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The Gauchos offensive line returns five starters this season: from left, Greg Poteracke, Peter Parrick, Julian Lopez, Brendan Jackson and Tanner Shimek. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande football lays it all on the line

Gauchos expect its massive offensive line to be key to success this season. Read Article →
Jaguars running back Hunter Hanson carries the ball during practice Monday at Windsor High School. (Crista Jeremiaon / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Jaguars ready to roar

Windsor returns eight starters and expects a boost from an influx of new talent. Read Article →
Ukiah running back Will King, center, prepares to run a route during practice Aug. 20 in Ukiah. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Ukiah ready to turn heads

Coming off a rebuilding season, Ukiah is ready to take off. Read Article →

Empire football teams change divisions

Most noteworthy switches belong to Rancho Cotate, 
Ukiah and St. Helena Read Article →
Tight end Devonte Manning catches a ball during Santa Rosa High School football practice, Tuesday, August 19, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Santa Rosa Panthers believe ‘this is the year’

Panthers have veterans to bounce back from injury riddled 2013 campaign. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate quarterback Gunner Mefferd looks to throw during practice in Rohnert Park on Friday, August 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Rancho Cotate Cougars count on playmakers

This season, the Cougars may be the team to beat in the NBL. Read Article →
Montgomery coach Marcelo Bautista, right, goes over a tackling drill with his players during practice on Monday (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Vikings ready to take the next step

Montgomery is ready to prove that 2013's campaign was no fluke. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman sophomore Jordon Brookshire will lead the Cardinals offense this season as the starting quarterback. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Cardinal Newman ready to climb back to the top

There's no shortage of varsity experience for the Cardinals this year. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Kyle Dunevent was the Dragons' leading receiver last season. He averaged more than 11 yards per catch last year and led the team in total receiving yards with 441.  (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Sonoma looks for its quarterback

Replacing Dan Deely is Step 1 as the Dragons seek to return to the playoffs in 2014. Read Article →

All-Empire baseball players earn state honors

Peter Hoge, Cole Brodnansky and George Sammon recognized for their exploits Read Article →
Quarterback Brendan White prepares to pass during Petaluma High School’s football practice on Thursday. He’ll work behind an offensive line that will be bigger than last year’s group.
(CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Boost in numbers should help Petaluma

Trojans see increase in roster size, including twice as many offensive linemen Read Article →

Empire athletes awarded NCS scholarships

The North Coast Section Foundation handed out $1,000 scholarships to nine Empire athletes who averaged a minimum 3.3 GPA and were involved in other activities. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Cardinal Newman signs up for early bowl game

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Washington State has landed Casa Grande senior kicker Matt Abramo, considered to have one of the strongest legs among this season’s recruiting class. He verbally committed to the Cougars in late July. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Demorat, 2013)

Padecky: Casa’s Abramo a great kicker, better person

The Gauchos' kicker would rather talk about his leukemia fundraising efforts. Read Article →
El Molino football players, just like athletes from every other school in the area, lift weights and do conditioning drills during the summer. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

Summer football: More intense offseason programs pay off when practices begin

Football season officially kicks off Aug. 11 but teams are already hitting the field. Read Article →
Wilmington University pitcher Stephanie Sarris, a Rancho Cotate graduate, delivers a pitch against Concordia College on April 12. (Alisa McKinney / Wilmington University Athletics)

Former Rancho softball standout battled back from adversity

After a line drive to the head, Stephanie Sarris came back in a big way. Read Article →

A look at Empire college softball stars

The Press Democrat checks in on six former Empire stars excelling at the college level Read Article →
Matt Nadolski led Campbell in four offensive categories in 2014. (photo by Will Bratton / Campbell University Athletics)

Former Casa star Nadolski bounced around until finding home at Campbell

Matt Nadolski finished 2014 season as Campbell’s top power hitter. Read Article →
Middletown graduate Jessie Flynn captured a North Coast Section Section title at 189 pounds this past season. (Photo by the Flynn family)

Middletown’s Flynn is a 2-sport winner

Jessie Flynn qualified for the state wrestling tournament this past season and also anchored the Mustangs' defense as the starting goalkeeper. Read Article →

C.J. Banaszek loses battle with leukemia

Petaluma youngster served as inspirational figure to Casa Grande football team Read Article →

All-State honors: Empire athletes earn accolades

Carrillo baseball's Hoge, Vaughn honored; Petaluma, St. Vincent softball also in spotlight Read Article →
Cardinal Newman graduate Keaton Dunsford will transfer to Princeton in 2015 after completing a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, a college-prep school in New Hampshire. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Former Newman QB Dunsford offered spot on Princeton football team

Keaton Dunsford will spent a year at an East Coast college-prep school before transferring to Princeton in 2015. Read Article →

Spring 2014 All-league teams

The complete all-league teams for baseball, softball, boys golf, boys tennis, and boys and girls badminton. Read Article →
Peter Hoge of  Maria Carrillo, the All-Empire Large School Baseball Player of the Year.  (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large School Baseball: Hoge stepped up his game

Maria Carrillo senior worked on becoming a pitcher for the Pumas. Read Article →
Clear Lake junior Cole Brodnansky (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Small School Baseball: Clear Lake’s Brodnansky a student of the game

The junior catcher helped Clear Lake capture the NCL I title and a playoff win. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo graduate Dante Hay (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Boys Track & Field: Pumas’ Dante Hay ends season on high note

The Maria Carrillo grad earned multiple first-place finishes. Read Article →
Zach Truskolaski lets an arrow fly as he practices his marksmanship at a friend's house in Penngrove on June 10.  Truskolaski and other members of the Sonoma State University Archery Club competed in the US Intercollegiate Archery Championship in Long Beach last month. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Seawolves archers taking aim

Sonoma State's archery club has made huge strides since its inception two-and-a-half years ago. Read Article →
Brittney Veler (CRISTA JEREMIASON/PD)

All-Empire large school softball: Pumas’ Brittney Veler is the ‘real deal’

The Maria Carrillo star does it all for the NBL champion. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball: Cloverdale’s Teanne Edens led with strong arm, booming bat

Pitcher threw 20 complete games to propel the Eagles to the tops of the Empire ranks. Read Article →

Montgomery High hall of fame honors

The induction dinner is set for Sept. 20 at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. Read Article →