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Dixie celebrates their four overtime victory that propels them in to the state championship game, Desert Hills vs. Dixie, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Marathon game (4 OTs) ends with Dixie headed to 3A Championship game 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Bruised hip, torn shorts and a smile. That describes Tyler Bennett, who limped off the court with a satisfied smile on his face after Dixie defeated Desert Hills 79-72 Friday night in four overtimes at a rocking Maverik Center. The trio of Bennett, RJ Wilgar and Jake Hawes combined for 60 […]

Desert Hills vs. Juan Diego, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Twin killing: Mills sisters, Juan Diego send DH girls packing at 3A Tourney 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Juan Diego has the ultra-talented Mills sisters, Dominique and Monique. Oh, and the rest of the team isn’t bad either. Using a 24-1 run that spanned eight minutes of game time in the first and second quarters, the Soaring Eagle ensured that there would be a new champion in 2015, eliminating […]

Desert Hills vs. Juan Diego, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Late-game heroics lift Thunder past Juan Diego, into semifinals 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Desert Hills proved once and for all that it knows how to finish a game. The Thunder, led by Marcus McKone and Quincy Mathews, outscored Juan Diego 12-2 over the game’s final 3:09 to eliminate the Soaring Eagle and punch a ticket for themselves into the state semifinals. “We have been […]

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 […]


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 Points for/against: DH averaged 60.4 ppg/52.3 papg DH stars: Quincy Mathews averages 20.6 points a […]


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 […]

North Sanpete vs. Desert Hills, Girls Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 21, 2015 | Photo by Rober Hoppie,, 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. […]

Juab vs. Desert Hills, Boys Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, 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 […]


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 […]

3A State Wrestling Tournament, Orem, Utah, Feb. 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Three golds for Region 9 wrestlers at 3A State, but Payson takes team title; STGNews videocast 

OREM — Three wrestlers from southern Utah brought home gold Saturday, with two other Region 9 grapplers settling for silver medals as the 3A State Wrestling Tournament was held at Utah Valley University’s UCCU Center. Dallin Brooks from Cedar, Cody Stevenson from Desert Hills and Tyler Stevenson from Desert Hills all completed their quests for […]

Alex Knight launches off the start of the Men's 100 Yard Backstroke for Cedar, 3A State Swim Meet, Provo, Utah, Feb. 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Park City dominates at state swim; Region 9 crowns several individual champs; STGNews videocast 

PROVO — Southern Utah had plenty of success at the 3A State Swim Meet, though it was Park City that dominated the boys and girls team scores Saturday at BYU’s Richards Swim Center. “It’s been an incredible experience,” Tridents coach Dani Caldwell said. “We have had a very fast two days. Almost everyone that came […]

Thunder G Max Mills and Tiger F Austen Beatty chase down a loose ball, Hurricane vs. Desert Hills, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Desert Hills gets region’s No. 2 seed after holding off scrappy Tigers in season finale 

ST. GEORGE – Hurricane visited the Thunderdome and made Desert Hills earn its final victory going into the playoffs. Taking an early double-digit lead, the Tigers saw the Thunder take their own double-digit lead in the second half. But Hurricane scrapped its way back and had a chance to tie the game late. Max Mills’ free throw […]

Desert Hills at Hurricane, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo by Dallas Griffin, St. George News

Girls hoops: Cedar finishes perfect; D-Hills clinches No. 2 seed with road win; STGNews videocast 

With nothing to play for, it would have been easy for the Cedar Lady Reds to have a terrible game Thursday night at home against Pine View. They didn’t. Conversely, with  lots to play for, it would figure that the Desert Hills Lady Thunder would play their best game of the season at last-place Hurricane. That […]


Clear as mud: Region 9 boys and girls playoff scenarios at a glance 

ST. GEORGE — Confused about the playoff scenarios in boys and girls basketball? It can be a bit bewildering, so here is a guide to the last game of the season and where teams may end up: Boys basketball Current standings Region 9 W L pct. Pine View 9 2 .818 Dixie 8 3 .727 […]

Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Feb. 10, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Warriors rally past Dixie to clinch playoff spot 

ST. GEORGE — Free throws made all the difference Tuesday night as Snow Canyon clinched a playoff spot at the line against the Dixie Flyers in a 70-69 home win. The Lady Warriors were at the charity stripe seemingly all game long and it was a good place to be. Snow Canyon hit 30 of […]

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