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Desert Hills Thunder State Champions-3A State Championships, Cedar  City, Utah, Mar. 1, 2014 | Photo by Robert  Hoppie, St. George News

Cedar, D-Hills hope to keep the girls 3A trophy in southern Utah 

WEST VALLEY CITY — The 3A Girls Basketball Championship trophy must have quite a tan line by now. And maybe an accent, too. After all, it’s been living in southern Utah for three straight years. Region 9 champ Cedar and runner-up Desert Hills hope to keep it there, too. Starting this afternoon, the two southern Utah […]

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3A Boys State Basketball’s drive to the title: Dixie Flyers 

The Dixie Flyers are 18-5 and currently ranked No. 2 in the state by the Salt Lake media. First round: Defeated Payson 49-48 Quarterfinal match-up: Dixie vs. Bear River, 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maverik Center. Listen to the broadcast on SportsRadio 106.1 FM and at http://sportsradio1061.com. Points for/against: Dixie averages 64.8 ppg/55.9 papg Dixie stars: At times early in the […]

Pine View wins the Region 9 championship, Cedar vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

3A Boys State Basketball’s drive to the title: Pine View Panthers 

The Pine View Panthers are 20-2 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Salt Lake media. First round: Defeated North Sanpete 69-46 Quarterfinal match-up: PV vs. Uintah, 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Maverik Center. Listen to the broadcast on SportsRadio 106.1 FM and at http://sportsradio1061.com. Points for/against: PV averaged 57.8 ppg/48.8 papg PV stars: […]

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3A Boys State Basketball’s drive to the title: Desert Hills Thunder 

The Desert Hills Thunder are 17-6 and currently ranked No. 3 in the state by the Salt Lake media. First round: Defeated Juab 57-44 Quarterfinal match-up: DH vs. Juan Diego, 12:50 p.m. Thursday at the Maverik Center. Listen to the broadcast on SportsRadio 106.1 FM and at http://sportsradio1061.com. Points for/against: DH averaged 60.4 ppg/52.3 papg DH stars: Quincy Mathews averages 20.6 points a […]

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TWIR9: With mostly new faces, 3A tourney looking for new favorites 

COMMENTARY — The ball goes live Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. So who’s ready? The 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament hits its stride Thursday morning with the Region 12 champ Richfield playing Ben Lomond, followed by Pine View and Uintah at 11:10, Desert Hills and Juan Diego at […]

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Bleeding Red: Runnin’ Utes’ road effort not there in three Pac-12 losses 

On any given night, which team will come to play? When playing away, it is truly hard to say Like Jekyll & Hyde as the legend has been told Utah’s a different team at home than on the road COMMENTARY — According to the old adage, wisdom comes with age. Unfortunately, that does not necessarily […]

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Thompson helps Storm blow by Fresno Pacific for eighth straight victory 

FRESNO, Calif. – Dixie State’s men’s basketball team inched closer to securing a bye in the upcoming Pacific West Conference Tournament by beating an athletic Fresno Pacific program in a high-scoring game on the road Saturday night. DeQuan Thompson had a season-high 24 points and Zach Robbins added 21 points and 8 rebounds to help the […]

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Cedar girls advance; Pine View and Snow Canyon go down on the road 

There were three nailbiters in the 3A girls basketball first round Saturday night and Region 9 teams were involved in two of them. Cedar’s Lady Reds survived a 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer by Richfield to advance to the state quarterfinals in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 match-up. Pine View wasn’t as fortunate, dropping a […]

North Sanpete vs. Desert Hills, Girls Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 21, 2015 | Photo by Rober Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Big third quarter helps lift Desert Hills past Hawks, into state quarterfinals 

ST. GEORGE — Haley Bodnar is long gone, hooping it up at Purdue University. Blair Bliss and the other stars from last year’s Desert Hills state championship team are gone, too. Even the coach, Chris Allred, is now an assistant with the boys team. But that fiery desire to be a champion is still burning strong. […]

Desert Spring Championships, 12U Girls Softball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 21, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Young softballers light up the diamond at Canyons Complex 

ST. GEORGE — Looking for a little warm weather and some quality softball, 18 teams from around Utah and southern Nevada converged on the Canyons Complex for some spirited competition. The Desert Spring Championships, featuring ASA teams that are in the 12U category, took place Saturday. A fast-pitch competition, the field featured three teams from […]

Juab vs. Desert Hills, Boys Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Thunder shake off tense first quarter, pull away for 13-point win over Juab 

ST. GEORGE – The Desert Hills Thunder will advance, but Juab gave them a battle Friday night with DH escaping with a 57-44 win at the Thunderdome in the first round of the 3A Playoffs. The Thunder ran into a scrappy Juab team that matched their intensity on defense in the first quarter. The Wasps […]

North Sanpete vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Big night by Ruesch helps Panthers roll past North Sanpete after slow start 

ST. GEORGE –Friday night’s first-round playoff game couldn’t have started much worse for the Pine View Panthers. Down 8-0 to the fourth-seeded North Sanpete Hawks, Pine View turned to an unlikely source. Cody Ruesch,who averages eight points a game, finally got the Panthers on the board nearly five minutes into the first quarter. The senior […]

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Flyers advance as Payson trey at buzzer comes up just short; Cedar falls at Richfield 

PAYSON — In a classic duel Friday night, Dixie’s Tyler Bennett and Payson’s Dallin Jasperson were determined to not let their respective teams lose. In the end, it was Bennett who got his way as a 3-pointer by Jasperson at the final buzzer was just off the mark, leaving Dixie with a 49-48 first-round 3A Playoff […]

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Blue Blood: Cougars back on NCAA bubble, but need a signature win to get in 

COMMENTARY — A month ago, college basketball writers around the West were penning BYU’s epitaph, calling the Cougars underachievers and declaring that they’d be lucky just to get into the NIT. The writing, they declared, was on the wall. It’s easy to see why many hoops pundits felt that way. In mid-January, BYU lost back-to-back […]

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TWIR9: Definitely some intriguing match-ups for local teams in this weekend’s 1st-round playoff games 

COMMENTARY — Time and history will always show that Pine View won Region 9 in boys basketball and Cedar in girls basketball. But this history lesson is still unfinished. Friday and Saturday the next chapter will begin for the 2014-15 high school- basketball season. On the boys side last year, Morgan marched through the bracket […]

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