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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 […]

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 […]


State track meet: D-Hills boys, girls lead 3A after wet first day at BYU 

PROVO –Desert Hills jumped out to a great start Friday in the first day of the state track meet at Brigham Young University as the Thunder dominated the boys long jump and won a gold medal in the boys 1600-meters. The golds helped propel the DH team score to 46, good enough to put them […]

The Snow Canyon bench congratulates Jackson Nowatzke (14) after scoring the first run of the game, Snow Canyon vs. Payson, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A baseball: Adventurous day in one-loss bracket as Warriors survive 

ST. GEORGE — OK, so maybe Snow Canyon’s pitching has been stellar the past couple of weeks. But the way the Warriors are hitting the ball, does it really matter? Snow Canyon put up 24 runs and rapped out 29 hits in two games Thursday to stay alive in the elimination bracket of the 3A […]

Desert Hills' Katie Perkins chips to the green, 3A State Girls Golf Championship Tournament, St. George, Utah, May 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A girls golf: High drama as Perkins wins playoff, DH wins team title (again) 

ST. GEORGE — Many people figured the 3A team title and the 3A individual title in girls golf was a foregone conclusion. After all, Desert Hills had won five straight team titles and their top golfer, Katie Perkins, had won two straight gold medals at the state tournament. Thursday at Bloomington Country Club, both Perkins […]

3A Girls Golf Championships at Bloomington Country Club, St. George, Utah, May 123, 2015 | Photo by Andy Griffin, St. George News

3A girls golf: Region 9 has top 5 golfers, with Perkins leading, at state tourney 

ST. GEORGE — The top five golfers at the 3A State Tournament at Bloomington Hills Country Club Wednesday were from southern Utah schools, with Desert Hills ace Katie Perkins coming up with the best score of the day. Behind Perkins’ 71 — which equates to 91 points in the Stableford scoring system — Desert Hills earned a […]


TWIR9: So, what’re the odds that Region 9 crowns a champion this week? 

COMMENTARY — Hey. what’re the odds? I get asked that all the time. Someone said that to me Monday when they heard that the Desert Hills baseball team lost to Bear River and will have to try and return to the state championship game by way of the elimination bracket. “What’re the odds they can […]


Baseball playoffs: Thunder split sends them to 3A elimination bracket 

Desert Hills couldn’t get the bats going against Bear River Monday afternoon and now the Thunder will have to figure out a way to traverse through the one-loss bracket at the 3A State Tournament with the third round starting on Thursday. The Bear River pod was washed out on Saturday, so the four teams involved […]

Panther Logan LaFemina takes a pick-off throw from Dakota Donovan, Pine View vs. Juab, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Playoff baseball: Panthers pitching indomitable; Cedar sweeps, SC splits; STGnews videocast 

Region 9’s top seed, Pine View, made a grand statement Saturday, while Cedar emerged unscathed as well in the first two rounds of the 3A State Baseball Tournament. Snow Canyon, like a traveling caravan, managed to gain a split on the day after traversing the state in search of a dry venue to play. Desert […]

Desert Hills won the 4x100 relay, Region 9 track and field championships at Dixie High, St. George, Utah,  May 7, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Track and field: Lightning and Thunder at Region 9 meet as DH boys dominate again; Cedar girls team edges past D-Hills 

ST. GEORGE — It may have been Dixie High’s track, but it was Desert Hills’ track meet. Once again, the Thunder boys dominated nearly every facet of the Region 9 Championships, easily winning with 227 points, beating second-place Dixie (90 points) and third-place Hurricane (77). On the girls side, it was more of a contest, with […]

Hurricane's Teslin Bettridge, Region 9 track and field championships at Dixie High, St. George, Utah,  May 6, 2015 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Track and field: DH boys, Cedar girls leading after 1st day of Region 9 meet 

ST. GEORGE — There weren’t any huge surprises at the first day of the Region 9 track and field championships Wednesday at Dixie High’s Walt Brooks Stadium, with Desert Hills dominating the boys competition and Cedar with the early lead for the girls. With five events (out of 16) complete for the boys, D-Hills has […]

Canyon View vs. Pine View, Softball, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Region 9 softball: Warriors, Flyers get big wins; Panthers rally comes up short 

ST. GEORGE — With the No. 1 seed already clinched, Snow Canyon still came out and played well in a blowout of Hurricane, while Canyon View pushed Pine View to the brink of elimination with a win at Panther Field and Dixie won big and can get into a playoffs with a win Monday. Here’s […]

Region 9 Champs! The Pine View Panthers celebrate their 4-2 victory over the Desert Hills Thunder, Pine View vs. Desert Hills, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 1, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Region 9 baseball: Clark comes up big as Panthers swipe No. 1 seed with sweep 

ST. GEORGE — Conner Clark, with his curly black hair refusing to be confined by his baseball cap, said sometimes people can make baseball too complicated. “I’m not really worried about who is pitching or anything like that,” he said. “I just try to go up there and see the ball and hit the ball. […]

Tyler Johnston steals second base for the Panthers as Braiden Irvin takes the throw for the Thunder, Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Baseball, St. George, Utah, Apr. 28, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Region 9 baseball: Pine View forces Friday do-or-die game with big win over DH 

ST. GEORGE — The Region 9 championship and the last playoff spot are going to come down to the last day of the season. Did we expect anything less? Pine View beat Desert Hills to force a winner-take-all game Friday on Thunder Field for the region title, the No. 1 seed and a home game […]


TWIR9: Playoffs — who’s in and who’s out as region season concludes 

COMMENTARY — The final week of the Region 9 season has begun for baseball and softball and Region 9 soccer begins its playoff portion of the season Thursday, so this is a crucial week for 3A teams in southern Utah. Many of the usual suspects are on top in spring sports, but there are a […]

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