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Desert Hills at Pine View, St. George, Utah, Apr. 22, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Baseball roundup: Donovan gives PV hardballers inside track to playoffs 

ST. GEORGE — A week ago, Pine View had dropped below .500 and its season was on the brink of disaster. Just look at the Panthers now. Sixteen-year-old sophomore Dakota Donovan pitched a complete game for the Panthers as PV captured its second straight crucial win with a 6-4 home victory over Desert Hills Tuesday […]

Cedar at Pine View, St. George, Utah, Apr. 22, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Soccer Roundup: Panthers clinch 1st region title since ’07 with shutout; STGNews video postgame 

ST. GEORGE — Seven years ago, Pine View won the Region 9 soccer title, then went on to take the 3A State Championship. Panthers coach Sam Johnston, whose team clinched the 2014 region title with a 2-0 win over Cedar Tuesday night at Panther Stadium, is hoping history can repeat itself. “When you get to […]

Dixie at Snow Canyon, St. George, Utah, Apr. 22, 2014 | Photo by Dave Amodt, St. George News

Softball roundup: Snow Canyon pounds the ball as Warriors dump Dixie; STGNews highlights and video postgame 

ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon avenged one of its two region losses by pounding 9 runs and 12 hits Tuesday afternoon in an easy win over Dixie at Warrior Field. Ironically, the Lady Warriors had one fewer hit this time around than they did in a 3-2 loss to Dixie a month ago. “We talked […]

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TWIR9: 4 teams, 2 playoff spots as baseball season hits final two weeks 

COMMENTARY — I’ve been covering Region 9 baseball a very long time (this is where my kids like to make a joke about how old I am, so feel free) and I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen the region playoff race shaping up like it is this season. Desert Hills (7-1 in region) has all […]

Snow Canyon Invitational, St. George, Utah, Apr.16, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Thunder boys, Tiger girls run away with top honors at SC Invitational 

ST. GEORGE — The Desert Hills boys track team was downright dominant Thursday evening, making the Snow Canyon Invitational its own personal showcase by nearly doubling the nearest competitor. Hurricane’s girls team also won the team competition, edging out the Dixie girls for the top honors. For the boys, the Thunder had gold medals in […]

Canyon View at Pine View, St. George, Utah, Apr. 16, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Soccer roundup: Panthers stay ahead of pack with big home win over CV 

ST. GEORGE — Pine View exploded for three second-half goals to pull away for an easy 4-0 win over Canyon View Wednesday night at Panther Stadium and stay ahead of the pack in Region 9 soccer. Justin Jones got the shutout and four different Panthers pounded home goals, including a second-half header by Michael Cardenas, […]

Canyon View at Dixie, St. George, Utah, Apr. 16, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Baseball roundup: ‘Red Lightning’ strikes with walk-off homer for Dixie win; STGNews video highlights and postgame 

ST. GEORGE — Every great ballplayer needs a great nickname and Dixie star Braxton Ipson, who ended Wednesday’s game in dramatic and sudden fashion, certainly fits his — Ipson is “Red Lightning.” The big redhead hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Flyers a 2-1 victory over […]

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Softball roundup: Warriors, Falcons get big wins to stay on top of Region 9 

ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon and Canyon View both faced lower-tier opponents Wednesday night and the results were not surprising as the two teams came away with big wins to stay on top of Region 9 in softball action around southern Utah. The Warriors continue to pound the ball, scoring 17 runs in a 17-2 […]

Hurricane at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr. 15, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Baseball roundup: Thunder gut out home win vs. scrappy Hurricane Tigers 

ST. GEORGE — The champs were on the ropes, so to speak. But like so many champs do, Desert Hills punched its way out of trouble and on to victory. The Thunder overcame a 3-0 deficit to beat the Hurricane Tigers 7-4 Tuesday night and hang on to first place in Region 9 on a […]

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TWIR9: Important track meet at Snow Canyon Thursday to qualify athletes for state meet 

COMMENTARY — I didn’t run track in high school (too slow) or compete in any field events (too lazy), but like much of America, I have always been a big fan of the Olympic Games and the track and field events every four years as our country’s top athletes compete for medals. As I turned […]

Dixie at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr. 11, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Soccer roundup: Back from the dead, Thunder thinking playoffs with Friday’s 2OT win 

ST. GEORGE — Two weeks ago, defending region champion Desert Hills was dead in the water, sitting at 0-4 in region play and staring at the very real possibility that it wouldn’t even make the playoffs, much less have a shot at repeating as region champion. Since Mar. 25, the Thunder have been the hottest […]

Catcher Wyatt Bendall and Keaton Kringlen (7), Canyon View at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Apr. 11, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

Baseball roundup: Falcons take big step toward playoffs with win at Desert Hills 

ST. GEORGE — Hey, ya can’t win ‘em all, right? Canyon View handed Desert Hills its first Region 9 loss in two years, breaking a 17-game region winning streak for the Thunder, and in the process took a huge step toward securing a playoff berth for itself Friday night. It took a monumental effort by […]

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