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Robbins, Thompson named to 2014-2015 All-Pac-West first team 

IRVINE, Calif. – Dixie State seniors Zach Robbins and DeQuan Thompson have captured first-team All-PacWest Conference honors and junior guard Mason Sawyer earned third-team acclaim, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. “What a great honor for the two seniors to get first-team and Mason on the third-team,” Dixie State head coach Jon Judkins […]

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TWIR9: Learning life’s lessons from not making the team 

COMMENTARY — Recently one of my daughters was cut from a basketball team. What team doesn’t matter, nor does it matter what coach did the cutting. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that life is full of cuts. I was cut from the basketball team in high school. I was “uninvited” from practicing with […]

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March Mayhem All-Star game presents chance to see Region 9’s best 1 more time 

ST. GEORGE — High school hoops fans can rejoice as the season isn’t quite over. Saturday’s March Mayhem All-Star game will give everyone a chance to see their favorite senior players one more time. A full day of activities is planned for Saturday, including a youth camp, a coaches wheelchair charity game, 3-point shootout, slam dunk competition, […]

Pine View vs. Desert Hills, Boys Soccer, St. George, Utah, Mar. 3, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Who needs preseason: Panthers, Warriors start region soccer play with wins 

ST. GEORGE — In a strange twist of the schedule, four Region 9 teams started their seasons with region contests, with two of the four coming away happy after opening wins Tuesday night. There are several “preseason” games Thursday night, but with a short amount of time to squeeze in 12 region games (plus the jamming in […]

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Bleeding Red: 2015 Runnin’ Utes are eerily similar to Van Horn-led ’97 team 

There’s something familiar about the Utes Like a team for which I once used to root As Yogi Berra supposedly said It’s like déjà vu all over again COMMENTARY — The Runnin’ Utes have a star player who is receiving a lot of national attention, and is a finalist for many of the major individual […]

DSU vs. Point Loma Nazarene, St. George, Utah, Feb. 28, 2015 | Photo by Darren Cole, St. George News

Dixie State beats Point Loma, wins season conference title, No. 1 seed in PacWest 

ST. GEORGE – There was much on the line for Dixie State’s final game of the season against Point Loma Nazarene University Saturday night – The PacWest season conference championship, the No. 1 seed in the PacWest Conference Tournament, a nine-game winning streak and positioning in the West Region for the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Red […]

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, ASPpix.com, 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 […]

Dixie celebrates their four overtime victory that propels them in to the state championship game, Desert Hills vs. Dixie, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Marathon game (4 OTs) ends with Dixie headed to 3A Championship game 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Bruised hip, torn shorts and a smile. That describes Tyler Bennett, who limped off the court with a satisfied smile on his face after Dixie defeated Desert Hills 79-72 Friday night in four overtimes at a rocking Maverik Center. The trio of Bennett, RJ Wilgar and Jake Hawes combined for 60 […]

Pine View vs. Richfield, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 27, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, 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 […]

Desert Hills vs. Juan Diego, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Twin killing: Mills sisters, Juan Diego send DH girls packing at 3A Tourney 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Juan Diego has the ultra-talented Mills sisters, Dominique and Monique. Oh, and the rest of the team isn’t bad either. Using a 24-1 run that spanned eight minutes of game time in the first and second quarters, the Soaring Eagle ensured that there would be a new champion in 2015, eliminating […]

Cedar vs. Morgan, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Cedar puts up a fight, but falls to Morgan in state quarterfinals 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Morgan beat Cedar 50-43 to earn the Lady Trojans a ticket into the state semifinals, but the Lady Reds didn’t go down without a fight. “Cedar’s been playing so well and I knew we were in for a fight to the end,” Morgan head coach Kade Morrell said. “I was proud […]

Dixie vs. Bear River, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Tyler Bennett’s dagger lifts Dixie into state semifinals 

WEST VALLEY CITY — The Dixie Flyers’ perfect execution in the last seconds of Thursday’s quarterfinals game was, well, flawless. Richard Guymon caught a half-court pass and fired the ball to teammate Tyler Bennett. The Dixie junior nailed a perfect 3-pointer from the right wing as time expired to lift Dixie to a 43-41 victory […]

Desert Hills vs. Juan Diego, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, St. George News

Late-game heroics lift Thunder past Juan Diego, into semifinals 

WEST VALLEY CITY – Desert Hills proved once and for all that it knows how to finish a game. The Thunder, led by Marcus McKone and Quincy Mathews, outscored Juan Diego 12-2 over the game’s final 3:09 to eliminate the Soaring Eagle and punch a ticket for themselves into the state semifinals. “We have been […]

Pine View vs. Uintah, 3A State Basketball Tournament, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 26, 2015 | Photo by Robert Hoppie, ASPpix.com, 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 […]

Desert Hills Thunder State Champions-3A State Championships, Cedar  City, Utah, Mar. 1, 2014 | Photo by Robert  Hoppie, St. George News

Cedar, D-Hills hope to keep the girls 3A trophy in southern Utah 

WEST VALLEY CITY — The 3A Girls Basketball Championship trophy must have quite a tan line by now. And maybe an accent, too. After all, it’s been living in southern Utah for three straight years. Region 9 champ Cedar and runner-up Desert Hills hope to keep it there, too. Starting this afternoon, the two southern Utah […]

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