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W.Va. Conference is exhibiting good improvement

W.Va. Conference is exhibiting good improvement

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor If you try something year after year after year, chances are you’re going to get better. Same goes for the West Virginia Conference. Two years ago, the West Liberty men’s basketball team sliced through the conference like a hot knife in butter. Now, it’s not as easy. 

Shooting up the record books

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor  Alex Faulk, Tim Hausfeld and Chris Morrow are shooting up the West Liberty record books. While all three seniors have scored over 1,000 points in their collegiate career, they each also are highly-ranked in their individual specialty. 

Toppers win 20 games for ninth straight season

Toppers win 20 games for ninth straight season

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor In the first 77 years of basketball at West Liberty, only two men’s teams won at least 20 games in a season. With a 74-62 win against Seton Hill on Feb. 2 at the ASRC, Jim Crutchfield clinched his ninth consecutive 20-win season in as many years since becoming the […]

Toppers begin home stretch

Toppers begin home stretch

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor The No. 4-ranked West Liberty men’s basketball team is quickly approaching the home stretch of the 2012-13 regular season. The Hilltoppers (18-1, 12-1 WVC) have nine games standing in between them and the team’s fourth consecutive West Virginia Conference regular season title, a feat that has never been accomplished before […]

Top five sports moments of the 1st semester

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor Since I’ve become Sports Editor for The Trumpet, I’ve seen a lot of events happen in the world of Hilltopper sports this past semester. An obvious few immediately come to my mind: the football team’s win against No. 25 Shepherd and the women’s soccer team getting their first win in […]

Depth not an issue for WLU

Depth not an issue for WLU

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor When a coach sits down to put his or her starting lineup together, typically the coach will choose the best players he or she has on the roster. For Jim Crutchfield, putting a starting lineup together for his No. 1-ranked Hilltopper team is easier said than done. ”There are a […]

No. 1 Hilltoppers live up to preseason hype

No. 1 Hilltoppers live up to preseason hype

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor It’s two down and 34 to go in the eyes of the Hilltopper faithful as No. 1 West Liberty picked up a pair of wins to open its season at Cedarville University’s Don Callan Classic. The top rated Toppers (2-0) began their year with a 105-66 thrashing of Urbana University […]

Football team finishes season above .500

Football team finishes season above .500

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor A year after the West Liberty football team went a dismal 1-11, the Hilltoppers were able to bounce back, despite many disadvantages, to finish the season 6-5, giving Roger Waialae his seventh winning season in eight years as head coach of the Hilltoppers. With a 23-22 victory against visiting UNC-Pembroke, […]

Hilltoppers receive No. 1 poll rankings

Hilltoppers receive No. 1 poll rankings

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor West Liberty basketball coach Jim Crutchfield came into his ninth season at the helm expecting a pretty high ranking in the NCAA Division II preseason poll. When he saw his Hilltoppers were slated as the No. 1 team in the nation, he wasn’t surprised. “I knew we would be in […]

Topper football falls to Mountain Lions

By Tony Viola, Sports Editor Roger Waialae and his Hilltopper football team came into it’s matchup with Concord on Nov. 3 hoping to come out of the game with a winning record for the season. Both the coaches and players will have to wait another week for a chance to get above the .500 mark. […]