WAYNE – For the third time in the past month a senior at Wayne High has signed a national letter of intent.
Friends, family and classmates joined Brock Hopkins Wednesday late afternoon after school where he announced he’ll be continuing his education and play baseball at Midland University in Fremont.
At first after receiving an email in early August by one of the coaches, Hopkins thought it was just a mass email and wasn’t going to responded.
“So, I kind of responded and I went down there and I loved it,” said Hopkins. “I really felt at home with some of the players and the coaches; I just loved it.”
A classmate of Hopkins, Frankie Klausen signed with Midland University for women’s basketball on November 20.
Hopkins visited Midland University on a weekend and was able to sit in the dugout and watch one of their inter-squad scrimmages and see how the team carries themselves. The Wayne High senior will be pursuing a degree in education.
“The goal is to go into education and go into maybe coach,” Hopkins added. “Eventually help head coach baseball and assistant with football or something along those lines and coach a little bit.”
During the high school season, Hopkins will play right field and second base while focusing more on left/right field at Midland University.
Wayne High finished 9-7 this past spring and will begin their 2020 schedule on Saturday, March 21 with games against Mount Michael Benedictine and Bennington.
Midland University posted a 24-25 overall record and went 16-12 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) during the 2019 season.
Hopkins talked about the upcoming spring Blue Devil baseball season.
“Especially the seniors and the upperclassmen this year have high hopes this season,” Hopkins mentioned. “Because this is the same group that we had when we won Junior (Legion) state a couple years ago and we’re all back together this year.”
Hopkins also has two years left on his Senior American Legion eligibility but plans on playing for Wayne Post 43 this summer.