Susan Wong
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Sports Visual Journalist, Phoenix

Susan Wong expects to graduate in May 2023 with a master’s degree in mass communication. Wong, who earned a bachelor’s in sports journalism in May 2022, is a digital media intern with Sun Devil Athletics.

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Golf’s growth across Valley spurs $6 billion economic boost while staying environmentally friendly

PHOENIX – A report from Rounds Consulting Group and the Arizona Alliance of Golf have found that the golf industry in Arizona contributes more than $6 billion to the economy.

Only 2% of Arizona’s daily water usage goes toward golf course irrigation for over 370 locations throughout the state. “The reason the daily usage is going down is that a lot of golf courses are using reclaimed water,” said Luis Cordova, the Vice President and COO of Rounds Consulting Group. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

ASU football prospects Xazavian Valladay, Kyle Soelle turn heads at annual Pro Day

TEMPE – NFL scouts from across the league came to Tempe to evaluate the Sun Devils who declared for the 2023 NFL Draft. With only one invite from ASU at the NFL Scouting Combine, prospects such as Kyle Soelle and Xazavian Valladay showcased their skills at ASU’s Dickey Dome.

Former Arizona State running back Xazavian Valladay, who led the Pac-12 in rushing touchdowns last season (16), clocked a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash Monday at ASU Pro Day. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Wildcats letdown: UCLA knocks Arizona out of Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament

LAS VEGAS - After a competitive first half between the fourth-seeded University of Arizona and fifth-seeded UCLA, the Bruins pulled away in the second half to beat the Wildcats 73-59 in the quarterfinal of the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament.

ASU’s resilience in Pac-12 women’s tournament exemplifies response from season-long adversity

LAS VEGAS – Though Arizona State was knocked out of the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament in the first round Wednesday, the team displayed the resilience it had all season long.

George ‘The Sodfather’ Toma sheds light on Super Bowl 57 field issues

GLENDALE – Weeks following the confetti raining down on the Super Bowl 57 champions Kansas City Chiefs, the answer to what caused poor field conditions remained at large. The man who has worked on all 57 Super Bowl fields, ‘The Sodather’ George Toma, stepped out of the shadows to spill on what caused the slippery playing surface.

The State Farm Stadium field for Super Bowl 57 caused slick conditions for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles and forced players to change their cleats mid-game. (Photo by Susan Wong/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)

Photos: Arizona Super Bowl events include music, parties, experiences, more

PHOENIX – Cronkite News photographers are capturing Super Bowl events, from the Super Bowl LVII Experience to Super Bowl LVII Music Fest and more.

Confetti canons blast as Imagine Dragons performs during the Super Bowl LVII Music Fest at Footprint Center Feb. 11, 2023, in Phoenix. (Photo by Drake Presto/Cronkite News)

Touch down! Eagles, Chiefs land in Phoenix for Super Bowl 2023

PHOENIX – The much anticipated Super Bowl 2023 between Philadelphia and Kansas City became more real Sunday afternoon when both teams arrived in Phoenix.

Left: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, is seen wearing a Louis Vuitton hoodie and a pair of sunglasses. Right: The Eagles arrived in Phoenix sporting matching team-issued sweatsuits. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Field of work: State Farm Stadium undergoes final preparations for Super Bowl Sunday

GLENDALE – With the Super Bowl just weeks away, the preparation for the playing surface is in full swing as the grounds crew works around the clock to ensure that the field will look good to the eyes and keep players healthy.

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs will meet on a playing field made of locally grown, natural grass at State Farm Stadium. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Battle for No. 1: ASU men’s basketball hosts No. 5 UCLA for Pac-12 supremacy

TEMPE – The Sun Devils have an opportunity to take first place in the PAC-12 on Thursday against UCLA. However, the red-hot Bruins continue to run the PAC-12 and enter the contest riding a 13-game winning streak.

Players on the Arizona State men’s basketball team believe they are a more cohesive unit this season. They star in a high-profile meeting with No. 5 UCLA tonight at Desert Financial Arena. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

GCU among universities offering scholarships to build successful esports programs

PHOENIX – As Esports scholarships become more common, Grand Canyon University tries to stay ahead of the game.

