John Porchivina, left, and JaJuan Lawson, right, with Gauchos coach Trent Herzog at a college signing announcement at the school in February 2014. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat file, 2014)

Benefield: Former Gauchos set to tackle new territory

Catching up with Casa Grande's JaJuan Lawson and John Porchivina. Read Article →
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Cardinal Newman’s Alejandro Serrano Osoba wins NBL tennis tournament

Freshman defeated reigning league champion Alec Wong from Rancho Cotate. Read Article →
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All-Empire Large-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Connor Rubattino, Cardinal Newman

Connor Rubattino has a big-game mentality. Read Article →
Kylie Kiech, Cardinal Newman senior (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large-School Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Kylie Kiech, Cardinal Newman

On the most dominant team in the North Bay, senior Kylie Kiech was the leader. Read Article →
The Analy High School swim team participates in a team cheer during a dual meet against Healdsburg, Thursday April 23, 2015 in Healdsburg. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Benefield: Analy High School swimmers test each other on road to state meet

With fewer competitive meets, Analy swimmers race against each other to get better. Read Article →
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High school boys tennis: Cardinal Newman wins NBL title

Cardinal Newman had a resounding 7-0 victory against visiting Montgomery on Thursday. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna senior Armani Perry scored a career-high 40 points in the NCS championship game against St. Bernard's. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Small-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Armani Perry, Archbishop Hanna

Floundering in Oakland, Perry got a new start and made the most of it at Archbishop Hanna. Read Article →

All-Empire Small-School Boys Basketball Team, 2014-15

Who made the 2014-2015 All-Empire small-school boys basketball team? Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Cardinal Newman’s 1-0 win hands Carrillo rare NBL setback

Wednesday's loss was the Pumas' first North Bay League defeat in nearly two years. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Katie Rohrer makes a play to first base during the Cougars' 9-4 win over the Casa Grande Gauchos in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

High school softball roundup: Rancho Cotate erupts in 9-4 win against Casa Grande

Katie Rohrer, Jordan Ladner blasted back-to-back home runs in fourth inning for Cougars. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone tees off on the 15th hole during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

PDPreps Insider: Cardinal Newman senior’s dedication pays off on golf course

Brandon Bone has been at or near the top of the individual NBL standings all season. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande continues hot streak in 8-0 win against Cardinal Newman

Casa Grande, playing its best ball of the season, gets sixth consecutive victory. Read Article →
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SCL baseball: Analy capitalizes on Piner errors in 10-5 win

The visiting Tigers won a slugfest in a game where both starting pitchers did not have their good stuff. Read Article →

Small School Bridge League: All-league basketball teams

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone uses body language as he putts during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NBL boys golf: Season heads down to the wire

Fight for top spot has evolved into powerhouse Montgomery against upstart Windsor. Read Article →
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High school softball roundup: Rancho Cotate bounces back from loss with 13-2 win

Rancho Cotate came up with its best offensive display of the season. Read Article →
Windsor’s Max Brown tags Casa Grande’s Joey Markham out at first during the game held at Windsor High School on Wednesday. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball roundup: Pumas stay perfect in NBL with 4-0 victory against Ukiah

Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews turned in best pitching performance of season in NBL. Read Article →
The varsity boys take off on their mountain bikes during the NorCal High School Cycling League's Five Spring Farm Round Up, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Competitive mountain biking not a typical high school sport

The speeds are fast and the competition robust, but the mood can be decidedly light. Read Article →
Ukiah's Devin Kirby pitched a complete game against Cardinal Newman, Friday, April 10, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball: Ukiah Wildcats claw back, defeat Cardinal Newman 8-3

Ukiah trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning with two outs before rallying. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Maria Carrillo shuts out Montgomery 5-0 to stay perfect in NBL

Maria Carrillo remains the only unbeaten team in the North Bay League. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Alec Wong beat Santa Rosa's Xander Sugarman in straight sets on Thursday, April 9, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess)

High school tennis roundup: Rancho Cotate’s Alec Wong wins but Cougars fall to Santa Rosa

Wong won his 26th consecutive NBL match on Thursday but his team wound up losing. Read Article →
Jessica Valencia of Montgomery applies the tag on Sarah Knight of Cardinal Newman.  (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

High school softball roundup: Montgomery rallies to beat Newman

Montgomery softball rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh and went on to defeat Cardinal Newman, 6-5, in nine innings Wednesday. Read Article →

North Bay League all-league boys basketball, 2015

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
El Molino senior Lani Gaspar has the fastest times in the 100m and 200m in Sonoma County this year. 
(Photo by John Burgess/Press Democrat)

Benefield: Fast times at El Mo High

Lani Gaspar, a senior, has already taken over the school 100-meter dash record and is knocking on the door of El Molino's 200-meter mark. Read Article →
In this November 2014 file photo, Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen takes first place in Division 5 with a time of 18:36 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno. 
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PD Preps Insider: Bowen wins 3,000m at Stanford

Locals put on a fine showing at the super-competitive Stanford Invitational track meet last weekend in Palo Alto, highlighted by Rylee Bowen’s victory in the 3,000 meters. Read Article →
Analy runner Spencer Vogel is tagged out by Petaluma catcher Clay Gallagher during the 5th inning of their game at Petaluma High School on Saturday, April 4, 2015 . (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball roundup: Petaluma rallies to defeat SCL foe Analy 7-4

Early-season showdown between two of Sonoma County League’s best teams. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Blake Berry turns two as Montgomery's Nick Smith slides into second during the game held at Montgomery High School, Friday, April 3, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande defeats Montgomery 15-6

Casa Grande scored six times with two outs in the third inning to start rout. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bethany Devault slides safely into second as Santa Rosa's Tyler Kelley is late on the tag during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school softball roundup: Defending NBL champs Maria Carrillo defeats Santa Rosa 12-2

Pumas off to perfect start in effort to repeat as North Bay League champs. Read Article →
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hitting .500 with 11 runs and five RBIs through six games. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat, 2014)

PD Preps Insider: Mendocino baseball going to Nicaragua; Gerhardt headed to Lehigh

Mendocino’s baseball team will play three games and donate equipment to athletes in the Central American country. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's  Alejandro Serrano Osoba gets handcuffed during his first single match with Montgomery's Jay Schlesinger, Tuesday March 31, 2015  at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa.  (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

Boys tennis: Singles sweep leads Newman past Montgomery

Cardinal Newman maintains its position atop the North Bay League standings. Read Article →