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Band of brothers: ASU hockey’s Demetrios Koumontzis draws competitive spirit from siblings

TEMPE – Forward Demetrios Koumontzis, who is in his fifth season with the ASU hockey team, developed a competitive streak early while growing up as the second youngest of six brothers. His family made several moves just to help the boys develop their hockey skills.

The six Koumontzis brothers share a close bond through their early hockey roots. ASU men's ice hockey standout Demetrios Koumontzis, second from the right, has put his competitive streak on display in his final season. (Photo courtesy of Angela Koumontzis)

At 17, Kylan Boswell already turning heads for the Arizona Wildcats men’s basketball team

TUCSON – Arizona Wildcats guard Kylan Boswell, who was a five-star recruit from AZ Compass Prep, reclassified to play for the Wildcats a year early. Now, after recovering from a foot injury, the 17-year-old has seen early playing time after one of Arizona’s guards was suspended for the first three games.

Caption: Former AZ Compass Prep guard Kylan Boswell reclassified in the summer to enter college early and play for the Arizona Wildcats this season. He's averaging 21 minutes per game through the first three games. (Photo courtesy of Arizona Athletics)

Welcome mat: ASU wrestling set for Mullett Arena debut in home opener

TEMPE – The ASU Sun Devils wrestling team will face off against No. 3 ranked Missouri Tigers at the newly built Mullett Arena in the program’s next step toward building a national powerhouse.

ASU wrestling coach Zeke Jones believes his team's two home matches scheduled this season at Mullett Arena will help elevate the program to the next level. (Courtesy of Sun Devil Athletics Media Relations)

‘Coach’s dream’: Ohio State commit Dylan Raiola shows jaw-dropping skill as Chandler quarterback

PHOENIX – Dylan Raiola, an Ohio State quarterback commit and the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2024 class, has led Chandler to an undefeated record. The junior has drawn comparisons to Patrick Mahomes for his unique play style and talented arm.

Chandler junior quarterback Dylan Raiola hands off to running back Ca’lil Valentine at a recent practice. Raiola, who is committed to Ohio State, leads the 7-0 Wolves against Basha (6-1) Friday. (Photo by Cole Topham/Cronkite News)

Civilian oversight of police is popular, but does it work? A ‘million dollar question’

Civilian oversight agencies tout themselves as a way to improve police-community relations. We look at three different approaches – plus, what works and what doesn’t.


Promising future, storied past of Arizona hoops on display at Red-Blue Game

TUCSON – The Arizona Wildcats played host to their annual Red-Blue game on alumni weekend, with several former players in attendance. After losing many key players from last season, fans got a chance to see the new-look team for the first time.


An Olympian, a burrito, a failed drug test: Former ASU runner Shelby Houlihan looks to rebound after doping ban

PORTLAND, Ore. – Inside the journey of U.S. Olympic distance runner Shelby Houlihan, who received a four-year doping ban but believes the positive drug test was triggered by a meal from a food truck.

Houlihan was on top of the world after winning the 1,500 meters during the IAAF Diamond League meet Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 5, 2018. (Photo by Alain Grosclaude/AFP)

Since 1980, Horizon volleyball coach McKenzie has thrived in evolving sports landscape

PHOENIX – Since Ronald Reagan was president, Valorie McKenzie has been the coach of Horizon High School’s volleyball team. She has seen the high school landscape change with Title IX, college recruitment and the spread of club volleyball.


Recent ASU transfer Lukas Sillinger plays with top 2022 draft picks at LA Kings development camp

LOS ANGELES – Lukas Sillinger plays with top draft picks, NHL experienced players and borrowed gear at LA Kings development camp ahead of joining Arizona State this fall.


Title IX at 50: As opportunities evolved for female athletes, so did ASU

TEMPE – As Title IX turns 50, women involved in the early years of athletics at Arizona State reflect on the era.


Landlords asked to help solve homelessness through new Maricopa County initiative

PHOENIX – Threshold is a centralized network of resources to support property managers so they can provide more people with affordable housing. Operated by HOM Inc., an Arizona company working with nonprofits in the state to combat homelessness, the service is funded by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which is using federal COVID-19 relief funds and general funds.


Unregulated groundwater use threatens rural Arizona’s future

KINGMAN – Arizona doesn’t regulate groundwater use in rural areas, which covers 80% of the state, and it’s affecting Kingman and other communities reliant on groundwater.