Madison Thacker mad-uh-sun thack-er (she/her/hers)Sports Reporter, Phoenix
Madison Thacker expects to graduate in December 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism. Thacker has interned as a reporter with The Arizona Republic.
PHOENIX – After sustaining a traumatic brain injury when she was 16 from cheerleading, Marlee Smith’s life forever changed. She had to relearn basic life skills and is now using her experience to help others deal with concussions.
PEORIA — After stumbling to a 3-7 record last season, Centennial football is returning as a top contender in the 6A division. With two games left in the regular season, the Coyotes look to go from ‘good to great.’
SCOTTSDALE – Horizon High School volleyball stars Teraya Sigler and Kendal Murphy hopes to bring the team back to the 5A state championship behind their talent, consistency and improvement.
TEMPE — In a panel discussion with two-time Olympian and World Cup champion, Briana Scurry highlights how far women’s soccer has come and the changes the women’s game still needs to reach equality.
CHANDLER –After losing feeling in her legs, Ashlyn Tierney was diagnosed with conversion disorder. Two years later, she’s back in the pool and breaking school records in her first year at Arizona College Prep High School.
CHANDLER – Horizon football assistant coach Tre Hickem takes his players to elementary schools each week so they can connect with youth and give back to the community.
FLAGSTAFF – Northern Arizona University swimmer Emma Warner has had cancer since she was 12. She continues to fight and hopes to inspire others in the process.
SCOTTSDALE — Former NFL coach Ray Brown teaches his players at Arcadia high school about the importance of education and responsibility through football.
PHOENIX – ASU wrestler Josh Nummer and ASU volleyball player Annika Nummer tie the knot after two years of dating. Annika and Josh are balancing married life, school and being athletes.
PHOENIX - Perry high school football player Shae Veach received a heart transplant two years ago. Now healthy, Veach is playing in his first football season at Perry and continues to defeat all odds.
PHOENIX – Horizon high school football coach Andy Litten prepares for his team for the season by embracing the change.
PHOENIX – Due to a recruiting violation, the Arizona Interscholastic Association placed Hamilton’s football program on probation, making the team ineligible for the 2022 playoffs. Hamilton won their appeal on Tuesday to reinstate the program for the playoffs.