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Brock Staheli (10) and T.J. Taimi press a Manti player, Snow Canyon vs. Manti, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 20, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Prep hoops roundup: Warriors, Flyers close out Coach Walk Classic with wins 

ST. GEORGE — The Coach Darin Walker Holiday Classic basketball tournament closed out competition Saturday with some home site games and a couple of contests at the DSU Old Gymnasium. Snow Canyon and Dixie finished the tourney on high notes, coming away with Saturday wins, while Desert Hills and Hurricane dropped games to close out […]


Girls basketball roundup: Four blowout wins for Region 9 teams with just one loss 

Four of the five Region 9 girls basketball teams ended up with runaway victories Friday night on holiday weekend action. Dixie, Cedar, Hurricane and Desert Hills all pulled away from their opponents, with only Canyon View dropping a non-league game. Dixie, playing in the Mesquite Holiday Classic in Nevada, whipped Valley High by a 57-16 […]

Desert Hills vs. Woods Cross, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 19, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Panthers, Thunder, Warriors drop big-school foes on 2nd day of Coach Walk Classic 

ST. GEORGE — Pine View and Desert Hills both captured their second wins in as many days at the Coach Walker Classic at Dixie State University Friday evening, taking down schools from bigger Utah classifications. Snow Canyon, playing at home in a CWC Tourney game also grabbed a win, dropping 4A Mountain View in a […]

The Pine View bench reacts to a 3-point shot made by a teammate, Pine View vs. Maple Mountain, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 18, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Coach Walker Classic: Region 9 teams go 3-1 on first day of holiday tourney 

ST. GEORGE — Two future BYU quarterbacks played head-to-head tonight—on the basketball court. Pine View’s Kody Wilstead came away with the better team, beating  Jaren Hall’s Maple Mountain team 64-49. Hall ignited a first-quarter barrage that looked to be ominous for the Panthers. The Golden Eagles would score the first seven points, five from Hall. […]

Desert Hills vs.Dixie, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 17, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Q for two: Quincy Mathews buzzer-beater lifts Desert Hills over Dixie 

ST. GEORGE — There was no doubt who was going to shoot the last shot of the game and there’s a good reason for that. Quincy Mathews is money. The Desert Hills senior grabbed a rebound with 7.9 seconds left, drove the length of the floor and pulled up for a 16-foot jumper that swished […]


TWIR9: One more region test before the holidays 

COMMENTARY — It’s a busy week in all sports, with tournaments all over Utah and even outside of the state for our local teams. For the boys and girls basketball teams, there’s one last test before the weekend of tourneys and the holiday break. Last night, the girls teams got a second region game in (well, […]

Desert Hills vs.Dixie, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 16, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Thunder sophs ground Flyers 

ST. GEORGE — There’s a youth movement at Desert Hills and, after a little bit of a rough start to the season, the youngsters are starting to put it all together. Sophomore Elly Williams, making her first varsity appearance after dominating at the JV level, had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, and another […]


First annual Coach “Walk” Classic to tip off in St. George Dec. 18-20 

ST. GEORGE — Pine View High School boys basketball, Dixie State University and The Coach Darin Walker Foundation are pleased to announce the First Annual Coach Darin Walker Memorial Holiday Classic basketball tournament, the ‘Coach “Walk” Classic.’ Formerly known as the Red Rock Rumble, the Coach “Walk” Classic has become a holiday tournament favorite for high school […]


Girls basketball roundup: Beckstrand, Done toast North Sanpete 

A day after scoring 40 points in Desert Hills’ win over Maple Mountain, Ashley Beckstrand tossed in 31 to help the Lady Thunder hand North Sanpete its second loss of the season, 59-44 in Mt. Pleasant. Kenzie Done added 18 for D-Hills, which pulls its record to 4-4 on the season with a key early Region match-up […]

Desert Hills vs. Springville, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 13, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Boys basketball roundup: Thunder bounce back to throttle Springville 

ST. GEORGE – Desert Hills and Springville both suffered heartbreaking two-point losses Friday night in the Ken Robinson Invitational. Somebody had to take out their frustration on Saturday. It would be the Thunder who would respond to come away with a win against the Red Devils, 40-28. The Desert Hills defense was overwhelming for the Red […]

Desert Hills vs. Westlake, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Beckstrand goes off for 40 in DH win over Maple Mountain 

Two and a half weeks ago, Ashley Beckstrand was in the hospital, recovering from serious surgery on her abdomen. Friday night, she scored with surgeon-like precision in pouring in 40 points for Desert Hills in the Thunder’s 68-62 win at Maple Mountain. It was a match-up of two of the state’s best young players, with […]

Dixie vs. Springville, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 12, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Boys basketball roundup: Hawes steal, layup saves game for Flyers vs. Springville 

ST. GEORGE — Jakes Hawes is known for his athleticism and shooting prowess on the offensive end of the court for the Dixie Flyers. Friday night, he flashed a little defense as the senior guard stole the ball and took it coast to coast for the game-winning layup with three seconds left to lift Dixie […]

Desert Hills vs. Cedar, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 10, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Slow tempo OK with Thunder in defensive-minded win over Cedar 

ST. GEORGE — With defense at the forefront of both teams’ coaching staffs, Desert Hills proved it may be the best in the region at holding teams down in a 50-42 win over Cedar Wednesday night at the Thunderdome. “Cedar likes to slow it down and keep everything in front,” DH coach Wade Turley said. […]


TWIR9: Region hoops begins tonight for boys, race is wide open 

COMMENTARY — We had our Media Day and a few preseason games have been played, but tonight things get serious. It’s time to start region play. OK, so there should be an asterisk there because we only play two Region 9 games in December. There is a set of games tonight and also next Wednesday. […]

Flyer QB Ammon Takau looks for an open receiver, Pine View vs. Dixie, 2014 3AA Football Playoffs, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Soft-spoken Takau tabbed by Salt Lake media as 3AA MVP 

ST. GEORGE — Years ago, I used to cover the Utah Jazz. They had a talented point guard by the name of John Stockton. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Anyway, Stockton, now the all-time assists and steals lead in the history of the NBA, absolutely hated talking to the media. It was a big part of […]

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