The GCU Esports Arena is often filled with students and is an attractive recruiting tool. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Lack of players forces ASU women’s basketball team to forfeit 2 Pac-12 games

PHOENIX – Arizona State announced Wednesday that the ASU women’s basketball games against Colorado and Utah had been canceled due to student-athlete availability. The games will not be made up, and will not affect the overall records of the schools.

The 2022-23 season has been a challenging one for ASU women’s basketball coach Natasha Adair and her staff. The team has to forfeit two Pac-12 games this weekend because of injuries and health issues. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

As drama, finger-pointing unfolds in Qatar, Arizona soccer fans watch World Cup from afar

PHOENIX – From human rights controversies to corruption scandals, the host of the World Cup, Qatar, has been endlessly scrutinized. It did not keep Arizona soccer fans from watching the competition at area bars and restaurants.

Natasha Adair brings passion, spark to ASU women’s basketball team

TEMPE – Natasha Adair takes over for longtime ASU women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne and hopes her former success at previous stops translates to returning the program to prominence.

ASU women's basketball coach Natasha Adair was all smiles after the Sun Devils beat Northern Arizona, 69-68, in Monday's season opener. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Kari Lake dares NFL to ‘play chicken’ over 2023 Super Bowl location

PHOENIX – Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake said she will not back down over her proposed border control measures if the NFL threatens to remove the Super Bowl – something the league did before in 1990.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy will be presented to the winner of Super Bowl 57 on Feb. 12, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona, but the location could be subject to change based on the fallout from the state's governor's race. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Pac-12 flexes muscle, lands 5 teams in initial College Football Playoff rankings

PHOENIX – As the Pac-12 looks to get its first team in the College Football Playoff since 2017, Oregon, USC and UCLA vy for a spot but will need help.

No. 9 USC is one of five Pac-12 teams to land in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, with Oregon highest at No. 8. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Equipped to handle doubters, quarterback Emory Jones remains determined to lead ASU

TEMPE – Emory Jones is accustomed to doubters. Despite a quarterback controversy, he remains determined to lead Arizona State, which takes on Colorado Saturday.

Brace yourselves: Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announces Super Bowl 57 events

TEMPE – The NFL and Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced a list of events that will lead to the 2023 Super Bowl. These events will take place in Phoenix, Glendale, Tempe, Scottsdale and Mesa, and each event will highlight what the cities have to offer.

Jay Parry, the CEO and president of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, said events leading up to the Super Bowl will be spread throughout the Valley. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

ASU soccer’s Nicole Douglas is one for the record books

TEMPE — Nicole Douglas figures to remain atop ASU soccer’s all-time scoring list for a long time to come, but there are other aspects of her game that coach Graham Winkworth believes are too often overlooked.

Although Arizona State forward Nicole Douglas became the school’s all-time leader in goals earlier this season, her game is about a lot more than scoring, coach Graham Winkworth said. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Practices ‘like war’ as Sun Devils prepare for men’s basketball season

TEMPE - Competitive intensity was the theme at the first media availability for Arizona State’s men’s basketball team pm Oct. 12. Coach Bobby Hurley and point guard Frankie Collins described early practices “like war” as the Sun Devils have already begun to bond despite a lot of new faces.

Home improvement: After decades at Oceanside Ice Arena, ASU men’s ice hockey set to break in Mullett Arena

TEMPE – Arizona State hockey will play in Mullett Arena for the first time this season Friday. The facility has the potential to elevate the program to the top of college hockey.

The ASU men's ice hockey team will play its home opener Friday in the new Mullett Arena, a 5,000-seat rink that features a host of upgrades compared to Oceanside Ice Arena. (Photo by Susan Wong/Cronkite News)

Talk of Robert Sarver, Jae Crowder define unusual Suns Media Day

PHOENIX – From Robert Sarver to Jae Crowder, many questions at Phoenix Suns Media Day involved people who weren’t there. Coach Monty Williams general James Jones said he they are ready to look forward.

‘Back to business’: Shaun Aguano, ASU forge ahead without Herm Edwards

PHOENIX – Following a 30-21 loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday night, Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson reached a mutual decision to part ways with coach Herm Edwards. The following afternoon, Anderson named running backs coach Shaun Aguano as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Cha-ching! Arizona’s first year of legalized sports betting cashes in on surprising success

PHOENIX – Friday marks the one-year anniversary of legalized sports betting in Arizona. Many observers say the state has exceeded expectations.

