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Golfers compete in the Mesquite Amateur Golf Tournament, Mesquite, Nevada, May 29, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

Texas golfer wins Mesquite Amateur tournament in playoff 

MESQUITE, Nev. — It was a hard-fought win. After the final 18 holes were played, it took a playoff hole to decide the winner of the Mesquite Amateur golf tournament Friday at the CasaBlanca Golf Course in Mesquite. The three-day tournament, which attracted golfers from around the United States, saw a Texan and a Washingtonian […]


Donovan, Bendall co-MVPs for 2015 Region 9 baseball season 

ST. GEORGE — One can throw the ball really hard, the other can hit it really hard. The two of them, Pine View’s Dakota Donovan and Desert Hills’ Wyatt Bendall, were named co-Region 9 MVPs Thursday in voting by the league’s coaches. Donovan, a junior right-handed pitcher for the Panthers, went 11-0 and had a fastball […]


Charity golf: ‘Rounds Fore Warriors’ whooshes through St. George 

ST. GEORGE — Playing 50 golf courses in 50 different states in 25 days means there’s no time to dawdle. The charity golf event “Rounds Fore Warriors” hurried through a morning round at Sunbrook Golf Course Thursday as part of the national event that is raising money for veterans and their families. “They showed up […]

The Kansas City regionals episode of "American Ninja Warrior," featuring four southern Utah competitors, airs Monday night at 7 p.m. on NBC. | Photo courtesy Holly Beckstrand

St. George family makes ‘American Ninja Warrior’ a way of life 

ST. GEORGE — Brian Beckstrand has been an athlete all his life. But he’d never been a Ninja Warrior — until now. The 36-year-old Beckstrand, who played basketball for Dixie College in the late 1990s when it was still a junior college, has participated in all kinds of athletic events in an effort to keep […]

Dixie State catcher Marla Reiter, Dixie State University vs. Azusa Pacific University, Softball, St. George, Utah, Apr. 25, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

DSU softball comes up one game short in quest for National Championship 

EDMOND, Okla. – The Dixie State softball team fell one game short of being crowned National Champions, falling 5-0 to North Georgia University and All-American pitcher Courtney Poole Monday afternoon at Oklahoma Christian Field. The Storm offense, which came alive Sunday in a 10-6 semifinal win, failed to produce against Poole, the Division II Pitcher and Player […]


Red Storm offense comes alive as DSU earns trip to NCAA championship game 

EDMOND, Okla. – A venue change may have been just what the doctor ordered for the Dixie State offense. The Red Storm pounded out 13 hits and plated 10 runs on the way to a 10-6 come-from-behind victory over California University of Pennsylvania Sunday evening in the NCAA Division II National Tournament semifinals. Rainy weather and […]

Michelle Duncan delivers a pitch on the live feed on during the NCAA Division II Tournament in Oklahoma, City, Ok.,  May 22, 2015 | Photo courtesy

Dixie State softball advances at NCAAs with another Duncan masterpiece 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Michelle Duncan is on fire and she is carrying the Dixie State softball team to new heights. The senior from Gilbert, Ariz., continued to pitch shutout softball at the NCAA Division II National Tournament. Duncan shut down the Adelphi Panthers offense en route to a 2-0 victory Friday evening. The right-handed pitcher, now 31-0, […]

Dixie State at the NCAA Division II Championships.

Duncan pitches masterfully, Red Storm eke out 1-0 win in 1st game at NCAAs 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The third game of the NCAA Division II Softball Nationals featured the two top remaining offensive teams, the Dixie State Red Storm and the California Vulcans from Pennsylvania. But two All-American pitchers, DSU’s Michelle Duncan and CUP’s Alex Sagl, made sure this was no high-scoring shootout. Duncan improved her record to an perfect 30-0 in a […]

Dixie State at the NCAA Division II Championships.

‘Cheetah’ Bassett is freshman of the year as DSU opens national tourney tonight 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Dixie State softball team resumes its quest for a National Championship at 5 p.m. today against California University of Pennsylvania. While in Oklahoma City, the NFCA sponsored an awards banquet for the Division II players. Four Red Storm softball players received All-American honors on Wednesday night. In addition, Dixie State outfielder Janessa Bassett […]


National fund-raiser for veterans hits Sunbrook next week 

BOUNTIFUL – The Board of Directors of the Life is For Giving Foundation is excited to announce “Rounds FORE Warriors – An Epic Golf Adventure.” Next Sunday afternoon, four golfers will tee off at Ko’olau Golf Course, in Honolulu. They will begin an epic golfing adventure – playing a Scramble Round of golf on one course […]


TWIR9: Baseball’s wild title game a fitting end to 2014-15 prep sports year 

COMMENTARY — The kids are marching today — well, I guess we can’t really call them kids anymore since they’re graduating from high school — and it certainly was a memorable year on the courts, fields, mats and tracks in Region 9. Saturday the spring sports season culminated with champions being crowned in baseball and […]


Dixie State softball: A look at the 8 teams in the NCAA Tournament 

The NCAA Division II National softball tournament begins Wednesday and with Dixie State returning for the second year in a row, this time as the highest-ranked team in the field of eight, we’ve put together a glance at all the teams vying for the 2015 National Championship. Game 1 No. 24 Shorter Hawks (Rome, Ga.) […]

Stansbury vs. Bear River, 3A State Softball Championship Game, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A softball: Stansbury rules again as Stallions hold off Bear River rally 

ST. GEORGE — The 3A State softball tournament played out a lot like many people expected this week, with a Region 11 team playing another Region 11 team for the championship at the Fields at Little Valley softball complex. The fact that neither of the two teams was Region 11 regular-season champion Grantsville was the only surprise. Stansbury […]

Junior college champion Chipola College, Chipola (Fla.) vs. NE Oklahoma A&M, NJCAA Championship at The Canyons, St. George, Utah, May 16, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

NJCAA softball: Chipola conquers the Canyons to win Juco title 

ST. GEORGE — Gabriela Santos had three RBIs and Savannah Ryken rapped out three base hits as Chipola College, from Marianna, Fla., won the NJCAA Softball Championship at the Canyons Complex Saturday. The Lady Indians went a perfect 5-0 in this year’s junior college postseason tournament, using a high-octane, athletic style to earn the National […]

The gold-medal winning Desert Hills 4x100 relay team with (from l to r) Hannah Morby, Abby Taylor, Brooklyn Lott and Jessica Bills, at the state track meet, Provo, Utah, May 15, 2015 | Photo by AJ Griffin, St. George News

State track and field: Thunder rules in the rain as DH boys, girls win 

PROVO – Apparently Thunder goes well with rain as it was obvious early in the wet and cold state track meet Saturday at BYU that the 3A track titles belonged to the Desert Hills boys and girls teams. The only suspense that remained was if the boys team could break the 3A state team record […]

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