TOP SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: #5 – Bryce Hoppel dominates NCAA, turns pro


As 2019 comes to an end, we are taking a look at some of the top sports stories from around the Permian Basin this year.

Former Midland High Bulldog Bryce Hoppel went into his junior year at Kansas with high expectations.

He not only met them – he shattered them.

Hoppel won two NCAA Championships (indoor and outdoor) in his signature event (800-meter).

In fact, he was so dominant that he did not lose any race during that junior season.

He later had the opportunity to compete internationally, where he finished 4th at the World Championships Pan-American Games.

This summer, Hoppel announced his decision to forgo his senior year of eligibility at Kansas to compete professionally.

Permian Basin’s Biggest Sports Stories of 2019

5. Former Midland High Bulldog Bryce Hoppel dominates NCAA, turns professional

6. Midland Classical basketball makes State Championship runs

7. Midland Northern LL All-Stars come within one win of advancing to Little League World Series

8. UTPB caps off historic season with viral TD on Senior Night

9. Odessa High softball/baseball make postseason runs

10. Permian basketball advances to Sweet 16

Honorable Mentions:

  • Andrews girl’s golf wins ninth-consecutive State Championship
  • Wink volleyball advances to State Semifinals
  • Rankin football advances to State Semifinals
  • Midland Lee football outlasts Arlington Lamar in Area Round
  • Midland High alum McLane Mannix plays in first season at Texas Tech

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