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‘Best team in the state’: Perry Pumas complete one-loss season with first-ever Open Division championship trophy

PHOENIX – Cody Williams and Koa Peat paced the Perry Pumas to help finish off a historic season on Saturday night, defeating the Sunnyslope Vikings 74-58 in the first-ever Open championship.

The Perry Pumas won the inaugural Open Division basketball championship against Sunnyslope on Saturday to finish the season 30-1. (Photo by Zach Woodard/Cronkite News)

Rattlesnake sausages? Cactus League ballparks up their game for spring training

PHOENIX – Food can be one of the highlights for many who visit spring training games. Many stadiums, including Hohokam, Camelback Ranch, American Family Fields and Salt River Fields, are all serving up new offerings this year while also keeping the classics on the menu.

Camelback Ranch offers baseball fans a new selection of foods that includes walking tacos, elote and mac and cheese with pulled pork. (Photo by Haley Smilow/Cronkite News)

Super Bowl brings more opportunity for Phoenix artists

PHOENIX — Super Bowl LVII has come and gone, but its impact on the local arts community remains in the form of a larger national profile it has given several Arizona artists.

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Organización sin fines de lucro apoya a mujeres latinas emprendedoras en Arizona brindándoles una espacio en sus mercados mensuales

PHOENIX — La organización sin fines de lucro, “Empowering Latina Leaders of Arizona” (E.L.L.A.), apoya a mujeres latinas emprendedoras brindándoles un espacio para promocionar sus negocios en sus eventos mensuales conocidos como Mujeres Mercado.


Supreme Court chides Arizona – again – for death-penalty sentencing rules

WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an Arizona death row inmate was wrongly denied the right to tell jurors he would never get out on parole if he was sentenced to life instead of death.


ASU film students join storytelling masterclass with NFL 360

MESA – NFL Media’s NFL 360, which creates short-form documentaries that tell the stories of individuals pushing the boundaries of football, came to ASU’s film school to teach students about their filmmaking techniques.

NFL 360, which produces short-form documentaries on the intersection of football and race, gender and nationality, worked with ASU students on the art of storytelling during Super Bowl week. (Photo by Aidan Richmond/Cronkite News)

Despite recent struggles, ASU baseball looks to end Men’s College World Series drought

PHOENIX – ASU has one of the more storied programs in all of college baseball, yet the Sun Devils have failed to reach the Men’s College World Series since 2010. Will that trend end this season? The Sun Devils enter Friday’s opener with optimism.

Arizona State baseball coach Willie Bloomquist sounds optimistic about the upcoming season, saying, “I’m sleeping better this time than I was last year at this time.” (Photo by Nikash Nath/Cronkite News)

Blind skateboarder is a ‘sports junkie’ who inspires others

LOS ANGELES - Learning how to ride a skateboard takes dedication and confidence, sighted or not. You can’t be afraid to fall and crash. Blind skateboarder Coco Atama isn’t afraid of falling and certainly staying true to self.

Coco Atama, who is blind, uses his cane to alert him to a dropoff as he flip his skateboard back in this photo taken Jan. 26, 2023 in a skate park in the Encino section of Los Angeles. (Photo by Ayana Hamilton/Cronkite News)

O Canada! Nick Taylor, Adam Hadwin weather conditions at WM Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE – Despite big-name presence at the WM Phoenix Open, a pair of lesser-known Canadians started strong in a frosty and windy tournament.

Adam Hadwin believes “Canadian golf has been in a great place for a while now” and was pleased with his effort in the first round of the WM Phoenix Open Thursday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

From airports to Old Town, Super Bowl’s presence will be felt throughout Valley

PHOENIX – During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the NFL’s premier matchup will leave its mark, from large-scale advertisements to celebrity parties.

Signage to promote the 2023 Super Bowl can be found throughout the Valley, including in Old Town Scottsdale. (Photo by Nikash Nash/Cronkite News)

‘It was pretty special’: Cameron Johnson returns to delight of fans, helps Suns snap skid

PHOENIX – Cam Johnson made his return Thursday night against the Brookly Nets, helping the Suns hold off a late charge to pick up a 117-112 victory at the Footprint Center.

The Suns’ Cameron Johnson reacts after hitting a 3-point shot during the first half against the Brooklyn Nets at Footprint Center Thursday night. It was Johnson’s first game back after nursing a torn meniscus for more than two months. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

Cactus High students build a road-worthy electric vehicle

GLENDALE – As the world moves slowly away from fossil fuels, Cactus High School in Glendale is teaching automotive students how to build an electric vehicle from scratch.

Junior Ethan Lucas, left, and sophomore Aiden Bratton push an electric vehicle they’ve been building at Cactus High School in Glendale on Oct. 31, 2022. (Photo by Samantha Chow/Cronkite News)