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Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his 14-man football team after the Braves beat Hoopa Valley 41-12 on Friday night. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Kerry Benefield: Tomales Braves exemplify synergy

Decreased enrollment diminishes Tomales' roster, not its performance Read Article →

Saturday’s high school football previews, Week 1

Newman opens season against prominent Nevada high school Read Article →
Ke' Shawn Walker, left, does a plank exercise with his teammates during Montgomery's first day of football practice on Monday. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Real work begins for Empire’s football teams

The first of football practice began on Monday. For all the football teams in the Empire, it's a clean slate; everyone's a contender. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Cardinal Newman signs up for early bowl game

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Washington State has landed Casa Grande senior kicker Matt Abramo, considered to have one of the strongest legs among this season’s recruiting class. He verbally committed to the Cougars in late July. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Demorat, 2013)

Padecky: Casa’s Abramo a great kicker, better person

The Gauchos' kicker would rather talk about his leukemia fundraising efforts. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball: Cloverdale’s Teanne Edens led with strong arm, booming bat

Pitcher threw 20 complete games to propel the Eagles to the tops of the Empire ranks. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Claudia Rohrs (photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton: Claudia Rohrs always put her team first

Senior star helped 
propel Santa Rosa High powerhouse. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Liam Galbraith (PD photo).

All-Empire boys badminton: Santa Rosa standout Liam Galbraith made remarkable strides

In less than a year, the Santa Rosa High student went from novice to the top prep badminton player in the Redwood Empire Read Article →
Rancho Cotate tennis player Alec Wong (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis: Alec Wong’s season a smash

Rancho Cotate sophomore went unbeaten in NBL singles competition Read Article →
Montgomery golfer Nick Rogers (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf: Montgomery’s Rogers the clear choice for Player of the Year

Rogers will play golf at SRJC rather than head directly to a four-year university. Read Article →
The Press Democrat's All-Empire Girls Wrestler of the Year, Casa Grande senior Erika Mihalca (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls wrestling: Sacrifice pays off for Mihalca

Casa Grande senior doesn’t mind swapping social activities for mat stardom. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Santa Rosa Twilight Invitational starts this weekend

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande’s Erika Mihalca takes fourth at national wrestling tournament

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports in the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Wrestlers shake off jitters at CIF wrestling championships

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Erika Mihalca flips teammate Seamus Lanhan during 
wrestling practice at the National Guard Armory in Petaluma on Feb. 26, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

CIF girls wrestling: Casa’s Mihalca has made winning a tradition

Before Casa Grande's Erika Mihalca was an NCS wrestling champ, she was a judo medalist. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's P.J. Klee wrestles with a coach during practice. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

NCS wrestling: Newman’s Klee takes aim at championship

At least 126 local athletes will be taking the mat at the North Coast Section boys wrestling championships Friday and Saturday Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Seeding rules wreaking havoc on Empire teams

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: St. Vincent baseball coach climbing up victories rankings

A behind-the-scenes looks at sports around the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: NFL players to visit Windsor Middle School

A behind-the-scenes-look at Empire sports. Read Article →

Small School Bridge League all-league boys soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Empire athletes to sign letters of intent

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports across the Empire. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Chloe Colbert. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small-school girls soccer: Chloe Colbert put Sonoma Academy on top

Colbert scored big goals in Sonoma Academy's run to a section title. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Cardinal Newman wins 1,000th boys basketball game

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports around the Empire. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Rancho Cotate boys moving on without stars

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Middletown’s Hannah Diaz signs to play soccer at Saint Mary’s College

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire sports. Read Article →
Bob Padecky.

Padecky: Sports writing career reaches the finish line

Grateful for 26 years of meeting unsung heroes and leaving without sadness. Read Article →
Mendocino football player Reed Carter and his dad, Mike, sit on a bluff in the Mendocino Headlands where they spread the ashes of Reed’s late mother. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Mendocino’s Reed Carter doesn’t let tragedy hold him back

The trials and challenges Reed Carter endured would have ruined a weaker person, but he chose to rise above it and live a life of purpose. Read Article →
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Padecky: El Molino’s Valerie LaForge ready for the next challenge

The Lions standout signed a letter of intent for a soccer scholarship at St. Mary's College in Moraga. She's planning on graduating early so she can start college in the spring. Read Article →
The last Egg Bowl, held in 2011, was marred by penalties on both sides of the ball.
CRISTA JEREMAISON / The Press Democrat, 2011

Padecky: It’s time to bring the Egg Bowl back

By BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT PETALUMA — In trying to understand why Petaluma and Casa Grande should be playing each other again in high school football, let’s make sure ... Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande offensive lineman relishes touchdown

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →