The Trumpet http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet West Liberty University's Student News Source Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:41:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lady Toppers hope to end season on high note http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/23/lady-toppers-hope-end-season-high-note/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/23/lady-toppers-hope-end-season-high-note/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:38:08 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5296 By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager In Kyle Cooper’s first season as head coach of the West Liberty women’s basketball team, Coach Cooper returned the Lady Toppers to winning form. With the Mountain East Conference Tournament fast-approaching, WLU will look to end the season with a win. As of Feb. 18, the Lady Toppers have composed

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By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager

In Kyle Cooper’s first season as head coach of the West Liberty women’s basketball team, Coach Cooper returned the Lady Toppers to winning form. With the Mountain East Conference Tournament fast-approaching, WLU will look to end the season with a win.

As of Feb. 18, the Lady Toppers have composed a record of 12-14 and sit towards the top of the MEC conference. WLU improved on their record from last year and even went on a five-game winning streak this season.

Last Saturday, our Lady Toppers almost scored an upset in a 106-103 thriller against nationally-ranked, Glenville State. The game came down to the wire, but the Pioneers of Glenville State pulled away within the final minutes of the game.

WLU forward, Marissa Brown, had a record-breaking night against the Pioneers. Brown recorded 43 points and 25 rebounds, along with five blocks and three steals on the defensive end. 25 of her 43 came in the second half.

Brown is having a spectacular season in her junior season. Brown is averaging 23.8 points-per-game while shooting over 60-percent from the field. Furthermore, Brown is averaging a double-double for the year with 11 rebounds-per-game. On Wednesday’s 80-88 loss to Notre Dame, Brown also recorded her 1,000 career point

Looking ahead, our Lady Toppers will face inner-conference rival, Wheeling Jesuit, for the final game of the season. As of Feb. 18, Wheeling Jesuit also has a 12-14 record for the year. This is a bit of a disappointment after last year’s squad repeated as MEC champs.

Earlier in the season, the Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit earned a huge victory in a 70-58 upset against Norte Dame. Cardinals redshirt junior guard, Monica Burns, scored 14 points, including going six-for-six at the foul stripe.

Burns is leading Wheeling Jesuit in scoring for the second consecutive season, averaging over 17 PPG. Burns is also shooting over 91-percent from the free-throw line, one of the best in the conference.

Both teams will matchup Saturday at 2 p.m. in the ASRC, followed by the MEC Tournament beginning Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Charleston, WV. For more game previews and recaps, please keep visiting the Trumpet Online.

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Toppers gear up for high intensity game against Jesuit http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/23/toppers-gear-high-intensity-game-jesuit/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/23/toppers-gear-high-intensity-game-jesuit/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:24:39 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5293 By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer   After three months and 25 games, the West Liberty men’s basketball team will end the regular season this week with a game on the road and a regular season finale this Saturday at home against a long-time rival.  The past week of the season was a crucial one for

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By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After three months and 25 games, the West Liberty men’s basketball team will end the regular season this week with a game on the road and a regular season finale this Saturday at home against a long-time rival. 

The past week of the season was a crucial one for Ben Howlett’s Hilltoppers in determining the Mountain East Conference regular season champion and finalizing seeding for the upcoming MEC Tournament in Charleston.
 
Last week’s wins against West Virginia Wesleyan and Glenville State College have guaranteed West Liberty the 2017-18 MEC regular season title and the No. 1 seed at the tournament, with a 25-1 overall and 20-1 conference record.
 
In the preseason poll, West Liberty was picked to finish third behind Wheeling Jesuit and Fairmont State; both teams now trail the Toppers by at least three conference games. While the games this week have no bearing on those rankings or seed for the Toppers, it will allow them to sweep all but one of their season series this season.
 
The action kicked off this week on the road with a Wednesday night game against the Falcons of Notre Dame College. The Toppers won by a landslide with 112-68, with Dalton Bolon leading with 23 points.  
 
This sets up the regular season finale with longtime rival Wheeling Jesuit at the ASRC on Saturday afternoon. While the Toppers will carry a 48-game home winning streak, a MEC regular season title, and a three conference game lead (Wheeling Jesuit sits at 21-5,16-4) into this weekend, it is best to throw the book out of the window because anything can happen in this rivalry game.
 
