The St. Helena High School football team take the field during practice at St. Helena High School, Thursday, Sept.  25, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCL I: Small league,
 but big action

NCL I looks highly improved in 2014 — and competitive — with three 3-0 teams. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo preseason football practice

Friday’s high school football previews

Here's a look at Friday's slate of high school football games. Read Article →
Windsor vs Cardinal Newman Soccer

Windsor keeps pressure on in girls soccer win

Windsor defeated Cardinal Newman, 1-0, in NBL match Wednesday. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Megan Sullivan, right, kicks the ball away as Montgomery's April Gomez, pressures her during the game at Maria Carrillo High School on Monday.(Press Democrat photo / Crista Jeremiason)

Benefield: Carrillo shuts out Montgomery in 4-0 win

If possession is nine-tenths of the law, Pumas wore the big star badges Monday. Read Article →
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Bear Cub softballers roll into Super Regionals

The Bear Cubs stamped their ticket Sunday by defeating San Jose City College, 5-1. Read Article →
Casa Grande right fielder Taylor Gomez barely misses a diving catch in the second on Wednesday against Santa Rosa. The Panthers defeated the Gauchos in extra innings, 4-3. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

NBL baseball: Santa Rosa edges out Casa Grande in extra innings

Santa Rosa improved to 7-14 overall and 3-8 in the NBL Wednesday. Read Article →
Montgomery’s No. 1 boys badminton player Dylan Freitas hits a return against Santa Rosa’s Liam Galbraith. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery pulls off badminton upset

Vikings rallied to knock off unbeaten Santa Rosa Wednesday. Read Article →

Empire football programs to host youth camps

Piner hosts the first flag football camp on Sunday. St. Vincent is the site for the next camp, on March 23. Read Article →
In this file photo, St. Vincent's Derek Murphy jumps out of a tackle during a game against Calistoga on Nov. 9.
Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat

Saturday’s prep football capsules

A look at Saturday's NCS playoff games involving Redwood Empire teams. Read Article →
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Big Sky soccer honor for Montgomery standout

Alyssa Anderson top scorer for Sacramento State Read Article →
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SSU men’s soccer picked to reach postseason with Empire prep standouts leading way

Sonoma State projected to win CCAA North Division, make conference tournament Read Article →
Petaluma junior Riley Scott earned a spot on the U.S. team at the world junior swimming championships in Dubai.

Petaluma High’s Scott makes USA Swimming team for world junior championships

Breakthrough swims at U.S. Open Championships put Scott at top of nation’s juniors in 200 breaststroke Read Article →
SSU pitcher Harmen Sidhu won the award for being the top Div. II player this season. (Photo: Courtesy of Sonoma State University)

PADECKY: SSU pitcher Sidhu wins Martinez award as top Division II player

“Hi, Harmen. This is Tino Martinez. Give me a call.” Read Article →
The Elsie Allen varsity baseball team fields only 10 players, but they have finally found some success this year. The junior varsity join the varsity so they have enough players for a practice scrimmage. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Lobos trying to round the bag

Despite roster of just 10 players, Elsie Allen more competitive than ever Read Article →
The Gauchos' Dominic Garihan pitched a shutout against Montgomery  at Casa Grande on Wednesday.
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Casa strengthens grip on NBL lead

Casa Grande has made a habit of winning one-run games this season, and Wednesday’s victim was Montgomery. When the final out was recorded and the Gauchos had the 1-0 victory, it marked the 11th time they’ve won a game by a single run. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Andrea Natoli, left, Casa Grande's Saskia Van
Ommeren-Egberts, center, and Santa Rosa's Delaney White run the second lap of the 1600 during a meet at Carrillo on Wednesday. White finished first followed by Ommeren-Egberts and Natoli. 
Credit: Crista Jeremiason / Press Democrat

Young distance runners growing up fast

There is a changing of the guard underway in girls’ long-distance track in the North Bay League. Freshman Delaney White of Santa Rosa, sophomore Andrea Natoli of Maria Carrillo and freshman Saskia Van Ommeren-Egberts of Casa Grande displayed their formidable abilities competing head-to-head on Wednesday. Read Article →
Sonoma State Scott Harkin, a Casa Grande graduate.
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SSU baseball entering crucial stretch

Poised for another playoff run, Sonoma State is playing as predicted yet hungry to meet high expectations heading into the baseball season’s final stretch. Read Article →

Local talent has Bear Cubs rolling

Unselfishness and toughness are the mantra to live by for the Santa Rosa Junior College baseball team and it has paid off so far this season as the Bear Cubs are 20-2-1 overall and 11-1 in the Big 8 Conference. Read Article →
Ryan Hall, now at the University of South Florida, was a North Bay League champ at Elsie Allen.

