Casa Grande’s Justin Bruihl had Tommy John surgery during his junior season and spent 15 months in rehab before returning to the mound. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Bob Padecky: Casa Grande pitcher’s journey offers perspective

An injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery and 15 long months of rehab taught Bruihl to use caution in pursuing his baseball career. Read Article →
Jason Bruihl returned to the mound for Casa Grande near the end of the 2015 season and pitched against Pinole Valley in a playoff game May 30. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Bruihl gets scholarship to Cal Poly after Tommy John surgery

2015 graduate of Casa Grande will pitch at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Read Article →
Elsie Allen

Benefield: New football coach Wight brings fresh attitude to Elsie Allen

Recent hire Bill Wight calls the Elsie Allen head football coaching position his dream job. Read Article →

All-Empire large school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire large school baseball team. Read Article →
Clear Lake senior Cole Brodnansky, the 2014-15 All-Empire small school baseball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small school baseball player of the year Cole Brodnansky

Clear Lake senior bettered himself in just about every category this season. Read Article →

All-Empire small school softball player of the year Jordyn Turner

'She was our overall MVP,' said longtime coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano Osoba, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys tennis player of the year. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis player of the year Alejandro Serrano Osoba

The Spanish exchange student, who spent last year at Cardinal Newman, wants to go pro. Read Article →
Francis Christy, then a Casa Grande catcher, was the Press Democrat's Large School Baseball Player of the Year in 2013.   (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa grad Christy drafted by Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected former Casa Grande baseball star Francis Christy with the first pick of the seventh round (196th overall) of the MLB draft on Tuesday. 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 →

High school softball: Clear Lake captures Division 5 title

Homers by Atkins, Wingler propel top-seeded Cardinals to 5-1 victory over St. Joseph Notre Dame. Read Article →

Clear Lake’s perfect baseball season comes to end

The visiting Head-Royce Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-3 victory to end Clear Lake's hopes of a perfect season on Wednesday. Read Article →

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 →
Senior Nicholas Rauch runs during practice at Casa Grande High School on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 south of Petaluma. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Casa Grande’s Nicholas Rauch focusing on one chance to shine at state track meet

Rauch is the finest male distance runner Casa Grande has ever produced, says his coach. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Tyler Moore struggles to get to the ball as teammate Max Cerini watches during the game held at Casa Grande High School, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NCS baseball: Heartbreaking loss for Casa Grande

There was high drama at Saturday’s NCS Division 2 quarterfinal at Casa Grande. 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 →
Mina Werner, a senior on the Clear Lake High School girls softball team, takes cuts in the batting cage, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS softball roundup: Clear Lake, Laytonville win Saturday

Cardinals walloped visiting Valley Christian, 18-0. Read Article →
Clear Lake High School senior Jared Strate takes batting practice in the team's batting cage on the old football field (the goal post has been standing for 50 years or more) which has always doubled as the baseball field, Friday May 29, 2015 in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Clear Lake baseball, softball teams have small-school power

Players have formed a special bond and it shows on the field. 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 →

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 →

NCS baseball: Cloverdale beats El Molino, 1-0

Cloverdale pitcher Chris Harms dominant in opening-round victory 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 →
Cardinal Newman batter Bryce McChinak lays down a bunt against Concord in Tuesday's first-round NCS playoff game.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman falls 2-1 in baseball playoffs

Cardinal Newman’s season came to a sudden and surprising end on Tuesday as the heavily favored Cardinals, seeded No. 2, lost to visiting 15 seed Concord 2-1 in the first round of the NCS Div. 2 baseball playoffs. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman vs. Justin-Siena

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 →
Cardinal Newman's Cal Clamar pitched during the NBL championship game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, May 22, 2015. Cardinal Newman defeated Casa Grande 2-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NBL baseball: Cardinal Newman defeats Casa Grande 2-0 for tournament title

Cal Clamar pitched shutout; Newman capitalized on fielding error to score only runs. Read Article →

SCL roundup: Petaluma wins softball title; Sonoma Valley claims baseball crown

Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Analy, 8-7. Read Article →

Newman needs 10 innings to beat Maria Carrillo 5-4

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals came up with two runs in the seventh inning against visiting Maria Carrillo on Wednesday to send the contest into extra innings, then scored again in the bottom of the 10th inning to outlast the Pumas 5-4 and reach the championship game of the NBL Tournament. Read Article →

Casa Grande drops Ukiah, runs win streak to 15 in a row

Chris Joaquim allowed no earned runs in six innings of work and the Casa Grande baseball team ran its winning streak to 15 consecutive games Wednesday with a 5-2 win over Ukiah to reach the title game of the NBL Tournament. Read Article →