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 →
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 →
Casa Grande's Adria Barich , center, at the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (PD File)

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich, Santa Rosa’s Daniel Pride win Rancho Invitational titles

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich pulled away from Maria Carrillo’s Carolina Avelar in the last 350 meters. 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 →
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 →
Junior quarterback Brett Hofstetter is back behind center after his 2014 season was prematurely ended by injury. (Crista Jermiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Ukiah determined to erase bad memory of 2014 season

Mission One for the Ukiah Wildcats this season is to bury the memories of the nightmarish 2014 campaign, when things went monumentally wrong from start to finish. Read Article →
Junior quarterback Isaiah Steele also figures to see some action at wide receiver for Santa Rosa. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Santa Rosa focused on the future

First-year Santa Rosa High School football coach Denis Brunk knew he took on a program in need of serious rebuilding. Read Article →
Highly regarded Rancho Cotate lineman  Brandon Boccaleoni works on his technique at a preseason practice Wednesday. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Rancho Cotate revved up for a title run

Last year, Rancho Cotate put more points on the scoreboard than any team in the North Bay League. Look for the Cougars to do the same this season. 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 →
The Montgomery Vikings offense huddles with coaches, from left, Jamon Heard, Marcello Bautista, and Albert Higgs during a scrimmage against Petaluma on Friday.

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Montgomery young and relentless

Vikings don't bring a lot of experience in Bautista's second year as head coach Read Article →
Montgomery forward/midfielder Taylor Ziemer, left, controls the ball against teammate Leanna McMahon during practice at Montgomery High on Friday.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: No such thing as too much soccer for Ziemer

Taylor Ziemer is clear that although she’s been reared in a soccer family, her world is by her design. 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 →
Maria Carrillo players fight for a pass at practice Thursday. 
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Maria Carrillo wants to take next step

The Pumas haven’t forgotten how far they went last season, or how close they were to defeating Casa Grande in the quarterfinals of the NCS D2 playoffs. Read Article →
Bob Midgley begins his third season as the Sonoma Valley coach with a 10-11 overall record. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Dwindling roster size hampers Sonoma Valley

There’s a troubling trend playing out with the Sonoma Valley football program. Fewer athletes are participating. Read Article →
Senior quarterback Fernando Ortega throws a pass during practice at Piner. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Piner has the talent to make noise

The 2015 Piner Prospectors are rich with athletes. 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 →
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 →
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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 →
Zac Tiedeman, Montgomery's new varsity boys basketball coach, played for the Vikings from 2003-06.
(Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Former Montgomery star Tiedeman is Vikings’ new coach

Zac Tiedeman always longed to coach the varsity team at his alma mater. 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 →
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)

Rylee Bowen competes at international meet

Sonoma Academy cross country and track star finished last among 14 runners. Read Article →
Middletown High School student Gracie Pachie. (Pachie family photo)

Middletown’s Gracie Pachie is queen of the rodeo

Gracie Pachie isn’t just any beauty queen. Read Article →

All-Empire large school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire large school baseball team. Read Article →