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The Press Democrat's All-Empire Girls Wrestler of the Year, Casa Grande senior Erika Mihalca (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls wrestling: Sacrifice pays off for Mihalca

Casa Grande senior doesn’t mind swapping social activities for mat stardom. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Santa Rosa Twilight Invitational starts this weekend

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande’s Erika Mihalca takes fourth at national wrestling tournament

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports in the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Wrestlers shake off jitters at CIF wrestling championships

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Erika Mihalca flips teammate Seamus Lanhan during 
wrestling practice at the National Guard Armory in Petaluma on Feb. 26, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

CIF girls wrestling: Casa’s Mihalca has made winning a tradition

Before Casa Grande's Erika Mihalca was an NCS wrestling champ, she was a judo medalist. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's P.J. Klee wrestles with a coach during practice. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

NCS wrestling: Newman’s Klee takes aim at championship

At least 126 local athletes will be taking the mat at the North Coast Section boys wrestling championships Friday and Saturday Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Seeding rules wreaking havoc on Empire teams

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: St. Vincent baseball coach climbing up victories rankings

A behind-the-scenes looks at sports around the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: NFL players to visit Windsor Middle School

A behind-the-scenes-look at Empire sports. Read Article →

Small School Bridge League all-league boys soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Empire athletes to sign letters of intent

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports across the Empire. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Chloe Colbert. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small-school girls soccer: Chloe Colbert put Sonoma Academy on top

Colbert scored big goals in Sonoma Academy's run to a section title. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Cardinal Newman wins 1,000th boys basketball game

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports around the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Rancho Cotate boys moving on without stars

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Middletown’s Hannah Diaz signs to play soccer at Saint Mary’s College

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire sports. Read Article →
Bob Padecky.

Padecky: Sports writing career reaches the finish line

Grateful for 26 years of meeting unsung heroes and leaving without sadness. Read Article →
Mendocino football player Reed Carter and his dad, Mike, sit on a bluff in the Mendocino Headlands where they spread the ashes of Reed’s late mother. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Mendocino’s Reed Carter doesn’t let tragedy hold him back

The trials and challenges Reed Carter endured would have ruined a weaker person, but he chose to rise above it and live a life of purpose. Read Article →
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Padecky: El Molino’s Valerie LaForge ready for the next challenge

The Lions standout signed a letter of intent for a soccer scholarship at St. Mary's College in Moraga. She's planning on graduating early so she can start college in the spring. Read Article →
The last Egg Bowl, held in 2011, was marred by penalties on both sides of the ball.
CRISTA JEREMAISON / The Press Democrat, 2011

Padecky: It’s time to bring the Egg Bowl back

By BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT PETALUMA — In trying to understand why Petaluma and Casa Grande should be playing each other again in high school football, let’s make sure ... Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande offensive lineman relishes touchdown

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

Padecky: A painful conclusion to Casa’s pursuit of perfection

The Gauchos went toe to toe with Miramonte, but couldn't muster enough plays to beat the Matadors in the NCS Division 2 championship game. Read Article →
Miramonte High football coach Jack Schram directs his team during practice, in Orinda on Tuesday. Miramonte faces Casa Grande in the NCS Division 2 Championship game on Saturday. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Casa Grande faces Miramonte’s scoring machine

Offensive fireworks likely Saturday as Matadors can light up the scoreboard. Read Article →

Padecky: Gauchos dug deep to dominate second half vs. Montgomery

The Gauchos entered halftime in their NCS semifinal game clinging to a one-point lead. Read Article →

Analy football: Tigers carry hometown’s cheers to end

"I couldn’t trade (our) fans for NFL fans," said Analy senior Jake Chidester Read Article →

Padecky: Doling out lessons, and scholarships, 63 years later

By BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT As Dave Devoto spoke, as his speech quickened, as the frown went to a smile, time and place didn’t matter. It was a football story, a really ... Read Article →
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Padecky: Montgomery’s Franci far from forgotten

Jason Franci didn’t ask for any of it, as he settled into the Montgomery stands. Read Article →
RJ Flores was thrown into the mix due to an injury against Casa Grande in late September. He's been the Vikings' starting quarterback ever since. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Montgomery’s in a no-lose situation this Saturday

The Vikings have come a long way from the team that lost to Casa Grande on Sept. 27. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande’s Lawson hosting team breakfast on Saturday

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
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Bob Padecky: Man, what a player that Ja’Narrick James is

The Tigers running back battled through cramps to help lead Analy over Cardinal Newman in Friday's NCS quarterfinal matchup. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Gauchos reaping dividends of O-line musical chairs

Casa Grande had to shuffle offensive linemen earlier in the season to offset losses from injuries and it's worked well for the team. Read Article →