TOP SPORTS STORIES OF 2019: #7 – Midland Northern LL All-Stars nearly advance to Little League World Series

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As 2019 comes to a close, we’ll be taking a look at some of the Basin’s top sports stories of the year.

Late July/August is typically a time when sports fans in West Texas eagerly await the start of a new football season.

In 2019, the Midland Northern Little League All-Stars gave them another sport to focus on.

After going 7-0 at its District/Sectional Tournaments to qualify for the Texas West State Tournament, Midland Northern continued its solid play with wins over McAllister Park National (San Antonio) and Dixie (Abilene).

Midland once again defeated Dixie in the Championship game, 8-1. It was the first time since 2011 a team from the Permian Basin had won the West Texas State Tournament.

Midland then had a chance to become the first team from the Basin to ever qualify for the Little League World Series. To do that, the team would need to win the Southwest Regional Tournament.

The first two games went well for Midland – an 11-3 win over Oklahoma followed by a 6-3 victory over New Mexico.

After losing its first game by one run to Louisiana (6-5), Midland needed another win over Oklahoma to avoid elimination. The Northern All-Stars did just that, defeating Tulsa National 5-2.

That victory gave Midland a shot a redemption – another chance to face Louisiana. The winner would advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The Southwest Regional Championship game was played on August 8th. Louisiana jumped out to a 2-0 before Midland tied it up at 2-2 in the top of the 2nd inning.

From there, Louisiana reclaimed the lead and eventually won by a final score of 6-2.

Once at the Little League World Series, Louisiana won both the US Championship (over Hawaii) and the World Championship (over Curaçao).

Permian Basin’s Biggest Sports Stories of 2019

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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