Last season, the series saw a combined six overtime periods and 776 points, four matches with each team winning two and a shocking end to the series last season as the Cardinals took the final match in the Atlantic Region Quarterfinals after a West Liberty bucket was ruled late. 
 
The Toppers took the first game this season on the road against Wheeling Jesuit, 81-78, which is a feat they have not accomplished since the 2015 season. The Cardinals only led by as many as four in the first half, but could not get closer than two points from retaking the lead in the second half.
 
Freshman Bolon had a huge night for the Toppers, draining all six shots from 3-point range and leading the team with 19 total points. Dan Monteroso and James Griffin added 16 and 15 more points in the win. Jesuit’s Haywood Highsmith led all scorers with 22 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Pat Moseh added 17 points with two other players scoring double figures. 
 
With the MEC Tournament decided for the Toppers, this game is less about conference standings and more about sweeping the season series with Wheeling Jesuit for the first time since the 2013-14 season; it is also about another important basketball tournament in March: the Atlantic Regional Tournament.
 
West Liberty currently sits at the top of the most recent Atlantic Regional Rankings, with Virginia State in a close second with a 19-3 overall and 18-3 region record. Wins this weekend could mean that the Hilltoppers could host their first Atlantic Regional Tournament since 2015.
 
WLU-TV 14 will provide live video coverage for this weekend’s rivalry matchup with recaps and previews for the rest of the season available in The Trumpet and on the Trumpet Online.
 
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Toppers baseball travels to N.C. for season opener http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/22/toppers-baseball-travels-n-c-season-opener/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/22/toppers-baseball-travels-n-c-season-opener/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:00:37 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5285 By Cody Shook, Sports Editor   The Hilltopper baseball team will play their first games of the season this weekend against St. Augustine’s, Slippery Rock and Seton Hill University. The team was supposed to have their first games two weeks ago against St. Augustine’s, but due to weather, the series was postponed to today and

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By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
The Hilltopper baseball team will play their first games of the season this weekend against St. Augustine’s, Slippery Rock and Seton Hill University. The team was supposed to have their first games two weeks ago against St. Augustine’s, but due to weather, the series was postponed to today and their regularly scheduled games against two PSAC schools will be played as scheduled. 

The team will take on the Falcons of St. Augustine’s today, Feb. 22, in Cary, N.C. with games starting at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Falcons have already played five games this season and they currently have a 4-1 record. Their only loss came against a Mountain East Conference opponent in the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  They’ve scored 22 runs and allowed 18 through the first five games of the season. Justin Retzer and Nolan Marcus will toe the rubber for the Hilltoppers and they will try to start the season on a high note. 
 
On Saturday, the Toppers will go to Holly Springs, N.C. to take on Slippery Rock University in a double header with the start times to be determined. Slippery Rock is in a similar boat as West Liberty, as neither of them has played a game yet. Last season, Slippery Rock finished the season with a 27-20 record, which is similar to the 29-20 record that West Liberty had last year. Both games on Saturday will be seven-inning games and the projected starters on the mound will be Parker Dyson and Vincent Haddox.
 
On Sunday, West Liberty will take on Seton Hill University in one, nine-inning game to conclude their first weekend of the 2018 season. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m., and it will be the first time these teams will match-up, and they will play again on April 23 at West Liberty. Seton Hill will play their first games of the season on Saturday against Shippensburg University. Last season, the Griffins went 36-20 and won the PSAC tournament against Mercyhurst University. They then went on to the Atlantic Regional tournament, where they lost their first two games against Shepherd and Winston-Salem State University. 
 
The Toppers will look to start their season above .500 when they return home from this five game road series. Their next games will be in early March. Follow the baseball team all season long on Twitter, and grab next week’s issue of the Trumpet for more game previews and player profiles. 
 
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Hilltop Players premiere “18 Vi­ctoria” tonight in Kelly Theater http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/22/hilltop-players-premiere-18-vi%c2%adctoria-tonight-kelly-theater/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/22/hilltop-players-premiere-18-vi%c2%adctoria-tonight-kelly-theater/#respond Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:55:44 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5288 By Jacob Ward, Contributing Writer   The West Liberty University Hilltop Players open the first show of the semester “18 Victoria” today. The show will run Feb. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m.    The show was written by Cody Daigle-Orians, and is directed

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By Jacob Ward, Contributing Writer
 
The West Liberty University Hilltop Players open the first show of the semester “18 Victoria” today. The show will run Feb. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., March 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. 
 
