YER OUT: Hanover’s Kevin Sears (13) was tagged out by Bluffton catcher Greg Franks on a close play at the plate (above and below) during the seventh inning of game two on Saturday. Sears’ run would have tied the game but the Panthers ended up losing the contest 4-3. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
YER OUT: Hanover’s Kevin Sears (13) was tagged out by Bluffton catcher Greg Franks on a close play at the plate (above and below) during the seventh inning of game two on Saturday. Sears’ run would have tied the game but the Panthers ended up losing the contest 4-3. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Hanover's track and field teams had a successful record-setting night on Friday at Indiana University at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington.

Competing against an NCAA Division I field, the Panthers set five school records in the women's meet while the men recorded some times that are among the best in school history.

Briahna Chambers led Hanover on the women's side, breaking three school records on the night. Chambers, a sophomore from Bell, Texas, finished second overall in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 4.25 inches to break one mark and was seventh and second overall, respectively, in the 100- and 200-meter dashes to break two more Hanover marks. Chambers' 100 time of 12.37 seconds broke a 21-year-old record set by Julie Campbell in 1992 and her 200 time of 25.65 seconds broke a 200-meter mark set by Jane Burnell in 2011.

In addition, senior Lexi Vincz broke her own school record in the 400 hurdles. Vincz's time of 1:02.69 gave her the overall first place finish and keeps her ranked in the top 15 among NCAA Division III hurdlers in that event.

Hollie Leslie was the final record-breaker for the Panthers. The freshman broke her own school record in the triple jump event, finishing third overall with a distance of 36 feet, 1.25 inches.

Hanover saw two sprinters set personal bests in the men's portion of the meet. Kris Jenkins finished 12th in the 100 dash with a time of 11.07 seconds - the third fastest 100 in school history. Joe Feldman finished 13th overall in the 400 dash in a time of 49.82 seconds - the fastest ever by a Hanover freshman in that event.

Both teams will compete in the Cardinal Twilight event on Friday in Louisville.

Hanover men's golf runner-up of HCAC championships

Hanover's men's golf team closed out the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships this weekend by playing the third and fourth rounds at the Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute.

Hanover's four-round total of 1,214 - including a 314 on Saturday and 300 on Sunday - was good enough to be the conference runner-up. Transylvania won the championship with a score of 1,178 with a round of 293 Saturday and 288 Sunday to pull away over the final two rounds after leading Hanover by just three strokes and the halfway point of the event.

The first two round were played the previous weekend at the Ashton Oaks Golf Course in North Bend, Ohio.

Mt. St. Joseph finished third, 10 strokes behind Hanover at 1,224.

Hanover's Robert Bader and Marcus El both finished in the top five individually and were named to the all-conference team for a second time in their careers.

Bader tied for second overall with Transylvania's Stephen Montgomery, scoring a four-round 295 with a 75-73-148 over the final 36 holes. El shot a 77-76-298 and was fifth overall.

El was also named to the HCAC's all-sportsmanship team.

Transylvania's Hunter Frazier was the conference medalist, finishing six strokes better than Bader with a 71-68 over the final 36 holes en route to a 289 in the tourney. Mt. St. Joseph's Matt Steins finished fourth at 296.

Terry Smith and Matt Ehman rounded out the scoring for Hanover. Smith finished 12th with a 312 while Ehman was 16th at 318.

The HCAC championships closed out the season for Hanover.

Baseball splits final twinbill to end 16-22 campaign

Hanover College baseball concluded its season Saturday, splitting a close doubleheader with Bluffton at home.

The Panthers rallied to win game one 9-8 before falling 4-3 in the finale.

Trailing 5-1 after six innings of the opener, Hanover scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-5 lead. Bluffton answered with three runs in the eighth to regain the lead 8-7.

Hanover senior Cam Ginder led off the ninth inning with a single and scored on a one-out base hit by Nolan Hall to tie the game 8-8 and Kevin Sears delivered a clutch bases-loaded singlethree batters later to score Hall with the game winner 9-8.

The Panthers cranked out 16 hits in the game. Sears, Ginder and Chris Ares had three hits each. Hall also had two base hits along with two runs scored and two RBIs.

Junior Chip Hockenbury was credited with the win on the mound in a relief appearance. Hockenbury pitched the final one and two-thirds innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out two.

Bluffton got revenge in game two. Hanover opened the scoring in the top of the second, using two hits and an error to lead 2-0. The Beavers countered in the top of the third by scoring four runs on four hits and an error to take a 4-2 lead.

After scoring one run in the top of the sixth to trim the margin to 4-3, Hanover had a one-out bases loaded opportunity in the top of the ninth before Bluffton got a strikeout and an infield grounder to end the threat and hang on 4-3.

Hanover had 13 hits in game two but stranded 13 runners. Ryan Grau led the offensive attack with three hits and two runs scored. Kolton Chapman, Ryan Johns and Daniel Campbell had two hits each.

Senior Kyle Wentzel took the loss on the hill. Wentzel pitched three and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on six hits.

Hanover closed out the season at 16-22 overall and 9-16 in the Heartland Conference.

Men's tennis closes season with tourney loss to Rose-Hulman

Hanover's men's tennis team wrapped up its season with a 5-1 loss to Rose-Hulman in the opening round of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament in Indianapolis on Saturday.

The Panthers' lone victory came at No. 3 doubles before Rose-Hulman won five straight in the first to five series.

Results were: Singles - No. 4 Matthew Conrad (RHIT) d. Jordan Myers (HC) 6-3, 6-2; No. 5 Eric Teeman (RHIT) d. Devon Sharpe (HC) 6-0, 7-6 (3-0); and No. 6 Erin Miller (RHIT) d. Andrew Nice (HC) 6-2, 6-3; Doubles - No. 1 Ben Paras, Devon Fritz (RHIT) d. Brian Clark, Reid Clark (HC) 8-2; No. 2 Nate Moore, Matthew Conrad (RHIT) d. Steven Gilliam, Andrew Nice (HC) 8-6; No. 3 Devon Sharpe, Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Erin Miller, Randy Billingsley (RHIT) 8-6.

Hanover ended the season at 5-13 overall and fifth in the HCAC at 5-4.