Category Archives: Player Profile

Ethan Estes looks forward to final season at WLU

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

Coming into West Liberty University as a freshman, Ethan Estes was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed in at 170 pounds, and he had to make the transition from playing shortstop his whole life to moving across the diamond to play second base at the Division II level. The move from high school to college was more difficult than Estes expected, as he struggled through the team’s first ten games and was replaced at second base. However, that didn’t stop Estes’ drive and determination to get back out on the field. 

Senior leader Brandon Smith aims high in his final run

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
 
One of the seniors out on the court for the Running Hilltoppers this year is Brandon Smith. Originally from Sandusky, Ohio, Smith’s love for sports started at a young age. So young, in fact, his first word was “ball.”

McKenna Shives stands out on and off the court

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
A senior from Struthers, Ohio, McKenna Shives is no average basketball player. This is her second and final season here at West Liberty University. She transferred from Gannon University, where she played her first two collegiate seasons. In her junior year, she led the nation with 106 3-pointers and earned second team All-MEC honors

Senior volleyballer hopes to finish season off strong

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
Three years ago, heading into the 2014-15 season, head coach Kayla Mull of the Lady Hilltoppers volleyball program knew she needed a solid recruiting class if they wanted to compete in the Mountain East Conference. Traits like experience, height, quickness, jumping and mental toughness are characteristics Mull and every volleyball coach looks for. For the Hilltoppers, however, intelligence is at the forefront as well. One player in that recruiting class fits into all those categories: Erin Jans. 

Senior volleyballer looks to wrap up the season on a high note

By Emily Salvatori, Assistant Editor

Middle blocker Sydney Scherer is playing her last season here on the hilltop. Scherer earned 2016 First-Team All-MEC middle blocker and 2014 MEC All-Freshman Team. As of Oct. 4, she is third in the NCAA Division II in Active Career blocks with 455. Her goal for her last season on the hilltop is to win conference.

Senior DB Baldwin hopes to create memories in 2017

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
 
Terrance Baldwin is a senior defensive back for the West Liberty football team. He has one more season here on the hilltop, and he’s looking forward to it. 

Senior soccer captain looks for final season of success

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
 
Forward Thanna Oddo has one more season of soccer here on the hilltop. As her last season begins, Oddo has high hopes for this season after last year’s historic one. Soccer, however, has always been a huge aspect of her life. 

Senior soccer goalie looks to end career on a high note

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
 
Lady Toppers goalkeeper Allie Warsaw has been a critical piece to the women’s soccer team’s recent success in the last few years. As graduation draws upon her, Warsaw and company will look to once again emerge as one of the dominant forces in the Mountain East Conference (MEC). 

Senior Yale Hughes is leaving it all out on the field 

By Kendrick Jackson, Contributing Writer
 
Yale Hughes, a senior pitcher at West Liberty University, is entering into the final stretch of his college-playing career. Originally from Cortland, N.Y., Hughes joined the West Liberty baseball team as a freshman during the 2013-2014 season.

Senior pitcher hopes to finish WLU career on high note

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer

Choosing the best fit in a university for a student-athlete can be a very hard decision. With the many options that recruiting offers, narrowing down a selection is easier said than done. Here at West Liberty University, a handful of baseball players have transferred in from other colleges. One of those players is senior pitcher Greg Stagani