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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 […]

Pine View celebrates its victory over Cedar and their berth in the State Championship game, Pine View vs. Cedar, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 15, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A baseball: Pine View pounds out 13 hits to down Cedar, head to title game; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE – Pine View continues to play inspired baseball and the Panthers are now just one victory away from the 3A State championship. Harrison Goebel allowed just two runs and Pine View hammered out 13 hits Friday evening as the Panthers ran past Cedar 5-2. PV emerges as the only team without a loss in […]

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 […]

Dakota Donovan dominates on the mound for the Panthers, Pine View vs. Carbon, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A winner’s bracket: Pine View, Cedar advance to set up Region 9 semifinal 

ST. GEORGE – When the fastball wasn’t hitting, Dakota Donovan found another way to beat Carbon Thursday afternoon. There’s a life lesson in there somewhere, but it was mostly about baseball and how Donovan’s Pine View Panthers could get past Carbon and into the state 3A semifinals. “I was missing with my fastball a lot […]

NJCAA Division I National Championship Softball Tournament, St. George, Utah, May 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

NJCAA softball championships kick off in a big way at Canyons Complex 

ST. GEORGE — Sixteen softball teams from around the country descended on St. George’s Canyons Complex to decide a champion in the junior college ranks, with the NJCAA National Tournament kicking off Wednesday afternoon. Some of the usual suspects — Salt Lake Community College, Blinn (Tex.) and Chipola (Fla.) — were there, as well as some […]

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 […]


TWIR9: So, what’re the odds that Region 9 crowns a champion this week? 

COMMENTARY — Hey. what’re the odds? I get asked that all the time. Someone said that to me Monday when they heard that the Desert Hills baseball team lost to Bear River and will have to try and return to the state championship game by way of the elimination bracket. “What’re the odds they can […]

Panther Logan LaFemina takes a pick-off throw from Dakota Donovan, Pine View vs. Juab, Baseball, St. George, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Playoff baseball: Panthers pitching indomitable; Cedar sweeps, SC splits; STGnews videocast 

Region 9’s top seed, Pine View, made a grand statement Saturday, while Cedar emerged unscathed as well in the first two rounds of the 3A State Baseball Tournament. Snow Canyon, like a traveling caravan, managed to gain a split on the day after traversing the state in search of a dry venue to play. Desert […]

The 2015 state champs, Dixie vs. Pine View, Sandy, Utah, May 9, 2015 | Photo by AJ Griffin, St. George News

Soccer playoffs: Dixie brings home the big rock with championship shutout of PV 

SANDY — Flyer head coach Burt Myers, who watched junior Tyler Bennett and the Dixie basketball team lose to Pine View in the 3A basketball championship game earlier this year, had a feeling Bennett would come up big in Saturday’s 3A soccer title match. Bennett didn’t disappoint as he found the net twice to help […]

Ethan Baer, Pine View vs. Snow Canyon, 3A Semifinals, Sandy, Utah, May 8, 2015 | Photo by AJ Griffin, St. George News

Playoff soccer: Baer’s miracle shot helps PV past Snow Canyon and into finals 

SANDY — Pine View’s Ethan Baer may have scored the goal of the year and teammate Michael Wade added another score to help the Panthers beat Snow Canyon, 2-1, Friday night in the 3A state semifinals at Alta High School. During a tense, hard-fought battle and Pine View clinging to a 1-0 lead, Baer came through big […]

Dixie goalkeeper Ethan Poulton dives for a save, Dixie vs. Snow Canyon, Soccer, St. George, Utah, Apr. 21, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A Soccer: Region 9’s trio of teams hope to make the right moves into the title game 

SANDY — Someone from Region 9 is going to the 3A State Championship game, that much we know. Pine View (11-7-1) and Snow Canyon (15-4-0) square off in tonight’s 6:15 semifinal at Alta High School, with the winner advancing to the 3A title game at 1:30 p.m. at Rio Tinto Stadium. The two southern Utah rivals know […]

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 […]

Dixie vs. Ben Lomond, St. George, Utah, May 2, 2015. | Photo by Dallas Griffin, St. George News

Playoff soccer: Region 9 nabs 3 of 4 semifinal spots as Dixie, Pine View, Snow Canyon win; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Region 9 soccer teams went 3-0 in the state quarterfinals, including two road wins and one mercy-rule victory and has placed three teams in 3A boys soccer’s final four. Region champion and defending state champ Dixie blasted visiting Ben Lomond, while No. 2-seeded Pine View knocked off Region 11 champ Stansbury and third-seeded […]

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 […]

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