Prep football roundup: Upper Lake throttles Tomales

Upper Lake scored at least one touchdown in every quarter and spoiled Tomales’ homecoming game Saturday night. Read Article →

Petaluma Trojans edge Piner Prospectors 29-22

    By PHIL BARBER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT The crowd wasn’t immense at Piner High for the Prospectors’ game against Petaluma on Saturday. It was a hot afternoon, and a sizable proportion of the Piner student body was in front of a mirror, prepping for the homecoming dance. But those who attended the game were […] Read Article →

High school football: Maria Carrillo Pumas looking to roar

After last week's 49-7 dismantling of Montgomery , Carrillo would seem to be on an upward trajectory. Read Article →

Homecoming game between Mendocino and Point Arena canceled after schedule snafu

Last Saturday’s Mendocino High-Point Arena football game likely will be rescheduled for November after a communication mix-up between the school and referees resulted in the cancellation of Mendocino’s homecoming game. Read Article →
Dan Bribiescas  (PD FILE)

Former Santa Rosa High School soccer coach Dan Bribiescas dies suddenly at 56

Dan Bribiescas died suddenly Saturday. Read Article →

Analy not slowing down despite graduation of last year’s stars

Analy, gutted by the graduation of its most high-profile players in June, hasn’t just maintained its footing. As we head into league play, the Tigers may be the dominant team in the area. Read Article →

Padecky: Sarah Sumpter’s unforgettable strength and courage

Sarah Sumpter was 25 years old and it wasn’t supposed to happen this way. Read Article →

Benefield: More high school teams going coed

Rincon Valley Christian is the latest area high school to drop girls soccer due to lack of numbers. Read Article →

High school football: For Elsie Allen, it’s a lesson in perseverance

For Elsie Allen football coach Bill Wight, even the small victories are important. Read Article →

Benefield: Roseland Cup soccer tournament a unifying force

Second year for event conceived as a response to the Andy Lopez shooting. Read Article →

After Valley fire, Middletown cross country team get back to work in Viking Opener

Times, places and personal bests gave way to something much more important Saturday. Read Article →

Kaylor Sullivan at the helm of Fort Bragg’s explosive no-huddle offense

The Timberwolves aren’t bigger or stronger than most of the teams they play, but they move faster Read Article →

Benefield: Valley fire may stop the games, but not the spirit of Middletown

By KERRY BENEFIELD THE PRESS DEMOCRAT It’s Homecoming Week for Middletown High School. A rally in the gym was planned for Monday. The Mustangs were scheduled to play a home football game against the El Molino Lions Friday night. None of that is happening. There was no school yesterday and there will be no school […] Read Article →
Cardinal Newman head coach Paul Cronin huddles with members of his team during varsity football practice at Cardinal Newman high school in Santa Rosa on Aug. 19, 2015.

Cardinal Newman to switch to Division 4 football

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Benefield: Singh cousins leading girls golf resurgence at Rancho Cotate

Rancho Cotate finally has the numbers to field a competitive girls golf team. Read Article →

Prep boys soccer preview: Without NBL, it could be lonely at the top in SCL

For the boys soccer teams in the Sonoma County League, the No. 1 spot is as high as it gets without the North Bay League — which is moving to winter season — to duel with. Read Article →

Prep girls soccer preview: Montgomery, Maria Carrillo will compete for NBL title

One team has held the title for the last four years, the other has the likes of one of the most dominant players in the Redwood Empire. Read Article →

Round Valley High cancels football season

School was having trouble getting kids to consistently make it out to football practice. Read Article →
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 Osiris Zamora (7), left, escapes a tackle by Casa Grande's Nic Petri (16) during a varsity football game between Analy and Casa Grande high schools in Santa Rosa on Aug.28, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Redwood Empire football the best kinds of ‘What Ifs’

Before the season starts, everyone is perfect, every slate is clean. 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 →
Windsor's Mitchell Bruning slips past Petaluma's Brenden White during their game in Petaluma Friday, August 28, 2015.   (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)

Windsor wears out Petaluma, 21-9

Windsor’s David Escarcega rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Max Brown ran in a third. 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 →
Sonoma Academy runners (front row, from right) Rylee Bowen, Caleb Richards and McKenna Sell lead the way during a Sonoma Academy cross-country team workout at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Cross-country: Veteran runners to lead way

Empire spotlight will fall on veterans who have dominated before. Read Article →
Schuyler Van Weele and his teammates take a a break during Analy's practice, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Prep football: Intriguing matchups ahead

Man the switches. Friday night lights are back. 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 →
Windsor's Alex Tancreto lines up during drills, in Windsor, on Monday, August 24, 2015.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Previews: New roles to fill for Windsor Jaguars

Seven all-league performers return for team led by veteran coach Tom Kirkpatrick. Read Article →
Alex Netherda

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 →