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TWIR9: Old school Todd Peacock was the (reluctant) face of Cedar football 

COMMENTARY — It was 1993 and I was a young sports writer with just my second newspaper job out of college. I was the Spectrum’s “Cedar sports guy,” tasked with covering Southern Utah University and Cedar High sports. I was pretty smug in those days. I had won numerous column and feature writing awards in […]

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Region 9 Round Table: Highlights and interviews from Dixie’s championship win 

ST. GEORGE — Region 9 Round Table is back for the 2014-2015 football and basketball season, where fans can watch highlights and interviews, check out the stats and standings and hear the latest from STGNews sports editor Andy Griffin and ESPN SportsRadio’s Devin Dixon. In association with Southern Utah LIVE, CEC-TV, ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM, KCSG-TV […]

The Dixie Flyers celebrate with the state championship trophy,  Dixie vs. Hurricane, 2014 3AA Football State Championship, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 21, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Dixie toughs out 27-19 win to capture 2014 state football title 

SALT LAKE CITY – Dixie has been accused of being a finesse team that would rather rack up big points than play defense. Whoever said that should have seen Dixie tough out a 27-19 victory over Hurricane Friday in the 3AA State Championship game. The Flyers stood toe-to-toe with the physical Tigers and gutted through […]

Dixie won the state title just two years ago. File photo from Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 16, 2012 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, St. George News

3AA Championship: Tigers, Flyers hope for repeat performance in title game 

SALT LAKE CITY — It’s not too often the two teams playing for a championship have a combined nine losses. And that’s no knock on the 9-4 Dixie Flyers and the 8-5 Hurricane Tigers as they prepare for Friday morning’s 3AA State Championship game (11 a.m. on KJZZ-TV and ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM). If anything, […]

Josh Parker, Desert Hills vs. Hurricane, 2014 3AA Football Playoffs, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 14, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

3AA Championship: Poised Parker leading the way for Tigers 

HURRICANE — No one would blame Hurricane starting quarterback Josh Parker if he was a little starstruck or intimidated with his current role on the Tigers team. After all, a month ago, Parker was the backup quarterback — on the junior varsity team. “I played on defense, but hardly ever got on the field as […]

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3AA Championship: Jeff Martinez a playmaker for Dixie defense 

ST. GEORGE — It’s been an up and down season for the Dixie High defense, but there’s always been a one steady influence — Jeff Martinez. Folks have wondered aloud if there are two No. 55s on the Flyers defense and it’s a valid question. After all, how can one guy get in on so […]

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3AA Championship: Sefita, Ieremia hope to earn a free lunch Friday 

HURRICANE — In video games, there are the Smash Brothers, and in baseball, there are the Bash Brothers. In Hurricane, say hello to the Big Mac Brothers. Hurricane High linebackers Charlie Sefita and Jeremiah Ieremia (pronounced your-uh-me-uh) love to hit opposing offenses and they’re very proficient at it — sometimes even proficient enough to earn […]

Jake Carr stretches for more yardage, Hurricane at Cedar, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 19, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Pearson’s experience has helped guide Hurricane Tigers to big wins 

HURRICANE — Hurricane’s Steve Pearson might be a first-year head coach, but he’s no wet-behind-the-ears rookie. In fact, Pearson, a graduate of Cyprus High, has been coaching high school football since long before any of his current players were born. “I’ve been doing this awhile,” he said. “Plus, we weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. The […]

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Road to the 3AA Finals: Dixie Flyers got hot at the perfect time 

The 9-4 Dixie Flyers did not have an easy road to the 3AA state championship game, especially after a rough start to the season that saw them go 2-4. But Dixie hasn’t lost since September and hopes to capture its second title in three years Friday at 11 a.m. against Hurricane. Here’s how the Flyers got […]

Hurricane celebrates its overtime victory over Cedar, Hurricane at Cedar, Cedar City, Utah, September 19, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Road to the 3AA Finals: Hurricane had a streaky season in 2014 

The Hurricane Tigers had a streak-filled season, with a four-game winning streak and their current three-game winning streak sandwiched around a three-game losing streak. But Hurricane, 8-5, is definitely closing the year on the upswing. Here’s a recaqp of the season for the Tigers, including the hiring of head coach Steve Pearson: Pearson hired as […]

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Region 9 Round Table: Semifinal highlights, plus championship preview 

ST. GEORGE — Region 9 Round Table is back for the 2014-2015 football and basketball season, where fans can watch highlights and interviews, check out the stats and standings and hear the latest from STGNews sports editor Andy Griffin and ESPN SportsRadio’s Devin Dixon. In association with Southern Utah LIVE, CEC-TV, ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM, KCSG-TV […]

The Hurricane Tigers celebrate their semi-final victory over the Desert Hills Thunder, Desert Hills vs. Hurricane, 2014 3AA Football Playoffs, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 14, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Tigers defense steps up in stunning upset of Desert Hills; STGNews photo gallery 

SALT LAKE CITY – It must be nerve-wracking for a football coach to put so much faith in a 10th grader. But Hurricane coach Steve Pearson did just that and sophomore quarterback Josh Parker responded by helping the Tigers to a 17-14 win over Desert Hills in the 3AA State Semifinals at Rice Eccles Stadium. […]

The Thunder celebrate their 3AA South co-championship, Desert Hills vs. Hurricane,  St. George, Utah, Oct. 24, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

3AA Semifinal: Putting the D on display with Desert Hills and Hurricane 

SALT LAKE CITY — In a match-up more suited to the frigid cold that northern Utah is experiencing, Desert Hills and Hurricane reprise their rivalry with defense taking center stage Friday night. The two teams played a smash mouth affair just a few weeks ago, with a motivated D-Hills team taking a 21-3 decision. But […]

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Region 9 Round Table: Highlights, interviews and more from 3AA playoffs 

ST. GEORGE — Region 9 Round Table is back for the 2014-2015 football and basketball season, where fans can watch highlights and interviews, check out the stats and standings and hear the latest from STGNews sports editor Andy Griffin and ESPN SportsRadio’s Devin Dixon. In association with Southern Utah LIVE, CEC-TV, ESPN SportsRadio 106.1 FM, KCSG-TV […]

Hurricane players celebrate after beating the Soaring Eagle 32-15, Hurricane at Juan Diego, Draper, Utah, Nov. 7, 2014 | Photo by AJ Griffin, St. George News

Tigers toss the monkey, beat up on nemesis Juan Diego 

DRAPER — Some called it a curse, some a “history” and some just an irritation. Whatever it was, Hurricane’s losing streak against Juan Diego is now over as the Tigers beat the Soaring Eagle 32-17 Friday night and earned a trip into the 3AA Semifinals. “I don’t want to overplay it and it’s not a […]

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