Category Archives: Sports

Toppers baseball set to play Notre Dame College (Ohio)

By Cody Shook, Sports Editor
 
Head Coach Eric Burkle and his team take on a Mountain East Conference (MEC) north division opponent in a four game series. The Hilltoppers were originally set to play this series at home, but the locations and times have been changed. As of April 3, the games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday and on Sunday they are scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The games have been moved to Wild Things Park in Washington, Pa.

WLU softball hits the road for tough conference match-up

By Kendrick Jackson, Advertising Manager
 
The West Liberty softball team will travel today, April 5, and tomorrow, April 6, for two inner-conference away games against UVa-Wise and Concord University. Two wins here will move the Lady Hilltoppers towards the middle of the Mountain East Conference (MEC).

WLU softball prepares for busy Easter weekend

By Logan Arneson, Contributing Writer
 
The Hilltopper softball team will have plenty of game time on the field as they will be taking on Shepherd University and Fairmont State University this upcoming weekend. The softball team’s record currently stands at nine wins and nine losses as of March 26. They are hoping to boost their win count with the consecutive games being played this weekend. 

Men’s basketball season ends at NCAA tournament

By Chad Richards, Contributing Writer
 
After the surprise announcement at the end of last season that the legendary head coach Jim Crutchfield would not be returning to West Liberty for the 2017-18 season and that his assistant and former player Ben Howlett was set to take over, people had doubts about the program. Could West Liberty still be the basketball powerhouse it had been without the guidance of Crutchfield? 

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.