KZNU Sports names its ‘All-Region 9’ team

Cedar vs. Payson Feb. 23, 2012 | Photo by Troy Hoskins, St. George News

Sports Commentator Patrick Blake is host of the Blake’s Take show, airing weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio Southern Utah Sports Network – 96.7 FM 1450 AM – with live stream online at

ST. GEORGE – After months and months of great games, amazing plays and even a few dunks has named its all Region 9 team, Coach of the Year and Student Section of the Year. Our second and third teams are listed at the bottom of the story.

Our Region 9 Most Valuable Player is Kyler Nielson from Cedar High School. Nielson led Region 9 in scoring all season long, scoring 17.88 points per game and grabbing just under five rebounds per game. Nielson finished the season first in scoring and fifth in 3A in scoring. Nielson led Cedar to a second-place tie in Region 9 and led Cedar to the semifinals of the State Tournament. Nielson and the rest of his Cedar teammates came up just short in the semifinals, losing by 2 in overtime without their point guard who had to miss the game. In the third-place game, Nielson hit the game-winning basket at the buzzer to earn Cedar third place in 3A.

The First Team All-Region 9 back court is led by Brandon Simister from Desert Hills High School and Brayden Linde from Snow Canyon High School.

The Forwards on the First Team are Tyler Ott from Desert Hills High School and Colton Marshall from Hurricane High School.

The Center on the First Team is Walker Swenson from Dixie High School.

Simister led Desert Hills to a regular season Region Championship and a No. 1 ranking throughout the regular season. Simister had the only triple-double in Region 9. Simister ended the season averaging 11.6 points per game, 5.08 rebounds per game, and 3.96 assists per game.

Linde finished the season as the fourth leading scorer in Region 9 and in the top-20 in all of 3A. Linde ended the season averaging 14 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game. Linde had the two highest point totals of the season of anyone in Region 9, scoring 30 points against Canyon View and 29 points against Pine View; both games were on the road.

Ott started the season off slow but picked it up towards the end of the season. Ott ended the year sixth-in-scoring and tenth-in-rebounding in Region 9. Ott led the Thunder to a regular season Region 9 championship. Ott ended the year averaging 13.4 points per game.

Marshall led the Tigers to a State Championship! Marshall finished the year third-in-scoring and second-in-rebounding in Region 9. Marshall’s 8.5 rebounds per game were fourth best in all of 3A. Marshall led Hurricane to a tie for second place in the regular season. Marshall finished the season scoring 14.3 points per game.

Swenson led Dixie to a fourth place finish in Region 9 and in 3A. Swenson missed a month of action after a horrific accident in early December that led him to have two surgeries. Swenson bounced back after losing close to 30 pounds from the accident, to score 11 points in just 11 minutes in his first game back. Swenson ended the season fifth-in-scoring in Region 9 and seventh-in-rebounding. Swenson ended the season by taking more charges then any other player in Region 9 and scoring just under 14 points per game. Swenson scored a career high 26 points in the state semifinals.

Coach Cuff Dixie High, St. George, UT Feb. 2012 | Photo by Troy Hoskins, St. George News
Our Coach of the Year race was very close – we have many great coaches in Southern Utah – but our Coach of the Year is Coach Ryan Cuff from Dixie High School. Coach Cuff led Dixie to a 13-12 overall record and 7-5 region record despite playing most of the season without three starters. Coach Cuff kept the Flyers believing they could win and they did, getting to the State Semifinals.

Our Student Section of the Year goes to Desert Hills. The Thunder students helped the Thunder go undefeated at home.


MVP Kyler Nielson

PG Brandon Simister

SG Brayden Linde

SF Tyler Ott

PF Colton Marshall

C Walker Swenson

2nd TEAM

G Devin Bennett

G Chad Corry

SF Deshon Brown

PF Trent Snow

C Boston Gubler

3rd team

PG Weston Yardley

SG Chandler Gines

SF Taylor Parker

PF Ben Gottfredson

C Kody Wilstead

For more Sports talk, tune into Blake’s Take weekdays from 5-6 p.m. on KZNU Sports Radio – 96.7 FM 1450 AM – or online streaming live on the brand new KZNU Sports website:

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Copyright 2012 St. George News.

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