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 →
Taylor Ziemer, center, tries to get past Samantha Zepponi, right, and Chloe Colbert, left, as members of the Santa Rosa United U17 team practice at Trione Field in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Santa Rosa Freeze girls soccer team reaches next level

The Freeze have reached the Elite Clubs National League finals. Read Article →
Middletown High School student Gracie Pachie. (Pachie family photo)

Middletown’s Gracie Pachie is queen of the rodeo

Gracie Pachie isn’t just any beauty queen. Read Article →

All-Empire large school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire large school baseball team. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Clayton Andrews, All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year. 
(John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year Clayton Andrews

Andrews' ability to put the ball in play is only one of his many talents. Read Article →

All-Empire small school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire small school baseball team. Read Article →
Clear Lake senior Cole Brodnansky, the 2014-15 All-Empire small school baseball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small school baseball player of the year Cole Brodnansky

Clear Lake senior bettered himself in just about every category this season. 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 to represent US in Colombia

Sonoma Academy student named to USA Track & Field youth national team. Read Article →

All-Empire boys track and field team

The 2015 All-Empire boys track and field team. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate senior Justin Zinnerman, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys track athlete of the year. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys track athlete of the year Justin Zinnerman

After battling ankle injuries early, Zinnerman found his groove and excelled. Read Article →

All-Empire girls track & field team

The 2015 All-Empire girls track & field team. Read Article →
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All-Empire Girls Track Athlete of the Year Allison Scranton

Petaluma's Scranton grabbed fourth place at state in discus. Read Article →

All-Empire large school softball team

The Press Democrat's 2015 All-Empire Large-School Softball Team. Read Article →
Petaluma senior Joelle Krist, the 2014-15 All-Empire large school softball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire large school softball player of the year Joelle Krist

Krist hit a phenomenal .529, knocked in a mind-boggling 46 runs and banged six home runs. Read Article →

All-Empire small school softball team

The 2015 All-Empire small school softball team. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball player of the year Jordyn Turner

'She was our overall MVP,' said longtime coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Read Article →

All-Empire girls badminton team

The 2015 All-Empire girls badminton team. Read Article →
Windsor senior Ruth McQuown, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton player of the year Ruth McQuown

It took only three years for Ruth McQuown to become the best prep female player in the county. Read Article →

All-Empire boys badminton team

The 2015 All-Empire boys badminton team. Read Article →