Alina Nelson

Alina Nelson

Sports Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Alina Nelson is a sports journalist and photographer who expects to graduate in August 2021. Nelson, who has seven years of photography experience, is working for Cronkite Sports this spring.

Latest from Alina Nelson

‘He stands up to anybody’: Conor Garland is crucial component for Coyotes

GLENDALE – Conor Garland’s return to the Coyotes lineup on Wednesday signaled why he is a critical component in Arizona’s offense.


Masks can come off for high school winter playoffs, spring sports, AIA board votes

PHOENIX - AIA Executive Board votes to remove mask mandates for athletes and officials in the field of play for winter sports playoffs and spring sports


‘Superspreader events’: Experts worry hockey arenas a toxic formula for COVID-19

GLENDALE – The Arizona Coyotes are one of a handful of teams in the National Hockey League to allow fans into their arena to attend games. The Coyotes claim that this can be executed safely for fans for experts say otherwise.


With spring sports season underway, Arizona high schools await decision on COVID-19 protocol

PHOENIX – The spring sports season could mean new COVID-19 protocol for high school athletes.


‘No comparison’: ASU baseball fans frustrated with Pac-12 prohibition on fan attendance

PHOENIX – A handful of SEC teams and all 15 Cactus League teams are allowing a limited number of fans. Will the Pac-12 Conference let Arizona State follow suit?


Surprise college baseball tournament provides sneak preview of spring training protocols

SURPRISE, AZ - The city of Surprise hosted eight college baseball games over the weekend, offering a glimpse of safety protocols that will be seen all around the Valley at stadiums this spring.


Want to buy spring training tickets? Four Cactus League teams already sold out

PHOENIX – Cactus League teams have limited quantities of tickets on sale for single games. Four teams have already sold out because of the restrictions put in place by the pandemic.


Two Diamondbacks players test positive for coronavirus

SCOTTSDALE – The Arizona Diamondbacks opened spring training on Wednesday with news that two players had tested positive for the coronavirus.


Anatomy of a postponement: How a COVID-19 test halted Desert Vista, Mountain Pointe game

PHOENIX – After a player on Desert Vista tested positive for COVID-19, Mountain Pointe’s game with the Thunder was called off. Here’s how both teams handled the disruption, and how the players stayed engaged during their quarantine.


ASU commit Ty Murchison finds ‘home feeling’ in joining budding program

TEMPE – Ty Murchison is the second full-time U.S. NTDP player to commit to Arizona State. Murchison couldn’t resist smiling as he took in the “unreal experience” facing his future teammates last week at Oceanside Ice Arena.


Want to attend spring training? Cactus League teams begin to roll out plans

PHOENIX - As Cactus League teams begin to roll out spring training plans, questions about ticket sales and fan attendance remain.


AIA changes course, allows parents to attend high school away games

PHOENIX – Citing improved COVID-19 metrics, the AIA executive board ruled Thursday that up to two parents or legal guardians can attend their children’s away games.


Cactus League scrambles to resolve ticket sales, attendance with start of season nearing

PHOENIX – Cactus League teams announced that they are preparing for an on-time start to opening weekend of spring training games, currently scheduled for February 27.


Masked men, disinfected gym give high school basketball game in Ahwatukee unique feel

PHOENIX – 6A state title favorite Mountain Pointe and central region rival Corona del Sol matched up under a bizarre set of circumstances thanks to COVID-19.