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Going to Nationals: Local wrestlers to represent Utah in USA championship event 

ST. GEORGE — Six Washington County wrestlers have qualified to represent Utah as part of the state’s contingent at the ASICS Vaughan Cadet and Junior Nationals in Fargo, N.D. next week. Utah will be sending two age-group teams, a Cadet team (15- and 16-year-olds) and a Junior team (17-18-year olds), with a total of 79 […]


Pepe’s passing highlights 2015 3A All-State soccer team 

ST. GEORGE — Dixie’s three championships in the past four seasons in the 3A soccer world are astonishing, considering the parity prevalent in the game of futbol. Unselfish players like Jose “Pepe” Garcia are the big reason why the Flyers are able to keep bringing home the trophy. “Pepe’s the only player in the history […]


Donovan, Bendall co-MVPs for 2015 Region 9 baseball season 

ST. GEORGE — One can throw the ball really hard, the other can hit it really hard. The two of them, Pine View’s Dakota Donovan and Desert Hills’ Wyatt Bendall, were named co-Region 9 MVPs Thursday in voting by the league’s coaches. Donovan, a junior right-handed pitcher for the Panthers, went 11-0 and had a fastball […]


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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Snow Canyon at Uintah, Vernal, Utah, Apr. 30, 2015 | Photo by Mark Wade

Soccer Playoffs: Road Warriors win at Uintah; Tigers fall to No. 1 Juan Diego 

Region 9 advanced three teams to the 3A quarterfinals Thursday, including Snow Canyon, which got a hard-fought road win up in Vernal. Unfortunately, the fourth-seeded Hurricane Tigers ran into a buzz saw in the top-ranked Juan Diego Soaring Eagle. Here’s a recap of the two road games: Snow Canyon 3, Uintah 0 It was all […]


Region 9 softball: Warriors clinch region title with big win over Canyon View 

ST. GEORGE — Snow Canyon clinched its second Region 9 title in the past three years Tuesday with a dominating 8-2 victory over second place Canyon View. With the win SC is 9-2 in region and has clinched first place and the No. 1 seed. The Warriors pounded out 10 hits and played nearly error-free softball in […]

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 […]


Region 9 soccer: Tigers in, Thunder out of playoffs as regular season concludes 

ST. GEORGE — The Hurricane Tigers got their biggest win in three years Friday night to capture the fourth and final playoff spot from Region 9, while Snow Canyon clinched a tie for second with Pine View and Desert Hills captured a win in their season-ending contest. Here’s a recap of the action: Hurricane 2, […]

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