Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School on  May 7, 2015. 
 (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s new field to be lined with cork, not rubber

Casa Grande is now the third high school where athletes will play on turf lined with ground-up cork instead of rubber pellets. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman junior quarterback Jordon Brookshire, right, runs through drills during a recent practice at Cardinal Newman High.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Cardinal Newman wants a league title

The Cardinal Newman football team is ready to chase the North Bay League championshp, except this year the Cardinals don’t want to share. Read Article →
Bob Midgley begins his third season as the Sonoma Valley coach with a 10-11 overall record. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Dwindling roster size hampers Sonoma Valley

There’s a troubling trend playing out with the Sonoma Valley football program. Fewer athletes are participating. Read Article →
Senior quarterback Fernando Ortega throws a pass during practice at Piner. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Piner has the talent to make noise

The 2015 Piner Prospectors are rich with athletes. Read Article →
Luke Wheless runs drills during practice at Petaluma High School. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Petaluma enters season with lofty aspirations

Senior quarterback Brendan White, a first-team all-league selection last year, will be the foundation upon which the Trojans will build a team that hopes to challenge Analy for league honors. Read Article →
Healdsburg football coach Todd Beth goes over a play with quarterback Levi Yeley during practice on Thursday. 
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Healdsburg seeks to forget 2014

Team wants to put last season in rear-view mirror. Read Article →
Elsie Allen quarterback Franki Suarez races to get around the corner at a practice scrimmage. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Elsie Allen working hard to put a new attitude into action

The first thing the Lobos hope to gain this season is respect. Read Article →
Luis Arriaga, 14. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Empire roundup: Soccer phenom Luis Arriaga, 14, leaves Santa Rosa

Arriaga has taken his soccer skills to Arizona, plus other Empire news and notes. Read Article →
Running back Josh Wright, following his blockers at a preseason practice, could benefit greatly from the Lions' shift to a double-win offense. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: El Molino determined to make the best of a small roster

The Lions have just 16 players on the roster. Read Article →
The Analy High School Tigers practice, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Home-field upgrades force Analy to hit the road all season

With core group gone, Tigers expect to spread ball around a lot more this season. Read Article →
Middletown junior Henry Webb at football practice while the Jerusalem fire produces smoke in the distance, on Monday, August 10, 2015.   (Kerry Benefield/ The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Middletown players come together while fires rage

Football season a welcome relief for Mustangs as Lake County continues to burn. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School football player Nico D'Amato runs through drills during the first official day of preseason football practice. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Promise of August: Football teams kick off preseason practices

Monday was the first day of allowable mandatory football practice. Read Article →
Matt Mokski raises his arms in triumph after sinking a long putt to birdie the eighth hole, while Brendan Frazier looks on, at the Bennett Valley Golf Club in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, Aug.  5, 2015. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma teen with special needs finds his focus on golf course

Matt Mokski has to work a little harder than most young athletes to stay focused. Read Article →
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Empire roundup: Gonzalez, Ziemer named to All-American team

Incoming seniors selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's All-American Fall girls soccer team. Read Article →
In this photo taken Friday, May 17, 2009, tiny bits of ground up tires used as filler between blades of artificial grass are displayed on a field made of synthetic turf at a playfield in a north Seattle neighborhood. Some health experts, activists and parents are worried that children may be exposed to chemicals by inhaling or swallowing the rubber granules. The same debate is happening now over Casa Grande's new football field, which is scheduled for installation this fall. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Casa Grande parents worry about rubber turf pellets

No changes appear in store for a new synthetic-turf planned for Casa Grande. Read Article →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School, in Petaluma on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande field meeting on Wednesday night

Petaluma City Schools board to hear public input on artificial turf plan. Read Article →
Zac Tiedeman, Montgomery's new varsity boys basketball coach, played for the Vikings from 2003-06.
(Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Former Montgomery star Tiedeman is Vikings’ new coach

Zac Tiedeman always longed to coach the varsity team at his alma mater. Read Article →
Casa Grande’s Justin Bruihl had Tommy John surgery during his junior season and spent 15 months in rehab before returning to the mound. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Bob Padecky: Casa Grande pitcher’s journey offers perspective

An injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery and 15 long months of rehab taught Bruihl to use caution in pursuing his baseball career. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza, right, wrestles against Monica Mason of New York at USA Wrestling's Junior Women's Dual Team Finals on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. (JOHN SACHS / Tech-Fall)

Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza grapples with top talent

Incoming senior makes it to title match at national event. Read Article →
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Petaluma softball star Joelle Krist
 on MaxPreps all-state team

A number of local athletes have earned statewide honors for their play this spring. Read Article →
Piner’s varsity team takes the field before a 2013 game. Piner is the only school in the North Bay and Sonoma County leagues without lights on its field.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat file)

Piner parents revive push for football lights

High school is only one in Santa Rosa district without lighted field. Read Article →

Andrews, Gabbert named to all-state baseball team

Maria Carrillo, Petaluma grads named to Medium Schools All-State Baseball Team. Read Article →
Maya DiRado of Maria Carrillo High School in 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Former Empire swimmers seek shot at Olympics

Four local swimmers have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs in the girls 1600-meter race during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships at  Clovis on Saturday.  (Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

Rylee Bowen competes at international meet

Sonoma Academy cross country and track star finished last among 14 runners. Read Article →
Jason Bruihl returned to the mound for Casa Grande near the end of the 2015 season and pitched against Pinole Valley in a playoff game May 30. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Bruihl gets scholarship to Cal Poly after Tommy John surgery

2015 graduate of Casa Grande will pitch at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Mitch Hood hands off to Rancho Cotate's Tanoa Peleti at a practice session for the 2014 Kiwanis All-Star Game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)  Kiwanis All-Star Game

Kiwanis all-star football game postponed

It traditionally had been played in July. No makeup date has been set. Read Article →
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Benefield: New football coach Wight brings fresh attitude to Elsie Allen

Recent hire Bill Wight calls the Elsie Allen head football coaching position his dream job. Read Article →