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Dixie celebrates the win over Desert Hills, Dixie vs. Desert Hills, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 28, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Hoops roundup: Hawes lights up the net as Dixie stuns Desert Hills in the Thunderdome; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Jake Hawes saw Hurricane’s James Bennion light up the nets last Friday night in the Tigers’ upset win at Dixie and thought to himself. “I can do that.” Wednesday night, the Flyers senior guard made it happen. He had 28 points — on 11 of 17 shooting — and Dixie upset previously undefeated Desert […]

Desert Hills vs. Dixie, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Girls hoops roundup: DH rebounds with road win; SC, PV grab fifth region wins 

ST. GEORGE — Tuesday afternoon, the playoff picture in Region 9 girls basketball was as clear as a flood-swelled Santa Clara River. But with three games in the books Tuesday night, a crystal clear playoff picture has begun to emerge. Snow Canyon and Pine View notched their fifth region wins — the Warriors with an easy […]

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TWIR9: Hey parents, how about letting the coaches do their jobs 

COMMENTARY — A couple of coaching changes are at the forefront of the Region 9 news this week, with Cedar naming a new football coach and Desert Hills losing its girls basketball coach. Josh Bennett takes over at Cedar, replacing long-time coach Todd Peacock. At DH, Gary Tomlinson stepped down with five games left in the […]

Thunder F Quincy Mathews (22) dives for a loose ball. File photo from Desert Hills vs.Dixie, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 17, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Total domination as Desert Hills rips Cedar, improves to 7-0 in region 

CEDAR CITY — The game was already getting out of hand — and then Desert Hills got hot. A 12-0 run in the second quarter helped propel the Thunder to a 38-16 halftime lead and Cedar had no answer in a 72-38 D-Hills victory Friday night at Redmen Gymnasium. Quincy Mathews, who leads Region 9 with […]

Cedar vs. Desert Hills, Girls Basketball,  St. George, Utah, Jan. 22, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Girls hoops roundup: Lady Reds stay undefeated with road win at D-Hills; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — If this was an off night for Courtney Morley, watch out for when she’s on. The Cedar junior guard scored 23 points on 10 of 19 shooting and the Lady Reds owned the fourth quarter in a 56-48 victory over Desert Hills Thursday night in DHHS’s Thunderdome Gymnasium. “My shooting was off, but […]

Canyon View vs. Dixie, Boys Basketball,  St. George, Utah, Jan. 21, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Region 9 roundup: Top 3 teams all get blowout wins as region reaches halfway point; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Checking the Region 9 Twitter feed at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night would have led to the conclusion that all three home teams were going to pull out wins. Checking it again an hour later would lead Twitter followers to a different result altogether. While Dixie was able to maintain its lead […]

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TWIR9: Massive wrestling event at Pine View highlights busy region week 

COMMENTARY — Thirty-three wrestling teams will hit the mats Friday night and all day Saturday in the annual Pine View Invitational this week at PVHS. There are about 110 schools that participate in wrestling in the state of Utah, so the basic math tells us that more than 25 percent of the schools in Utah will […]

File photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Spectacular Q lights it up as Thunder ground the Falcons 

CEDAR CITY — Quincy Mathews is having an incredible year and he actually seems to be getting even better as the season progresses. The Desert Hills senior had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Thunder went on the road and whipped Canyon View 69-57 Friday night, improving to 5-0 in Region 9 with the […]

Canyon View vs. Desert Hills, Girls Basketball,  St. George, Utah, Jan. 15, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Girls hoops roundup: D-Hills, Snow Canyon, Cedar get wins on crazy night in Region 9 

ST. GEORGE — Anyone who thinks they have Region 9 girls basketball figured out is crazy. Example A is Thursday night’s batch of games, which saw Snow Canyon come from behind to stun Dixie at the Hangar, Hurricane nearly pull off an upset of league-leader Cedar and Desert Hills absolutely lambaste a pretty good Canyon View […]

Snow Canyon vs. Desert Hills, Boys Basketball,  St. George, Utah, Jan. 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Region 9 hoops: Thunder blow past Warriors with monster second half; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Ah, the halftime speech. It’s one of the few times when a coach will have his team’s undivided attention. For Desert Hills Wednesday night, it was all about that baseline. The Thunder owned the baseline in the second half against Snow Canyon, converting easy baskets and dominating on the boards, to pull […]

Cedar vs. Dixie, Girls Basketball,  St. George, Utah, Jan. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Girls hoops: Cedar stays undefeated with grind-it-out win over Dixie 

ST. GEORGE — As far as beauty goes, Cedar girls basketball coach John Elison isn’t going to send this game out on a postcard. But then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Elison’s Lady Reds 52-42 win over Dixie Tuesday night makes them 4-0 in region play –and there’s nothing prettier […]

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TWIR9: These are the days when championships are won 

COMMENTARY — Woof! The dog days of summer have a counterpart in the basketball season. It’s the cold, intense cat days of winter, when teams dive headlong into a string of region games with little or no respite until the state playoffs begin in late February. We’re in the midst of those days right now […]

Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 9, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Thunder own last 3 1/2 minutes to strike down Panthers; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Coach Wade Turley didn’t have any magic words for his Desert Hills team in the fourth quarter of a hotly contested game with Pine View. He just told them to fight. And fight they did, to the very end, to pull out a 52-44 win over the Panthers Friday night in the […]

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Triplecast tonight: Pine View Panthers at Desert Hills Thunder 

ST. GEORGE — St. George News, ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM and KCSG-TV will live broadcast coverage of Region 9 high school basketball tonight at 7 p.m. as the Desert Hills Thunder host the Pine View Panthers in the Thunderdome. Tonight’s broadcast will be called by ESPN Radio’s Andy Griffin and Mike McGary and will be produced by CEC-TV and Southern […]

Desert Hills vs. Pine View, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Jan. 8, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Girls hoops roundup: Believe it — Panthers get stunning win over Desert Hills; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — A famous Christmas song chimed “You have everything you need if you just believe.” The Pine View Lady Panthers can relate. With a new coach and a new attitude, the program that lost all 20 games last season won its seventh game of the current season and absolutely stunned the defending state champion Desert […]

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