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Jon Montez, the 2013-14 All-Empire Small School Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
(CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Willits’ Montez earns All-Empire honors, again

Wolverines' center Jon Montez earns the All-Empire Small School Boys Basketball Player of the Year honor for the second straight year. Read Article →

Small School Bridge League all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League III all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League II all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League I all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →
Sonoma County League all-league MVP Malcolm Jenkins of Analy (photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

Sonoma County League all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →
North Bay League all-league MVP Alec Raven of Montgomery (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

North Bay League all-league boys basketball, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Bear Cub standouts looking at a shot with four-year programs

Several SRJC players are preparing for the basketball signing period that runs from May for Division I and August in Division II. Read Article →
Former Montgomery star Alec Kobre scored a team-high 17 points in Sunday's championship victory. He was named tournament MVP. (SRJC Athletics photo)

Former Viking Kobre helps lead SRJC to first state championship

Bear Cubs beat San Bernadino Valley 73-67 in CCCAA State championship game. Read Article →

Monty boys fall at Serra

The Vikings led for much of the game, but were overtaken down the stretch despite Raven's 26 points. Read Article →

SRJC men’s basketball: Drewry lifts Bear Cubs over Chaffey 49-47

Santa Rosa Junior College will play San Bernardino Valley College on Sunday in the CCCAA tournament championship. Read Article →
Montgomery's Michael Septimo, right, drives around Del Oro's Jack Huizenga during Wednesday's CIF Division 2 playoff basketball game. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

CIF boys basketball: Montgomery withstands late Del Oro charge

The Vikings got a late 3-pointer to seal a 53-51 CIF playoffs win Wednesday. Read Article →
Katie Daly’s status for Wednesday’s game will be determined Monday. Santa Rosa’s senior guard missed the NCS semifinals with concussion symptoms. (Photo by Conner Jay, The Press Democrat)

7 Empire teams headed to state

Montgomery boys, St. Vincent girls will open the hoops contest at home. Read Article →

NCS basketball: St. Vincent girls lone winner on rough night for Empire teams

On a night when all other local teams went down, the Mustangs defeated San Domenico to advance in the Division 5 girls bracket. Read Article →
Montgomery's Kiel Long (32) goes in for a layup and draws a foul from Concord's Jamil Lea (30) during their NCS semifinal on March 5, 2014. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery boys eliminated from NCS semis in OT

The Vikings still qualifiy for the NorCal playoffs. Read Article →
Montgomery senior Noah Orlik, center, rallies his teammates before an NCS playoff game against Redwood on Feb. 28, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

NCS basketball: Vikings set sights on section title

Montgomery powerhouse leads Empire teams in bid for NCS titles. Read Article →

NCS basketball: Road to section championship gets tougher

Five Empire teams are playing for a spot in their respective division's section championship. Read Article →

SRJC basketball: Bear Cubs continue pursuit of CCCAA title with doubleheader

The women face Diablo Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The men follow with a 7:30 p.m. tilt against Ohlone. Read Article →
Rincon Valley Christian's Joe Lin (25) goes for a layup while defended by St. Elizabeth's Junior Salcedo (20) during an NCS playoff boys basketball game in Santa Rosa on Saturday, March 1, 2014. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

NCS basketball Saturday roundup: Hanna boys, St. Vincent girls advance

Carrillo boys give up halftime lead in loss at Newark Memorial in tough day for Empire representatives Read Article →

SRJC men’s basketball: Bear Cubs need OT to topple Merritt 86-76

The SRJC men's team trailed 32-24 at halftime before storming back to beat Merritt and move on to the next round of the CCCAA tournament. Read Article →
Montgomery vs. Redwood Boys Basketball

NCS boys basketball: Montgomery grinds out 63-55 win over Redwood

Vikings withstood persistent Giants team to advance in NCS Div. 2 tournament. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Seeding rules wreaking havoc on Empire teams

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna's Victor Hughes, center, and Laytonville's Connor Beardsley reach for a loose ball during Wednesday's NCS playoff game. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

NCS boys basketball: Archbishop Hanna holds off Laytonville 65-53

The Hawks advance to face Ferndale in the second round of the NCS Division 6 playoffs. Read Article →

NCS boys basketball: Willits wins first-ever playoff game

Ninth-seeded Wolverines beat No. 8 Roseland Prep 52-31 on the road Read Article →

Sonoma State basketball teams hoping to finish season on high note

Both Seawolves teams are out of playoff contention, but several Empire standouts are looking to put an emphatic cap to their collegiate hoops careers. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo center A.J. John dunks the ball over Clayton Valley Charter's Nate Kiesel in the first round of their NCS playoff in Santa Rosa on Tuesday.
(JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo wins NCS Division 2 playoff opener 72-64

A strong showing in the second half helped the Pumas advance Tuesday. Read Article →

NCS boys basketball: Ukiah, Analy knocked out

Dublin drills 10 3-pointers in victory over Wildcats; SCL champion Analy falls to Miramonte Read Article →

College recruiting realities

Montgomery forum Wednesday. Topics include: The school picks you; athletes must market themselves; find funding beyond the athletic scholarship. Read Article →
Montgomery's Noah Orlik (11) drives to the basket while defended by Casa Grande's Cetrick Yeanay (3) during a game on Feb. 14. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

Montgomery boys earn No. 1 seed in Division 2

NB; gets six teams into NCS playoffs, with four earning 1st-round home games. Read Article →
Montgomery's Kiel Long (32) makes a layup during the NBL boys basketball tournament championship game against Maria Carrillo on Feb. 22, 2014.
(Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery boys win NBL Tournament title

Montgomery got a tough challenge from Maria Carrillo, but Vikings ultimately pulled away. Read Article →