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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

Football season officially kicks off Aug. 11 but teams are already hitting the field. Read Article →
Taylor Stroud finished the 2014 season with the second-best ERA in the Big Sky Conference.
BOB SOLORIO / Sacramento State Athletics

Stroud finishes college career on high note

Former Montgomery star found ways to pitch around injury, earn conference honors throughout college 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 →

California Haze holding U16 tryouts in late August

The California Haze Junior Olympic fast-pitch U16 A-level softball team will host tryouts for its fall tournament team in August. 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 →
Former Rancho Cotate star Brent Gillespie led Youngstown State 
to its first NCAA tournament victory in school history.
(Youngstown State athletics)

Rancho grad Gillespie helped Youngstown State reach NCAA tourney

NCAA Tournament berth fuels Gillespe's fire to earn another appearance Read Article →
Middletown graduate Jessie Flynn captured a North Coast Section Section title at 189 pounds this past season. (Photo by the Flynn family)

Middletown’s Flynn is a 2-sport winner

Jessie Flynn qualified for the state wrestling tournament this past season and also anchored the Mustangs' defense as the starting goalkeeper. Read Article →

C.J. Banaszek loses battle with leukemia

Petaluma youngster served as inspirational figure to Casa Grande football team Read Article →

All-State honors: Empire athletes earn accolades

Carrillo baseball's Hoge, Vaughn honored; Petaluma, St. Vincent softball also in spotlight 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 →

Spring 2014 All-league teams

The complete all-league teams for baseball, softball, boys golf, boys tennis, and boys and girls badminton. 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 →

Montgomery High hall of fame honors

The induction dinner is set for Sept. 20 at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. 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 →
USA Track and Field Championships Day 2

Conley’s master plan intact

Newly crowned 10,000-meter national champion Kim Conley leaves for the European track circuit on Sunday. Read Article →
Piner assistant football coach Gary Cummings, left, talks with his son, Ronnie, during practice last season.
AUDRA VON GLAHN

Gary Cummings gone, but not forgotten

Piner lost more than a coach when he passed away in June 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 →

Empire duo stays linked with golf

Former co-Empire Golfers of the Year Lisa Copeland (Middletown) and Brooke Dagner (Sonoma Valley) found in friendly competition once again in the college ranks. Read Article →

Krist, Baumgarten 
earn all-state honors

Empire softball players helped lead their teams to NCS postseason 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 →
Petaluma's Joelle Krist was named second-team all-state in softball by CalHiSports.com.
Photo by BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat

Krist, Baumgarten named all-state for softball

Two Empire standouts have received all-state honors from CalHiSports.com. 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 →

More honors for SRJC swimmers

Thirteen Bear Cubs from the men's and women's swimming earned All-American honors for their efforts this past season. Read Article →
The Redwood Empire's top sprinter when she competed for Ukiah High School, Lauren Wallace, right, has extended her range and become one of the nation's top 800-meter runners.

Ukiah’s Wallace, Montgomery’s Conley racing at USA championship meet

The two stars will compete at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Thursday. Read Article →