Hanover women's track and field team won four events en route to a second place finish at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday at Defiance (Ohio).

Hanover scored 123 points but was unable to catch HCAC champion Defiance's 185.5 points. Manchester was third with 110.5 while Anderson and Franklin rounded out the top five with 104 points and 88.5, points respectively.

Transylvania (Ky.) (62), Rose-Hulman (41), Bluffton (Ohio) (32) and Earlham (30.50) rounded out the results.

Sophomore Ashlee Arbaugh led the Panthers with two field event wins. Arbaugh won the shot put with a stadium-record 12.84-meter throw. The mark, which was also a school record, is currently one of the top 30 throws in the country.

Arbaugh also won the discus with a throw of 37.32 meters. The throw was the second farthest in school history.

Junior Briahna Chambers also picked up a field event win with a first place in the long jump at 5.31 meters. She was also second in the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes in times of 12.64 seconds and 26.46 seconds, respectively.

Mackenzie Dye, a junior from New Castle, dominated the 10,000-meter run. Dye's first place time of 39:29.51 was over 30 seconds better than the rest of the field.

Brittany Ferrell ran the second-best time in school history in the 800-meter run, finishing second in 2:21.99. Freshman Cami Trachtman was third in the 1,500-meter run in 4:57.98 and sophomore Anni Titchenal was third in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 12:19.54.

2013 Southwestern graduate Savannah Hubbard finished fourth in the triple jump event with a combined distance of 10.20 meters. Hubbard was also seventh in the 400-meter run in a season-best time of 1:05.10 and placed eighth in the long jump.

Freshman Olivia Hewitt, a 2013 Switzerland County graduate, placed eighth in the high jump at 1.46 meters.

Hanover competes in the Billy Hayes Invitational on Friday, May 2, in Bloomington.

Lacrosse ends record run with loss to Carthage

The men's lacrosse saw its record-setting season come to an end on Saturday as the Panthers fell on senior day to Midwest Lacrosse Conference foe Carthage (Wis.) 11-7 at L.S. Ayres Field.

Carthage (14-5, 8-2 MLC) led 2-1 after the first quarter but opened up the match in the second period, scoring four goals to take a 6-1 lead into halftime.

Hanover scored three goals to open up the second half only to have the Red Men answer with four scores of their own. Carthage led 10-4 after three before adding its final goal early in the fourth period. Hanover added three before falling by four goals.

Juniors Josh Green and midfielder Zac Cheatle each scored three goals to lead the Hanover offense. Nick Hermes had a team-high three assists.

Hanover honored seniors Chris Baney, Derek Coe, Sam Kampert, Devon Kondaki and Adrian Mohnacs prior to the match. The group stands as the first senior class in the four-year history of the Panthers' lacrosse program.

The Panthers finish the season at 9-7 with a 5-5 mark in the MLC. Hanover's nine wins is a school record for wins in a season.

Softball's playoff hopes shattered in twinbill loss

The softball team's hopes for a berth in the HCAC tournament were shattered on Saturday with a doubleheader loss to Anderson at Southwestern High School.

Hanover entered the day sitting in fourth place in the HCAC the pair of losses dropped the Panthers to fifth. The conference tournament only accepts the league's top four teams.

The Panthers mustered just five hits in a 9-0 loss in game one.

Anderson scored twice in the top of the first inning and added two more in the third. The Ravens scored one in each the fourth and fifth innings before scoring its final three in the top of the sixth.

Tori Wilson was 2-for-2 at the plate. Gabrielle Ritchey, Danielle Merrick and Leah Kemmerer added a base hit apiece.

Kemmerer was tagged with the loss inside the circle. The Jennings County graduate pitched just two innings before an injury led to her early exit. She gave up three runs - two earned - on four hits and struck out four.

Hanover rallied from a four-run deficit in game two to force extra innings but fell 6-5 in eight innings.

After Anderson plated four runs for an early 4-0 lead, Hanover responded in the bottom of the sixth as Wilson belted a three-run home run to bring the Panthers to within one. It was her fourth homer of the season.

Anderson (26-7, 15-1 HCAC) scored and went up 5-3 in the top of the seventh but a Merrick single in the bottom of the frame scored two Hanover runs and sent the game into extra innings.

The Ravens scored in the top of the eighth and sat Hanover down in order following to preserve the win.

Wilson had two of Hanover's six hits and added three RBIs and a run scored. Ritchey, Merrick, Shelby Overton and Chelsie Nuhring had a hit each as Merrick added two RBIs. Ritchey had a team-high two runs scored.

Christina Davidson was tagged with the loss in a complete game effort. Davidson allowed six runs - five earned - on 12 hits through eight innings. She walked two and struck out one.

Hanover finishes the season 18-18 and 7-9 in the HCAC. The overall record stands as the program's best in over six years.

Men's track & field takes 7th at conference meet

The men's track and field team finished seventh in the HCAC Championships on Saturday at Defiance (Ohio).

The Panthers scored 43 points while Mount St. Joseph (Ohio) finished eighth with 24 points. Earlham and Transylvania (Ky.) were ninth and 10th, respectively, with 21 points and 14 points.

