Category Archives: Sports

2018 FIFA World Cup: 5 things you should know

By Yijing Shen, Contributing Writer 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on June 14, and it will be finished with the final match on July 15. This year’s World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, and the FIFA has already launched many technological surprises for the players and fans. Here are five things you should know about the World Cup in Russia!

Top 5 pro sport records that may never be broken

By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer

There are many talented athletes. These athletes are always setting new records and breaking old ones. However, there are some records that have been set that may never be broken. Listed below are the five professional sports records that I feel will never be broken, in no particular order. 

WLU men’s golf prepares for regional tournament

By Freddie Fitzsimmons, Contributing Writer
 
The West Liberty men’s golf team will wrap up the 2017-2018 season starting today with the NCAA Super Regional Championship, held at Glade Springs Resort May 7-10 in Daniels, W. Va. The Hilltoppers, under the direction of head coach Mike Ricci, finished the season fifth in the Atlantic Region. 

Senior Vincent Haddox looks to go out on high note

By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer
 
Senior Hilltopper second baseman Vincent Haddox is ending his final season on a high note. Having the highest number of runs on the baseball team, an amazing batting average of .301, and being only 11 hits away from breaking the hit record here at West Liberty as of May 4, this power hitter proves time and time again that he is an all-star.

Toppers seeking MEC Tournament playoff berth

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
The future of the 2018 West Liberty baseball team is determined this weekend, as they will take on rival Wheeling Jesuit in a four game series. Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers are 18-24 overall and 15-13 in the conference this season and they will be going into the weekend tied for second place with Fairmont State University in the north division of the Mountain East Conference standings. 

Lady Toppers enjoy final semester on the hilltop

By Emily Salvatori, Editor
 
The women’s tennis team are ranked sixth in the Atlantic Region as of April 18. This year, four seniors on the Women’s Tennis team will be graduating: Ekaterina Pinchuk, Ana Berbel, Alaina Pauley and Lisa Nachtwey will all be saying goodbye to the hilltop this May.

Softball playoff hopes on the line in regular season finale   

 By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
 
The West Liberty softball team prepares for Notre Dame of Ohio and Urbana in its last respective away and home games of the regular-season. Every game is critical as the Lady Hilltoppers continue to fight for the last seed in the North Division of the Mountain East Conference Tournament

Hilltoppers clash with Rams in battle for first place

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
Eric Burkle’s red hot Hilltoppers will try to carry over the momentum from the Urbana sweep to this weekend’s Mountain East Conference match-up against Shepherd University. As of April 16, the baseball team is 14-15 overall and 12-8 in conference games this season with three big weekend series left in the season, and the games this weekend are scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., here on the hilltop. 

Lady Toppers fight to keep playoff dreams alive

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager

 
Hilltopper softball hits the road this weekend to face off against two Mountain East Conference opponents. With tournament play approaching, the team will look for a strong performance in their two doubleheaders as the Black and Gold try to keep a hold of the fourth seed in the north division of the Mountain East Conference standings with just two weeks left in the regular season. 

West Liberty men’s golf prepares for final invitational

By Freddie Fitzsimmons, Contributing Writer
 
The West Liberty men’s golf team, under the direction of Coach Mike Ricci, is preparing for the Cecil C. Spadafora Invitational. The tournament is hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania at Indiana Country Club, starting today, April 15, through tomorrow, April 16.