The show was written by Cody Daigle-Orians, and is directed by Adjunct Theatre Professor Maggie Balsley.

The audience is in for a treat on opening night; playwright Daigle-Orians will be in attendance, and the audience will have a chance to meet him after the show at the reception.
 
The play will be held in Kelly Theater, located in the Fine Arts Building. Discount tickets can be purchased online, and students can also purchase tickets for $5 at the ticket office on show night.
 
“18 Victoria” is about three siblings named Ben, Catherine and Stephen. With the sudden death of their father, the siblings struggle to reconcile with one other to sort out their family differences. Unfortunately, a larger problem arises—  a catastrophic asteroid is hurtling toward earth. Coming down to the final days of mankind’s existence, the siblings recall the memories about their childhood issues and errors of adult communication. For the siblings, it is about the past coming back to haunt them in the world’s darkest hour.
 
The three siblings are played by Callie Carroll (Catherine), Grant VanCamp (Ben) and Alex Gordon (Stephen).
 
Chris Rees is the set designer. The lighting and projection design is done by Alex Franke. Ingrid Young is the photographer.
 
Rees wants the audience to feel the set and the actors, instead of noticing it. The play should allow the audience to complement the show and actors altogether.
 
“The success of the show is more impactful to me than the success of the design,” said Rees.
 
“I was drawn to the language of the play,” says Balsley. “It’s beautifully written and the relationships of the characters actually are a bonus. I have a tendency to be attracted to work that has impressive sound and words. I usually pick pieces that I ‘hear’ clearly.”
 
Meta Lasch, Technical Director at West Liberty, said, “As a member of the technical design staff, my desire is for the various designers to have a positive, creative moment. It’s my job to help them express their concept in a way the audience can understand.”
 
“When the show is over, and the audience is walking out, I would like them to have a positive experience, and think about what they just experienced,” said Lasch.
 
Michael Aulick, Theatre Director at West Liberty, explains why the play was selected. Aulick says that plays are chosen per season, and not based on one aspect. He knew that the department wanted to perform a small cast for February, and a large cast for April. 
 
For Aulick, it is essential that West Liberty Theatre promotes raw works, and performing “18 Victoria” brings new concepts to the scene. “It is a play about trying to come to grips about families’ pasts, and how families deal with things they are not proud of,” said Aulick.
 
The asteroid plummeting towards the planet was the motivation for the characters to work out their differences between one another.
 
Aulick remarks that there is going to be the chance of a mixed audience perspective. Some might find it amazing, or weird in a sense, or some people might not like it, but that is the nature of the theatre.
 
“The goal is to put something that is intriguing, so it might spark something out in the audience,” said Aulick.
 
To purchase tickets, one can come to the ticket booth during show nights or purchase online.
 
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Special topic courses offer unique learning opportunities http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/21/special-topic-courses-offer-unique-learning-opportunities/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/21/special-topic-courses-offer-unique-learning-opportunities/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:51:51 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5279 By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer   West Liberty University offers 22 special topic courses in total for over 10 majors during its 2018 Spring semester.    Special topic courses refer to any course with course number 278, 378 and 478. Course number stands for its curriculum level; the higher the number, the harder the class

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By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer
 
West Liberty University offers 22 special topic courses in total for over 10 majors during its 2018 Spring semester. 
 
Special topic courses refer to any course with course number 278, 378 and 478. Course number stands for its curriculum level; the higher the number, the harder the class is.

The WLU English department modified its general studies requirements and came up with the idea of offering special topic courses, while also considering the different academic level of major and non-major students. 
 
“What we did before was that a lot of students were taking the English 204, 205, 214 and 215, which were the survey of English and America. These were made as a basic course for majors, but when all the students took them, one class might have seven or eight majors and 13 other students. The teacher couldn’t teach the course really at the level that majors needed to get themselves ready for more advanced courses, so we came up with the idea of why not offering several 278 courses every semester and encourage students to take them,” said Dr. Peter Staffel, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program, “It’s been all kinds of different courses taught like that, they have been great fun and students quite like them.”
 
