Men’s Basketball News Archive 2015-2016

Mann, Rimann Honored as Hesston College’s Top Student Athletes

Malcolm Mann, a sophomore men’s basketball player, and Samantha Rimann, a sophomore volleyball player, were named 2015 male and female Hesston College Student Athletes of the Year at the school’s annual Athletic Banquet April 28.

Mann, Plano, Texas, was one of the sophomore leaders to charge the way to a Region VI title and a berth to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time in 25 years. This two-year captain for the men’s basketball team now sits on the top ten list of career steals in Hesston College history. To add to all of the team’s success this year, Mann received Honorable Mention all-region.

“I learned the importance of solid relationships within the team and how that can translate to success on the court,” said Mann. “This award shows that who I’m striving to be is worth it.”

Mann is also involved in various ways on campus including activities like First-Year Experience Scholar, campus worship team, and the Hesston College Gospel Choir.

“I believe that Malcolm Mann is a model recipient for the athlete of the year honor,” said coach Dustin Galyon. “Malcolm is an incredible athlete and leader. His athletic accomplishments are historic, but small in measure to his impact and involvement on our campus and student body.”

Rimann, Liberty Hill, Texas, was a defensive phenomenon for the volleyball team, shattering numermous Hesston College records. The sophomore now sits first in three categories for the volleyball team. She holds the single season record for digs (550), single season record for digs per game (5.24) and career record for digs (899). Along with all these records, Rimann received a spot on the all-tournament team at the Vernon Community College (Texas) tournament.

“This year was all about redemption for our team,” said Rimann. “We had a good season with good teammates. It was satisfying and refreshing. Postseason participation was a highlight to this year. It represented a complete turnaround from last season.”

“Sam Rimann is well deserving of Hesston College female athlete of the year,” said coach Jessica Cleveland. “She was a major factor in our success this year. We changed our defense to give her more area of the court defensively and she stepped up to the challenge and excelled at it. She was consistent all year and was the foundation of our team. It was fun watching her grow as a student-athlete at Hesston College.”

Mann and Rimann succeed last year’s winners Makayla Ladwig, Wichita, Kansas, and Nick Yoder, Millersburg, Ohio.

The awards were revealed at the annual Hesston Athletics Banquet. The other major honor of the night was the highest team GPA which the women’s tennis team won with a 3.69.

Larks season comes to an end on day two of Nat’l Tourney

The Hesston College men’s basketball team saw its season end with a 101-84 loss to Lansing (Mich.) CC on Thursday, March 19. The Larks finish at 22-12.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) capped outstanding sophomore seasons by scoring 19 points each to lead the Hesston offense. Fellow Sophomore Grant Walker (North Newton, Kan.) went 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and scored a dozen. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added 11 points and nine rebounds. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) contributed 10 points and seven rebounds. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) scored 11 in his final game wearing the Maroon and White.

Hesston was competitive throughout the contest, trailing by just four (44-40) at the break. Hesston shot 44.4 percent (32-of-72) from the field and traded leads a dozen times with Lansing.

Larks drop opener at Nationals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost 89-53 to Des Moines (Iowa) Area CC on Wednesday, March 18, in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament.

Kaden Vanderpool (Melvern, Kan.) connected on 3-of-6 from long range to lead Hesston with 10 points. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added nine points and five rebounds. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) scored eight points and grabbed five boards. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) chipped in with eight points and two assists.

DMACC shot a blistering 52.3 percent for the game and led 44-22 at the break. The Larks head to the consolation bracket and await their next opponent.

Larks bound for nationals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team secured a trip to the 2015 NJCAA Division II National Tournament, with a thrilling 77-69 win over Kansas City Kansas CC  March 7.

Seeded second in the Region VI tourney, Hesston blasted Highland CC 71-51 on Tuesday, March 3, to advance to the championship. The Larks shot an impressive 18-of-32 (56.8 percent) from the field against KCK, including 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) from long range. Hesston’s bench outscored KCK 33-19 and forced a dozen turnovers.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting with five rebounds to lead the way for Hesston. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) added 14 points with five assists. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) contributed 10 points and six boards. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.

