20-6 in the game. Goalie Amanda Carmosino stopped five shots to pick up the win.

Brandi Brock, a senior from Cincinnati, scored what proved to be the only goal of the game in the 24th minute to lift Hanover past Sewanee.

Host Sewanee held a 16-14 advantage in overall shots, but Hanover was ahead 9-8 in shots on goal. Carmosino recorded eight saves to get the shutout win.

Hanover, now 2-2 on the season, hosts Wittenberg (Ohio) on Saturday.

Men’s soccer beats Otterbein

Luke Eppler scored two goals to lead Hanover to a 3-1 win over Otterbein (Ohio) in the men’s soccer’s home opener on Saturday.

Eppler, a sophomore from Evansville, got the Panthers on the board in the 17th minute off an assist from Josh Hughes then added a second marker in the 61st minute on another Hughes’ helper.

Those two goals were enough to lift Hanover to victory. Otterbein’s Paul Hensley cut the lead in half with a goal in the 65th minute, but the Panthers’ Brady Gesenhues scored five minutes later off a Joseph Kerney assist for the final margin.

Otterbein held an 11-6 advantage in shots but only 5-3 in shots on goal. Aaron Stockdale, a junior from Louisville, stopped four shots in goal for the Panthers to pick up the win.

Hanover, now 3-1 on the season, hosts Thomas More (Ky.) on Friday.

Volleyball goes 1-2 at Bluffton

Hanover’s volleyball team won one match and lost two in the very difficult Sommer Spiketacular at Bluffton (Ohio) over the weekend.

On Friday, the Panthers defeated Geneva (N.Y.) in four sets, 19-25, 25-23, 33-31, 25-18. Hanover stole a set against No. 21 Ohio Northern to open Saturday’s play before falling 12-25, 27-25, 25-18, 25-15. The Panthers closed the weekend with a 25-16, 25-23, 29-27 loss to Heidelberg (Ohio).

Against Geneva, Emma Rolf had a with a game-high 16 kills and 17 digs and Ally Williams a game-high 30 digs. As a team, Hanover posted a .130 hitting percentage with 12 blocks.

Against Ohio Northern, Rolf had 13 kills, Kelsey Ketcham had 20 digs and the Panthers hit at a .186 clip.

Against Heidelberg, Maddie Edwards had eight kills and Williams had 19 digs.

Hanover, now 4-3 on the season, returns to action this weekend when it hosts its own invitational. The Panthers open play against Capital (Ohio) on Friday.

Men’s golf 4th overall

Hanover’s men’s golf team finished fourth overall with a score of 616 in the 10-team Dick Park Invitational hosted by Franklin College over the weekend.

The Panthers were led by Austin Zapp, a senior from Union, Ky., who finished tied for ninth with a two-day score of 149 (77-72).

Luke Van Leeuwen finished 20th with a 155 (80-75), Charlie Bullerdick (79-78) and John Summerlin (81-76) were each 23rd with 157s, Garrett Valentine was 42nd with 163 (79-84).

DePauw won the team title with a 585, followed by Parkland (Ill.) with a 587.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 28 when it hosts the HC match play championship at the Elks Run Golf Course in Batavia, Ohio.

Women’s tennis competes at DePauw

Hanover’s women’s tennis team had a rough time in the season-opening DePauw Invitational over the weekend.

None of Hanover’s players were able to score opening round wins and nearly every victory the Panthers claimed was against each other.

At No. 1 singles, Meghan Farrell and teammate Cami Jones each lost their first two matches.

At No. 2 singles, Haley Parker lost her first two matchers before closing the weekend with a victory to claim seventh place.

At No. 3 singles, Lizzy Katzenberger, Mia Katzenberger and Addison Laker each lost in the quarterfinals. Mia Katzenberger beat Laker in the consolation semifinals while Lizzy Katzenberger lost in that round. Mia Katzenberger then lost in the fifth-place match while Lizzy Katzenberger beat Laker to place seventh.

At No. 4 singles, Claire Goff and Maddie Shannon each lost their first two matches. Shannon then beat Goff to take seventh place.

At No. 1 doubles, the duos of Jones and Parker, and Farrell and Lizzy Katzenberger each lost their first two matches before Farrell and Katzenberger beat their teammates for seventh place.

At No. 2 doubles, Shannon and Goff lost all three of their matches and finished eighth. Mia Katzenberger and Laker rebounded from an opening round loss to win in the consolation semifinals and place fifth.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Anderson for a dual match.