Special topic 278 was designed for non-majors while special topic 478 is a more advanced course for major students. However, every student can take any level special topic courses regardless of major.
 
Staffel said, “You could offer both the same courses as 278 and 478. If you are an English major who wants an advanced elective, you can take the 200 level course for me, but I would make you do more work.” 
 
Special topic courses 378, also called honors seminar, is only open to WLU honors college students. Honor students are required to have two honors seminars in total to fulfill their academic credits, and the seminars can be counted as advanced electives. 
 
Staffel is offering special topic 278 Greek Mythology. He hopes students enjoys the diversity of mythology.
 
“When [the honors college] was a program, you could only apply once when you would come here and you had to of been here at least one semester and get recommendations from all campus faculty members. We had regular meetings, trips (honors enrichments), students had to go to an extra number of hours, and they also had to take honors seminars, which are HON-378. Students got academic credit, but not towards their major; it would just be extra hours to graduate as part of honors program,” said Staffel.
 
“I would like kids to enjoy the mythology, to see lots of connections with Asian cultures and our contemporary cultures. There was a middle eastern world where Christianity, Islam came out of the overseas, lots of the stories get told as the Greek flood in its creation myth. They all have the stories that carry on with deep history, and much of the mythology has the interpretation of ‘why do they tell the story? Is this standing for something else?’” said Staffel.
 
Dr. Robert Gall, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, is offering special topic Film & Religion 278 and Film & Religion 478. He hopes students could get entertainment from religion, and could become more aware of religion as a culture. 
 
“I hope my students can learn how to film critically, and to recognize them as a more entertainment. In some cases, the director has the message interpretation with things often with some religious overtones. The other thing I hope they can become aware of is how religion is part of our culture, and either a part of our entertainment, even when the films are necessarily specifically about religious topic, they very often have nothing to do with religion. But the themes, the storyline, echo, and elements are all religious background,” said Gall.
 
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Favorite artists that remind me of my mother http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/20/favorite-artists-remind-mother/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/20/favorite-artists-remind-mother/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:08:56 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5276 By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer   Everybody has a song that reminds them of someone, whether it be a ballad that reminds you of your significant other, a pump up song that reminds you of your best friend, or any other song. Music is something that brought my mother and I very close together. We

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By Sammie Stewart, Contributing Writer
 
Everybody has a song that reminds them of someone, whether it be a ballad that reminds you of your significant other, a pump up song that reminds you of your best friend, or any other song. Music is something that brought my mother and I very close together. We went to multiple concerts together and bonded through the different artists.

One artist that instantly comes to mind when I think of my mom is Kid Rock. I remember she always had his CDs in her car and would occasionally play them. While I’m not a huge fan of him, I can still appreciate him as an artist. He made my mom extremely happy, and that’s all that mattered to me. 
 
Another artist that my mom thoroughly enjoyed was Queen. Whenever one of their songs would come on the radio, she would turn the volume up almost all the way and we would scream the lyrics. One of our favorites, of course, was “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  
 
A specific song that reminds me of my mother is “King to Me” by Hoodie Allen. The reason why this song makes me think of her is because of the lyrics “when you get down, I’m gon’ lift you up right now.” This lyric reminds me of her because my mom always picked me up when I was feeling upset. I could talk to her about anything. This song also helped me through a lot of hard times in my life, including her death. The artist actually played the song when I saw him back in November because he knew how much meaning the song has to me, and that only makes the song more meaningful to me.
 
Growing up, my mom and I loved One Direction (embarrassing, I know). They had some really good songs though. When Harry Styles released his solo music, my mom and I were completely on board. One of our favorites by him was “Sign of the Times.” I remember this being a song we could scream the lyrics to, even though the lyrics are very sad.  It was one of our personal favorites when it came to radio songs.
 
