Hanover College second baseman John-Clay Curtis flips the ball to first base after fielding a grounder during Sunday’s game against Earlham. Curtis, a sophomore from Versailles, Ky., hit his first collegiate home run in the game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Hanover College second baseman John-Clay Curtis flips the ball to first base after fielding a grounder during Sunday’s game against Earlham. Curtis, a sophomore from Versailles, Ky., hit his first collegiate home run in the game. (Staff photo by David Campbell)

Hanover women's track and field team broke a school record and won six events en route to a runner-up finish at the Indiana Division III Championships on Saturday in Greencastle.

The Panthers racked up 158.5 points while host DePauw won the championship with 197. Franklin finished a distant third with 117 while Manchester and Anderson were fourth and fifth with 98 and 85 points, respectively. Rose-Hulman (73.5) and Earlham (29) rounded out the field.

Junior Briahna Chambers and sophomore Ashlee Arbaugh earned multiple wins with Chambers taking three events and Arbaugh winning two.

Chambers was first in the long jump at 5.61 meters and swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes in times of 12.48 and 26.95, respectively.

Arbaugh swept both the shot put and discus with a throw of 11.55 meters in the shot and 32.21 meters in the discus.

Hanover's other win came in the 400-meter relay where Jordan Moseby, Marissa Peppel, Tricia Walsh and 2013 Southwestern graduate Savannah Hubbard ran first in 51.16 - the third-fastest time in school history.

Moseby also broke her own record in the 100-meter hurdles, placing second in 14.93 seconds. Hubbard finished second in both the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 5.0 meters and 10.66 meters, respectively - the fourth best jumps in Hanover history.

Hanover also got a boost from Switzerland County graduate Olivia Hewitt. The freshman was fourth in the high jump at 1.48 meters.

Meanwhile, Hanover's men scored one win and placed sixth overall in the event when Nick Jaeger, a sophomore from Terre Haute, won the high jump with a season-best jump of 1.98 meters.

Wabash easily won the meet with 281 points followed by Rose-Hulman's 166 and Franklin's 82. Other team scores were: DePauw 73, Manchester 62, Hanover 44, Anderson's 43.5 and Earlham 25.5.

Hanover sophomore Joe Feldmann was second in the 400-meter dash in 50.10 and anchored the third-place, 400-meter relay team of Anthony Pizzo, Enrico Franchini and Tyler Arceneaux for a 43.45 clocking that was the third-best in school history.

Pizzo and Feldmann also teamed for second in the 1600 meter relay with Jack Schoening and Brendan Kelly in 3:28.84.

Hanover competes in the Rose-Hulman Twilight on Friday in Terre Haute.

Men's golf breaks school record in win at Defiance

Hanover men's golf set a 36-hole school record on Sunday while winning the Defiance College Invitational at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio.

After breaking the record just a week ago in the Hanover Invitational by shooting a 596, the Panthers carded a 592 over the two-day event to win the invitational by four strokes over Transylvania.

Hanover's Robert Bader, a senior, shot a one-over-71 on Saturday and an even-par-70 Sunday to earn medalist honors with a two-day total of 141. Bader missed Hanover's individual 36-hole record by one stroke.

Mount St. Joseph was third at 608 while Tiffin and Rose-Hulman were fourth and fifth, respectively, at 619 and 621.

Defiance and Franklin each shot 625, Manchester had a 642 and Anderson shot a 721.

Freshman P.J. Greene was third overall with a 147 (73-74) for Hanover while freshman Johnny Vidal also earned a top 10 finish, tying for seventh with a 151 (76-75). Patric Geary rounded out Hanover's scoring with a 154 (76-78) that was good enough for 13th place.

Hanover now competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championships on April 26-27 at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course in Franklin.

Lacrosse falls 15-12 at MLC foe Augustana

Hanover men's lacrosse dropped it second-straight Midwest Lacrosse Conference loss on Saturday, 15-12 at Augustana (Ill.).

The Panthers were down 5-4 after the opening period but Augustana outscored Hanover 6-1 in the second frame for an 11-5 halftime lead. Augustana (8-3, 5-1 MLC) never allowed Hanover within three goals the rest of the way until the final minutes even though the Panthers outscored the Vikings 7-4 in the half.

Hanover trailed 14-9 after the third period and scored three goals in the fourth before falling by the three-goal margin.

Josh Green and Luke Karnick led the Panther offense with four goals each. Green, who now has 42 goals, became the first Hanover player in school history to score more than 40 goals in a season.

Junior Nick Hermes added three goals and three assists while senior Derek Coe had three assists.

Junior goalies Addison Sears and Austin Czisny spent 30 minutes each in the Hanover net. Sears totaled 12 saves while Czisny collected three.

Hanover (9-5, 5-3 MLC) visits Aurora (Ill.) on Saturday.

Softball splits twinbill as Kemmerer posts 12th win

Hanover split its eighth doubleheader of the season Sunday, winning the opener and losing the nightcap at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute.

Hanover played 10 innings before picking up a 4-3 win in game one.

Sophomore Victoria Wilson drilled a one-out single to center to score Lyndsea Burke from second base with the game-winning run in game one.

Hanover junior Leah Kemmerer, a Jennings County graduate, became just the fourth pitcher in school history to record 12 wins in a season. Now 12-2, Kemmerer pitched all 10 innings, giving up three runs - one earned - on seven hits while walking six and striking out 12.

Wilson led the Panthers' offensive attack with three of the team's seven hits. Freshman Gabrielle Ritchey singled and scored a run with two stolen bases.

The Panthers were unable to muster any offense in game two, falling 2-0.

