TWIR9: Soccer playoffs begin; Football has a light week with fall break

COMMENTARY — It’s a pretty light week in Region 9 — light, but important for a lot of teams.

We crowned state champs in boys golf (Park City) and girls tennis (also Park City), with region cross country and girls soccer taking on epic proportions this week.


The state playoffs begin Wednesday for the girls soccer teams that qualified. The last three champions have come from Region 9 (Cedar last year, Dixie in 2013 and Snow Canyon in 2012), so don’t be surprised to see the southern Utah teams do really well again.

Desert Hills vs. Morgan, Girls 3A State Soccer Playoffs, St. George, Utah, Oct. 15, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News
The Thunder might be the team to beat in 2015. File photo from Desert Hills vs. Morgan, Girls 3A State Soccer Playoffs, St. George, Utah, Oct. 15, 2014 | Photo by Robert Hoppie,, St. George News

It usually comes down to a Region 9 team and either Park City or Juan Diego. That’s what it looks like again this year, with the 1-2-3 punch of Desert Hills, Cedar and Snow Canyon looking like they could each make a deep run into the 3A bracket.

The Lady Thunder won the region and rested their starters in the last game of the year, so they should be ready to go when Richfield visits Wednesday night. The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m., but may be a little late with Desert Hills and Logan playing football on the same field at DHHS beginning at 5 p.m.

Cedar, looking to defend its state championship, hosts Juab Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lady Reds have a potential second-round matchup at Juan Diego.

Snow Canyon finished in third place, but is poised to make a playoff run. The Warriors, 7-5-4 on the year, travel to North Sanpete to play the Hawks at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

An intriguing contest will be Pine View at Canyon View. The Falcons won region 12 with an 8-0 record, but were just 1-6-1 in non-region games, including a 0-4-1 record against former Region 9 rivals.

Wednesday’s winners play again on Saturday, with those second round games taking place at the higher-seeded team’s home field.

The state semifinals are Oct. 23 (that’s a Friday) at Jordan High School with the championship being the very next day at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. The title game is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.


Distance runners from around the region are in Cedar City today for the Region 9 cross country meet.

Desert Hills, which is nationally-ranked and the defending region and state champion, is a heavy favorite to win the boys title. For the girls, Pine View comes in as the defending region champs. The Lady Panthers finished second at state a year ago.


Desert Hills’ Madz Eames was the only Region 9 player to make the state finals this week at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.

The state tourney was dominated by Park City and Grantsville, with the Miners and first singles champ Livi Rockwood taking the title.

Rockwood, just a freshman, had a real battle in the finals. Eames took the first set 6-4, but the young Miner rallied to take the next two sets, 6-1, 6-0 to capture that state title. Rockwood had beaten P{jne View’s Hattie Erekson in the semifinals.


Snow Canyon’s Triston Gardner and Pine View’s Noah Schone played well at state. Gardner took second and Schone was third, but neither had much of a chance against Park City’s Mitchell Schow, who shot a 13-under 131 for the two-day state event.

Schow and the rest of Miners captured the eighth straight state title for Park City.


With last weekend’s results, there is definitely some stratification in the region standings now. Dixie and Desert Hills are on top with 3-1 records, with Hurricane and Cedar at 2-2 and likely to get home playoff games in the first round. Pine View and Snow Canyon, at 1-3, will probably have to settle for road playoff games in the first round, although the 3AA South has had good luck in those first round games the past few years.

Region competition is on hold this week, with fall break giving the schools Thursday and Friday. Desert Hills and Pine View will play Wednesday night, with the Thunder hosting Logan and the Panthers traveling to Murray to take on the 4A Spartans. Don’t expect to see starting quarterbacks for any of those four teams, with the short week and the non-league nature of the games.

Cedar, Dixie, Hurricane and Snow Canyon all are taking byes for the short week and are preparing for the final region game of the year (Oct. 23).


We’ll call it the region championship — because that’s likely what it will be — when Snow Canyon and Desert Hills tip off tonight at DHHS.

The Warriors are undefeated and one game ahead of the Thunder with three game remaining. SC beat D-Hills earlier this season (in straight sets back on Sept. 29), so if the Thunder can win it tonight at home, the two teams will be tied. If the Warriors win, they all but clinch the region championship and No. 1 seed from the south.

Here’s the schedule of all the prep sports this week:


Region Championships at Bicentennial Park, 4:30 p.m.

Cedar at Pine View, 7 p.m.
Hurricane at Dixie, 7 p.m.
Snow Canyon at Desert Hills, 7 p.m.


State soccer first round at home sites
Juab at Cedar, 4 p.m.
Snow Canyon at North Sanpete, 4 p.m.
Pine View at Canyon View, 4 p.m.
Richfield at Desert Hills, 7:30 p.m.

Logan at Desert Hills, 5 p.m.
Pine View at Murray, 7 p.m.


Canyon View at Cedar, 7 p.m.


Girls soccer quarterfinals at home sites, 1 p.m.

This Week In Region 9 is a sports column written by Andy Griffin. The opinions expressed are not necessarily those of St. George News.

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