Hanover Male Athlete of the Month Nominees - January

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HANOVER, Ind. -- The Hanover College Sports Information Department has announced the nominees for January's Male Athlete of the Month.

With the bevy of success Hanover athletic teams accumulate each year, we will be highlighting some of the top individual standouts from each month throughout the 2017-18 season.

Nominees will be decided on by the sports information staff and the accomplishments of each athlete nominated will appear in a release at the beginning of the following month's prior performances.

Family, friends and fans will have the opportunity to vote for their Athlete of the Month on our Twitter page. To make sure you do not miss your chance to vote for your favorite Hanover athlete, follow us @HanoverPanthers.

Voting for the month of January will be open until 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 15, with daily reminders coming on our twitter page.


Junior Cam Fails helped guide the Panthers to a 7-2 mark during the month of January by averaging a team high 22.0 points per game…Hanover won seven straight during the month of January and earned HeroSports NCAA Division III National Team of the Month honors…Fails scored 20 or more points on six occasions, including each of the final four games of the month, inching him two points shy of 1,000 for his career, a mark he recently surpassed…Set a new season high and tied a then career high with 29 points in a 71-70 win at Bluffton (01/27)…Went the length of the floor to score the game-winning lay-up as time expired in the win over the Beavers…Was named HCAC Player of the Week for his performance against Bluffton and Transylvania (01/24)…Against Rose-Hulman (01/31), he hit the game-tying three pointer in the closing seconds, sending the game to overtime…Shot 55.5 percent from the field, including a .512 shooting clip from behind the arc…Added 3.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.1 assists per game.


During a month that saw Hanover produce a 7-2 record, a seven-game winning streak and be named HeroSports NCAA Division III National Team of the Month, senior Wes McKinney averaged just over 14 points per game…Broke a nearly 15-year-old school record for career three-pointers made, going 5-for-6 from behind the arc at Mt. St. Joseph (01/17), giving him the honor by himself…Finished the month with an overall field goal percentage of .427, while also shooting 83.3 percent at the foul line…Scored 15 or more points in five games…Added 3.3 rebounds per game…Finished three games with three or more made shots from long range.


The opening month to the indoor track & field season for junior Joe Sheryak was highlighted by setting the program mark in the heptathlon…Sheryak finished with 4,238 points at the University of Indianapolis Tom Hathaway Classic (01/26-27), good enough for second overall and first among NCAA Division III athletes…He competed against one teammate and six NCAA Division II athletes in the event…Finished no worse than sixth in any of the hept events, and set then personal records in the pole vault (3.70m) and 60m hurdles (9.21)…Accumulated top three finishes in five of the seven events…Opened the season by scoring in two individual events, the 60m hurdles (9.67 and 9.81) and the pole vault (3.49m).


Sophomore Hayden Veach opened his 2018 indoor track & field season by breaking a 13-year-old school record in the 800m, posting a time of 1:59.53…His mark at the University of Indianapolis Tom Hathaway Classic (01/26-27) was good enough for second overall and first among NCAA Division III athletes…His time in the 800m was the fastest in the HCAC during the month of January and is currently second best in the conference by less the five-tenths of a second…His converted time of 1:57.85 is also good enough to sit 14th in the NCAA Division III Great Lakes region.

Contact: Tyler Jester