Cardinal Newman's Justin Botteri shoots over Cloverdale's Jayson McMillan during the game Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS boys basketball: Cardinal Newman rolls to easy win over Cloverdale

Cardinal Newman came out focused and defeated Cloverdale 69-39. Read Article →
Alex Garcia, 17, right, a wrestler from Archbishop Hanna High School, practices with Dalton Elster, 17, from Sonoma Valley High School, on Wednesday, Feb.25, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

NCS wrestling tournament: Archbishop Hanna senior Alex Garcia eyes victory

Garcia, a senior, is the No. 1 seed at 132 pounds. Read Article →
Cloverdale's John McMillan watches his shot reach its target during their first-round NCS Division 4 playoff game against Fortuna in Cloverdale, Wednesday, Feb. 25. (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Hot-shooting tandem leads Cloverdale boys to 49-33 victory

Cloverdale Eagles upset the visiting Fortuna Huskies Wednesday in front of a raucous home crowd. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Kylie Oden looks to pass as Liberty's Jamesha Green defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Tuesday, February 24, 2015.   (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NCS girls basketball: Santa Rosa wins to cap big night for NBL

Santa Rosa, Montgomery, Ukiah, Windsor all win in first round of NCS playoffs. Read Article →
Elsie Allen's Bradley Greiner, right, tries to dribble past  Miramonte's Ryan Anderson during their game in Santa Rosa on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.   (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS boys basketball: Dream season ends for Elsie Allen

Elsie Allen’s record-setting season came to a disappointing end Tuesday night with a
 58-41 defeat against Miramonte. Read Article →

NCS boys basketball: Montgomery takes care of Arroyo, 60-48

Erik Poulsen leads No. 2-seeded Vikings with 25 points. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s Netherda draws interest in Berkeley

All-Empire Large School Defensive Player of the Year is heading to Cal as a "preferred walk-on." Read Article →
Elsie Allen  coach Matt Kasch, center, player Vinny Chavez, left, and other members of the baseball team work on field maintenance after practice. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Kerry Benefield: Elsie Allen baseball and the discomforts of home

The infield of Lobo field is an undulating patch of grass with deep divots and wide dead spots where no grass grows. Read Article →
Montgomery's Matt Hyman goes up for a shot as Cardinal Newman's Justin Botteri defends during Friday's game at Santa Rosa JC.
Credit: Crista Jeremiason  / The Press Democrat

Newman boys down Monty in NBL final

Montgomery and Cardinal Newman tipped off in the North Bay League Tournament championship game Friday, and the game was every bit as intense as expected. Final score: Cardinals 47, Vikings 45. Read Article →

SCL boys basketball: Piner pulls off upset of Elsie Allen in final

Prospectors hold off Lobos in final quarter for 65-60 victory. Read Article →

NBL girls basketball: Cardinal Newman rolls to tournament title

Cardinals cruise 71-30 for their 17th consecutive victory. Read Article →
Elsie Allen's Jalen Busby drives past Sonoma Valley's Cyle Caselli to the basket for two during the game held at Elsie Allen High School, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

SCL boys basketball tournament: Elsie Allen breezes past Sonoma Valley to reach title game

Lobos win 60-37 to set up matchup on Friday hosting No. 2 Piner. Read Article →
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High school boys basketball roundup: Cardinals, Vikings reach NBL finals

Cardinal Newman and Montgomery won opening-round games in the NBL tournament Wednesday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Hailey Vice-Neat reaches for the rebound during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school girls basketball roundup: Cardinal Newman trounces Montgomery 80-53

Cardinal Newman raced to its 16th win in a row Tuesday night Read Article →
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All-Empire large schools football offensive player of the year: Ja’Narrick James

Analy High's Ja’Narrick James is is the large schools All-Empire football Offensive Player of the Year. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Jamon Roberts grabs a rebound while Casa Grande's Will Crain grabs his arm in the first half on Friday night. (Photo by John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

High school boys basketball: Cardinal Newman, Montgomery share NBL crown

Teams needed road wins Friday to share the NBL title, and both came through. Read Article →
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High school boys basketball roundup: Elsie Allen claims first basketball title

Lobos capture sole possession of SCL regular-season championship by defeating Sonoma Valley. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire small schools football defensive player of the year Isazah King of Lower Lake. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small schools football defensive player of the year: Isazah King

Lower Lake High’s Isazah King is the small schools All-Empire football Defensive Player of the Year. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Bre Ririe looks to the basket as Montgomery's LaDonna Saint Louis defends during the game held at Santa Rosa High School, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school girls basketball roundup: Sonoma Valley wins SCL title

Sonoma Valley captured its first outright SCL title in 31 years Thursday night. Read Article →
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High school boys basketball roundup: Lobos secure share of SCL title

Elsie Allen clinched at least a tie for the SCL title Wednesday night with a win. Read Article →
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Montgomery boys down Casa, 50-43

Montgomery's win created a three-way tie atop the NBL standings. Read Article →

Wednesday’s prep wrestling roundup

Healdsburg won the much-anticipated Sonoma County League wrestling showdown at El Molino High on Wednesday night by a runaway score of 54-18. Read Article →
Kelseyville senior Marina Beckwith was denied eligibility for the NCS wrestling championships after transferring from Willits in January.  
Credit: Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Kelseyville’s Marina Beckwith won’t compete at NCS

Marina Beckwith, while disappointed at being ruled ineligible by the NCS, said she wants to continue wrestling, a sport that has provided a steadying force for her. Read Article →

Tuesday’s girls basketball roundup

Sonoma Valley, playing one of its best defensive games of the season, defeated host Healdsburg, 46-13, to clinch at least a tie for the Sonoma County League regular-season title. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Kylie Kiech drives to the basket between Santa Rosa's Sara Howard, left, and Kylie Oden during Tuesday's game at Newman.
Credit: Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat

Cardinal Newman girls claim NBL title

Cardinal Newman’s girls basketball team captured its second straight North Bay League regular season title Tuesday night by defeating visiting Santa Rosa, 65-43. Read Article →
Joe Hoeup drives the hoop against teammate Carlos Behena at Tuesday's practice at Elsie Allen High School.
Credit: Kent Porter / Press Democrat

Banner year for Elsie Allen basketball?

If the Elsie boys are able to win at Petaluma, they will run their record to 10-1 in the Sonoma County League (20-5 overall) and will claim at least a share of the SCL championship. Read Article →

Dissa & Data: Analy, Elsie Allen, Windsor, Santa Rosa fans vie to be best

Analy, Elsie Allen, Windsor and Santa Rosa high schools are finalists in the inaugural year of Battle of the Fans. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire boys cross country runner of the year Matt Salazar of Casa Grande. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys cross country runner of the year: Matt Salazar

Cross country runners battle a variety of obstacles as they run for miles and fatigue is assumed as one of the most common. Read Article →
Jordan "MJ" Shane lifts weights while participating in El Molino High School's integrated athletics program, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Student athletes learning, training together at El Molino High School (w/video)

Program is part study hall, part weight training, part athletic head-hunting. Read Article →
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High school girls basketball roundup: Sonoma Valley moves closer to SCL championship

Sonoma Valley’s girls basketball team defeated visiting Piner Saturday, 53-15. Read Article →