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Tomales defensive back Jacob Sampietro tips the ball away from Hoppa's Jarod Fullerton in the first quarter. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Friday football roundup: Maria Carrillo defeats Redwood, 21-14

Other winners Friday included Windsor, El Molino and Tomales. Read Article →
Analy’s Xavier Freeman (2) makes a catch in front of Casa Grande’s Jaleel Lawson during Friday night’s game in Sebastopol.
Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat

Football: Analy routs Casa Grande in showdown of league champs

Tigers jumped to 40-0 lead at halftime Read Article →
The Gauchos offensive line returns five starters this season: from left, Greg Poteracke, Peter Parrick, Julian Lopez, Brendan Jackson and Tanner Shimek. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande football lays it all on the line

Gauchos expect its massive offensive line to be key to success this season. Read Article →
Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog addresses his players at a recent practice.
Credit: John Burgess / Press Democrat

Football preview: Big shoes to fill at Casa Grande

Experienced line will help ease the departure of JaJuan Lawson. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman sophomore Jordon Brookshire will lead the Cardinals offense this season as the starting quarterback. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Cardinal Newman ready to climb back to the top

There's no shortage of varsity experience for the Cardinals this year. Read Article →

All-Empire baseball players earn state honors

Peter Hoge, Cole Brodnansky and George Sammon recognized for their exploits Read Article →
Free safety Chris Pedroni, right, wraps up teammate Julian Lopez during practice at Healdsburg High.
Photo by John Burgess / Press Democrat

Football preview: Healdsburg has depth, renewed confidence

Healdsburg has the depth and experience to rank among the Empire’s best. Read Article →
Lonnie Gaspar fights through a tackle at El Molino preseason practice. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Surge of energy at El Molino

The Lions have a strong core of upcoming juniors returning and they're eager to do better than last year's sixth-place finish in the SCL. Read Article →
Linebacker Richard DePaz (14) springs forward to deliver a blow to the blocking sled at Elsie Allen’s preseason practice. 
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

Football preview: Elsie Allen taking 2014 one step at a time

Lobos' goal for season is building a foundation. Read Article →

Empire athletes awarded NCS scholarships

The North Coast Section Foundation handed out $1,000 scholarships to nine Empire athletes who averaged a minimum 3.3 GPA and were involved in other activities. Read Article →
Analy running back Ja’Narrick James says the team hasn’t really needed to rebuild.
(CRISTA JERAMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Analy’s key playmakers return, but offensive line a question mark

Tigers coach Bourdon still deciding on two O-line starters Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Cardinal Newman signs up for early bowl game

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Montgomery quarterback RJ Flores (18) throws a touchdown pass to wide receiver Etienne Ezeff against Ukiah last Friday. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

North Bay League preview: Only two squads return starting QBs

Rancho Cotate, Montgomery only NBL incumbents at quarterback this season Read Article →
Washington State has landed Casa Grande senior kicker Matt Abramo, considered to have one of the strongest legs among this season’s recruiting class. He verbally committed to the Cougars in late July. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Demorat, 2013)

Padecky: Casa’s Abramo a great kicker, better person

The Gauchos' kicker would rather talk about his leukemia fundraising efforts. Read Article →
El Molino football players, just like athletes from every other school in the area, lift weights and do conditioning drills during the summer. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

Summer football: More intense offseason programs pay off when practices begin

Football season officially kicks off Aug. 11 but teams are already hitting the field. Read Article →

A look at Empire college softball stars

The Press Democrat checks in on six former Empire stars excelling at the college level Read Article →
Matt Nadolski led Campbell in four offensive categories in 2014. (photo by Will Bratton / Campbell University Athletics)

Former Casa star Nadolski bounced around until finding home at Campbell

Matt Nadolski finished 2014 season as Campbell’s top power hitter. Read Article →

A look at Empire college baseball stars

A look at how various Empire players are performing in the college baseball ranks Read Article →

C.J. Banaszek loses battle with leukemia

Petaluma youngster served as inspirational figure to Casa Grande football team Read Article →
Cardinal Newman graduate Keaton Dunsford will transfer to Princeton in 2015 after completing a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, a college-prep school in New Hampshire. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Former Newman QB Dunsford offered spot on Princeton football team

Keaton Dunsford will spent a year at an East Coast college-prep school before transferring to Princeton in 2015. Read Article →
Peter Hoge of  Maria Carrillo, the All-Empire Large School Baseball Player of the Year.  (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large School Baseball: Hoge stepped up his game

Maria Carrillo senior worked on becoming a pitcher for the Pumas. Read Article →
Clear Lake junior Cole Brodnansky (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Small School Baseball: Clear Lake’s Brodnansky a student of the game

The junior catcher helped Clear Lake capture the NCL I title and a playoff win. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo graduate Dante Hay (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Boys Track & Field: Pumas’ Dante Hay ends season on high note

The Maria Carrillo grad earned multiple first-place finishes. Read Article →
Brittney Veler (CRISTA JEREMIASON/PD)

All-Empire large school softball: Pumas’ Brittney Veler is the ‘real deal’

The Maria Carrillo star does it all for the NBL champion. Read Article →
EDENS

All-Empire small school softball: Cloverdale’s Teanne Edens led with strong arm, booming bat

Pitcher threw 20 complete games to propel the Eagles to the tops of the Empire ranks. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Claudia Rohrs (photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton: Claudia Rohrs always put her team first

Senior star helped 
propel Santa Rosa High powerhouse. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Liam Galbraith (PD photo).

All-Empire boys badminton: Santa Rosa standout Liam Galbraith made remarkable strides

In less than a year, the Santa Rosa High student went from novice to the top prep badminton player in the Redwood Empire Read Article →
Analy senior Jon Knox poses underwater with teammates during practice with the Neptune Swimming club. Photo: Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat

All-Empire boys swimming: Jon Knox quieted his doubts

Analy's Jon Knox is our 2014 All-Empire swimmer of the year. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate tennis player Alec Wong (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis: Alec Wong’s season a smash

Rancho Cotate sophomore went unbeaten in NBL singles competition Read Article →

Empire roundup: Kiwanis all-star game on July 19

41st annual football event using north-south format instead of SCL vs. NBL Read Article →