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The Pine View bench reacts to a 3-point shot made by a teammate, Pine View vs. Maple Mountain, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 18, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Coach Walker Classic: Region 9 teams go 3-1 on first day of holiday tourney 

ST. GEORGE — Two future BYU quarterbacks played head-to-head tonight—on the basketball court. Pine View’s Kody Wilstead came away with the better team, beating  Jaren Hall’s Maple Mountain team 64-49. Hall ignited a first-quarter barrage that looked to be ominous for the Panthers. The Golden Eagles would score the first seven points, five from Hall. […]


Warriors out-shoot Canyon View to capture key road victory 

CEDAR CITY — It was a streaky game in the Falcon’s Nest, with Snow Canyon finishing the hottest, defeating Canyon View 66-55 Wednesday night. The Falcons used a 13-0 run in the second quarter to go to the locker room with a 23-19 lead. But Snow Canyon went on a 15-2 run to start the […]


TWIR9: One more region test before the holidays 

COMMENTARY — It’s a busy week in all sports, with tournaments all over Utah and even outside of the state for our local teams. For the boys and girls basketball teams, there’s one last test before the weekend of tourneys and the holiday break. Last night, the girls teams got a second region game in (well, […]

Desert Hills vs.Dixie, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 16, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Thunder sophs ground Flyers 

ST. GEORGE — There’s a youth movement at Desert Hills and, after a little bit of a rough start to the season, the youngsters are starting to put it all together. Sophomore Elly Williams, making her first varsity appearance after dominating at the JV level, had 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals, and another […]


First annual Coach “Walk” Classic to tip off in St. George Dec. 18-20 

ST. GEORGE — Pine View High School boys basketball, Dixie State University and The Coach Darin Walker Foundation are pleased to announce the First Annual Coach Darin Walker Memorial Holiday Classic basketball tournament, the ‘Coach “Walk” Classic.’ Formerly known as the Red Rock Rumble, the Coach “Walk” Classic has become a holiday tournament favorite for high school […]

Desert Hills vs. Westlake, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 4, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball roundup: Beckstrand goes off for 40 in DH win over Maple Mountain 

Two and a half weeks ago, Ashley Beckstrand was in the hospital, recovering from serious surgery on her abdomen. Friday night, she scored with surgeon-like precision in pouring in 40 points for Desert Hills in the Thunder’s 68-62 win at Maple Mountain. It was a match-up of two of the state’s best young players, with […]

Dixie vs. Springville, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 12, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Boys basketball roundup: Hawes steal, layup saves game for Flyers vs. Springville 

ST. GEORGE — Jakes Hawes is known for his athleticism and shooting prowess on the offensive end of the court for the Dixie Flyers. Friday night, he flashed a little defense as the senior guard stole the ball and took it coast to coast for the game-winning layup with three seconds left to lift Dixie […]


Prep hoops roundup: Panthers win NGS opener against Monument Valley 

It was a good night in limited action Thursday night for Region 9 prep basketball teams as PIne View’s boys and girls teams won and Snow Canyon’s girls team also pulled off a narrow victory. The Pine View boys, playing without suspended 6-foot-7 center Kody Wilstead, held off Monument Valley (Ariz.) 50-47 at the NGS […]

Snow Canyon vs. Pine View, Boys Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 10, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Pine View pulls away from Warriors with huge fourth quarter 

ST. GEORGE — Pine View found another gear Wednesday night and drove right past Snow Canyon for a region-opening 74-57 win at the Warriors Jungle Gymnasium. Snow Canyon stayed with the favored Panthers for three and a half quarters, but the Warriors seemed to run out of gas and Pine View pounced with a 19-2 […]


TWIR9: Region hoops begins tonight for boys, race is wide open 

COMMENTARY — We had our Media Day and a few preseason games have been played, but tonight things get serious. It’s time to start region play. OK, so there should be an asterisk there because we only play two Region 9 games in December. There is a set of games tonight and also next Wednesday. […]

Flyer QB Ammon Takau looks for an open receiver, Pine View vs. Dixie, 2014 3AA Football Playoffs, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 13, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Soft-spoken Takau tabbed by Salt Lake media as 3AA MVP 

ST. GEORGE — Years ago, I used to cover the Utah Jazz. They had a talented point guard by the name of John Stockton. Maybe you’ve heard of him? Anyway, Stockton, now the all-time assists and steals lead in the history of the NBA, absolutely hated talking to the media. It was a big part of […]

Dixie vs. Hurricane, Girls Basketball, St. George, Utah, Dec. 9, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

Girls basketball: Flyers, Panthers, Reds all pick up wins in region-opening games 

ST. GEORGE – It was close for a half Tuesday night, but the Dixie Lady Flyers blew out a close game in the second half of and emerged with a 69-55 win against Hurricane. In the 2014-15 region opener for both teams, the Lady Tigers kept the game close throughout the first half and took a […]


Coaches pick Thunder, media tabs Panthers to win Region 9 

ST. GEORGE — The votes are in and have been tabulated – and once again the media and the coaches disagree as to which team will win Region 9. Coaches and local media participated in Monday afternoon’s Region 9 Media Day. As part of the event, members of both parties submitted anonymous votes as to which […]


Region 9 basketball Media Day is live beginning at 2:30 p.m. 

ST. GEORGE — The Region 9 boys basketball Media Day will go live today beginning at 2:30 p.m., with all seven teams being represented on the TripleCast. The event, which takes place at the CEC-TV studios on the campus of Dixie State University, will feature STGNews sports editor and Cherry Creek broadcaster Andy Griffin, as […]


Tucker Cowdin, Pano Tia Tia named co-MVPs in 3AA South 

ST. GEORGE — With Desert Hills and Pine View tying for the 3AA South crown, it only makes sense that each team would have an MVP and that’s precisely the case as the coaches all-region team was announced Thursday evening. Thunder linebacker Tucker Cowdin, who led the state in tackles and sacks, will share the […]

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