Category Archives: Sports

Volleyball’s record season comes to an end

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer

If the last season for the West Liberty volleyball team was historic, then this season is “unprecedented.” 
 
The Lady Toppers found themselves in the record books once again; they finished with an overall record of 23-14, 11-6 in conference. It was historic when the Lady Toppers broke even in conference play last season. Now, the team’s never looked better and it seems that there’s no stopping this team on the way up.

Lady Toppers and Hilltoppers hope to continue wins against Fairmont

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer 

The WLU Lady Hilltoppers (1-4, 1-1 MEC) have struggled in the beginning games of the season, but they hope their luck turns around this Sunday also against the Fairmont State Lady Fighting Falcons (3-2, 1-1 MEC). 

The WLU Hilltoppers (6-0, 2-0 MEC) continue to impress as they remain undefeated through their first six games, but the Toppers will have their first major test as they face MEC rival Fairmont State (5-0, 2-0 MEC). The men’s game will be broadcasted nationally as well on TV on the Root Sports channel!

Men’s and Women’s hoops set to take on Notre Dame College 

By Trent Nicholson, Contributing Writer 
 
The West Liberty men’s basketball team hosts Mountain East Conference rival Notre Dame College on Saturday in the ASRC. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.
 
The Hilltoppers (2-0) come in to this game coming off two dominant wins in the MEC Tournament challenge against Cheyney University and West Chester University. On Wednesday, they played Davis and Elkins University in non-tournament play. Saturday’s game will be West Liberty’s first conference game of the year. 

Volleyball team prepares for conference play 

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer

After a strong finish to an even stronger regular season, the Lady Toppers are ready to take on the Mountain East Conference tournament and postseason play.

West Liberty stunned on senior day

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

West Liberty took on West Virginia State University, and the Yellow Jackets were able to come away with the 37-30 victory to spoil the Hilltoppers senior day. A total of 17 seniors played their final game on the Hilltop today, and unfortunately they didn’t come out on the winning side.

Basketball teams eager to start their seasons 

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer  
 
With an enrollment of around 2,000 and a location in the northern panhandle, it’s no surprise that not many people have heard of West Liberty that aren’t from the area. But to NCAA Division 2 basketball programs, it’s a name all too familiar as it has consistently produced some of the best men’s and women’s basketball teams in the country. As November rolls around, that means it’s time to start what should be another historic season for these top-tier D2 programs.  

Acrobatics and Tumbling join WLU’s sports lineup 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor 

On Oct. 27, West Liberty University President Dr. Stephen Greiner announced that the university is adding Acrobatics and Tumbling as the schools 17th intercollegiate sport.
 
The nationwide search for a head coach has begun as the teams plan to begin their first season in the spring of 2018. 

Women’s soccer makes West Liberty History 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor 

The West Liberty University women’s soccer team made the playoffs for the first time in school history. The soccer program has been around for only five years, with the inaugural season coming in 2012; they finished the season with a 2-15 record. 
 
Their first postseason game was played on Nov. 2 against the number one seed and regular-season champion, Notre Dame (Ohio). Kickoff was set for a 3 p.m. start, and for the results, go to hilltoppersports.com.

Toppers travel to Glenville in final away game 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer

Tomorrow, the WLU Hilltoppers (3-6, MEC 3-5) will be traveling to Glenville, W.Va. to take on the Glenville State College Pioneers (5-4, MEC 5-3) with a 7:10 p.m. kickoff. 
 
The number three has been both lucky and unlucky for the Toppers this season. The Toppers began their season with three straight losses. However, the season seemed to turn around as they won three straight games to become .500 on the season. 

Hilltoppers fall against nationally ranked Shepherd

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

West Liberty University took on Shepherd University today at West Family Stadium and the Rams came away with a 38-27 victory. The Hilltoppers came into the game on a two game losing streak and with this loss they move to 3-6 on the season, making that losing streak three in a row.