SOUTHERN UTAH – Marathons, softball, sailing, golf; you name it, St. George News covered it in 2013. Here are the best sports moments of the year.
Just shy of her 50th birthday, St. George resident Jill McDonald, a wife, mother, grandmother and competitive runner, displayed the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by fulfilling her dream of competing in the Ironman.
Though not sanctioned by Region 9 high schools, lacrosse is flourishing as a youth sport thanks to the efforts of two local clubs.
Sam Friend ended his stellar career with the Red Storm as DSU barely lost to Chico State in their final game at the 2013 NCAA Division II West Regionals in May.
The Lady Warriors rugby team had a successful yet controversial season, after a fundraising effort with a gun raffle drew ire from the community and attracted national media attention.
After a long career of ups and downs, 54-year-old St. George native and professional golfer Jay Don Blake qualified for his first U.S. Open in a decade in June.
The Dixie Center transformed into a massive horseshoe pit in early August to accommodate 1,500 of the world’s most skilled pitchers.
Sept. 29 was an intense night for Southern Utah sports as amateur and professional MMA athletes battled it out in the cage. “Mad Mike” Arrant won the main event, and the crowd was treated to a surprise visit from Hollywood star Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Perfect conditions set the stage for a day of athletic triumph at the 37th St. George Marathon in October. Winner Bryant Jensen set a new course record with a time of 2:15:57.
For the first time in school history, the DSU volleyball team earned a post-season spot in the NCAA Division II West Regional tournament, as the No. 6 seed.
On Dec. 17, DSU star Joe Don Duncan was selected to the 2013 American Football Coaches Association Division II All-American team, among the best college players in the nation.
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