Maria Carrillo quarterback Fhestus Chomba looks back to hand off the ball during varsity football practice at Maria Carrillo high school in Santa Rosa, on Aug. 20, 2015.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Prep football roundup: First-half damage enough for Maria Carrillo win

Maria Carrillo did all its scoring in the first half. Read Article →
Analy's Osiris Zamora (7), left, escapes a tackle by Casa Grande's Nic Petri (16) during a varsity football game between Analy and Casa Grande high schools in Santa Rosa on Aug.28, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Redwood Empire football the best kinds of ‘What Ifs’

Before the season starts, everyone is perfect, every slate is clean. Read Article →
Analy's Schuyler Van Weele (6) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Jack Newman(12) during a game between Analy and Casa Grande high schools in Santa Rosa on Aug. 28, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Analy trounces Casa Grande 48-29 in opener

The season opener had something for all the coaches to complain about. Read Article →
Windsor's Mitchell Bruning slips past Petaluma's Brenden White during their game in Petaluma Friday, August 28, 2015.   (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)

Windsor wears out Petaluma, 21-9

Windsor’s David Escarcega rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Max Brown ran in a third. Read Article →
Montgomery receiver Pascal Camarillo tries to stay inbounds for a touchdown during a scrimmage against Petaluma high school in Petaluma on August 21, 2015.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Inexperienced Vikings get overrun 54-21 by Napa in opener

The Napa Indians football team ran for 431 total yards and trounced the home Montgomery Vikings 54-21, Friday night in Santa Rosa. Read Article →

NBL, SCL football roundup: Cardinal Newman TD kick-starts 62-19 rout of Del Norte

Cardinal Newman’s Damian Wallace set the tone for the game by returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy runners (front row, from right) Rylee Bowen, Caleb Richards and McKenna Sell lead the way during a Sonoma Academy cross-country team workout at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Cross-country: Veteran runners to lead way

Empire spotlight will fall on veterans who have dominated before. Read Article →
Schuyler Van Weele and his teammates take a a break during Analy's practice, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Prep football: Intriguing matchups ahead

Man the switches. Friday night lights are back. Read Article →
Manny Lopes was a member of the 1989 Petaluma High football team that went 11-1 even though it played without a home field. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Road worries? History indicates playing without a 
home field can become a positive thing

As prep football season kicks off in the North Bay, three Sonoma County schools will essentially be homeless. Read Article →
Windsor's Alex Tancreto lines up during drills, in Windsor, on Monday, August 24, 2015.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Previews: New roles to fill for Windsor Jaguars

Seven all-league performers return for team led by veteran coach Tom Kirkpatrick. Read Article →
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PD Preps Insider: Netherda makes Cal football roster

A preferred walk-on heading into summer workouts at Cal Berkeley, Maria Carrillo grad Alex Netherda is now on the squad wearing No. 38. Read Article →
St. Helena's Jahavier Otero, left, delivers a blow to Bradly Beh that caused a fumble in a game against NCL I rival Middletown. Otero is being counted on by the Saints this season to lead a repeat of the team's 2014 success. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: NCL I highly competitive at the top

Past three champs — Fort Bragg, St. Helena and Middletown — figure to battle for top spot Read Article →
Anderson Valley senior Cesar Soto, one of the most dynamic players in NCL III, led the Panthers to an undefeated season in 2014. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: 8-man football continues to grow

Tomales, Calistoga and Upper Lake have joined the existing 8-man teams of the NCL III this year, creating a 10-school league that is the largest in the region in terms of membership. Read Article →
Luke Wheless runs drills during practice at Petaluma High School. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Petaluma enters season with lofty aspirations

Senior quarterback Brendan White, a first-team all-league selection last year, will be the foundation upon which the Trojans will build a team that hopes to challenge Analy for league honors. Read Article →
Healdsburg football coach Todd Beth goes over a play with quarterback Levi Yeley during practice on Thursday. 
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Healdsburg seeks to forget 2014

Team wants to put last season in rear-view mirror. Read Article →
Elsie Allen quarterback Franki Suarez races to get around the corner at a practice scrimmage. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Elsie Allen working hard to put a new attitude into action

The first thing the Lobos hope to gain this season is respect. Read Article →
Luis Arriaga, 14. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Empire roundup: Soccer phenom Luis Arriaga, 14, leaves Santa Rosa

Arriaga has taken his soccer skills to Arizona, plus other Empire news and notes. Read Article →
Running back Josh Wright, following his blockers at a preseason practice, could benefit greatly from the Lions' shift to a double-win offense. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: El Molino determined to make the best of a small roster

The Lions have just 16 players on the roster. Read Article →
The Analy High School Tigers practice, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Home-field upgrades force Analy to hit the road all season

With core group gone, Tigers expect to spread ball around a lot more this season. Read Article →
Middletown junior Henry Webb at football practice while the Jerusalem fire produces smoke in the distance, on Monday, August 10, 2015.   (Kerry Benefield/ The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Middletown players come together while fires rage

Football season a welcome relief for Mustangs as Lake County continues to burn. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School football player Nico D'Amato runs through drills during the first official day of preseason football practice. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Promise of August: Football teams kick off preseason practices

Monday was the first day of allowable mandatory football practice. Read Article →
Matt Mokski raises his arms in triumph after sinking a long putt to birdie the eighth hole, while Brendan Frazier looks on, at the Bennett Valley Golf Club in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2015. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma teen with special needs finds his focus on golf course

Matt Mokski has to work a little harder than most young athletes to stay focused. Read Article →
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Empire roundup: Gonzalez, Ziemer named to All-American team

Incoming seniors selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-American Fall girls soccer team. Read Article →
In this photo taken Friday, May 17, 2009, tiny bits of ground up tires used as filler between blades of artificial grass are displayed on a field made of synthetic turf at a playfield in a north Seattle neighborhood. Some health experts, activists and parents are worried that children may be exposed to chemicals by inhaling or swallowing the rubber granules. The same debate is happening now over Casa Grande's new football field, which is scheduled for installation this fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Casa Grande parents worry about rubber turf pellets

No changes appear in store for a new synthetic-turf planned for Casa Grande. Read Article →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School, in Petaluma on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande field meeting on Wednesday night

Petaluma City Schools board to hear public input on artificial turf plan. Read Article →
Casa Grande’s Justin Bruihl had Tommy John surgery during his junior season and spent 15 months in rehab before returning to the mound. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Bob Padecky: Casa Grande pitcher’s journey offers perspective

An injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery and 15 long months of rehab taught Bruihl to use caution in pursuing his baseball career. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza, right, wrestles against Monica Mason of New York at USA Wrestling's Junior Women's Dual Team Finals on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. (JOHN SACHS / Tech-Fall)

Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza grapples with top talent

Incoming senior makes it to title match at national event. Read Article →
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Petaluma softball star Joelle Krist
 on MaxPreps all-state team

A number of local athletes have earned statewide honors for their play this spring. Read Article →
Piner’s varsity team takes the field before a 2013 game. Piner is the only school in the North Bay and Sonoma County leagues without lights on its field.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat file)

Piner parents revive push for football lights

High school is only one in Santa Rosa district without lighted field. Read Article →

Andrews, Gabbert named to all-state baseball team

Maria Carrillo, Petaluma grads named to Medium Schools All-State Baseball Team. Read Article →