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For the past four years, the Panthers have hosted a Samaritan’s Feet awareness-event during a home football game. The Hanover men’s basketball team also hosted a Samaritan’s Feet game this past season.
Samaritan’s Feet is a non-profit organization, founded by Manny Ohonme and his wife Tracie in 2003. The goal of the organization is to provide hope to impoverished children through the gift of shoes, washing their feet and giving them positive encouragement.
Hanover, Samaritan’s Feet and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference will join forces again this Saturday to help collect donations and bring awareness to the fact that there is an estimated 2.2 billion people in poverty and more than 1.5 billion people who suffer from foot borne diseases.
The Hanover football team will be selling wristbands and bracelets throughout the week in the James Graham Brown Campus Center. The team is asking for five and 10-dollar donations based on what you would like to purchase.
“Our goal is to reach 1,000 dollars in donations here at Hanover,” stated head coach Matt Theobald. “Every donation helps put a new pair of socks and shoes on a child in need both locally and globally.”
Donations made to Samaritan’s Feet will help children around the globe, as well as those effected by the recent natural disasters here in the United States.
Coach Theobald will do his part in raising awareness and drawing attention to the cause, as he will be coaching barefoot during the game Saturday. Players will also wear orange wristbands during the game.
All members of the HCAC will participate in joint-effort with Samaritan’s Feet this weekend, with home teams hosting an awareness event. Those who are not on campus will still be able to make donations at Alumni Stadium this Saturday.
Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its team of ambassadors and partners have blessed more than six million children in more than 80 nations, as well as 325 U.S. cities. The organization also has partnerships with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Student-Athlete Advisory Committees.
Despite coming off a 2-3 week, the Panthers bring a 10-3 overall mark into the conference crossover event Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. Hanover opens HCAC-OAC Crossover play with 4 and 8 p.m. matches against Capital (Ohio) and No. 22 Ohio Northern Friday, before wrapping up with contests against Baldwin Wallace (Ohio) and John Carroll (Ohio) Saturday.
Senior Kelsey Brandvik (Indianapolis, Ind.) is coming off a strong showing at the DePauw Invitational this past weekend, where she was named to the All-Tournament team. Brandvik logged 39 kills and a .315 hitting percentage in the four-match tournament, while logging double-digit kills in three times.
Ranking among the career active leaders in three NCAA Division III statistical categories is senior Courtney Crawford (Louisville, Ky.). Crawford’s career hitting percentage of .347 is second best in the nation, while her blocks per set, 0.96, and total block count, 384, are also second most among active Division III participants.
Defensively, the Panthers logged 41 team blocks in five matches last week, moving them into sixth in the country this season with 96.5 total rejections. Crawford and junior Claire Dennis (Bloomington, Ind.) both rank among the top three in the HCAC this season in blocks per set. Dennis is second in the conference at 1.17 per set, and is coming off a 15-block week in four matches, including 11 rejections against Thomas More (Ky.) last Wednesday.
Senior Monique Huynh (Indianapolis, Ind.) has the second most digs in the HCAC through 13 games with 235. Huynh’s dig total is also good enough for a top 30 spot in Division III.
Hanover has had mixed success over the last three HCAC-OAC Crossovers, posting a 5-7 mark since 2014. The Panthers hosted the eight-team event last season, going 2-2, with victories over Capital and Muskingum.
The Blue and Red’s opponents this weekend have a combined 32-18 record this year, a .640 winning percentage. Highlighting this weekend’s matches are contests against 13-0 Baldwin Wallace and 9-3 Ohio Northern.
soccer claims another weekly conference award
Bedel posted 135:00 of scoreless action in a pair of Panther wins at the Wilmington Kiwanis Classic in Wilmington, Ohio over the weekend.
The first-year keeper played 45 shutout minutes in a 7-0 win against Cincinnati-Clermont (Ohio) Friday, and then returned Saturday to record his first career-shutout victory in a 1-0 win over Wittenberg (Ohio).
The shutouts were the first of the season for Hanover, which improved to 5-2-0 overall. Bedel, now 4-1 on the year, has allowed only 0.80 goals per game and has made 19 saves in 23 chances.
Bedel’s honor comes one week after junior Tanner Korfhagen (Cincinnati, Ohio) was named the conference’s top offensive player. He’s also the first freshman to be recognized since sophomore Chris Brashear (Hebron, Ky.) was named player of the week last fall.
The Panthers will look for their fourth straight win Sunday, Sept. 24 when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to play Spalding (Ky.) Start time is set for 4 p.m. at Champions Trace.