Rancho Cotate's Gunner Mefferd hands off to Carlos Franco in the playoff victory at Las Lomas High School. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat )

Kerry Benefield: Rancho QB Mefferd has Cougars standing tall

Gunner Mefferd says the Rancho Cotate Cougars have had one hiccup this season. Read Article →

College and high school results for Thursday, Nov. 13

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Thursday. Read Article →
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Santa Rosa’s Curry falls short of NorCal slot

Although the Empire star finished Monday's tournament strong, she couldn’t overcome a poor start. Read Article →

North Coast Section soccer schedule for Empire teams

The schedule for boys and girls soccer teams. Read Article →
Cloverdale running back  Luis Gutierrez runs back a kickoff in the first half of Friday's home game against Fort Bragg.

Friday night football scores

Who won, who lost across the Redwood Empire Friday night. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider

There has been nothing up and down about Jack Stafford’s season. Read Article →

College and high school results for Monday, Oct. 20

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Monday. Read Article →

College and high school results for Saturday, Oct. 18

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Saturday. Read Article →
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Friday night football scores

How teams fared around the Redwood Empire. Read Article →
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Prep sports schedule, Oct. 14-18

What's happening on North Bay playing fields this week. Read Article →
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Preps sports schedule, Oct. 6-11

What's happening on local playing fields this week. Read Article →

Humbling trip for Analy: Tigers lose at McClymonds, 55-14

Entering a hostile environment and facing a McClymonds team that is big, fast and aggressive, Analy was run off the field in a 55-14 loss. Read Article →

College and high school results for Monday, Sept. 22

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Monday. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School senior and aspiring cyclist Tommy Lucas takes a break atop Los Alamos Road while training around Santa Rosa on Friday.
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Benefield: Lucas gets European seasoning (w/video)

Considered the top 17-year-old cyclist around, Tommy Lucas made two trips to Europe this summer with the USA Cycling junior national team. Read Article →
Analy’s Xavier Freeman (2) makes a catch in front of Casa Grande’s Jaleel Lawson during Friday night’s game in Sebastopol.
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Football: Analy routs Casa Grande in showdown of league champs

Tigers jumped to 40-0 lead at halftime Read Article →
Petaluma’s Brendan White (5) hurdles over Santa Rosa’s 
Carter Lindstrom-Drake during the first half of Friday’s game.
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Football: Petaluma squeezes by Santa Rosa 13-12

Trojans blow 13-0 lead, but Panthers comeback falls short on failed conversion Read Article →

Saturday’s high school football previews, Week 1

Newman opens season against prominent Nevada high school Read Article →
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High school football previews, Week 1

Today’s top high school football games Read Article →
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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 his exploits on the basketball court. Jenkins was a first-team All-Empire selection after leading the Tigers (and ranking among the top scorers in the region) […] Read Article →
Piner quarterback Tony Martignoli. Monday Aug. 18, 2014 at Piner High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

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. 
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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, relief was replaced by something else I wasn’t ready for. I was coaching an under-14 girls soccer team […] 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.
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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.
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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.

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

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