Region 9 roundup: Snow Canyon clinches region soccer title; updates on other fall sports

Cross-country runners compete in the boys varsity race at the Cedar Invitational, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 28, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE — This week’s roundup of the remaining fall sports in Region 9 is a day earlier than usual, as this week’s football games are being played Thursday.

Boys golf

The state 4A boys golf tournament was held earlier this week in Smithfield. Desert Hills High School placed second overall as a team and the Thunder’s Ashton Davison took home the gold as the top individual medalist.

Read more: Desert Hills brings home team runner-up, individual state champion honors at state 4A golf tournament

Football

For the second week in a row, two of the three Region 9 football games are in Cedar City, with the Cedar Redmen hosting the Snow Canyon Warriors Thursday at 7 p.m. Cedar, which beat Hurricane 53-0 last week for its first region win, is now 1-3 with two region games remaining, while Snow Canyon is 0-3 in region play.

Meanwhile, across town, the Canyon View Falcons (2-2) will host the Dixie Flyers (3-0) at 7 p.m. Dixie handed Pine View its first loss last week, winning 20-14, while Canyon View lost at home to Desert Hills, 42-14. The Falcons need to win at least one of their two remaining games to assure themselves of at least a tie for the fourth and final playoff spot.

In the only St. George area game Thursday, Pine View (2-1) will host Hurricane (0-3), with the Tigers still looking for their first win of the season.

Check back on St. George News / Cedar City News following Thursday night’s games for scores, photos, highlights, summaries and other details.

Volleyball

Tuesday evening at Canyon View, the visiting Desert Hills Lady Thunder stayed undefeated in region play with a three-set sweep of the Falcons, 26-24, 25-20, 25-14. Kylee Christensen led the Thunder with nine kills and six service aces. Kami Bliss added seven kills for Desert Hills, which improved to 8-0 in region.

Desert Hills players Kami Bliss (14) and Emma Jacobsen (11) attempt to block a shot by Canyon View’s Eowyn Colbert, Cedar City, Utah, Oct. 2, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Meanwhile, at Snow Canyon on Tuesday, the Lady Warriors swept Hurricane, 25-10, 25-19, 25-17. Sammi Johnston led the Warriors with 23 kills and 11 digs. Jael Wilde added six aces and Jenna Thorkelson had 25 assists.

In the closest match of the evening Tuesday, Cedar High hosted Pine View and the Lady Reds won the back-and-forth battle in five sets, 26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 10-25, 15-12. Cedar improved to 4-5 in region play with the win, while the Panthers dropped to 0-9 with the loss.

The second slate of Region 9 games for this week is on Friday, with all varsity games scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Cedar hosts Canyon View, Desert Hills plays at Pine View and Dixie hosts Snow Canyon.

Following are the Region 9 volleyball standings and region records as of Oct. 4:

  1. Desert Hills 8-0
  2. Snow Canyon 8-1
  3. Dixie 6-2
  4. Cedar 4-5
  5. Hurricane 3-6
  6. Canyon View 1-7
  7. Pine View 0-9

Girls soccer

Tuesday at Snow Canyon, the Lady Warriors rolled to an easy shutout win over Cedar. The score was 1-0 at the half, but Snow Canyon added five more goals in the second half. Ashley Brindley scored two goals, while Tylei Jensen, Mackenzie Brough and Rachel Bunting each scored one. Goalkeeper Megan Rodgers picked up the shutout for Snow Canyon, which has clinched the Region 9 title with a record of 9-0-2.

Cedar at Snow Canyon girls soccer, St. George, Utah, Oct. 2, 2018 | Photo by Dave Larson, St. George News / Cedar City News

Also on Tuesday, the Dixie Flyers assured themselves of at least a tie for second place in the final region standings by beating the Lady Falcons at Canyon View, 9-1. Kennedy Warnick led Dixie’s offensive barrage with three goals. Isabel Erickson added two goals for the Flyers, who saw six different players score.

Also Tuesday, the Pine View Panthers hosted Hurricane, with the Panthers coming from behind to win 2-1. The Tigers led 1-0 at the half, thanks to a goal by Lena Stevens. In the second half, Pine View got goals from Brynlee Wade and Kenedy Collins to earn the narrow victory.

The Panthers improved to 5-6-0 with the win over Hurricane and assured themselves of at least a tie for fourth place in the final region standings. Only the top four teams in each region qualify for the post-season playoffs. Fifth-place Cedar’s only chance of making the playoffs would be if they won at Desert Hills on Friday, coupled with a Pine View loss to Snow Canyon that same evening, which would force a play-in game for the No. 4 seed. In their previous season meeting on Sept. 11, Cedar lost at home to Desert Hills, 3-2.

Cedar at Snow Canyon girls soccer, St. George, Utah, Oct. 2, 2018 | Photo by Dave Larson, St. George News / Cedar City News

The Region 9 soccer season wraps up Friday night, with all three games scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Snow Canyon will be at Pine View, Cedar is at Desert Hills and Canyon View is at Hurricane.

The state 4A soccer playoffs begin next week, with opening round games Wednesday and quarterfinal games Oct. 14 at the home fields of the higher-seeded schools. Click here to see the full bracket and schedule.

Here are the Region 9 soccer region records and standings (as of Oct. 4):

  1. Snow Canyon 9-0-2
  2. Dixie 8-3-1
  3. Desert Hills 7-3-1
  4. Pine View 5-6-0
  5. Cedar 4-7-0
  6. Hurricane 3-6-2
  7. Canyon View 0-11-0

Cross-country

At the Cedar High Invitational last Friday, the Pine View boys and the Desert Hills girls cross-country teams emerged as the overall winners in the varsity races.

Easton Brandt of Canyon View placed second in the boys varsity race at the Cedar Invitational, Cedar City, Utah, Sept. 28, 2018 | Photo by Jeff Richards, St. George News / Cedar City News

Bailey Brinkerhoff of Desert Hills was the top female finisher out of 99 varsity runners with a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds. Coming in second and third were Jessica Hill (17:51) and Alli Baker (17:55), both of Pine View, while Cedar’s Harley Taylor placed fourth with a time of 17:59. Lauren Leukenga of Desert Hills placed fifth with a time of 18:15.

In the girls team scores, Desert Hills won with 50 points, Pine View was second at 55, Timpview placed third with 71, Cedar was fourth with 96 and Hurricane was fifth with 120. For full individual and team results, click here.

In the boys varsity race, Hayden Harward of Richfield was the first-place finisher with a time of 15:14. Right on his heels was senior Easton Brandt of Canyon View, who placed second with a time of 15:19. Calvin Boyce of Timpview was third in 15:22, Pine View senior Julien Canales was fourth in 15:38, closely followed by eight more runners that crossed the line within the next seven seconds. Click here to see full results.

Pine View led the way in the boys varsity team scores with 53 points, Timpview was second with 84, Canyon View was third with 86, Cedar was fourth with 90 and Desert Hills was fifth with 106. The boys varsity race featured 112 runners from 13 schools.

The Region 9 championships will be at Sand Hollow Golf Course on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Sports scores, photos, statistics, and tips

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