18th annual All-Empire Athlete of the Year awards

The Press Democrat’s 18th annual All-Empire Athletes of the Year ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Friedman Event Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., in Santa Rosa.

The ceremony will honor 131 athletes from 38 North Coast high schools and feature photos and video from Press Democrat staff.

Four athletes and four scholar-athletes of the year will be awarded scholarships.

Dave Cox of YSN365.com will be master of ceremonies.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the ceremony is open to the public.

For a photo gallery of many of the athletes, click here.

Call Eric Wittmershaus at 521-5433 for information.