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‘Awesome Project’ returns to fund campus proposals http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/20/awesome-project-returns-fund-campus-proposals/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/20/awesome-project-returns-fund-campus-proposals/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:30:33 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5273 By Daniel Morgan, Staff Writer   Students in the Community Education program’s Fundraising and Grant Writing course are holding another “awesome” contest where individuals or groups can apply for a $1,000 mini-grant to fund a project that will benefit the West Liberty University campus community.  “Our project is based on the work of the Awesome

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By Daniel Morgan, Staff Writer
 
Students in the Community Education program’s Fundraising and Grant Writing course are holding another “awesome” contest where individuals or groups can apply for a $1,000 mini-grant to fund a project that will benefit the West Liberty University campus community. 

“Our project is based on the work of the Awesome Foundation,” said student Linda Hall. “Based in Boston, the Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing, world-wide community devoted to forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe. The foundation and its chapters distribute $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.” 
 
“For this project, our class will be acting as its own chapter of the Awesome Foundation,” student Kristen Sikorsky said. “We will be selecting a finalist for this $1,000 mini-grant. The only stipulation of the grant is that it has to benefit some area of the West Liberty University campus. We feel that good can be done in any regard, so we decided not to select categories for this grant.”
 
Any member of the WLU community, including students, faculty, staff and organizations, are able to submit applications until 4 p.m. on March 20 to course instructor Lou Karas; applications are available and can be turned in electronically through email at lkaras@westliberty.edu or as a hard copy at the Center for Arts and Education in Main Hall. 
 
Applicants are required to describe their project in detail, including its potential benefits, and how the project can be implemented with the potential funding. A budget listing of any and all expenses is also required as part of the application.
 
“The application is very, very simple, and that’s part of our process to keep the grant very open and accessible to everybody,” Sikorsky said. 
 
After the application deadline, the class as a whole will participate in a vetting process to review all the received grant proposals. Finalists may be asked to meet the class to answer any questions and provide additional information. 
 
The 2016 Fundraising and Grant Writing Class funded two ideas through the Awesome Project. The basketball court behind Beta Hall received some fresh paint, plus a new volleyball net thanks to Housing and Student Life’s Area Coordinator Luke Tacosik, and former Area Coordinator Jim Compston also applied for a pop-up tent and a large Bluetooth speaker, which is still accessible to all student organizations. 
 
“I’m sure it’s going to be challenging to come to some consensus for one application,” Karas said, “but I think it’s a good process for them to be involved in.” 
 
Karas also mentioned that many of the students are studying disabilities services, and ideas to make campus more accessible in any way are welcome. “There’s no idea that isn’t possible to consider,” Karas said. 
 
The class will hold an award ceremony on April 10 to announce the winner. 
 
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Equality Alliance club promotes tolerance on campus http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/19/equality-alliance-club-promotes-tolerance-campus/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/19/equality-alliance-club-promotes-tolerance-campus/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:30:07 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5270 By Ana Berbel, Assistant Editor   Every semester, students have the chance to get involved or begin new clubs and organizations on campus. This spring, students have the chance to join Equality Alliance, a student organization aimed at equality through educating people about the importance of tolerance and acceptance of minorities.  The new organization also

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By Ana Berbel, Assistant Editor
 
Every semester, students have the chance to get involved or begin new clubs and organizations on campus. This spring, students have the chance to join Equality Alliance, a student organization aimed at equality through educating people about the importance of tolerance and acceptance of minorities. 

The new organization also focuses on helping minorities around campus connect and be treated equally. 
 
“The Equality Alliance wasn’t an idea, in a sense. I simply looked around campus and saw what needed to change and started working. We are all humans, it’s easy to see when people don’t treat each other like fellow humans,” explained president of the club Andrew Mehler. “We hope to not only become the spearhead of a movement, but also inspire others to create more clubs on campus.”
 
The club’s goal this semester is to recruit as many students as they can so that they can start planning activities.
Right now, they have scheduled a candied popcorn fundraiser in March and a drag queen bingo in April. 
 
Currently, there are 25 students who participate with the organization and everyone is welcome to join. 
 
When Equality Alliance held their first meeting, they discussed their future plans and ideas to reach out and pair with other organizations. Their meetings are every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building in room 206. 
 
“Students can simply show up to our meetings! But we would love to have some people who are interested in helping create more organizations for minorities and the outcasts of campus,” explained Mehler. 
 