Florida transfer Emory Jones prepares for debut as ASU quarterback

TEMPE – After Jayden Daniels transferred to LSU, ASU was in search of a quarterback. They found Emory Jones, a transfer from the University of Florida who has similar attributes to Daniels.

‘It’s gotta be the shoes’: Why are Scottsdale nightclubs prohibiting retro sneakers?

SCOTTSDALE – Young adults increasingly are being turned away from Scottsdale nightclubs because of their retro sneakers, such as Jordans and Air Force 1s, raising questions about what determines the selectivity.

Change of course: Modernization, COVID-19 pandemic help revitalize golf

MESA – Since COVID-19, golf has experienced a boom in popularity. Sales are up, more people are playing and the sport is growing at the professional level.

Losing contact: Instead, girls flag football emerging in Arizona, across U.S.

PHOENIX – Spreading the word through social media and word of mouth, Mountain Pointe High School is joining schools within the Chandler Unified School District to start girls flag football programs. The sport’s popularity is growing around the country.

Texas Tech’s all-time winningest softball coach now turning around GCU’s program

PHOENIX – Shanon Hays, the winningest coach in softball history at Texas Tech, is now turning around Grand Canyon’s program. The Lopes, who were 19-30 in 2021, are first in the WAC West.

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.

Freshman Ralford Mullings adds to legacy of ASU’s track and field throwers

Olympic gold medalists and NCAA champions met recently for a star-studded invitational at Sun Angels Stadium, but it was Arizona State freshman Ralford Mullings who turned heads after his record-setting performance in the men's discus.

Arizona sportsbooks expecting large crowds, revenue for first March Madness betting cycle

PHOENIX – This is Arizona's first March Madness with legal sports betting. Sportsbooks across the state are expecting large crowds and revenue during both the men’s and women’s NCAA championship tournaments.

Arizona’s run in Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament ends abruptly after loss to Colorado

LAS VEGAS – The Arizona women's basketball team had high hopes heading into the Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament but Colorado quickly ended the Wildcats' run in Sin City.

ASU women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne steps down after 25-season run

TEMPE – Arizona State women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne announced at a press conference today that she will step down from her role after 25 seasons with the program.

What happens in Vegas … isn’t always good: ASU women fall to Oregon State in Pac-12 Tournament

LAS VEGAS – Despite a late comeback, the Arizona State women's basketball team fell to Oregon State in the Pac-12 Tournament and saw its season end.

Fresh sand in the desert: Arizona State debuts beach volleyball facility

TEMPE – The Arizona State beach volleyball team’s new on-campus courts opened two weeks ago. The team has been playing at an off-campus country club since the team’s inception in 2014.

Wyoming made: GCU’s Carter Young achieved DI status without high school baseball

PHOENIX – Wyoming is one of only two states that doesn’t sanction baseball as a high school sport. Grand Canyon pitcher Carter Young still managed to play DI baseball by traveling and competing around the country.

Play ball? Not yet, as battle for MLB season carries on after spring training delayed

PHOENIX — Pitchers and catchers were supposed to report this week. But due to no new CBA, spring training in Arizona will have to wait a little longer.

WM Phoenix Open shows its 2022 hand, and it’s a pair of aces

SCOTTSDALE – Holes-in-one by Sam Ryder and Carlos Ortiz at the 16th hole headline a wild WM Phoenix Open weekend. The atmosphere was a stark contrast to 2021, when COVID-19 restrictions limited how many fans could attend.

‘The sport needs it’: Fans, golfers embrace return to normalcy during Phoenix Open’s first round

SCOTTSDALE – Fans flocked to the WM Phoenix Open Thursday for the first round of the popular tournament at TPC Scottsdale. With all pandemic restrictions lifted, players and fans said they were thrilled to see the return to normalcy.

It’s official: Coyotes announce move to ASU’s multipurpose arena, addition of locker complex

PHOENIX — Following ABOR’s approval to build a new locker complex, the Arizona Coyotes announced the franchise will move to ASU’s multipurpose arena for the next three seasons with an option for a fourth.

Super Bowl LVI gambling could surpass $100 million in Arizona, experts predict

PHOENIX – Arizona will affect this year’s Super Bowl gambling landscape, sports betting analysts believe, and it could be significant next year when the big game comes to Glendale.