Nicholas Hodell
Nicholas Hodell Nick-o-lus ho-DELL (he/him)
Sports Reporter, Phoenix

Nicholas Hodell expects to graduate in May 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism and a minor in community sports management. Hodell has interned with 98.7 Arizona Sports and contributes to Inferno Intel.

Latest from Nicholas Hodell

TCU’s poise amid Fiesta Bowl theatrics sends Horned Frogs to championship

GLENDALE - A calm demeanor guided No. 3 TCU through the craziness of the highest-scoring Fiesta Bowl ever and into the College Football Playoff national championship game after a 51-45 win over No. 2 Michigan.


Desert duel: Michigan, TCU set for battle in CFP semifinal at Fiesta Bowl

SCOTTSDALE – Michigan and TCU, two programs with vastly different preseason expectations, prepare to compete on college football’s biggest stage at the College Football Playoff at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was a junior quarterback for the Wolverines when he last participated in the Fiesta Bowl, in 1986. (Photo by Nicholas Hodell/Cronkite News)

Derrick Michael Xzavierro’s history-making odyssey lands him at GCU

PHOENIX – Derrick Michael Xzavierro’s journey to GCU has led him across the world from his home of Indonesia. Though he is taking a redshirt year this season, Xzavierro has already made an impact and history as Indonesia’s first Division I basketball scholarship player.

A long way from home, Derrick Michael Xzavierro has represented the country of Indonesia honorably on the basketball court and inside the Grand Canyon University locker room. (Photo courtesy of GCU athletics)

Last-second miss: GCU men fall to North Texas in Jerry Colangelo Classic

PHOENIX – GCU came up just short against North Texas in the Jerry Colangelo Classic, named after the former owner of several Arizona teams and the namesake of GCU’s business school.

North Texas forward Aaron Scott, left, and Grand Canyon guard Ray Harrison fight for possession during the Jerry Colangelo Classic Saturday at Footprint Center. GCU lost on a last-second shot. (Photo by Zac BonDurant/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Top dogs: Cynosport World Games brings together dog agility trainers in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE – Scottsdale hosted the Cynosport Dog Agility World Games last weekend. The sport has seen exponential growth and a big evolution in the last three decades, according to two local pioneers of dog agility.

Additional obstacles sit beside the main agility ring at the Cynosport Dog Agility World Games at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The course featured weave poles, tunnels and seesaws. (Photo by Nicholas Hodell/Cronkite News)

Pac-12/SWAC Legacy Series brings social justice issues, HBCUs to the forefront

PHOENIX – Arizona and Arizona State’s basketball programs are getting a chance to learn more about historically Black colleges and universities through a partnership between the Pac-12 and the Southwestern Athletic Conference.


Australian sisters strengthen family bond while running at NAU

PHOENIX – Sisters Nikita and Keira Moore reunited at Northern Arizona this year after a year spent apart. The Australians have adjusted to living in the U.S. while running cross country and track for the Lumberjacks.

Northern Arizona cross country and track runners Nikita and Keira Moore run alongside their teammates in a practice in Flagstaff. (Photo courtesy of Northern Arizona Athletics)

Propositions: Measures to limit ‘dark money’ and medical debt pass

PHOENIX – Proposition 211, the ballot measure requiring disclosure for political spending, has passed, according to the Associated Press.


Arizona men’s tennis hopes offseason work leads to an NCAA championship

PHOENIX – The Arizona men’s tennis team is staying sharp with two months of fall tournaments. The team hopes the match experience gained this fall will improve the team in order to accomplish big spring goals.

Arizona senior Jonas Zivert earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors last season. As one of the more experienced members of the team, Zivert is working on his physique this offseason. (Photo Courtesy of Mike Christy/Arizona Athletics)

Mike Kraus adjusting well to college coaching in first year with GCU men’s soccer

PHOENIX – The GCU men’s soccer program continues to establish its same standard of success in 2022 under first-year coach Mike Kraus. The team’s chemistry and culture has already led to one major upset this season.