Rose-Hulman dominated the field en route to the HCAC title. The Engineers accounted for 252.5 points, over 100 points better than second place Franklin who scored 118.50. Manchester (99), Anderson (81), Defiance (66.50) and Bluffton (Ohio) (60.50) completed the top six results.

Hanover earned a handful of second and third place finishes in the meet.

Torrey Gardiner was second in the 100-meter dash, running the fourth fastest time in school history at 11.08 seconds. Gardiner, along with Anthony Pizzo, Enrico Franchini and Tyler Arceneaux, came in third place in the 400-meter relay, tying their own school record of 43.19 seconds.

Sophomore Joe Feldman was second in the 400-meter dash in a career-best 49.53 seconds and classmate Nick Jaeger placed second in the high jump at 1.93 meters.

Feldman, Pizzo, Brendan Kelly and Jack Schoening were third in the 1600-meter relay. Their time of 3:25.55 ranks fourth in school history.

Hanover competes on Friday, May 2 at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington.

Men's tennis battles to 5-4 HCAC win at Manchester

The men's tennis team squeaked out a 5-4 win at Manchester on Saturday in a HCAC match.

The Panthers took two of three in doubles action before fending off Manchester in singles play, forcing a 3-3 tie in the six matches to take the win.

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Stratton Smith (MU) d. Reid Clark (HC) 7-6, 7-6; No. 2 Brian Clark (HC) d. Phil Truitt (MU) 6-1, 6-0; No. 3 Jordan Myers (HC) d. Alex Winger (MU) 6-1, 6-0; No. 4 Miro Arguijo III (MU) d. Joshua Ruse (HC) 7-5, 6-4; No. 5 Andrew Laubner (HC) d. Matt Buncich (MU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2; No. 6 Trent Baker (MU) d. Nathan Jones (HC) 6-4, 6-3. Doubles - Reid Clark, Jordan Myers (HC) d. Stratton Smith, Miro Arguijo III (MU) 8-3; No. 2 Brian Clark, Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Phil Truitt, Alex Winger (MU) 9-8; No. 3 Matt Buncich, Trevor Jones (MU) d. Nathan Jones, Andrew Laubner (HC) 8-3.

Hanover (4-10, 2-5 HCAC) travels to Transylvania (Ky.) on Wednesday for an HCAC match.

Baseball swept in HCAC road games at Anderson

The Panthers' baseball team dropped a pair of games to Anderson on Saturday in a HCAC doubleheader in Anderson.

Anderson struck early and cruised to a 12-3 win in game one.

The Ravens led 5-0 after the game's first two innings then added four runs in the bottom of the fourth and three more in the fifth inning.

Hanover produced a run in the top of the seventh on a Ryan Johns solo home run and scored two runs in the eighth for the final margin.

Johns and Kolton Chapman led the Panthers with two hits each. Zack Shultz, Nolan Hall and Carroll County graduate D.C. Craig each had a hit to round out Hanover's seven total hits.

Johns had a team-high two RBIs while Shultz, Johns and Matt Newman each scored a run.

Andrew Roby started on the mound and received the loss. Roby pitched three and one-thirds innings and gave up eight earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three.

Anderson (22-11, 15-7 HCAC) again built an early lead to pick up a 6-1 win in game two.

Anderson's four-run third inning helped build a 5-0 lead and maintained it until Hanover trimmed the margin to 5-1 with a score in the top of the sixth. Anderson plated a run in the seventh inning for the eventual 6-1 final.

Hanover had eight hits in the second game of the twinbill led by Craig and Hall with two hits each. Chapman, Newman, Johns and Walls added a hit each.

Johns collected Hanover's lone RBI and Chapman scored the only run.

Hanover freshman Gino Chumas made just his second start of the season and was hit with the loss. Chumas gave up five earned runs on seven hits through two innings while walking one and striking out one.

Hanover (12-19, 8-13 HCAC) hosts Transylvania (Ky.) on Tuesday in an HCAC contest.

Men's golf 4th midway through HCAC tourney

The men's golf team is fourth among eight schools midway through the 72-hole HCAC championship. The first 36 holes of the tournament were played this past weekend at the Legends of Indiana Golf Club in Franklin.

Hanover posted a two-round total of 627 (309-318) to land behind Transylvania (603), Mount St. Joseph (619) and Rose-Hulman (623) in the top half of the league field.

Robert Bader fired a five-over-par 149 (72-77) to lead the Panthers. Bader is third overall out of 42 golfers in the field. P.J. Greene sits 10th after he carded a 154 (74-80) on the par-72, 6,851-yard course. Terry Smith is 13th after back-to-back rounds of 79 (158).

Johnny Vidal is in 24th place with a two-round total of 167 (84-83). Patric Geary rounded out the Panthers' unit with a 169 (87-82) to finish 29th.

Rose-Hulman's Sanders Park is atop the individual leaderboard. Park posted a 144 (70-74) and holds a three-shot advantage against Transylvania's Nicholas McCarthy (147).

The final two rounds of the HCAC tournament will be held at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio, starting Saturday.