Maxwell Williams
Maxwell Williams
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Maxwell Williams expects to graduate in Spring 2026 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in Spanish linguistic studies. Williams has written for the East Valley Tribune.

Latest from Maxwell Williams

A walk toward growth: Success of Nelly Korda, improved marketing could help increase LPGA audience

GILBERT – Now firmly settled into the LPGA 2024 season with Arizona hosting the inaugural Ford Classic in March, golfers reflect on the recent growth that the sport has seen plus improvements that still can be made.

Golfer Robyn Choi walks toward the third green of Seville Golf and Country Club, which serves as one of the 25 LPGA tournaments to be played in the U.S. in 2024 out of the 37 announced at the beginning of the season. (Photo by Maxwell Williams/Cronkite News)

Walk of shame: ASU football slapped with probation, scholarship reductions due to violations during Herm Edwards era

Following NCAA Level I violations during the Herm Edwards era that “seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of college sports,” the Arizona State athletic department faces punishments extending into the move to the Big 12 conference.

Oscar Valdez captures WBO interim junior lightweight world title for all his ‘beautiful Mexican fans’

GLENDALE – Born in Nogales, Mexico, and raised in Tucson, no one understands Mexican boxing culture like Oscar Valdez. Defeating Liam Wilson in Glendale Friday was just a singular moment in his inspiring career.

Oscar Valdez falls to his knees in celebration after his seventh round TKO over Liam Wilson Friday at Desert Diamond Arena (Photo by Joe Eigo/Cronkite News)

Sponsor surprise turns golfer Kim Paez’s LPGA dreams into reality following recent success

GILBERT – After her recent success in the 2023 Southwest PGA Championship, golfer Kim Paez was surprised with a sponsor exemption allowing her to compete in the inaugural Ford Championship as her first ever LPGA tour event.

Kim Paez, second from left, was surprised with a sponsor exemption that allowed her to compete in the inaugural LPGA Ford Championship in Gilbert. (Photo courtesy of LPGA)

Eye on the Storm: Recent events bring state of court-storming into question

PHOENIX – Court-storming has caused waves in the modern-day sports ecosystem affecting both the NCAA and high school level following high-profile incidents involving Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Duke’s Kyle Filipowski.

Wake Forest fans storm the court after a basketball game against Duke at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, recently. More and more incidents have raised questions about regulations. (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wacha’s Way: Kansas City’s signing of veteran pitcher could help Royals’ ‘young bucks’

SURPRISE – Having played the role of father for one full season in the MLB now, Kansas City Royals pitcher Michael Wacha reflects on how juggling parenthood and a professional career has taught him lessons that are applicable to leading a clubhouse.

‘Pain of losing him is unbearable’: Family of Cesar Chavez football player who drowned files lawsuit

PHOENIX – On March 4, the family of 15-year-old Christopher Hampton, who drowned in July during a Cesar Chavez High School football summer camp trip, filed a lawsuit against the Phoenix Union High School District.

Cesar Chavez High School players wore No. 5 on their helmets in honor of Christopher Hampton during the 2023 football season. Hampton’s family filed a $50 million lawsuit Monday. (File photo by Beatriz Martinez/Cronkite News)

Through scenery changes, ASU journeyman Jose Perez has always been a ‘winner’ on the court

TEMPE – ASU men’s basketball graduate guard and journeyman Jose Perez has not had it easy at any of his schools, but has experienced some legendary moments along the way.

With an average of 12.9 points per game, Jose Perez is one of the on-court leaders for the Arizona State men's basketball program. (Photo by Alyssa Buruato/Cronkite News)

From aiding Navajo water projects to reducing food waste, WM Phoenix Open goes green for Arizona charities

SCOTTSDALE – At the WM Phoenix Open, every person in attendance who wore green Saturday added an extra dollar to the Working for Tomorrow Fund, which aims to support local sustainability charities.

Family lawyer says Phoenix Union’s revised travel policies show guilt in student death

PHOENIX – The attorney for a family that lost their 15-year-old son and Cesar Chavez high school student believes that newly released policies from the school board imply guilt.

Sweater believe it: Jeff Munn’s signature fashion collection, born with ASU women’s basketball, shapes broadcast legacy

TEMPE – ASU women’s basketball KTAR FM broadcaster Jeff Munn has a sweater collection decades in the making that all started with his daughter. Just don’t let his brightly colored clothes distract from the impact his voice has had on the greater Phoenix area.

Energy is everything: ASU men’s basketball faces pivotal homestand, coach Bobby Hurley doesn’t want fans to ‘watch the paint dry’

TEMPE – Now on a two-game losing streak thanks to a demoralizing trip north to Oregon and Oregon State, ASU men’s basketball is faced with a defining weekend that could determine the rest of their season outlook.

ASU men's coach Bobby Hurley emphasizes the importance of a supportive home crowd to lift spirits and turn the tide during this week's two-game homestand. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Stealing the show: Frankie Collins’ defensive mastery anchors ASU men’s basketball

TEMPE – Known for his exceptional swiping ability, Collins not only bolsters ASU's defensive strategy but also fosters discipline and leadership in the Sun Devils’ pursuit of the Pac-12 crown.

ASU guard Frankie Collins brings intensity on offense and defense to help position the Sun Devils for the No. 1 seed in Pac-12 play. (Photo by Bennett Silvyn/Cronkite News)