For more information, contact Equality Alliance by email at equality-alliance@westliberty.edu. The organization also has a Facebook page
 
Logo created by Andrew Mehler
 

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Ethan Estes looks forward to final season at WLU http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/19/ethan-estes-looks-forward-final-season-wlu/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/19/ethan-estes-looks-forward-final-season-wlu/#comments Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:44:40 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5266 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

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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. 

A country boy from Fleming, Ohio, he attended Warren High School and played three sports over the course of his four years there. Soccer was a one and done in high school and after an injury playing basketball, Estes knew that he had to focus in on his one true love if he ever wanted to play baseball at the college level. 
 
Growing up as a kid, Estes gravitated towards baseball, idolizing professional shortstops like Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken Jr. With this love and determination, he became a highly sought after recruit for head coach Eric Burkle and the West Liberty baseball team
 
Working hard in the off-season, Estes was able to earn his starting spot back at second base. Early into the season, he had a game that he will never forget. “It was cold and snowy, and we were playing against Ohio Valley University, and in the bottom of the ninth inning, I came up to the plate with a chance to walk it off. I hit a single into the outfield to win the game for my team and that’s just something that will stay in my mind forever,” Estes said. 
 
Each off-season, Estes has trained harder to improve himself on and off of the field. When he came back as a junior, he had to make the transition to shortstop, where his game flourished and he started 48 games. 
 
Returning for his senior season, Estes has worked harder than ever before to prepare himself and his team for what he hopes is a Mountain East Conference championship run. 
 
Majoring in ecology, Estes always has a full plate with baseball and school, but he eases his stress by being at a river and bass fishing or in the woods, set up in his treestand and deer hunting. Estes plans on working in a fishery or with wildlife after graduation because of his love for animals and the outdoors.
 
As his time at West Liberty dwindles down, Estes knows that the most emotional day in his future will be his last game as a college baseball player because he’s seen former seniors after their final games. He knows how tough it’s going to be to hang up the cleats for the final time.  
 
“School is huge and graduation is going to be an emotional time,” Estes said, “but the friendships and the relationships that you make while playing baseball are going to last for the rest of my life.”
 
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Senior leader Brandon Smith aims high in his final run http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/18/senior-leader-brandon-smith-aims-high-final-run/ http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2018/02/18/senior-leader-brandon-smith-aims-high-final-run/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:11:35 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/?p=5261 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.” “I started [playing] pretty early,” Smith said. “I knew I

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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.”

“I started [playing] pretty early,” Smith said. “I knew I wanted to either play basketball or football in college since elementary school.”
 
He went to Perkins High School, where he scored 1,100 points and averaged 17.5 points per game and also added over seven rebounds per game during his senior year. Smith also made first-team All-Northwest Ohio standout. For football, he also earned All-Conference and All-Northwest Ohio football honors at the quarterback position.  
 
Smith brought his love for sports to West Liberty University as a freshman. Last year for the men’s basketball team, he played in 30 games, scoring 193 points with 47 rebounds and averaged 12.3 minutes per game. 
 
The year before, Smith redshirted his true junior year due to injury. “I actually dislocated my right ankle and broke my fibula which required a plate and 10 screws, along with two surgeries, so that was a little detour for my third year,” Smith said. 
 
For his final season, he plans on giving it his all. “I think the goal is always championships, but I think a goal for myself this year would be to compete hard every night that I’m out there,” Smith said.  
 
His favorite memories playing for WLU is playing at Fairmont State and Wheeling Jesuit every year, especially at their venues and the atmosphere that surrounds those close games. 
 
When asked what advice he would give to a freshman player, Smith said, “If you want to actually be a player, you have to compete every day and put your work in.”
 
Off the court, Smith is majoring in sports management and minoring in marketing. He also enjoys watching basketball and football. 
 
After graduation, he plans to keep his love for the game going strong. “I want to start training junior high and high school kids, along with starting to get into AAU,” Smith said.
 
Be sure to cheer on Smith and the rest of the Running Hilltoppers when they play next Saturday against Wheeling Jesuit at home. The men’s game starts at 4 p.m. and women’s starts at 2 p.m.
 
Photo Credit: Hilltoppersports.com
 

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