PDPreps Insider: 1st-time football player is one to watch

He has never donned pads for a high school football game, but Analy’s Malcolm Jenkins qualifies as a “player to watch.” If his name sounds familiar, it’s probably because of ... Read Article →

Football preview: Piner looks to extend improvement trend

New QB Tony Martignoli can throw deep passes well. Read Article →
Linebacker Richard DePaz (14) springs forward to deliver a blow to the blocking sled at Elsie Allen’s preseason practice. 
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

Football preview: Elsie Allen taking 2014 one step at a time

Lobos' goal for season is building a foundation. Read Article →
Kerry Benefield, The Press Democrat's new local sports columnist.

Benefield: Sports is about the cheering

I didn’t cry when the final whistle blew on my last college soccer game. What I remember feeling was relief. It had been a long time. I was ready to hang it up. About six months later, ... Read Article →

High school football: Cardinal Newman to forfeit nine practices

Cardinals held spring practice eight times after its school year ended in late May; Middletown also held three unauthorized practices 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 →

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 →
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 →
Casa Grande's Daniel Greisen, right, takes on Rancho Cotate's Hector Hernandez, left, during the South's football practice held at Rancho Cotate High School in preparation for the Kiwanis All-Star Football Game held on Saturday.

(Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County’s best back for Kiwanis All-Star Football game

All-star game will divide players into teams from north, south parts of Sonoma County Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton won the SCL shot put title and also plays basketball for the Trojans.
JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

All-Empire girls track: Allison Scranton’s success revolves around work ethic

Trojans' discus thrower is also one of the Empire's best hoops players. Read Article →
Petaluma High School's Riley Scott. 
(CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls swimming: Petaluma’s Scott doesn’t do the norm

Trojans' Scott doesn't follow typical Empire swimming path. Read Article →
SRJC Basketball Practice

SRJC men’s basketball: Kobre bound for UOP

The state tourney MVP is one of a number of players headed to four-year programs. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate high jumper Justin Zinnerman hit a 6-9 at the NCS Meet of Champions despite tweaking his ankle on a previous jump.
(CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat, 2013)

State track meet: Rancho’s Zinnerman ready for high jump

The Rancho Cotate star is looking for more after his NCS title last week. Read Article →

NCS Meet of Champions: Scranton, Bertsch bound for state

Petaluma field star and Santa Rosa high jumper will compete in Clovis next week Read Article →

Are you going to the World Cup? Tell us

Can we get this in today’s paper and online over the weekend? Whether you are traveling for the globe’s most popular sporting event or will take in the games locally, we’d like ... Read Article →
Petaluma junior Allison Scranton won the shot put title at the Sonoma County League meet earlier this month.
JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

Petaluma’s Scranton looks to reach state track and field meet

Petaluma star digs for title shot while at the same time, playing on traveling hoops team. Read Article →
Kayla Aggio, top, grapples with an opponent during a match against Midland University in the Oklahoma City Dual tournament last October.
RICH TORTORELLI / Oklahoma City University Athletics, 2013

Padecky: Rancho Cotate grad Aggio peaking while grappling tragedy

145.5-pound titlist at nationals, Aggio will wrestle at U.S. World Team Trials. 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 →
Steve Kerr, third from left, watches the final moments of Arizona’s victory against Washington State. SRJC coach Craig McMillan is second from right.
(Photo by Tuscon Citizen, 1988)

Padecky: McMillan thinks Kerr will be fine coaching

SRJC men's basketball coach played with new Warriors coach Kerr while duo was at Arizona. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo running back Alex Netherda, right, is tackled during football practice on Aug. 22, 2013. A recently passed state bill would limit the amount of contact teams can have during practice.
(ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat, 2013)

Lawmakers aim to curb high school football injuries

State Assembly bill would limit full-contact practices, increase concussion scrutiny Read Article →
Analy’s Kyle Vannetti, third from the left, broke from the boy’s 100 meters pack to win the race in 11.12 seconds on Saturday at Elsie Allen.
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

SCL track and field: Petaluma dominates girls’ meet, boys meet down to wire

Top-6 qualifiers advance to NCS Redwood Empire meet next week at Redwood High. Read Article →
Windsor’s Nicole Kemper, center, ran the final leg of the 4X100 relay, which her team won, during the NBL track championships held on Friday.
CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat

NBL track and field: Maria Carrillo grabs clean sweep

Pumas’ boys and girls squads take league titles in exciting, dominant fashion Read Article →

NCS swimming: Montgomery swimmer medals at diving championships

Tanner MacDonald grabs 5th at sections Read Article →

High school results for Monday, May 12

Who won, who lost Monday. Read Article →
Sonoma State pitcher Amanda Llerena was selected to the California Collegiate Athletic Association all-conference softball first team.

SRJC, SSU fare well on all-star selections

Bear Cubs place five on Big 8 baseball squad; Seawolves earn four spots on CCAA list Read Article →
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (2) reacts after an incomplete pass to a West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) during the second half on Nov. 2. 
(JIM COWSERT / Associated Press, 2013)

Former SRJC football player taken in first round of NFL draft

Jason Verrett played for Bear Cubs in 2010 before moving on to play for TCU Read Article →

Maria Carrillo baseball wins 16th in a row

The Pumas move one step closer to winning NBL title with victory over Ukiah Read Article →
SRJC head swim coach Jill McCormick, right, jokes with members of her team during practice, in Santa Rosa,
Calif., on April 25, 2014. 
(ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat)

SRJC men, women swim teams bound for state

Bear Cubs look to add to their collections next week. Read Article →
Montgomery’s No. 1 boys badminton player Dylan Freitas hits a return against Santa Rosa’s Liam Galbraith. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery pulls off badminton upset

Vikings rallied to knock off unbeaten Santa Rosa Wednesday. Read Article →
Piner golfer Mark Ainger, left, listens to guidance from head coach Richard Gregus and assistant coach Jeff Goering during the Steve "Ranger" Dreyfus Junior Round-up tournament at Bennett Valley Golf Course, in Santa Rosa on Monday, April 21, 2014.   (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Piner golf team puts fun in game, makes huge gains

Prospectors' golf team sees drastic turnaround after putting their focusing on having a good time on the course. Read Article →