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I don’t want to belabor the point too much or too often about our new innovations for our ATVN Sports Department or keep alerting everyone every time Astound broadcasts “new” things, but there are a couple notes that I’m sure the local community will want to take note of over the next week on our television network.

“First” of all, I’d like to welcome a brand new wrestling announcer to our on-air team.

Shelby Hoppis is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and Minnesota University with degrees in athletic training.

Hoppis jumped into the world of collegiate athletic training at the University of Maryland, where she was an intern athletic trainer during the 2006-07 school year, working closely with the men’s and women’s cross country/track & field teams.  Hoppis was elevated to assistant athletic trainer at Maryland after one season, providing care for the Terrapins’ wrestling and golf teams from 2007-10. She returned to school at the University of Minnesota in 2010 and earned her Master of Arts in kinesiology, with an emphasis on sport and exercise psychology in 2012.

Hoppis was a graduate assistant athletic trainer during her time in Minneapolis. She served as the primary trainer for the co-ed and women’s cheerleading squads, while also working with the football team.  Following her graduate work, Hoppis joined Bloomsburg as an assistant athletic trainer for the 2012-13 school year. She transitioned to Division I Princeton in 2013-14, spending the next six seasons with the Ivy League’s Tigers before moving into her current position with St. Luke’s. Between Bloomsburg and Princeton, Hoppis had the opportunity to work with numerous sports, including crew, field hockey, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

She applied her craft around the world with the United States’ junior and senior men’s and women’s national wrestling teams and men’s and women’s national squash teams. Hoppis’ past experiences includes accompanying Team USA women’s wrestling to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, which were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoppis is also a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Shelby will make his debut with the Astound TV Network this Sunday night.

Which brings us yet another “first.”

This Sunday, February 18th, ATVN will provide live coverage of the first ever District XI girls wrestling tournament.

After many years of attempting to do so, the PIAA sanctioned girls wrestling as an official sport last February and ATVN will be there for this inaugural championship to bring it to you!

This is just one of our sports broadcasts coming up–make sure you bookmark our website and check back throughout the winter sports season for more exciting postseason action for girls and boys basketball and wrestling!

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