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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

Rancho Cotate coach Ed Conroy: “I think it’s vital. If you want to be successful, these are things that you have to do." 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 →
Montgomery golfer Nick Rogers (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf: Montgomery’s Rogers the clear choice for Player of the Year

Rogers will play golf at SRJC rather than head directly to a four-year university. Read Article →

Empire roundup: Former St. Vincent hockey star named to All-America team

Capping a standout run for the Air Force Academy hockey team, Adam McKenzie was named to the Capital One Academic All-America at-large second team. Read Article →

Cardinal Newman to host wrestling camp

Cardinal Newman wrestling coach Francisco Manriquez will be overseeing a pair of summer wrestling camps at his school on June 27-28. Manriquez will be assisted by Ricky Alcala, a Division I All-American wrestler, and Hector Sandoval, a JC All-American. Read Article →

Former Casa Grande athlete to host softball camps in Petaluma

Ashley Ludlow will hold camps in late June Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Track star picks graduation over state meet

Casa Grande's Caleb Lundquist will skip CIF championships in Clovis Read Article →
baseball

Vikings’ Long drives in winning run to lead NBL past SCL

The North Bay League edged the Sonoma County League 1-0 Sunday. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Nicholas Rauch races to a second-place finish in the boys 1,600 meters at Saturday's Meet of Champions at Cal. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

NCS track & field: Casa Grande’s Rauch heading to state meet

Gauchos standout among several Empire athletes to qualify for CIF meet. Read Article →

NCS track: Sophomores excel at Class A meet

Willits’ Will Smith, St. Helena’s Julia DeVencenzi grab two wins and are headed to Meet of Champions Read Article →

NCS Division 4 softball: Cloverdale can’t hold on in 6-4 loss

The Eagles couldn't close out at home against Moreau Catholic, who rallied to score four unanswered runs and win the NCS matchup. Read Article →

NCS playoffs: Casa Grande’s baseball title hopes dashed on the road

The Gauchos were shut out by Washington in the Division 2 tournament. Petaluma lost to College Park. Santa Rosa's softball team lost to Granada. Read Article →
St. Vincent shortstop Ursyla Baumgarten scores from second on a double-steal attempt. Baumgarten also had a home run.
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

NCS softball: St. Vincent turns on power, defeats Calistoga 9-4

The Mustangs are seeking a third straight championship. Read Article →

NCS roundup: Maria Carrillo softball team bounced

Empire softball, baseball teams struggle on the road Read Article →

NCS playoffs: Empire teams turning a few heads after upsets

Quite a number of teams are still in the hunt for a baseball or softball section title. The journey gets tougher as many of them will have to hit the road for the next game. Read Article →
Healdsburg’s Bianca Nicastro, third from right, finishes first in the 400 meters final at the SCL track finals at Elsie Allen on May 17.
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Healdsburg’s Nicastro overcomes brutal Achilles injury

Healdsburg standout is back on track after an Achilles injury last summer. Read Article →