Windsor senior Ruth McQuown, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton player of the year Ruth McQuown

It took only three years for Ruth McQuown to become the best prep female player in the county. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School junior Oliver Staten, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys badminton player of the year Oliver Staten

By HOWARD SENZELL FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Oliver Staten won every regular season match he played for Santa Rosa High in 2015, but the junior also assumed another role as the Panthers captured their first North Bay League title in approximately 30 years. “He’s got a badminton IQ that’s off the charts,” coach Brett Williams […] Read Article →
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All-Empire boys swimmer of the year Stefan Keller

Keller did serious damage to NBL competition this year. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo junior Piper Brockley, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls swimmer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls swimmer of the year Piper Brockley

Brockley is fully focused in the pool. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski, the 2015-15 All-Empire boys golfer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf player of the year Michael Danielski

Consistently booming fairway drives, an improved short game and an even-keeled disposition made for a successful mix that guided Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski to a stellar 2015 season. Read Article →
Oral Roberts' Anthony Sequeira, right, is greeted at the plate by teammates Matt Whatley (19) and Matt Brandy, center rear, after hitting a three-run home run against Arkansas in the ninth inning of a game at the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Former Petaluma players Comstock, Sequeira picked in draft

The men were picked by the Diamondbacks and Phillies, respectively. Read Article →

Phillies draft former Petaluma star Sequeira

Anthony Sequeira, an All-Empire selection by The Press Democrat during his junior and senior seasons at Petaluma High School, was drafted out Oral Roberts University in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the Philadelphia Phillies Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs in the girls 1600-meter race during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships at  Clovis on Saturday.  (Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

Bowen, Carter to run at Brooks Invitational

Two of Sonoma County’s brightest track stars have been invited to the Brooks Invitational meet in Seattle on June 20. Freshmen Rylee Bowen of Sonoma Academy and Kirsten Carter of Santa Rosa High will compete in the mile and 400 meters, respectively. Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton shows off her medal after taking fourth place in the girls discus during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.  (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

State track championships: Scranton sets record in discus

With a monster toss, Allison Scranton left her mark on the Redwood Empire record books Saturday, besting the area discus record by more than four feet. Then she did it again. Read Article →

NCS D6 baseball championship: Tomales loses to St. Bernard’s

Logan Thrap struck out 13 as St. Bernard’s Catholic defeated Tomales, 6-0, to claim the North Coast Section Division 6 championship Saturday in Eureka. Read Article →

Kiwanis All-Star baseball game is Sunday

Seniors from the NBL and SCL will put on their uniforms for the final time today when the Kiwanis All-Star baseball game is renewed at Sypher Field on the Santa Rosa JC campus. Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton advanced to the final round of the discus with a throw of 135 feet, 9 inches.

Carter, Scranton, Bowen advance to state track finals

Freshmen Rylee Bowen and Kirsten Carter, as well as senior Allison Scranton, all advanced to Saturday’s finals of the CIF Track and Field Championship in Clovis. Read Article →
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High school baseball: Tomales ready to play for NCS title

Twenty Redwood Empire teams made the North Coast Section baseball playoffs this year, but only one remains standing: Tomales, which finished in the middle of the NCL II with a 6-6 record and was 10-8 as the NCS Division 6 playoffs began. Read Article →
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NCS softball: Clear Lake downs St. Vincent 14-4 to reach section final

No. 1 seed advances to Friday's Division 5 title game. Read Article →
Clear Lake coaches Rick Moreno, left and Derek Brodnansky give a quick team talk, Friday May 29, 2015 after a workout  at Clear Lake High School in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS baseball roundup: Clear Lake stays unbeaten with 2-1 victory

Undefeated and top-seeded Clear Lake pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen (PD file).

NCS track and field: Redwood Empire freshmen Rylee Bowen, Kirsten Carter among those headed to state meet

The future of Redwood Empire running arrived at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium on four skinny legs. Read Article →
Petaluma High School softball players earlier in May. (PD File)

NCS softball: Petaluma falls to Livermore 2-0

Trojans came up on the bad end of a small-ball showdown. Read Article →
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NCS baseball playoffs: St. Vincent, Sonoma Academy fall

Redwood Christian overcame an early deficit and defeated St. Vincent, 3-2. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School’s Kirsten Carter, center, easily wins the girls 200-meter dash Saturday in the NCS Redwood Empire track meet. (John Burgess / PD)

NCS track and field championships: Santa Rosa’s Kirsten Carter advances in 2 events

Freshman won her preliminary heats in both the 200- and 400-meter dash events. Read Article →
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NCS softball playoffs: Analy, Rancho, Newman lose on Friday

Albany scored the only run of the game in unorthodox fashion on Friday as the Cougars eliminated visiting Analy from the NCS Division 3 playoffs. Read Article →
Ruby Moreno, front, and other Rancho Cotate cheerleaders get in shape for cheerleading practices, Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park. A bill in the California legislature would make cheerleading a CIF-sanctioned sport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Benefield: When it comes to cheerleading, participants are athletes all the way

What truly competitive cheer teams do is not your mama's rah-rah-sis-boom-bah cheerleading. Read Article →
Ukiah's Mykala Ramsey slides safely into third as Petaluma's Meghan DeCoite is late to tag during the game held at Petaluma High School, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NCS softball: Petaluma’s right-field hits lead to win over Ukiah

Trojans advance to play No. 1 seed Livermore on Saturday. Read Article →

NCS baseball: Maria Carrillo, Piner, Ukiah fall in opening round

St. Vincent, Sonoma Academy victorious in first round Read Article →

NCS softball: Cardinal Newman scores four runs in seventh inning to win 8-7

Sarah Holly scores the winning run on a head-first slide with one out. Read Article →

Tuesday NCS baseball roundup: Casa’s Joaquim blanks Campolindo

Casey Longaker belted a three-run homer in the first inning and Chris Joaquim pitched a shutout as Casa Grande defeated visiting Campolindo, 3-0, in the opening round of the NCS Division 2 bracket on Tuesday. Read Article →

Tuesday NCS softball roundup: Rancho blasts four homers in 12-6 win

Rancho Cotate belted a season-high four home runs while getting a road win over Pinole Valley, 12-6, in the first round of the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs on Tuesday. Read Article →
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PD Preps Insider: Cal-Hi Sports honors for Barbosa, Vice-Neat, Flores

Cal Hi Sports, the state’s top authority on high school athletics, was kind to the Redwood Empire in doling out basketball honors recently. The popular web site selected three local girls for recognition. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School’s Kirsten Carter, center, easily wins the girls 200-meter dash Saturday in the NCS Redwood Empire track meet. (John Burgess / PD)

High school track and field: Santa Rosa’s Kirsten Carter a 4-time winner at NCS Redwood Empire area meet

Freshman sensation won 200- and 400-meter races with personal bests. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen (PD file).

High school track and field: Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen dominates NCS Class A Championships

Freshman phenom was the only triple winner at the meet. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Piper Brockley swims the breaststroke during the 2015 NCS Swimming and Diving Championships held at Concord Community Pool, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason /  The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Piper Brockley finishes 6th in 200 IM at state championships

Brockley finished sixth in the girls 200-yard individual medley final race. Read Article →