Posts Tagged ‘Tony Viola’

Burkle set on getting team to Beckley

Burkle set on getting team to Beckley

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor West Liberty baseball coach Eric Burkle will be the first to admit he’s only really worried about one number: how many miles it takes to get to Beckley. “I’m not a big stat guy,” he said. “We are just trying to stay in the top four and get to the […]

Ferda, Smith look ahead on the links

Ferda, Smith look ahead on the links

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor When the WVC Player of the Year leaves your team due to graduation, there are always big shoes to fill. Actually, make that golf shoes. However, senior Jeff Ferda is trying his best to help pick up the slack left by Joey Seabright.

Toppers’ comeback falls short in Final Four

Toppers’ comeback falls short in Final Four

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor For Hilltopper fans everywhere, the first 12 minutes of West Liberty’s Final Four matchup with Metro St. seemed like a living nightmare. The hundreds of Topper faithful who made the journey to Louisville, Ky. looked up upon the scoreboard in Freedom Hall in disbelief as WLU dug itself into a […]

WLU vs. Winona State: It’s going to be war

WLU vs. Winona State: It’s going to be war

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor NCAA Division II Player of the Year Alex Falk has a pretty good idea of what the Elite Eight matchup between West Liberty and Winona State is going to be like. “It’s going to be a war,” the senior said. “They’re good. They’re really good. I watched a little bit of film […]

Is there a team that could beat West Liberty?

Is there a team that could beat West Liberty?

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor The following is a sports column for The Trumpet. Can West Liberty be beaten? It’s a question that looks even further away from reality than where Timmy Hausfeld shoots his 3s. “Everybody in the (WVIAC) has been trying to figure that out for the last couple of years,” University of […]

No. 1 Toppers take region tourney by storm

No. 1 Toppers take region tourney by storm

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor Darrell Brooks and his No. 8-seeded Bowie State squad came into the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II tournament at the ASRC as one of the hottest teams in the region. The Bulldogs had reeled off seven-straight victories and captured the CIAA tournament title with double-digit victories against two nationally […]

WL will try for third straight

WL will try for third straight

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor Capturing the conference regular season title comes with the luxury of a first round bye. That’s a luxury the No. 3-ranked Hilltoppers enjoyed on Tuesday night as the team sat idle during the first round of the West Virginia Conference Tournament. West Liberty will be back in action on Feb. […]

Women prepare to bring home the hardware

Women prepare to bring home the hardware

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor If the West Liberty women plan on winning the West Virginia Conference Tournament, then the 81-39 shalacking it dealt Ohio Valley during Monday’s play in round one is as great a start as any.

Stay Classy Fairmont

Stay Classy Fairmont

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor The following is a sports column for The Trumpet. One of the aspects that has most impressed me with our men’s basketball team during the four years I’ve been a Hilltopper is the amount of class that each player demonstrates. You’d be hard pressed to find one that would openly […]

Men claim fourth straight WVC title

Men claim fourth straight WVC title

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor Call ‘em champs. Again. With a 103-99 victory against Fairmont State on Feb. 16, the No. 3-ranked West Liberty men’s basketball team captured its fourth straight West Virginia Conference title.