Sonoma Valley's Delaney Swanson (26)  goes for a kill against Christian Brothers during Tuesday's CIF state volleyball first-round match at Sonoma Valley High School. (Photo by Charlie Gesell, for The Press Democrat)

CIF State Volleyball: Dragons maintain their momentum

Sonoma Valley advances to semifinal round of NorCal bracket. Read Article →
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CIF volleyball roundup: Pumas fall to top seed

Top-seeded Archbishop Mitty, the two-time defending champs, proved to be too much for No. 8 Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's goalie Claire Howard catches the ball during a game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s impressive goalie

Just as impressive as Puma girls' offense was play of goalkeeper Claire Howard. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Delaney Swanson, left, goes up to block against Analy's Abby Groth during the game held at Analy High School, Tuesday, October 21, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

CIF State Volleyball: Sonoma Valley’s next big chapter

Dragons host Christian Brothers in a playoff game Tuesday. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Casey Longaker tries to break free from Maria Carrillo's Blake Gleeson during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Casa Grande bests Maria Carrillo, 17-14

Two touchdowns in fourth quarter pushed Gauchos to the win. Read Article →
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NCS football roundup: Analy outduels Acalanes, 48-41

Analy advanceds to semifinal game of NCS Division 3 with victory. Read Article →
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NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Valley beats No. 1 team

Third-seeded Sonoma Valley pulled an upset Saturday to win the NCS Division 3 title. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Matt Salazar runs in a tight pack during the first mile of the North Coast Section Cross-Country Championships Division 2 race at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS cross-country championships: Casa Grande boys take title

Gauchos win first cross-country section title in school history. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs to an early lead at the start of the North Coast Section Cross Country Championships Division 5 race, at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Bowen won the race in 18:46. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS cross-country: Bowen wins NCS crown, takes team with her

Sonoma Academy freshman won the girls' Division 5 race by 10 seconds. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha tries to push past Las Lomas High School's Lincoln Kiragu during the game held at Las Lomas High School, Friday, November 21, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat

NCS Football Roundup: Rancho Cotate pulls off Division 3 stunner

Cougars upset Las Lomas 
behind Carlos Franco’s 175 yards,
three touchdown passes by Gunner Mefferd Read Article →
St. Helena quarterback Jack Preston tries to stay inbounds as he runs away from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Chris Stinchcomb during their game in Saint Helena on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS football playoffs: St. Helena marches past St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 30-18

QB Jack Preston made a mental move, and a physical one, to get his team back on the right track. Read Article →

North Bay League All-League Boys Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bailey Brown goes up for the ball with Josh Groesbeck during football practice held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas’ goal: Gridiron glory

Football team hopes to echo school’s success in other sports. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Baelei Wiesner, center, and Amanda Wright, right, block a hit made by Northgate's Renee Lawrence, left, during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas survive semifinal scare to advance to volleyball championship

Trailing 2-1, Pumas rallied to win the final two games Wednesday. Read Article →
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NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Valley will face top seed in championship

Dragons to face Campolindo; Healdsburg, Anderson Valley also advance to final matches. Read Article →
Santa Rosa goalie Osvaldo 
Benavides looks back to watch the ball enter the goal on a penalty kick during an NCS playoff game in 2013. Some soccer coaches and players believe it is unfair to decide a game on a shootout. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Benefield: Pressure is on when penalty kicks start

Penalty kicks are the necessary evil of soccer. Read Article →
Healdsburg High School's Hailey Roux, left, hits as Hannah Chapman, center and Julia Somers, right, block during volleyball practice Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

5 Empire volleyball teams hoping to net a title

Five local teams will play in Wednesday's semifinal round of the NCS volleyball tournament. Read Article →
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Empire tennis hopefuls ousted in NCS tournament

Empire tennis players won opening round matches at Tuesday's North Coast Section tournament before losing in the quarterfinals later in the day. Read Article →
Sydney Rickert of Maria Carrillo is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the Pumas’ second goal to seal Saturday night’s NCS win. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Pumas roar again; capture 4th consecutive NCS girls soccer title

Maria Carrillo kept the most prolific scorer in Empire soccer off the board. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Sonoma Academy girls go undefeated to grab title

The top-seeded Sonoma Academy girls’ soccer team beat St. Vincent 5-1 on Saturday in the NCS Division 3 final. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Alex Netherda runs the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo cruises past American in NCS opener, 49-13

In explosive display of offense, Carrillo ran wild on smaller, less athletic school. Read Article →
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Windsor back on track

The Windsor High School football team beat Dublin, 35-9, in an NCS first-round game Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak in the process. Read Article →

NCS football: Rancho Cotate rolls past Kennedy

Gunner Mefferd throws for four touchdowns as Cougars put their offense on display in 38-16 victory Read Article →

Friday’s NCS playoffs roundup: St. Helena wins big; Petaluma, Kelseyville, Lower Lake out

St. Helena came alive in the second half and defeated visiting South Fork, 45-18, in a North Coast Section Division 5 playoff game Friday night. Read Article →
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Montgomery boys need PKs again for victory

Vikings lose player to red card, 2nd to injury in 6-5 win over Rancho Cotate. Read Article →
Montgomery's Taylor Ziemer takes the ball towards the goal as Petaluma's Hannah Devoe pressures her during the game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Vikings set for battle

Montgomery girls' 2-1 win over Petaluma sets up title match with rival Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his team earlier this season. (Photo by The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Tomales coach Feliciano steps down

After 19 years as head coach, Leon Feliciano is hanging up his whistle. Read Article →

NCS girls tennis: Santa Rosa bounced in first round

No. 15 seed Panthers fall 7-0 to second-seeded Amador Valley Read Article →

Santa Rosa up for NCS tennis challenge

Santa Rosa High will begin a quest for a Division 1 North Coast Section crown. Read Article →