The Larks now advance to the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Ill., March 17 to 21. This marks the team’s first appearance in the national tournament since 1990.

The Larks will face Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, at tournament host Danville (Ill.) Area Community College, 2000 East Main Street. The Larks are guaranteed two games, playing in the second round at either 1 or 8:30 p.m., Thursday, March 19, with possible games on Friday and Saturday. See complete tournament information. Sessions are $8 for adults, $4 for students and $45 for a full tournament ticket. Children under 6 are free. Games will be live streamed via NJCAA TV, and the streaming link can also be found on the Hesston College website.

A reception for alumni, players and their families will be at 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, at Red Lobster, 3217 Vermillion St, Danville. President Howard Keim will give a college update and Coach Dustin Galyon will share comments on behalf of the team. Appetizers and soft drinks will be served and contributions for reception costs are welcome. RSVP by March 17 to attend. Contact the Alumni Relations office with questions toll free at 866-437-7866 or

President Howard Keim, athletic director Joel Kauffman and other college staff will be in attendance at Wednesday’s game and will visit with alumni and prospective students from 10 to 11 a.m., in the stands behind the Lark bench. Get a gift to show your Lark spirit and sit with other fans.

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Larks win big; ease into Region VI finals

The Hesston College men’s basketball team beat Highland (Kan.) CC 71-51 in the NJCAA Region VI semifinal on Tuesday, March 3.

In front of a packed Yost Center, Hesston made quick work of Highland, jumping out to an early lead (42-21 at half) and cruising to the 20-point win. The Larks shot over 50 percent in the first half and finished 25-of-52 (48.1 percent) for the game, including an 8-for-19 showing from long range.

The Hesston defense held the Scotties to just 36 percent (9-of-25) before the break and forced 22 total turnovers. Hesston’s bench played a key role, outscoring Highland 34-21. The Larks never trailed and held a 25-point lead at the 15:20 mark of the second half.

Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) lead a balanced offensive attack with 12 points, while Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) added 11 each. Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) stuffed the stat sheet with a team-high seven boards, five points, five steals and two blocks.

Hesston travels to Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University for the Region VI Championship at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. The Larks, seeded second in the tournament, will face top-seeded Kansas City Kansas CC.

Hesston men secure first-round bye in upcoming region playoff

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a first-round postseason bye after defeating Ft. Scott (Kan.) CC 73-70 on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The Larks finish the regular season 20-10 (8-4 in Region VI) and will be the number-two seed in the upcoming Region VI playoff.

Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) led a balanced offense with a team-high 11 points. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 10. Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) and Peyton Thompson (Kalona, Iowa) scored nine each.

Hesston shot better than 50 percent in each half and ended 26-of-47 (55.3 percent) from the floor. The Larks bench outscored its Ft. Scott counterparts 38-13.

Larks take double-overtime thriller

The Hesston College men’s basketball team earned a stunning, come-from-behind 86-83 win in double overtime over arch-rival Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) on Wednesday, Feb. 18, improving its season record to 18-10. The win moves Hesston into a second place Region VI tie at 6-4.

Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), back after missing several games with a knee injury, scored 25 points and grabbed 10 boards in the win. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) added 16 points. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas), Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) and Grant Walker (North Newton, Kan.) each scored in double figures.

In the first overtime, Brown Mackie held a four-point lead with under a minute but couldn’t connect from the free throw line to put the game away. Down two with 6.7 seconds left, Mitchell took an in-bounds pass and went coast-to-coast for the equalizer to send the game to a second extra period.

Hesston travels to Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.) for a 4 p.m. Region VI game on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Larks remain in the hunt for a first-round playoff bye and a regular season region title.

Larks come up just short in overtime thriller

The Hesston College men’s basketball team lost 84-81 in overtime to Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) on Saturday, Jan. 31, dropping its season record to 15-8.

