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Saturday football roundup: Undisciplined effort dooms Piner against Del Norte

Other winners Saturday include Cardinal Newman, Cloverdale, Mendocino, Anderson Valley Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his 14-man football team after the Braves beat Hoopa Valley 41-12 on Friday night. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Kerry Benefield: Tomales Braves exemplify synergy

Decreased enrollment diminishes Tomales' roster, not its performance Read Article →
Tomales defensive back Jacob Sampietro tips the ball away from Hoppa's Jarod Fullerton in the first quarter. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Friday football roundup: Maria Carrillo defeats Redwood, 21-14

Other winners Friday included Windsor, El Molino and Tomales. Read Article →
Petaluma’s Brendan White (5) hurdles over Santa Rosa’s 
Carter Lindstrom-Drake during the first half of Friday’s game.
(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)

Football: Petaluma squeezes by Santa Rosa 13-12

Trojans blow 13-0 lead, but Panthers comeback falls short on failed conversion 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 →
Maria Carrillo’s Jared Brazis is one the leaders on this year’s Pumas squad that’s aiming to reach the NCS playoffs.
(CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Maria Carrillo wants own identity in 2014

Pumas poised for this year’s potential and not what could have been of prior years. 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 →
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Football preview: Piner looks to extend improvement trend

New QB Tony Martignoli can throw deep passes well. 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 →
Maria Carrillo’s Claire Howard, left, and Maddy Gonzalez show younger kids a drill during a soccer camp Thursday.
(CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Maria Carrillo at head of the pack

Pumas look as strong as ever, though rival Montgomery could challenge 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 →
Montgomery quarterback RJ Flores (18) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Etienne Ezeff against Ukiah last Friday. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

North Bay League preview: Only two squads return starting QBs

Rancho Cotate, Montgomery only NBL incumbents at quarterback this season 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 →
Taylor Stroud finished the 2014 season with the second-best ERA in the Big Sky Conference.
BOB SOLORIO / Sacramento State Athletics

Stroud finishes college career on high note

Former Montgomery star found ways to pitch around injury, earn conference honors throughout college 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 →

A look at Empire college baseball stars

A look at how various Empire players are performing in the college baseball ranks Read Article →
Former Rancho Cotate star Brent Gillespie led Youngstown State 
to its first NCAA tournament victory in school history.
(Youngstown State athletics)

Rancho grad Gillespie helped Youngstown State reach NCAA tourney

NCAA Tournament berth fuels Gillespe's fire to earn another appearance 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 →

All-State honors: Empire athletes earn accolades

Carrillo baseball's Hoge, Vaughn honored; Petaluma, St. Vincent softball also in spotlight 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 →