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 →
Analy's Schuyler Van Weele (6) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Jack Newman(12) during a game between Analy and Casa Grande high schools in Santa Rosa on Aug. 28, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Analy trounces Casa Grande 48-29 in opener

The season opener had something for all the coaches to complain about. 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 →

NCL football roundup: Fort Bragg QB smashes passing records

As far season openers go, it doesn’t get much better than the way Friday night went for Fort Bragg and the Timberwolves. 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 →
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 →
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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 →
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 →
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 →
Quarterback J.J. Anderson is an imposing presence in the pocket for Casa Grande at 6-foot-6. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Casa Grande is a team on the move

The 2014 season saw Casa Grande unexpectedly sputter badly in the first half. Read Article →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School on  May 7, 2015. 
 (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s new field to be lined with cork, not rubber

Casa Grande is now the third high school where athletes will play on turf lined with ground-up cork instead of rubber pellets. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman junior quarterback Jordon Brookshire, right, runs through drills during a recent practice at Cardinal Newman High.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Cardinal Newman wants a league title

The Cardinal Newman football team is ready to chase the North Bay League championshp, except this year the Cardinals don’t want to share. Read Article →
Healdsburg football coach Todd Beth goes over a play with quarterback Levi Yeley during practice on Thursday. 
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Healdsburg seeks to forget 2014

Team wants to put last season in rear-view mirror. Read Article →
Elsie Allen quarterback Franki Suarez races to get around the corner at a practice scrimmage. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Elsie Allen working hard to put a new attitude into action

The first thing the Lobos hope to gain this season is respect. Read Article →
Running back Josh Wright, following his blockers at a preseason practice, could benefit greatly from the Lions' shift to a double-win offense. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: El Molino determined to make the best of a small roster

The Lions have just 16 players on the roster. Read Article →
The Analy High School Tigers practice, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Home-field upgrades force Analy to hit the road all season

With core group gone, Tigers expect to spread ball around a lot more this season. Read Article →
In this photo taken Friday, May 17, 2009, tiny bits of ground up tires used as filler between blades of artificial grass are displayed on a field made of synthetic turf at a playfield in a north Seattle neighborhood. Some health experts, activists and parents are worried that children may be exposed to chemicals by inhaling or swallowing the rubber granules. The same debate is happening now over Casa Grande's new football field, which is scheduled for installation this fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Casa Grande parents worry about rubber turf pellets

No changes appear in store for a new synthetic-turf planned for Casa Grande. Read Article →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School, in Petaluma on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande field meeting on Wednesday night

Petaluma City Schools board to hear public input on artificial turf plan. Read Article →
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 →
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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 →
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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 →