Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha tries to push past Las Lomas High School's Lincoln Kiragu during the game held at Las Lomas High School, Friday, November 21, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat

NCS Football Roundup: Rancho Cotate pulls off Division 3 stunner

Cougars upset Las Lomas 
behind Carlos Franco’s 175 yards,
three touchdown passes by Gunner Mefferd Read Article →
St. Helena quarterback Jack Preston tries to stay inbounds as he runs away from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Chris Stinchcomb during their game in Saint Helena on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS football playoffs: St. Helena marches past St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 30-18

QB Jack Preston made a mental move, and a physical one, to get his team back on the right track. Read Article →

North Bay League All-League Boys Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Girls Soccer, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bailey Brown goes up for the ball with Josh Groesbeck during football practice held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas’ goal: Gridiron glory

Football team hopes to echo school’s success in other sports. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Baelei Wiesner, center, and Amanda Wright, right, block a hit made by Northgate's Renee Lawrence, left, during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas survive semifinal scare to advance to volleyball championship

Trailing 2-1, Pumas rallied to win the final two games Wednesday. Read Article →
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NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Valley will face top seed in championship

Dragons to face Campolindo; Healdsburg, Anderson Valley also advance to final matches. Read Article →
Santa Rosa goalie Osvaldo 
Benavides looks back to watch the ball enter the goal on a penalty kick during an NCS playoff game in 2013. Some soccer coaches and players believe it is unfair to decide a game on a shootout. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Benefield: Pressure is on when penalty kicks start

Penalty kicks are the necessary evil of soccer. Read Article →
Healdsburg High School's Hailey Roux, left, hits as Hannah Chapman, center and Julia Somers, right, block during volleyball practice Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

5 Empire volleyball teams hoping to net a title

Five local teams will play in Wednesday's semifinal round of the NCS volleyball tournament. Read Article →
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Empire tennis hopefuls ousted in NCS tournament

Empire tennis players won opening round matches at Tuesday's North Coast Section tournament before losing in the quarterfinals later in the day. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Newman coach names his MVP

It wasn't the QB or halfback whom coach Paul Cronin wanted to talk about after the game. Read Article →

Marin County Athletic League All-League Boys and Girls Water Polo, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →
St. Vincent ball carrier George Sammon breaks loose for a touchdown with the Cloverdale defense in pursuit, Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS football roundup: Analy handles El Cerrito with ease in opener

Will Smith passed for six touchdowns as Analy easily handled El Cerrito, 68-7; St. Vincent rallies past Cloverdale Read Article →

NCS football: Big first-half run propels Casa Grande

After falling behind early, Gauchos steamroll Miramonte 48-6 Read Article →
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NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win

The game wound up being as hard-fought as you would expect. Read Article →

NCS football playoffs schedule, Nov. 21 and 22

Schedule for NCS quarterfinal games on Nov. 21 and 22. Read Article →

NCS volleyball playoffs results

Results from Saturday's NCS volleyball playoff games. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Sonoma Academy girls go undefeated to grab title

The top-seeded Sonoma Academy girls’ soccer team beat St. Vincent 5-1 on Saturday in the NCS Division 3 final. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Alex Netherda runs the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo cruises past American in NCS opener, 49-13

In explosive display of offense, Carrillo ran wild on smaller, less athletic school. Read Article →
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Windsor back on track

The Windsor High School football team beat Dublin, 35-9, in an NCS first-round game Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak in the process. Read Article →

NCS football: Rancho Cotate rolls past Kennedy

Gunner Mefferd throws for four touchdowns as Cougars put their offense on display in 38-16 victory Read Article →

Friday’s NCS playoffs roundup: St. Helena wins big; Petaluma, Kelseyville, Lower Lake out

St. Helena came alive in the second half and defeated visiting South Fork, 45-18, in a North Coast Section Division 5 playoff game Friday night. Read Article →
El Molino High School varsity cross-country runners Brady Lane, 18, left, a senior, and Brian Schulz, 16, right, a sophomore, during a run over Wohler Bridge in Forestville, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Loyalty of the Lions

El Molino cross-country runner puts sportsmanship first to help teammate on the course. Read Article →
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Montgomery boys need PKs again for victory

Vikings lose player to red card, 2nd to injury in 6-5 win over Rancho Cotate. Read Article →
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Maria Carrillo girls close in on 4th consecutive title

Girls team one win away from fourth consecutive NCS Division 1 crown. Read Article →
Montgomery's Taylor Ziemer takes the ball towards the goal as Petaluma's Hannah Devoe pressures her during the game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Vikings set for battle

Montgomery girls' 2-1 win over Petaluma sets up title match with rival Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his team earlier this season. (Photo by The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Tomales coach Feliciano steps down

After 19 years as head coach, Leon Feliciano is hanging up his whistle. Read Article →

NCS girls tennis: Santa Rosa bounced in first round

No. 15 seed Panthers fall 7-0 to second-seeded Amador Valley Read Article →

Fort Bragg’s request denied by NCS

McKinleyville will not be removed from the football playoffs Read Article →