Rising Star




by Cassandra Cousineau

Gerri Chasko with “Coach Mo” at the Desert Dogs mascot reveal.

In an exciting move for the southern Utah and southern Nevada regions, Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is partnering with the North American Premier Basketball League (NAPB) to deliver a professional team in January of 2018. The league’s newest addition will play its home games in “The Barn”, the Ranch’s new 30,000 square foot field house. 

The team is already part of the community as a result of a week’s long “Name the Team” social media contest facilitated by Rising Star Sports Ranch. After over a hundred entries, former Virgin Valley boys’ basketball coach, Sean FitzSimons was the first to present Desert Dogs as the moniker. FitzSimons earned season tickets and a swag bag courtesy of Rising Star Ranch.

NAPB is designed to bring ‘pro ball’ to markets that would otherwise not have access to professional sports. Add in the opportunity to enhance the region’s quality of life by providing family-friendly, affordable entertainment, and the community has high hopes for the Desert Dogs.

“The NAPB is a unique opportunity for our region. It is an opportunity for the Red Mesa Region (Mesquite and St. George) to come together to support a home team,” said Rising Star Ranch COO, Andre Carrier. “Working with the NAPB, we will also be using each home game to raise money for important local charities. Tip off of the Desert Dog’s first game is the start of a new season for our community in more ways than one.”

League founder, Dave Magley, announced to Mesquite Mayor Allan Litman at a well-attended press conference hosted at Rising Star Ranch, “NAPB takes a family-friendly approach to connect with fans.”

Mayor Al Litman, “Coach Mo”, and Andre Carrier at the Rising Star.

In line with Rising Star Ranch core values, players will be active in the community, spending time at elementary schools promoting leadership and anti-bullying.

In addition to the team in Mesquite, the league will have teams across the US and Canada from Albany and Rochester, New York, west to Yakima, Washington, and Vancouver, B.C. Follow Rising Star Sports Ranch on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for schedule and ticket information. Go, Desert Dogs!


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