When big universities do well in national tournaments, fans throughout their states are excited, and rightly so.
But when West Liberty University's men's basketball team finished as national runners-up in the NCAA Division II tournament Saturday, the pleasure was entirely local. Here in the Ohio Valley, the Hilltoppers are our hometown team.
Readers of this newspaper have followed the team closely for many years, as head Coach Jim Crutchfield built a national powerhouse. The Hilltoppers - our team - are respected throughout the U.S.
Basketball fans throughout the country know about West Liberty - and, not just incidentally, about what a great university it is.
Congratulations, then, to Crutchfield, his team and the many others who have helped build a powerhouse basketball program at West Liberty. Many local folks are very, very proud.