Mike Kraus secured a signature win against nationally-ranked UCLA on Sept. 5, in his debut season as GCU men's soccer coach. (Photo by Austin Ford/Cronkite News)

Footprint in the sand: AVP Tour makes indoor stop in Phoenix return

PHOENIX – The AVP Tour visited Phoenix for the first time since 2009. The tour’s indoor Phoenix Championships got a near-universal positive reception


In the cards: Arizona show puts blossoming collecting industry on full display

PHOENIX – Cole McAuliff’s vision for the collectibles industry in Arizona has turned into putting on big shows like the Arizona State Card Show. The growth of his organization, Collectibles on College, mirrors the rise of the collectibles industry since the coronavirus pandemic.

Collectibles on College founder and owner Cole McAuliff organizes the gift bags for card dealers Sunday at the end of the Arizona State Card Show. Thee gift bags included an autographed card from Arizona State junior forward Marcus Bagley. (Photo by Brooklyn Hall/ Cronkite News)

WAC championship rings represent a revival of GCU women’s soccer

PHOENIX – GCU women’s soccer transformed from an underachieving program with a bad culture to a WAC champion with expectations of defending its title in just two seasons.

Members of the 2021 GCU women's soccer team greet each other on the sidelines after receiving their 2021 WAC Championship rings. (Photo by Nicholas Hodell/Cronkite News)

Glendale’s Team Solitaire shows smaller, independent groups can thrive in Supercross

GLENDALE – Some teams are literally better equipped to succeed in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship than others. But that doesn’t mean that independent racing teams, like Glendale-based Team Solitaire, can’t be competitive and have an impact on the sport.


Young Scottsdale sisters honor Ukrainian mother gunned down in Bucha with 53-mile bike ride

FOUNTAIN HILLS - Carina and Ariana Dinu wanted to make an impact on Ukrainian refugees after hearing the story of a Ukrainian mother who died while riding home on her bike. The two each rode 26.5 miles on Sunday to honor her memory.


Helping women start journey of personal growth inspires Fountain Hills bike event

PHOENIX — Her experience in sports and leadership roles in business has inspired Liz Caracciolo to start Inspire Events, a company that is using a bike event to build a community of women looking to start their personal journeys.


Highway construction to close Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park after nearly four decade NHRA run

PHOENIX — The Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler is set to run its final NHRA event in 2023. The Wild Horse Park Development Authority says this is due to planned work on Interstate 10 near the area.


GCU swimming and diving program’s international culture fosters athletic, personal growth

PHOENIX - The Grand Canyon University swimming and diving program has built an international culture where athletes experience other cultures in addition to their own thanks to teammates.


Chase Briscoe fulfills dream with first NASCAR Cup Series win at Phoenix Raceway

AVONDALE - Chase Briscoe fended off multiple challengers in the final restarts to win Sunday at Phoenix Raceway. Briscoe became the 200th Cup Series winner in history with his first career win in NASCAR’s top series.


NASCAR teams to gain real-race data in Next Gen car at Phoenix before November’s championship

AVONDALE – NASCAR makes its first stop at Phoenix Raceway this year. Teams and drivers have become increasingly comfortable with the new Next Gen car, but this weekend is significant with the challenge of Phoenix’s dogleg looming.


NHRA’s return to Wild Horse Pass concludes with end of Torrence family Arizona winning streak

CHANDLER – The NHRA missed coming to Arizona, as last year’s Arizona Nationals was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. Steve Torrence missed the desert more than most with a winning pedigree.


Glendale’s Michael McDowell hopes to defend Daytona 500 championship with new team

PHOENIX – Glendale native Michael McDowell kicks off the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season with a chance to defend his Daytona 500 championship. He will have an entirely new team around him.


Dishing the dirt: Unique layouts, surfaces challenge Supercross drivers’ event preparations

GLENDALE - The Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship presents unique tracks and dirt every single race. Drivers must prepare quickly and smartly on-site while also taking advantage of track maps.


Not just for seniors: Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Phelps help spread pickleball fever

PHOENIX – Michael Phelps and Larry Fitzgerald competed with professional pickleball athletes in a special pro-am event on Friday as the sport continues to grow and receive more exposure.