Men’s Basketball News Archive 2014-2015

Larks end fall semester in style

The Hesston College men’s basketball team gave itself an early Christmas present by handling Central Christian JV (McPherson, Kan.) 87-54 on Saturday, Dec. 6, to close its fall semester schedule on a good note.

Five Hesston players scored in double-figures, led by Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), who went a perfect 7-for-7 from the field en route to a game-high 23 points. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added 15 points and eight rebounds. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points and had four assists and three steals. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) and Chris Welle-Knox (Pearland, Texas) added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Hesston Men’s Basketball has won four of its last five to finish fall term with a 9-6 mark. The Larks are 3-1 in Region VI with eight region games remaining.

Larks score road win at Johnson County

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a come-from-behind 59-57 win at Johnson County CC on Wednesday, Dec. 3, improving its record to 8-6.

Down seven (35-28) at the break and trailing by 10 early in the second half, the Larks staged a rally to quickly get back in the game. Three consecutive buckets by Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) gave Hesston a 45-42 lead with 11 minutes to play. The game remained close down the stretch, with Larks’ sophomore post Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) providing the final basket with 18 seconds to play.

Tanner finished with another double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds), his fourth of the year. Hansen and Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 10 points each.

The Larks look to finish the fall semester on a high note when they host Central Christian JV for a 4 p.m. tip on Saturday, Dec. 6.

NOC Enid gets by Larks

The Hesston College men’s basketball team suffered a 72-66 setback to Northern Oklahoma College (Enid) on Saturday, Nov. 29, dropping the Larks to 7-6 on the year.

Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) scored a dozen points each to lead Hesston. Mann added five rebounds and four assists. Tanner blocked six shots and grabbed five boards.

Hesston travels to Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) for a 7:30 p.m. tip on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Larks win by 20; improve to 7-5

The Hesston College men’s basketball team improved its season record to 7-5 with a convincing 70-50 home win over Tabor College JV (Hillsboro, Kan.) on Friday, Nov. 28.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) continued his solid play with 24 points and 15 rebounds, both game highs. Tanner converted on 10-of-11 from the floor and blocked four shots. Through a dozen games the sophomore is shooting over 58 percent (80-of-137) from the field and averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Malcolm Mann (Plano,. Texas) added a double-double of his own by scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Mann added five assists and four steals with just two turnovers.

The Larks out-rebounded Tabor 44-23 and held a 37-24 halftime lead. The Larks tip at 4 p.m. against Northern Oklahome College (Enid) on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Larks dump Sterling JV; improve to 5-3

The Hesston College men’s basketball team routed Sterling (Kan.) College JV 90-55 Saturday, Nov. 15. improving its season mark to 5-3. Hesston shot over 50 percent (35-of-68) from the floor in the win.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) continued his torrid start to the year with 19 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore is averaging over 17 points per game through the Larks’ first eight contests.

Freshman Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) had a big night off the bench for the Larks; scoring 18 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) tallied 16 points. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 11 points.

Hesston travels to Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC for a key early-season Region VI matchup at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Tanner’s double-double leads Hesston past Labette for Region VI win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team opened region play with a 85-78 home win over Labette CC on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks improve to 4-2 with the win.

Sophomore post Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) connected on 7-of-10 shots from the floor and 11-of-13 from the free throw line for a team-high 25 points. Tanner’s big night also included a game-high 14 rebounds and seven blocks. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 22 points and four assists, while point guard Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 16 points and handed out five assists.

The Larks shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field and 72.2 percent (26-of-36) from the line. Hesston led 46-31 at the break.

Hesston hosts NJCAA Div. I power Hutchinson (Kan.) CC at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14.

College thanks local community with free event

Hesston College will host its annual Community Night during early season home basketball games on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The teams will face Region VI foe Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., with women’s tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m. in Yost Center. Admission is free for all.

The evening will include performances from the Hesston High School dance teams, and pep bands from Hesston High and Hesston College. Free basic haircuts by 2003 Hesston College alumna Christy Pickerill of Snip n’ Clip Hair Shop, Newton, Kan., a pop-a-shot game for kids, halftime contests and Larks tattoos will add to the fun.

“We have a great evening of entertainment and athletic competition lined up,” said Director of Alumni and Church Relations Dallas Stutzman. “We hope this free event is a small way to say thanks for the support that is given to the college and its athletic programs from alumni and the community each year.”

