St George News

City of St. George youth pickleball,  St. George, Utah, July 30, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Move over grandma, grandpa: Pickleball’s not just for seniors anymore 

ST. GEORGE – OK, admit it, pickleball conjures up visions of senior citizens in too-short shorts and sun visors ping-ponging wiffle balls on a mini tennis court with 30-dollar Camelbak water bottles and a jar of Icy Hot ointment waiting for them on the sidelines. That’s because the quickly growing sport does, in fact, appeal to the […]

Photo by Robert Hoppie

American Legion: Sentinels settle for third at state with late-night loss to Layton 

LOGAN — A ninth-inning collapse and a half-dozen errors spelled doom for the St. George Sentinels, who bowed out of the Utah State American Legion Tournament late Thursday night, falling 8-6 to Layton. St. George beat Bear River 16-2 earlier in the evening and had momentum in the late game heading into the ninth inning […]

Action at the Utah state Little League Tournament in Cedar City. | Photo courtesy Devin Dixon

Little League dreams: Two Snow Canyon teams taking it to the next level 

ST. GEORGE — Not one, but two Snow Canyon baseball teams are headed off to Little League Regional playoffs this month. The 11-12-year-olds, dubbed the “Majors” division, is the headliner that fans can watch on ESPN when the regional champs are decided and the tourney moves on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Aug. […]


American Legion: Sentinels respond with clutch win over Fremont at state tourney 

LOGAN — Playing in a town and at a high school that he share’s a name with, Logan LaFemina pitched like he owned the place Wednesday afternoon in a 5-1 St. George Sentinels victory over Fremont at Logan High. The win advances St. George to the final four of the American Legion state tournament and keeps […]


American Legion: Rough night sends St. George to brink of elimination 

LOGAN — The Mountain Crest Trappers scored eight runs in the second inning and cruised to a 13-1 win over the St. George Sentinels, sending the southern Utah team to the elimination bracket at the American legion State Tournament late Tuesday night. “They put up eight in the second inning on literally four Texas-leaguers in a […]


American Legion: Petrosie’s gem helps Sentinels advance in state tourney 

LOGAN — The St George Sentinels started the American Legion Utah State Tournament with a classic, defeating Syracuse 2-1 in a nailbiter. Former Dixie High standout Chris Petrosie was in command on the mound for the Sentinels, giving up only two hits and one run in nine innings pitched. His complete-game masterpiece included four strikeouts […]

Logan LaFemina slides in to third base safely as Trey Allred applies the tag, St. George Sentinels vs. Desert Hills Thunder, Baseball, St. George, Utah, July 22, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

American Legion baseball: Sentinels ready for state after wins over CV, DH 

ST. GEORGE — The St. George Sentinels are hoping they are ready for the American Legion state tournament, using a pair of wins over local school teams this week as a final tune-up for the tourney. Tuesday, the Sentinels beat Canyon View 10-7 and Wednesday they got past Desert Hills 10-4, avenging a loss from […]

One person was transported via Life Flight in critical condition following a head-on collision on SR-9 just outside of Zion National Park, Virgin, Utah, July 19, 2015 | Photo by Ric Wayman, St. George News

1 taken by Life Flight in critical condition after head-on crash near Zion 

VIRGIN — Two people were transported to the hospital Sunday with one person listed in critical condition following a head-on collision on state Route 9 outside of Zion National Park. At about 3:45 p.m., the driver of a Ford Taurus, heading east on SR-9, tried to pass a motorhome near mile marker 23, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jesse […]

Carson Hamblin takes a few practice laps in Warner Valley, Washington City, Utah, July 17, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Small kid, big dreams; 11-year-old heads to national motocross race; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – The orange and white of Carson Hamblin’s KTM 65 motocross bike is difficult to miss, even against the cinnamon colored dirt of the desert track where he trains to race. But more than the bike, it is the towheaded 11-year-old with a determined heart and winning attitude who stands out. Carson Hamblin will be […]

St. George American Legion baseball vs. Cedar summer squad, St. George, Utah, July 23, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News,

American Legion baseball: Sentinels sweep Price, earn ticket to state tournament 

BEAVER — It was a perfect day for baseball and a perfect doubleheader for Hunter Hansen. The former Pine View Panther had seven hits in two games as the St. George Sentinels swept Price 11-0 and 17-3 Friday afternoon to clinch a spot in the American Legion state tournament. The two teams squared off in […]

Jeff Esplin looks on as his son Landon Esplin is ready to putt, City of St. George JAG summer golf tournament, St. George, Utah, July 16, 2015, | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Driving with Dad: JAG parent-youth event at Sunbrook a big success 

ST. GEORGE — Nine-year-old Jace Fillmore hopped into the passenger side of the golf cart he shared with his dad sporting a grin as wide as his face, his enthusiasm evident on his slight frame. “Now this is fun!” Fillmore, with dad Ryan, had just parred the ninth hole at Sunbrook Golf Club and he was […]

BMX riders pause for a photo at the Virgin BMX Track, Virgin, Utah, July 13, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

BMXers race for life, raise money for leukemia research 

VIRGIN — At the Virgin BMX Track located at the foot of the Kolob Terrace section of Zion National Park, BMXers young and old have shown big heart, raising money on their small bikes to help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Operated by Adam Pace and Carson Ferrin, Virgin BMX is a USA BMX-sanctioned track where […]

Professional mountain bike racer Logan Binggeli descends a trail in St. George, Utah, July 10, 2015 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

An elite among us; pro mountain biker Logan Binggeli prepares for nationals; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE — St. George resident Logan Binggeli rises before the dawn; he’s got to get his ride done before the summer heat settles in for the day. It’s racing season in the mountain biking world, and Binggeli is a professional. The three-time national champion is preparing to head to Mammoth Mountain, California, for the USA […]

Action at the Utah state Little League Tournament in Cedar City. | Photo courtesy Devin Dixon

Majors win: Snow Canyon takes Little League state championship 

CEDAR CITY — Snow Canyon’s Little Leaguers are returning to the Western Regionals after winning the Utah state title Saturday in Cedar City. The Snow Canyon squad swept through the tourney, winning the championship against the Cedar national team 17-9. SC averaged about 12 runs a game in the state tournament and will head to […]

Team photo today. They lined up in the same way they did in 1965. Sitting L to R are Steve Melessa, Bradley Hafen and Jeff Lundin. Standing L to R are Lester West, James Jackson, Todd May, Joe Lee, Mike Singleton and Coach Robert Everett. | Photo by Darren Cole

1965 Utah state Little League champions reunite after 50 years 

ST. GEORGE — Marv’s Diner, a throwback in its own right to a better time, was the locale for the reunion of the 1965 Utah State Little League Champions. The team hailed from St. George and won the Sunset Little League. After winning a regional tournament in Beaver, the squad was one of four teams to […]

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