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DH’s Jerry Beck steps down, says ‘the fire just isn’t there like it used to be’ 

ST. GEORGE — Desert Hills baseball coach Jerry Beck has been coaching them up, so to speak, for a long time. So long, in fact, that he’s decided he needs a break. The Thunder coach, who has led DH to the state championship game the past two years, stepped down from his post this week […]


Dylan File named MVP as Region 9 coaches release 2014 all-star baseball team 

ST. GEORGE — Desert Hills senior pitcher Dylan File was named the Region 9 Most Valuable Player and the Thunder also [laced five other players on the all-league first and second teams in a list released today by region-champion coach Jerry Beck. File, known for his 90-mile an hour fastball as well as his hitting […]

State 3A track meet, Provo Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Shane Marshall, special for St. George News

State track meet: DH boys win 2nd straight 3A crown; Thunder girls take 2nd to Park City 

PROVO — Senior Blake Kvarfordt and junior Chandler Swaney gave Desert Hills four gold medals — 40 team points — as a huge head start against the rest of the 3A field and the Thunder led virtually from wire to wire to take the 3A boys track state championship. Kvarfordt defended his own individual golds […]

Grantsville vs. Desert Hills, 3A State Championship, Orem, Utah, May 17, 2014 | Photo by Dallas Griffin

Grantsville rains on Thunder’s parade as Cowboys take baseball title; STGNews video highlights 

OREM — On a day with more twists than a bag of licorice and more comebacks than an insult comic, it all came down to a single run. And after 31 games involving 16 playoff teams over seven days, Desert Hills once again came up just short. After winning two games on Championship Saturday, eliminating […]

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3A State baseball: Underdog Cowboys rally to beat Thunder in semifinal 

OREM – With a three-run rally in the sixth inning, Grantsville shifted the balance of power in the 3A State baseball Tournament Friday at Brent Brown Ballpark. The Cowboys, trailing 2-0 to No. 1-ranked Desert Hills, scored on a home run, a squeeze bunt and a a steal of home plate to send the favored […]


D-Hills takes early lead on first day of state track meet 

PROVO — Surprising exactly no one, Desert Hills did well on the first day of the 3A State Track Meet at Robison Stadium on the campus of BYU. With only four events in the books, the Thunder forged an early lead behind Blake Kvarfordt and Chandler Swaney. Most events completed the qualifying heats and the finals will […]


Perkins, Welch lead Lady Thunder to 3A golf championship (again) 

WEST JORDAN – Desert Hills junior Katie Perkins captured her second straight state individual title and the Thunder brought home their fifth consecutive 3A team title Thursday at Mountain View Golf Course on a gorgeous day in the Salt Lake Valley. Perkins, who won last season and was second her freshman year, defeated teammate Megan […]

Desert Hills vs. Pine View, 3A State Baseball, Orem, Utah, May 15, 2014 | Photo by Dallas Griffin, St. George News

3A State Baseball: File powers Thunder past Panthers; STGNews video highlights and postgame 

OREM – Dylan File knew he didn’t have his best stuff on the mound Thursday in the 3A State Quarterfinals against Pine View. Good thing he brought his bat. The Desert Hills senior hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and then struck out the final Panther with the tying run on third […]


TWIR9: Baseball, softball, track champs to be crowned this weekend 

COMMENTARY — Someone asked me what the odds were that a Region 9 team would win all four of the team state championships being handed out Saturday. What a great question, and to be honest, I don’t have an easy answer. Given recent history in baseball, it seems likely that either Desert Hills or Pine […]

Park City at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, May 10, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Thunder reign over foes, will meet Pine View in state quarterfinals 

ST. GEORGE – With tyrannical pitching and timely hitting, Desert Hills walked through a pair of opponents Saturday and punched its ticket to Thursday’s winner’s bracket quarterfinal. DH 10-runned Richfield 12-2 early in the day, then closed the night with a big win over Park City. The Thunder crushed the Miners of Park City 8-2 […]


Where’s my team? Busy weekend as teams battle for titles 

The quest for state titles continue this weekend for soccer, baseball, softball and tennis teams from Region 9. In the case of soccer and tennis, the quest concludes this Saturday. The tennis state tournament is going on right now, with defending-champion Juan Diego as the favorite, but with strong doubles teams, including region champions Christian Davis […]

Region 9 Track Championships, Hurricane, Utah, May 8, 2014 | Photo by Dallas Griffin, St. George News

Region 9 track championships: Desert Hills boys dominate, claim region title, Cedar girls top DH; STGNews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Movie makers would have rejected the story of Desert Hills and its phenomenal track team. They would have said it wasn’t plausible. The Thunder were just too dominant to believe. The Region 9 Track Championships took place Wednesday and Thursday at Hurricane High, with the Desert Hills boys track team turning the […]

Region 9 track and field championships, Hurricane, Utah, May 7, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Region 9 track meet Day 1 photo gallery 

HURRICANE — Not many medals were handed out on the first day of the Region 9 track meet at Hurrricane High Wednesday, but athletes from southern Utah battled the wind and light rain to try and get qualified for the region finals and get a time or distance good enough to get them into the […]


TWIR9: It’s championship time for spring sports with local teams hoping to bring home hardware 

COMMENTARY — Look out folks, the championships will be coming hard and fast the next 10 days. Region track is today and Thursday, leading up to the state track meet at Robison Track and Field Stadium on the campus of BYU. Boys soccer has its state semifinals Friday at Alta High School and the championship […]


DH’s Kim Monkres accepts job as assistant director of the UHSAA 

MIDVALE – Kim Monkres won’t have to feel conflicted on game day anymore when football season rolls around this fall. Monkres, who has been athletic director at Desert Hills High School the past four years and whose husband Blaine is the head football coach at rival Dixie High School, will leave her post at D-Hills […]

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