Category Archives: Sports

Toppers head to Shepherd for MEC showdown 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor 
 
This weekend, the baseball team will travel to take on the Shepherd University Rams in a battle between two of the top teams in the Mountain East Conference. Last weekend, West Liberty won three out of four games against Urbana University to get the series win and two of the wins came in a walk-off fashion. 

Seven seniors say goodbye to tennis on the Hilltop

By Natasha Muhametzyanova, Contributing Writer

This May, Hilltop Tennis will say goodbye to some of its brightest players as they graduate from WLU. This year, coach Heather Gallagher’s Lady Toppers ranked ninth in the NCAA II Atlantic Region rankings. Graduating Lady Toppers are Raquel Cabero and Andrea Puga.

The men’s team will see even bigger changes next season as five Toppers will be graduating this semester: Pablo Cimorra, Santiago Gutierrez, Baptiste Perrin, Andrew Ponder and Matt Tully. The men’s team received second place in the first NCAA II Atlantic Region rankings.

California catcher finds his home here on the Hilltop

 By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
Finding the perfect fit as a hopeful college athlete is easier said than done. There are sometimes many colleges and universities to choose from, which makes the decisions so much harder to accomplish. This was a reality for senior catcher Alex Rojas

Lady Toppers travel to Wesleyan and Glenville 

By Kendrick Jackson, Contributing Writer

The West Liberty softball team is gearing up for two doubleheaders against West Virginia Wesleyan University and Glenville State College this Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday’s doubleheader against Wesleyan starts at 12 p.m., and Saturday’s doubleheader against Glenville also starts at 12 p.m.

Toppers set to host Urbana University this weekend

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
Kovalick Field will be busy this Friday and Saturday as the Hilltoppers of West Liberty will be taking on the Urbana University Blue Knights in a four-game series. West Liberty will try to continue their hot 13-3 start in Mountain East Conference play. Last weekend, the Hilltoppers split a four-game series with Notre Dame College while only allowing them to score 13 runs. 

Thank you, Coach Crutchfield; good luck, Coach Howlett 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
On March 21, West Liberty University and President Dr. Stephen Greiner announced that head men’s basketball Coach Jim Crutchfield resigned from his position and will be taking the head coaching job at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On March 28, it was announced that Ben Howlett will be the new head men’s basketball coach

Senior pitcher to leave mound, but not WLU 

By Daniel Morgan, Editor
 
Senior Hilltopper baseball pitcher Connor Clark has been playing ball for practically his whole life, and although he’ll be leaving West Liberty University’s pitching mound soon, he doesn’t plan on leaving the hilltop in the near future.

Ben Howlett named new men’s basketball coach 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

The West Liberty athletic department didn’t waste any time hiring the new head coach for the men’s basketball team. Last Tuesday, it was announced during a press conference that former WLU basketball player and assistant coach Ben Howlett will be promoted to head coach. 

Lady Toppers set to host Concord and UVA-Wise 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer

After a six-game stint on the road, the WLU Lady Toppers will be back on the hilltop to host two double-headers this weekend at the Hilltoppers Softball Complex.
 
Beginning on Saturday, April 8, the Toppers (11-15, 5-9 MEC) will welcome two Mountain East Conference matchups against the Concord University Mountain Lions (18-20, 7-7 MEC) and the University of Virginia College at Wise Cavaliers (17-13, 8-6 MEC).

Hilltop baseball team looks to stay hot in conference play 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
This weekend, the baseball team will travel a few hours north for a four game series against Notre Dame College (Ohio). This will be the first set of games against a northern division opponent for the Toppers, and they will look to keep their impressive 11-1 start going. This past week, the Hilltoppers got their second weekend sweep of the year. They played against the University of Charleston and West Virginia State University and were able to put up 20 runs and only give up nine.