Southeast jumped out to an early 16-2 lead before Hesston’s offense mounted a comeback to pull within 33-31 at the half. The teams fought to a 70-70 tie at the end of a physical 40 minutes of play before the visitors pulled out the win in OT.

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 20 points and Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 13 for the Larks. Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) continued his recent strong play with a dozen points and five boards. The Hesston bench outscored Southeast 23-15.

Looking for a road win, the Larks travel to Bethel College JV (North Newton, Kan.) for a 8 p.m. tip on Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Larks depth on full display in road win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team cruised by Southeast CC (Beatrice, Neb.) 80-55 on Saturday, Jan. 24, improving its season mark to 15-6. The Larks have won eight straight.

Despite missing a pair front-court starters in Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) and leading-scorer Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas), Hesston jumped out to a 39-32 lead at the half and pulled away after intermission for the 25-point road win.

Austin Mitchell tallied a game-high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while Michael Lindauer (Sugar Land, Texas) added 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Malcolm Mann (Plano. Texas) dished out 10 assists to along with eight points and six rebounds. Ty Jordan (Houston, Texas) scored 16 points. Hesston shot over 57 percent (31-of-54) for the game.

Atop Region VI standings with a 5-1 mark, Hesston travels to Brown Mackie College (Salina, Kan.) for an 8 p.m. showdown on Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Larks sweep season series with JCCC after big home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball team beat Johnson County CC (Overland Park, Kan.) 67-52 on Saturday, Jan. 17, improving its overall mark to 12-6 (5-1 in Region VI).

Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) scored 15 points while Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) added 14 points and eight rebounds. After being held scoreless in the first half, Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) came alive by tallying 13 second-half points with seven boards. Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) chipped in 10 points.

The Larks defense clamped down on the Cavalier offense, surrendering just 33 percent (17-of-51) from the field.

With the win over JCCC, Hesston holds at least a two-game lead over every Region VI member.

Winners of five straight and seven of its last eight, HC travels to Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) for a 8 p.m. tip on Monday, Jan. 19.

Larks extend region lead with home win

The Hesston College men’s basketball earned a 73-63 win over Kansas City Kansas CC on Monday, Jan. 12, improving its overall record to 11-6. The Larks have won four straight.

Five Hesston players scored in double figures, led by freshman guard Ty Jordan’s (Houston, Texas) 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas) and Jake Hansen (Effingham, Kan.) added a dozen points each, while Jordan Tanner (Houston, Texas) and Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) chipped in 11 apiece. Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) dished out six assists against no turnovers.

“That was a typical region battle,” said Hesston coach Dustin Galyon. “I was very pleased with our defensive intensity. We executed our schemes and the guys really communicated well on the defensive end. In the second half we really valued the basketball and I thought we were more patient in the half court.”

Sitting atop Region VI with a 4-1 mark, the Larks host Johnson County CC (Overland Park) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Larks in good position after big first half

The Hesston College men’s basketball team ended its fall semester with a 9-6 overall record including a Region VI-leading 3-1 mark.

Hesston closed the fall term by winning four of its last five games, including region wins against Highland (Kan.) CC at home (64-62 on Nov. 25) and Johnson County CC (Overland Park) on the road (59-57 on Dec. 3). The win at Johnson County, number two in Region VI standings, coupled with Hesston’s Nov. 12 win over third-place Labette CC (Parsons, Kan.), has the Larks in good shape as the second half nears.

Sophomore Jordan Tanner enjoyed a monster first half, as the forward from Houston averaged 16.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in less than 27 minutes per game. Tanner connected on 60.7 percent from the floor.

Sophomore point guard Malcolm Mann (Plano, Texas) filled the stat sheet with 9.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and four assists per contest. Austin Mitchell (Plano, Texas), also a sophomore, contributed 10.8 points per game. Freshman Cody Halverson (Temple, Texas) added 9.5 points per game and a team-high 27 three-pointers.

Hesston returns to Yost Center for a Region VI matchup with Kansas City Kansas CC at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12.

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.