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 →
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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 small school baseball team

The 2015 All-Empire small school baseball team. 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 →

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 →
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All-Empire boys swimmer of the year Stefan Keller

Keller did serious damage to NBL competition this year. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna's Armani Perry in a 2013 game. (PD File, 2013)

Small-school East squad beats West 83-82 in All-Star game

Archbishop Hanna’s Armani Perry drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to lift the East squad over the West. Read Article →
Maddy Gonzalez, shown in 2014, will join other Redwood Empire soccer stars at the Elite Club National League soccer tournament in Seattle. (PD FIle, 2014)

Empire sports roundup: Santa Rosa youth soccer teams in Seattle tournament

Two local soccer teams are traveling to Seattle next week, plus other news. Read Article →

Summer wrestling camp at Cardinal Newman

The Redbirds summer wrestling camp will be Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read Article →

Phillies draft former Petaluma star Sequeira

Anthony Sequeira, an All-Empire selection by The Press Democrat during his junior and senior seasons at Petaluma High School, was drafted out Oral Roberts University in the 23rd round of the MLB Draft on Wednesday by the Philadelphia Phillies Read Article →
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High school softball: Clear Lake captures Division 5 title

Homers by Atkins, Wingler propel top-seeded Cardinals to 5-1 victory over St. Joseph Notre Dame. Read Article →
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High school baseball: Tomales ready to play for NCS title

Twenty Redwood Empire teams made the North Coast Section baseball playoffs this year, but only one remains standing: Tomales, which finished in the middle of the NCL II with a 6-6 record and was 10-8 as the NCS Division 6 playoffs began. Read Article →

Clear Lake’s perfect baseball season comes to end

The visiting Head-Royce Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for a 7-3 victory to end Clear Lake's hopes of a perfect season on Wednesday. Read Article →
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NCS softball: Clear Lake downs St. Vincent 14-4 to reach section final

No. 1 seed advances to Friday's Division 5 title game. Read Article →
Analy's Will Smith during the game held at Petaluma High School, Friday, November 7, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PDPreps Insider: Analy’s Smith picks a college

Analy quarterback Will Smith has signed a letter of intent to play at Kansas Wesleyan University. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Tyler Moore struggles to get to the ball as teammate Max Cerini watches during the game held at Casa Grande High School, Saturday, May 30, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NCS baseball: Heartbreaking loss for Casa Grande

There was high drama at Saturday’s NCS Division 2 quarterfinal at Casa Grande. Read Article →
Clear Lake coaches Rick Moreno, left and Derek Brodnansky give a quick team talk, Friday May 29, 2015 after a workout  at Clear Lake High School in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS baseball roundup: Clear Lake stays unbeaten with 2-1 victory

Undefeated and top-seeded Clear Lake pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen (PD file).

NCS track and field: Redwood Empire freshmen Rylee Bowen, Kirsten Carter among those headed to state meet

The future of Redwood Empire running arrived at UC Berkeley’s Edwards Stadium on four skinny legs. Read Article →
Mina Werner, a senior on the Clear Lake High School girls softball team, takes cuts in the batting cage, Friday, May 29, 2015 in Lakeport. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS softball roundup: Clear Lake, Laytonville win Saturday

Cardinals walloped visiting Valley Christian, 18-0. Read Article →