Category Archives: Sports

Women’s basketball impressive season concludes at MEC tournament

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
The women’s basketball season came to an end on March 1 as West Liberty was defeated 64-55 by Fairmont State during the quarterfinals of the Mountain East Conference Tournament. With head coach Kyle Cooper at the helm for his first year, the Lady Toppers improved their record from last year by four wins and produced a First-Team All-MEC honoree in junior forward, Marissa Brown. With Coach Cooper and Brown leading the charge, the Lady Toppers’ basketball program was revitalized this season. 

Hilltoppers advance to Atlantic Region Tournament

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
The men’s basketball team will travel to Petersburg, Va. this weekend for their ninth straight NCAA Division II Tournament. The regional rankings came out this past Sunday night, and the Hilltoppers fell to the No. 4 seed in the tournament. 

Darius Bunch leads Hilltopper wrestling to regionals

By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer
The Hilltopper wrestling season is coming to a close with only two weeks remaining in the postseason. The regional tournament held at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown has concluded and one wrestler, Darius Bunch, of the starting ten has advanced to the NCAA Division II national wrestling tournament in Iowa.

Howlett’s Hilltoppers gear up for MEC Tournament

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
After ending an incredible regular season on a low note with a home loss to rival Wheeling Jesuit, the West Liberty men’s basketball team is looking forward to postseason play, starting with the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament in Charleston, W. Va. this week.

Trumpet Solo: Andy “Jiggsy” Coulter

By Walker Polivka, Contributing Writer

West Liberty State College Alumnus Andy Coulter recently made the trip to Super Bowl LII as a News Photographer for WPXI-TV out of Pittsburgh, Pa.

Senior transfer making the most of final year on the court

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager

Senior guard Jordan Watson has been a vital part of the Hilltopper team this season. A transfer from Lincoln University (Pa.), Watson is shooting over 45 percent from behind the arc, the highest percentage on the team. However, there is so much more that lies beyond the player sporting the No. 1 jersey.

Lady Toppers hope to end season on high note

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.

Toppers gear up for high intensity game against Jesuit

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. 

Toppers baseball travels to N.C. for season opener

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. 

Ethan Estes looks forward to final season at WLU

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 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.