Padecky: Former Elsie wrestler’s dedication puts him on top in college

By BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Ryan Hall understood a long time ago that success doesn’t arrive at the door with the daily mail, or conveniently contained in a UPS box, ready to be opened and acquired with the ease of scissors cutting packaging tape. The 2010 Elsie Allen graduate didn’t become a highly ranked […] Read Article →
After a last-minute escape, SRJC’s Andres Torres, right, beat Palomar’s Edwards Estevez 10-9 in the CCCAA state wrestling finals Saturday in Lemoore. (Photo by JOHN SACHS / For The Press Democrat)

SRJC’s Torres wins 125-pound state wrestling title

After a last-minute escape, SRJC’s Andres Torres, right, beat Palomar’s Edwards Estevez 10-9 in the CCCAA state wrestling finals Saturday in Lemoore. (Photo by JOHN SACHS / For The Press Democrat) By ERIC WITTMERSHAUS THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Thanks to a last-second escape, Santa Rosa JC 125-pounder Andres Torres won a gold medal Saturday at the […] Read Article →
ardinal Newman's Kenny Love drives past St. Mary's Aren Ulmer during the boys basketball game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Rose City Tournament: Cardinals top St. Mary’s

By PETER FOURNIER FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Kenny Love returned to the Cardinal Newman High boys basketball lineup Tuesday in a game at Analy after being out with an ankle injury. Fast-forward to Saturday night, and the after-effects of that injury seem to have disappeared. Love led the Cardinals with 21 and was named a […] Read Article →
SRJC’s Andres Torres, top, defeated Silverio Esparza of West Hills College on Saturday to reach the state gold medal match. (Photo by JOHN SACHS / For The Press Democrat)

PADECKY: No bragging rights for state wrestling champ

BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT You pick, Andres. You just won the state wrestling championship in your weight class. You get to choose. Where do you want to eat? That’s what the SRJC wrestling coaches asked Andres Torres Saturday night. Granted, it was late at night and the SRJC team was traveling through the San […] Read Article →
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SRJC Men’s Soccer Set For Season, Team Loaded With Former Empire Prep Players

Last season, Santa Rosa won its fourth consecutive Big 8 Conference title and reached the state quarterfinals. Read Article →
SSU volleyball trio

Empire Prep Volleyball Standouts Lead Sonoma State In Bid For Strong Season

Sonoma State was picked third in the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason vote of conference coaches. The Seawolves seek a fourth consecutive NCAA Division II playoff berth. Read Article →
Maya DiRado, a Maria Carrillo grad now at Stanford, will compete at this week's World University Games in China. Photo courtesy of Stanford University

DiRado emerging as Olympic hopeful

Not satisfied with merely competing at major meets, Maya DiRado is swimming well enough to contend for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Read Article →
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SSU Men’s Soccer Nationally Ranked, Led By Empire Prep Greats

Led by returning top scorers and former Empire prep standouts Trevor Hurst (Piner High) and Taylor Varnadore (Analy High), the Seawolves are ranked No. 21 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II Preseason Top 25 poll. Read Article →
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All-State Honors For Empire Diamond Stars

Pitcher Jason Alexander was named to the MaxPreps California All-State Medium Schools Team. Making the California All-State Small Schools Team was St. Vincent shortstop K.C. Pedersen. In softball, Calistoga pitcher-first baseman Nicole Taylor was named to the California All-State Small Schools Team. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman pitcher Jason Alexander

All-Empire large school baseball

As a senior, Cardinal Newman’s Jason Alexander became more of a complete pitcher. As a result, the right-hander also became the Empire’s Large School Baseball Player of the Year. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball

Combine Nicole Taylor the pitcher with Nicole Taylor the slugging first baseman and you have one of the NCL’s most impressive players in years — and a big reason Calistoga made it to the NCS Division 5 semifinals. Read Article →
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Santa Rosa grad Copeland headed to Southern Oregon

Santa Rosa’s march to the California junior college championship was anchored by low post stalwarts Krysten Copeland and Marie Sweet, helping both move on to play at four-year schools. Read Article →