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Pine View senior Panthers Left: Garrett Bowker, Chaz Petersen, Jed Newby, Carter Milne, and Blake Ence, Pine View High School, St. George, Utah, Feb. 28, 2015 | Photo by Holly Coombs, St. George News

Pine View team savors victory, returns home with police escort; STGnews Videocast 

ST. GEORGE – Accompanied by police escort, the Pine View Panthers returned home Saturday night, bringing their high school its third state basketball championship after beating Region 9 rival Dixie, 46-43, in the 3A championship game in West Valley City. Family, friends, faculty and students gathered with cheers of congratulations to welcome the team home. Watch the video: Click the play arrow    center of image top of this […]

The Pine View Panthers with the 3A State Championship trophy, Pine View vs. Dixie, 3A State Basketball Championship, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 28, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A Championship: Panther party as Pine View outlasts Dixie; STGNews videocast 

WEST VALLEY CITY – As close as Region 9’s top three teams were this season, it’s a fitting ending that the final game of the year came down to the final possession of the year and one final rebound for Pine View star Kody Wilstead. Wilstead rebounded a missed free throw, hugged the basketball and froze […]

Pine View vs. Richfield, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Wilstead, Panthers hammer Richfield, head to Saturday’s title game 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Pine View center Kody Wilstead didn’t get to play much in Thursday’s quarterfinal, so the senior was determined to make up for it Friday night. “You could see it in his eyes at shoot-around earlier today,” Panthers coach Darrell Larsen said. “We kind of thought he was going to have a […]

Pine View vs. Uintah, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

No. 1 Panthers advance despite frantic Uintah comeback 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Pine View built a 22-point lead, then held on for all it was worth and eventually emerged with a 55-48 win over Uintah in the quarterfinal round of the 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament here at the Maverik Center. Garrett Bowker, returning from a one-game suspension, scored 20 points and Chaz […]

Pine View wins the Region 9 championship, Cedar vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

3A Boys State Basketball’s drive to the title: Pine View Panthers 

The Pine View Panthers are 20-2 and currently ranked No. 1 in the state by the Salt Lake media. First round: Defeated North Sanpete 69-46 Quarterfinal match-up: PV vs. Uintah, 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Maverik Center. Listen to the broadcast on SportsRadio 106.1 FM and at Points for/against: PV averaged 57.8 ppg/48.8 papg PV stars: […]


TWIR9: With mostly new faces, 3A tourney looking for new favorites 

COMMENTARY — The ball goes live Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City. So who’s ready? The 3A Boys State Basketball Tournament hits its stride Thursday morning with the Region 12 champ Richfield playing Ben Lomond, followed by Pine View and Uintah at 11:10, Desert Hills and Juan Diego at […]


Cedar girls advance; Pine View and Snow Canyon go down on the road 

There were three nailbiters in the 3A girls basketball first round Saturday night and Region 9 teams were involved in two of them. Cedar’s Lady Reds survived a 3-pointer attempt at the buzzer by Richfield to advance to the state quarterfinals in a No. 1 vs. No. 4 match-up. Pine View wasn’t as fortunate, dropping a […]

North Sanpete vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George,  Utah, Feb. 20, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Big night by Ruesch helps Panthers roll past North Sanpete after slow start 

ST. GEORGE –Friday night’s first-round playoff game couldn’t have started much worse for the Pine View Panthers. Down 8-0 to the fourth-seeded North Sanpete Hawks, Pine View turned to an unlikely source. Cody Ruesch,who averages eight points a game, finally got the Panthers on the board nearly five minutes into the first quarter. The senior […]


TWIR9: Definitely some intriguing match-ups for local teams in this weekend’s 1st-round playoff games 

COMMENTARY — Time and history will always show that Pine View won Region 9 in boys basketball and Cedar in girls basketball. But this history lesson is still unfinished. Friday and Saturday the next chapter will begin for the 2014-15 high school- basketball season. On the boys side last year, Morgan marched through the bracket […]

3A State Wrestling Tournament, Orem, Utah, Feb. 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Three golds for Region 9 wrestlers at 3A State, but Payson takes team title; STGNews videocast 

OREM — Three wrestlers from southern Utah brought home gold Saturday, with two other Region 9 grapplers settling for silver medals as the 3A State Wrestling Tournament was held at Utah Valley University’s UCCU Center. Dallin Brooks from Cedar, Cody Stevenson from Desert Hills and Tyler Stevenson from Desert Hills all completed their quests for […]

Alex Knight launches off the start of the Men's 100 Yard Backstroke for Cedar, 3A State Swim Meet, Provo, Utah, Feb. 14, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Park City dominates at state swim; Region 9 crowns several individual champs; STGNews videocast 

PROVO — Southern Utah had plenty of success at the 3A State Swim Meet, though it was Park City that dominated the boys and girls team scores Saturday at BYU’s Richards Swim Center. “It’s been an incredible experience,” Tridents coach Dani Caldwell said. “We have had a very fast two days. Almost everyone that came […]

Pine View wins the Region 9 championship, Cedar vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Feb. 13, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Pine View holds off Cedar rally, clinches Region 9 title, No. 1 seed; STGNews videocast 

ST. GEORGE — Free throw shooting almost cost Pine View an outright region title. Almost. But the Panthers got to cut down the nets Friday night in celebration of their 55-52 win over Cedar, a victory that clinched Pine View’s first outright Region 9 championship since the 2002-2003 season. “Our goal at the beginning of the season […]

Desert Hills at Hurricane, Hurricane, Utah, Feb. 12, 2014 | Photo by Dallas Griffin, St. George News

Girls hoops: Cedar finishes perfect; D-Hills clinches No. 2 seed with road win; STGNews videocast 

With nothing to play for, it would have been easy for the Cedar Lady Reds to have a terrible game Thursday night at home against Pine View. They didn’t. Conversely, with  lots to play for, it would figure that the Desert Hills Lady Thunder would play their best game of the season at last-place Hurricane. That […]


Clear as mud: Region 9 boys and girls playoff scenarios at a glance 

ST. GEORGE — Confused about the playoff scenarios in boys and girls basketball? It can be a bit bewildering, so here is a guide to the last game of the season and where teams may end up: Boys basketball Current standings Region 9 W L pct. Pine View 9 2 .818 Dixie 8 3 .727 […]


TWIR9: Region 9 teams at their best when the stars shine brightest 

COMMENTARY — Hey, let’s face it, there’s nothing like star power. Coaches talk of teamwork and sharing the ball and getting everyone involved and all that is very true and very important. But sometimes a team needs an Alpha Male, someone you can hand the rock to and say, “Go get it.” Last week, in […]

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