Region 9 March Madness quarterfinals: What was the best game of the 2019-20 school year? Vote now

Cedar at Desert Hills, St. George, Utah, Jan. 31, 2020 | Photo by Ryne Williams, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — St. George News sports has created a bracket with the 16 games we selected as the best of the 2019-2020 school year, and now it’s your job to fill it out. After the first week of voting, the bracket has been updated for the quarterfinal matchups.

You can also vote on our twitter page here.

Second round matchups

No. 1 Dixie vs Sky View boys basketball vs No. 4 Pine View @ Dixie boys basketball

1) The Flyers boys basketball team was the most dominant team in Region 9 during the season, but they proved that they were the best team in Class 4A against Sky View in the state title game. One of the most thrilling games of the year, the back and forth battle saw the Flyers walk away with the state championship.

Dixie got Mason Falslev into foul trouble late in the game and took advantage in the 62-59 win. Head coach Tyler Roberts was named the Class 4A coach of the year, and Isaac Finlinson was named the MVP of the region by St. George News.

4) The defending Region 9 champions traveled to Dixie on a two game losing streak looking poised to give the Flyers a tough game, and they did just that. Two of the best teams in Region 9 clashed early in the season, and it did not disappoint. The game ended tied at 36, but Pine View opened up overtime on a 7-0 run. It looked as if the Flyers were done, but they kept fighting. With about a minute and a half left in overtime and a seven point deficit, the Flyers mounted a miraculous comeback to get the home win 45-43.

No. 2 Cedar @ Desert Hills girls basketball vs No. 6 Crimson Cliffs @ Juan Diego girls soccer

2) Cedar was the monster of Region 9 going into the season, and they had a massive target on their back. Desert Hills came into the season with some uncertainty, but they quickly rose up the rankings as an undefeated team early in the year. The first time the two teams met was a tight game, but the second time was the more shocking matchup.

After a close first quarter, the Thunder took a 17 point lead at halftime over the Reds. It looked as if Cedar had met their match, but they kept pushing. Sure enough, the Reds found a way back into the game and got a huge win on the road 58-53.

6) Crimson Cliffs was a team that struggled in their first season as a program. They went 3-13 during the regular season and were given the No. 20 seed, second to last, in the Class 4A state tournament. They defied the odds and took down No. 13 Juan Diego in a penalty shootout on the road in the first round.


1) The first two meetings for these teams both went down to the wire seeing Pine View win the first time and Desert Hills take the second game. They ended up meeting in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs, and the game was nothing short of incredible.

It was a tight game throughout, which ended up going to overtime after both teams were locked up at 53. Peyton Holmes scored clutch baskets in overtime that got Desert Hills the road win 57-56, moving them on to Weber State for the Class 4A state tournament quarterfinals. They would then beat Cedar before losing to Sky View in the semifinals.

4) The top two girls soccer programs in the region met up for the second time and the game was a nail-biter. The first two times the teams met ended up being a Desert Hills victory but they had to forfeit the game due to some eligibility issues. The second meeting went into double overtime before ending in a tie.

Desert Hills would end up advancing on to the Class 4A state semifinals before losing while Snow Canyon was upset in the second round against Uintah.

No. 2 Dixie @ Pine View football vs No. 3 Cedar vs Pine View girls basketball

2) The top teams in Region 9 met once during the regular season. Dixie would go up 20-0 right off the bat, but Pine View scored twice before the half to make it a six point game. The Panthers then took a four point lead going into the fourth quarter but the Flyers responded.

After a 50 yard touchdown to Tyler Walden and a missed PAT, the Flyers were up two with about seven minutes to go. AJ McCarroll would then kick a field goal to put Pine View up one with 4:09 remaining in the game. A last-second field goal attempt for the Flyers would hook right and the game was over. Pine View won the thriller 27-26.

3) Pine View was the hottest team in the state tournament. They had upset No. 2 Ridgeline and No. 3 Desert Hills on their way to the state title game but the Reds were just too good. Cedar dominated the inexperienced Panthers en route to a 60-44 win that earned them their second consecutive state title.

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