Category Archives: Sports

Senior outfielder looking towards the future 

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor 
 
Senior outfielder Kylee Ensign has a lot of history when it comes to softball. She’s been playing ball all her life; starting with t-ball when she was six-years-old and swinging a bat since she was one. Now, she’s wearing the number 15 and entering her final season here on the hilltop. 

Senior baseball pitcher amped up for final season 

By Trent Nicholson, Contributing Writer 
 
Trevor Stewart is a senior baseball player from Wheeling, W.Va. He is a piece of the West Liberty pitching staff. Stewart wears number 22 for the Toppers, and he looks to be an important part of the pitching staff this season. Now that you know some basic information about Stewart, I’m going to tell you some things about him that you will not find on hilltoppersports.com.

Senior pitcher in final stretch of college career 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer 
 
In his first season with the WLU’s baseball team in 2013, head coach Eric Burkle was looking to rebuild the Toppers’ baseball program after the loss of Bo McConnaughy, who coached the Toppers for nearly 30 years. In the five seasons prior to Coach Burkle’s tenure, Topper baseball had a significant span of below .500 seasons, going 60-162. Burkle knew if he wanted to turn their bad luck around, he needed to recruit solid pitchers. One of his first pitching commitments was Sean Pare

Hilltopper men beat FSU, take MEC tournament crown

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor 
 
This past weekend, Jim Crutchfield’s Hilltoppers traveled to Charleston, W. Va. and beat Glenville State, Wheeling Jesuit University and Fairmont State to take home their first Mountain East Conference tournament championship in school history. 

West Liberty softball season starts on Spring Break trip

 By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer 

After finishing last season on a sour note, the West Liberty University softball team is eager and excited to start the season. In 2016, the Toppers sported a record of 13-41 (6-26 MEC). 
 
The Toppers would have liked the season to end in a different fashion, but they hope to carry over the frustration from last year to begin this season on a good note. 

WLU basketball hits the road for MEC tournament 

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer

This last weekend saw the regular seasons of West Liberty’s men’s and women’s basketball teams end in a heartbreak to rivals Wheeling Jesuit. One was at the hands of a buzzer-beating layup, and the other was a triple-overtime thriller at the free-throw line.
 
While this certainly isn’t the way the Toppers wanted to see their regular season end, the season is far from over for either of them as they both move on to post-season play in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament and beyond.

New WLU on-campus track in the works

By Emily McLean, Contributing Writer

The West Liberty University Foundation Board met and unanimously voted on Friday, Jan. 27 to build a new track and soccer field on West Liberty’s campus.

WLU Baseball team looks to continue its hot start 

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers have started their season 4-1 on the diamond with two big wins against the Concord Mountain Lions and a series victory against Chowan University, getting two wins in three games. The bats were as hot as 70-degree weather as they scored 43 runs with two double-digit scoring affairs in their first five games. 13 different pitchers toed the rubber to help seal those four victories with senior starters Yale Hughes and Sean Pare getting two of the wins.

Running Hilltoppers set for final game against Jesuit 

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer
 
After losing their second game of the season against Concord University on Feb. 9, the Toppers are heading into the final two games of the season on a three-game winning streak. The WLU Hilltoppers (24-2, 18-2 MEC), in their final regular season game, will travel 12-miles off the hilltop to face their local rivals, the Wheeling Jesuit University Cardinals (20-6, 14-6 MEC) at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Men’s soccer becomes West Liberty’s 18th sport

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor

On Feb. 8, 2017, West Liberty University President Dr. Stephen Greiner announced that the university is adding men’s soccer as its 18th intercollegiate sport.