Neither team scored until Rose-Hulman plated a each in the fourth and fifth innings.

Hanover was held to just four hits in the game. Ritchey, Kemmerer, Alex Combs and Michaela Corbin each singled.

Christina Davidson was tagged with the loss inside the circle despite a solid outing. Davidson pitched a complete six innings, giving up two runs - one earned - on six hits while walking four and striking out one.

Hanover (15-13, 4-4 HCAC) visits Centre (Ky.) on Tuesday for a non-conference game.

Baseball drops three to HCAC foe Earlham at home

Hanover baseball collected its fair share of hits but was unable to avoid the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference sweep on Sunday, losing 11-5 at home to Earlham.

Earlham (14-13, 6-8 HCAC) opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning but Hanover responded in the bottom half when sophomore John-Clay Curtis' first collegiate home run cleared the leftfield fence and tied the game.

The Quakers regained the lead 2-1 in the third but again Hanover answered the call as Matt Brooks' single pushed across Matt Newman. The Panthers took the lead 3-2 in the next frame after Newman's single to right field pushed Cameron Walls home.

Hanover held its lead through the fifth inning but Earlham scored three runs off four hits in the top of the sixth for a 5-3 lead. The Panthers trimmed the deficit to one in the bottom of the sixth however the Quakers scored five runs combined in the next two innings and built a 10-4 advantage.

A Newman base hit scored Curtis in the bottom of the eighth allowing Hanover its final run of the game. Earlham's final run came in the top of the ninth for the eventual 11-5 final score.

Newman led Hanover's 10-hit attack and went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. The performance also extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

Kolton Chapman added a pair of hits while Curtis scored twice in addition to his home run.

Mitch Hunnicutt started on the mound for the Panthers and was tagged with the loss. The Seymour graduate threw seven complete innings and gave up eight runs - five earned - on 11 hits while striking out three.

Hanover dropped a doubleheader to the Quakers on Saturday at home, falling 8-1 in game one and 8-2 in the second game.

Earlham broke up a scoreless game one in the top of the sixth by scoring a run and added five more in the seventh followed by another two in the ninth. The Panthers' lone run came when freshman Austin Holloway scored on an infield error in the bottom of the ninth.

Hanover was held to just six hits. Newman, Chris Ares, Brooks, Ryan Johns, Chapman and Ben Katchur had a single each.

Andrew Roby was the losing pitcher. The Hanover starter lasted six innings, giving up five runs - one earned - on seven hits while walking three and striking out four.

Newman's solo home run in the bottom of the first provided the biggest highlight in Hanover's game two loss.

Trailing 1-0, Earlham scored twice in the top of the second and three times in the top of the fourth for a 5-1 lead.

Brooks hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth as Hanover trimmed the lead down to 5-2 but the Quakers again countered with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Brooks finished with two of Hanover's four hits including a single and a double with an RBI.

Senior Chip Hockenbury threw the game's first six innings, allowing seven runs - three earned - on 11 hits while walking one and striking out one.

Hanover (8-16, 4-10 HCAC) hosts Defiance (Ohio) in an HCAC clash on Friday.

Men's tennis drops two straight in HCAC play

Hanover men's tennis lost Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matches to Franklin and Defiance over the weekend at the Zeddies Tennis Center on campus.

The Panthers fell 5-4 to Franklin on Sunday afternoon.

Hanover won two of the three doubles matches but Franklin scored wins in four of the six singles to pick up the victory.

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Reid Clark (HC) d. Ryan Hammer (FC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 2 Ethan Caldwell (FC) d. Brian Clark (HC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-4; No. 3 Jordan Myers (HC) d. Evan Pierle (FC) 6-3, 6-3; No. 4 Luke Snyder (FC) d. Joshua Ruse (HC) 6-1, 6-1; No. 5 Robby Woehrle (FC) d. Andrew Laubner (HC) 6-2, 6-1; No. 6 Jared Hunt (FC) d. Derek Kippenbrock (HC) 6-1, 6-1. Doubles - No. 1 Reid Clark and Jordan Myers (HC) d. Ethan Caldwell and Ryan Hammer (FC) 8-3; No. 2 Brian Clark and Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Jared Hunt and Luke Snyder (FC) 8-6; No. 3 Evan Pierle and Robby Woehrle (FC) d. Nathan Jones and Andrew Laubner (HC) 9-8 (7-1).

Hanover had seen a three-match win streak snapped on Saturday, losing 5-4 to Defiance (Ohio).

Similar to Sunday, the Panthers won two of the three in doubles action before falling in four of the six singles.

Match results were: Singles - No. 1 Reid Clark (HC) d. Cord Speelman (DC) 6-3, 7-6 (9-7); No. 2 Ryan Nelson (DC) d. Brian Clark (HC) 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 James Demeo (DC) d. Joshua Ruse (HC) 6-1, 6-0; Jordan Myers (HC) d. Justin Walker (DC) 6-1, 6-0; No. 5 Tory Savage (DC) d. Andrew Laubner (HC) 6-4, 6-4; No. 6 Tyler Thiel (DC) d. Derek Kippenbrock (HC) 6-3, 6-3. Doubles - No. 1 James Demeo and Ryan Nelson (DC) d. Reid Clark and Jordan Myers (HC) 9-7; No. 2 Brian Clark and Joshua Ruse (HC) d. Cord Speelman and Justin Walker (DC) 8-2; No. 3 Nathan Jones and Andrew Laubner (HC) d. Tory Savage and Tyler Thiel (DC) 8-3.

Hanover (3-9 1-4 HCAC) visits Earlham on April 25.