College and high school results for Saturday, Aug. 29

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Saturday. Read Article →
Windsor's Mitchell Bruning slips past Petaluma's Brenden White during their game in Petaluma Friday, August 28, 2015.   (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)

Windsor wears out Petaluma, 21-9

Windsor’s Jared Escarcega rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Max Brown ran in a third. Read Article →
Montgomery receiver Pascal Camarillo tries to stay inbounds for a touchdown during a scrimmage against Petaluma high school in Petaluma on August 21, 2015.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Inexperienced Vikings get overrun 54-21 by Napa in opener

The Napa Indians football team ran for 431 total yards and trounced the home Montgomery Vikings 54-21, Friday night in Santa Rosa. Read Article →

NBL, SCL football roundup: Cardinal Newman TD kick-starts 62-19 rout of Del Norte

Cardinal Newman’s Damian Wallace set the tone for the game by returning the opening kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown. Read Article →

NCL football roundup: Fort Bragg QB smashes passing records

As far season openers go, it doesn’t get much better than the way Friday night went for Fort Bragg and the Timberwolves. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Adria Barich , center, at the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (PD File)

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich, Santa Rosa’s Daniel Pride win Rancho Invitational titles

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich pulled away from Maria Carrillo’s Carolina Avelar in the last 350 meters. Read Article →

College and high school results for Friday, Aug. 28

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Friday. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy runners (front row, from right) Rylee Bowen, Caleb Richards and McKenna Sell lead the way during a Sonoma Academy cross-country team workout at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Cross-country: Veteran runners to lead way

Empire spotlight will fall on veterans who have dominated before. Read Article →
Schuyler Van Weele and his teammates take a a break during Analy's practice, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Prep football: Intriguing matchups ahead

Man the switches. Friday night lights are back. Read Article →

College and high school results for Thursday, Aug. 27

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Thursday. Read Article →
Manny Lopes was a member of the 1989 Petaluma High football team that went 11-1 even though it played without a home field. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Road worries? History indicates playing without a 
home field can become a positive thing

As prep football season kicks off in the North Bay, three Sonoma County schools will essentially be homeless. Read Article →
Windsor's Alex Tancreto lines up during drills, in Windsor, on Monday, August 24, 2015.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Previews: New roles to fill for Windsor Jaguars

Seven all-league performers return for team led by veteran coach Tom Kirkpatrick. Read Article →

College and high school results for Wednesday, Aug. 26

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

College and high school results for Tuesday, Aug. 25

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

PD Preps Insider: Netherda makes Cal football roster

A preferred walk-on heading into summer workouts at Cal Berkeley, Maria Carrillo grad Alex Netherda is now on the squad wearing No. 38. Read Article →
Junior quarterback Brett Hofstetter is back behind center after his 2014 season was prematurely ended by injury. (Crista Jermiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Ukiah determined to erase bad memory of 2014 season

Mission One for the Ukiah Wildcats this season is to bury the memories of the nightmarish 2014 campaign, when things went monumentally wrong from start to finish. Read Article →
Junior quarterback Isaiah Steele also figures to see some action at wide receiver for Santa Rosa. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Santa Rosa focused on the future

First-year Santa Rosa High School football coach Denis Brunk knew he took on a program in need of serious rebuilding. Read Article →

College and high school results for Monday, Aug. 24

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Monday. Read Article →
Highly regarded Rancho Cotate lineman  Brandon Boccaleoni works on his technique at a preseason practice Wednesday. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Rancho Cotate revved up for a title run

Last year, Rancho Cotate put more points on the scoreboard than any team in the North Bay League. Look for the Cougars to do the same this season. Read Article →
St. Helena's Jahavier Otero, left, delivers a blow to Bradly Beh that caused a fumble in a game against NCL I rival Middletown. Otero is being counted on by the Saints this season to lead a repeat of the team's 2014 success. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: NCL I highly competitive at the top

Past three champs — Fort Bragg, St. Helena and Middletown — figure to battle for top spot Read Article →
The Montgomery Vikings offense huddles with coaches, from left, Jamon Heard, Marcello Bautista, and Albert Higgs during a scrimmage against Petaluma on Friday.

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Montgomery young and relentless

Vikings don't bring a lot of experience in Bautista's second year as head coach Read Article →
Montgomery forward/midfielder Taylor Ziemer, left, controls the ball against teammate Leanna McMahon during practice at Montgomery High on Friday.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: No such thing as too much soccer for Ziemer

Taylor Ziemer is clear that although she’s been reared in a soccer family, her world is by her design. Read Article →

College and high school results for Friday, August 21

Here's how teams in Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino counties performed this Friday. Read Article →
Anderson Valley senior Cesar Soto, one of the most dynamic players in NCL III, led the Panthers to an undefeated season in 2014. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: 8-man football continues to grow

Tomales, Calistoga and Upper Lake have joined the existing 8-man teams of the NCL III this year, creating a 10-school league that is the largest in the region in terms of membership. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo players fight for a pass at practice Thursday. 
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Maria Carrillo wants to take next step

The Pumas haven’t forgotten how far they went last season, or how close they were to defeating Casa Grande in the quarterfinals of the NCS D2 playoffs. Read Article →
Quarterback J.J. Anderson is an imposing presence in the pocket for Casa Grande at 6-foot-6. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Casa Grande is a team on the move

The 2014 season saw Casa Grande unexpectedly sputter badly in the first half. Read Article →
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 →