INDIANAPOLIS – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its all-decade team Friday afternoon, as Hanover's Wes McKinney ('18) and Anna Cornacchione ('17) were honored on the men's and women's teams, respectively.
The HCAC's 2018-19 edition is its second all-decade announcement in league history. The conference officially began competition in 1998-99 and is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Each of the HCAC's 10-member institutions received one male and one female recognition for the 2018-19 all-decade team, which encompasses athletes the competed from 2008-09 to 2018-19.
Below is the list of accomplishments for Hanover's most recent award recipients. The HCAC also did a "Where Are They Now," follow-up on its first all-decade honorees from 2008-09, and the special release featuring Hanover's award winners, Leah Peelman Mysock ('06) and Brett Dietz ('04), can be found at the link above.
WES MCKINNEY – MEN'S BASKETBALL
Hanover College's Wes McKinney (Batesville, Ind. / 2014-2018) helped elevat the men's basketball program to new heights during his four-year career.
"As a player, Wes had the best combination of ability level and work ethic of any guy I have ever coached," stated Hanover head coach Jon Miller. "I cannot recall one day in four years that his effort level in practice was not outstanding."
Over his collegiate career, he was named to five national teams. McKinney was a two-time preseason All-American selection in 2017-18, selected by D3hoops.com and Street & Smith's National Basketball Yearbook, as both organizations also had Hanover among their top seven in national preseason polls. The Batesville, Ind. native was a 2016-17 D3hoops.com All-American and a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American as well. The 2017-18 season also saw McKinney named a top-10 national finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, which is handed out to a student-athlete that excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
In terms of his conference awards, McKinney was a three-time all-HCAC selection and was named the league's men's basketball player of the year and male athlete of the year in 2016-17. McKinney was also the HCAC's Freshman of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign and a three-time Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference honoree.
Thanks to a school-record 243 career three-point field goals, the forward vaulted up the program's scoring list to finish sixth all-time with 1,664 points.
As a team, Hanover posted back-to-back 20-win seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, both of which resulted in HCAC regular season and tournament championships, as well as NCAA Division III National Tournament appearances. During the national tournament run in 2016-17, the Panthers advanced to the sectional finals, also known as the "Elite Eight," thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper by McKinney in front of 3,000-plus fans at nationally-ranked Hope (Mich.) in the Round of 16. In five career NCAA Tournament games, McKinney averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, while shooting .534 from the field and over .400 from behind the arc. "While he produced several memorable individual performances during his career, Wes was also one of the most selfless players I have been around," added Miller. "He loved his teammates and the success of the team was by far the most important thing to him."
ANNA CORNACCHIONE – WOMEN'S SOCCER
Hanover College's Anna Cornacchione (Cincinnati, Ohio / 2013-2016) help set a new standard for the women's soccer program, as she guided the Panthers to at least a share of four HCAC regular season titles, four conference tournament championships and NCAA National Tournament appearances, as well as a pair of national tournament victories.
Cornacchione, arguably Hanover's greatest women's soccer player to date, holds the program's all-time scoring records for goals (68), assists (38) and total points (174). During her four-year career at Hanover, the Cincinnati, Ohio native received first team all-HCAC honors four times, while also picking up the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Newcomer of the Year award in 2013. She was also named the College's co-Female Senior Athlete of the Year in 2016-17.
A seven-time HCAC player of the week honoree, Cornacchione also received numerous regional and national awards during her career. For her efforts on the field, "Nacho" was named a 2014 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (now known as the United Soccer Coaches) All-American, a 2016 D3soccer.com All-American and was a four-time NSCAA Great Lakes all-region performer. Combining her skills on the pitch and in the classroom, Cornacchione was a 2016 NSCAA Academic All-American and a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District winner.
The Panthers found success nationally during Cornacchione's time at the College, as the program picked up a national tournament win in 2013 and 2016. Over six career national tournament appearances, Cornacchione tallied one goal, two assists and four total points.
Additional academic honors and notes for Cornacchione during her time at Hanover College included three HCAC Tom Bohlsen Academic All-Conference awards, three Hanover College Scholar Athlete honors, a Hanover Global Scholar recipient and five Dean's List awards.
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