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Hills, Harding Honored

August 20, 2009

 LIBERTY, Mo. – A pair of West Liberty’s returning senior standouts have been named to the 2009 Preseason All-WVIAC Football Team, as selected by the website.


Eddie Hills

      Representing the Hilltoppers on the 25-man team are wide receiver Eddie Hills and inside linebacker Nick Harding.

      Hills, a 5-10, 185-pound native of Palmetto, Fla., has already established himself as one of the most versatile players in West Liberty football history.

      After putting up back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons as a tailback during his freshman and sophomore seasons, Hills made the switch to slot receiver last fall and led the WVIAC with 61 catches for 811 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 54 times for 339 more yards and another score.


Nick Harding

      Harding, a 6-0, 225-pound native of Lackawanna, N.Y., has notched more than 100 tackles in each of his first two seasons since transferring from Appalachian State and is a two-time first-team All-WVIAC honoree. The hard-hitting inside linebacker led the conference with 115 tackles last fall.

      West Liberty kicks off the 2009 season on Saturday, Aug. 29 with a 1:30 p.m. game at nationally-ranked Edinboro (Pa.). All-WVIAC Preseason Football Team


QB-DaRante Hunter (Charleston, Jr., 5-9, 175, Sarasota, FL)

RB-Antwarn Jones (Seton Hill, Sr., 5-7, 165, Gwynn Oak, MD)

RB-Jimmy Sutch (Shepherd, Jr., 5-9, 200, Hagerstown, MD)

WR-Perry Baker (Fairmont State, Jr., 6-3, 175, New Smyrna, FL)

WR-EDDIE HILLS (West Liberty, Sr., 5-10, 185, Palmetto, FL)

TE-Zach Delo (Seton Hill, Soph., 6-4, 230, Ambridge, PA)

OL-Jeremy Hairston (Shepherd, Sr., 6-1, 325, LaPlata, MD)

OL-Matt Khouri (Fairmont State, Jr., 6-6, 310, Pittsburgh, PA)

OL-Adam Adkins (Glenville State, Sr., 6-3, 285, Pulaski, VA)

OL-Mike Jones (WV State, Sr., 6-5, 270, Dumfries, VA)

OL-Kyle Knight (Fairmont State, Sr., 6-5, 310, Pittsburgh, PA)


DL-Matt Galadyk (Seton Hill, Sr., 6-5, 265, Colonial, NJ)

DL-Luke Black (Fairmont State, Soph., 6-6, 225, Marietta, OH)

DL-Scott Sears (Glenville State, Sr., 6-3, 240, Webster Springs, WV)

DL-Dominic Iacovone (Charleston, Sr., 6-1, 260 Hamilton, OH)

LB-Nate Black (Fairmont State, Sr., 6-0, 235, Marietta, OH)

LB-NICK HARDING (West Liberty, Sr., 6-0, 225, Lackawanna, NY)

LB-Terrell Parker (Glenville State, Sr., 6-0, 200, Baltimore, MD)

DB-Xavier Drakeford (Charleston, Sr., 6-0, 200, Ferrum, VA)

DB-Deante Steele (Shepherd, Jr., 5-7, 175, Woodbridge, VA)

DB-Joe Clark (WV State, Sr., 5-10, 170, Cleveland, OH)

DB-Layton Hersh (Shepherd, Sr., 6-0, 200, Taneytown, MD)

Special Teams

KR-Sammy Tranks (Seton Hill, Sr., 5-11, 185, Philadelphia, PA)

K-Alex Ashley (Fairmont State, Sr., 6-0, 185, Charleston, WV)

P-Derek Moore (WV Wesleyan, Sr., 6-0, 230, Hurricane, WV)


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