In addition, the Admissions office will host high school students for a Faith and Sports devotional and pizza supper led by men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon at 6:30 p.m. in Bontrager Student Center on the Hesston campus. All Hesston area youth are invited, either with their church youth group or individually. RSVP to the Admissions office by Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 620-327-4221 or


Huge first half lifts Hesston to easy win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team jumped out to a 47-14 halftime lead against Kansas Wesleyan University JV en route to a 79-42 win on Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) scored 14 points each to lead Hesston. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) added 10 points, while Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored seven points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Hesston held a 51-31 rebounding advantage and held KWU to just over 25% (17-67) from the floor

The Larks, now 2-1, compete in Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Invite, Nov. 7 to 8.

Hesston starts strong with 79-51 win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team defeated Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) 79-51 on Friday, Oct. 31, securing a win in its season opener.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) scored 21 points (9-12 from the floor) and grabbed five rebounds to lead Hesston to the win. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 11 points, handed out nine assists and had six steals. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) added 15 points.

The Larks shot just under 50 percent from the floor (32-66) for the game and led 43-30 at the break.

Hesston travels to Northern Oklahoma College (Enid) for a 7 p.m. tip on Monday, Nov. 3.

Men’s basketball looks to rebound

Seventh-year Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon is ready to lead his Larks onto the hardwood. Youth abounds on Hesston’s roster as 10 freshmen look to make an early impact this season.

Returning to lead the backcourt is Malcolm Mann, Plano, Texas, who averaged 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a freshman. Jordan Tanner, a 6’5” post from Houston, returns after averaging 11.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest last year.

With the addition of Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), Division II of NJCAA Region VI now counts seven schools, including Hesston College. The Larks play their six region foes twice each during the regular season.

In addition to its dozen region contests, key Hesston games include a pair of matchups in Hutchinson (Kan.) CC’s Invitational, Nov. 7 to 8. Hesston faces six additional NJCAA opponents throughout its schedule.

Hesston will host Community Night when the Larks women’s and men’s teams host Labette CC at 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Larks open regular season play with a 7:30 p.m. game at Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) Friday, Oct. 31.

Men’s Basketball adds Texas senior to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Michael Lindauer, a 6’7” forward from Stephen F. Austin High School, Houston, as the newest member of the Larks program.

Lindauer will study history or education at Hesston.

“Michael is a great addition to our team,” Galyon said. “He’s a proven player on the inside and will be able to stretch the defense for us playing the four.”

Lindauer is the son of Phil and Deidre Lindauer, Sugarland, Texas.

Men’s basketball adds Iowa Mennonite School grad to 2014-15 roster

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Peyton Thompson, a 6’1” guard from Iowa Mennonite School, Kalona, as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A two-time first-team all-conference player at IMS, Thompson was voted team MVP following his senior season in which he averaged 19.5 points and 5.2 assists per game.

An academic all-conference player, Thompson will study computer science at Hesston. He attends Kalona Mennonite Church and is involved in the youth group there.

“Payton is a winner who has played for one of the best high school coaches in the country,” Galyon said. “He understands basketball and will extend the defense with his perimeter shooting.”

Thompson is the son of Todd and Sherri Thompson, Kalona.

Men’s basketball inks Hansen for 2014-15 season

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Jacob Hansen, a 6’7” guard from Atchison County Community High School, Effingham, Kan., as the latest addition to the Larks program.

A three-time all-Delaware Valley League performer, Hansen was named all-Northeast Kansas Player of The Year as a senior. 

A Presidential Honor Roll student, Hansen will study aviation at Hesston. He attends Eastside Community Church and is active with the youth group there.

“Jake is a fantastic player,” Galyon said. “His ability to guard and rebound is something we need. Jake is a hard-nosed, versatile player who will add a lot to our offense. We’re excited he’ll extend his basketball career with us.”

Hansen is the son of Julie and Rick Dillon, Effingham.

Men’s Basketball adds Vanderpool to 2014 recruiting class

Hesston College men’s basketball coach Dustin Galyon announces Kaden Vanderpool, a 6’ guard from Marais des Cygnes Valley High School, Melvern, Kan., as the newest member of the Larks program. 

A vital part of MdCV’s undefeated state championship season in 2013-14, Vanderpool is a two-time all-Lyon County League second-team selection. Following the 26-0 season his senior year, Vanderpool was a second-team all-State tournament pick.  

A dean’s scholar recipient at Hesston, Vanderpool will balance basketball with an athletic training major.

“Kaden is a proven winner,” Galyon said. “He’s a high-character kid whose leadership skills will be on full display at Hesston College. I’m excited to witness his contributions to our program and the greater Hesston campus.”

Vanderpool is the son of R.E. and Tammy Vanderpool, Melvern.