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 →
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 →

All-Empire boys cross country team

The All-Empire boys cross country team. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire boys cross country runner of the year Matt Salazar of Casa Grande. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys cross country runner of the year: Matt Salazar

Cross country runners battle a variety of obstacles as they run for miles and fatigue is assumed as one of the most common. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Cross Country, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Bay League All-League Cross Country, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's McKenna Sell, left, and Rylee Bowen, center, warm up with the team prior to the race. The Sonoma Academy girls cross country team took third place overall in Division 5 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Local athletes not done running

The CIF state cross country meet was last weekend, but some of the area’s top high school runners don’t want their seasons to end. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy freshman Rylee Bowen, foreground, begins to pull away from the pack early in the Division 5 championship race at Fresno. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma Academy’s Bowen wins state championship

California has a new Division 5 cross country champion in Sonoma Academy’s freshman sensation Rylee Bowen. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman senior Steve Adams trains on the track in Santa Rosa in preparation for this weekend’s state meet in Fresno. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Cardinal Newman’s Steve Adams not running away from epilepsy fight

If there was such a thing as CIF Comeback Athlete of the Year, Steve Adams gets the award. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Matt Salazar runs in a tight pack during the first mile of the North Coast Section Cross-Country Championships Division 2 race at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS cross-country championships: Casa Grande boys take title

Gauchos win first cross-country section title in school history. Read Article →
El Molino High School varsity cross-country runners Brady Lane, 18, left, a senior, and Brian Schulz, 16, right, a sophomore, during a run over Wohler Bridge in Forestville, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Loyalty of the Lions

El Molino cross-country runner puts sportsmanship first to help teammate on the course. Read Article →
Casa Grande football coach Trent Herzog directs his team during practice, in Petaluma on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Casa Grande fights back for playoff spot

Eighteen Redwood Empire teams will be kicking off their playoff drives this weekend. None of them have taken a stranger path than Casa Grande. Read Article →

SCL cross country: Sophomores run the show

El Molino’s Schultz,
 Petaluma’s Parratt
 win individual titles. Read Article →
Santa Rosa junior Delaney White won her third consecutive NBL cross country championship Friday at Spring Lake. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Carrillo sweeps NBL cross country titles

Maria Carrillo swept the team titles Friday at the North Bay League cross country championships, taking all divisions on the 3.1-mile course at Spring Lake. Read Article →
Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Fort Bragg’s Kaylor Sullivan dominating the competition

Fort Bragg quarterback Kaylor Sullivan is setting records and leading the Timberwolves to the verge of an NCL I championship Read Article →

Sonoma Academy coaching openings

Tennis is the ninth varsity sport now offered by the small private high school in Santa Rosa 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 →

PD Preps Insider: Empire athletes to sign letters of intent

A behind-the-scenes look at high school sports across the Empire. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Ryan Anderson, the All-Empire Boys Cross-Country Athlete of the Year. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys cross-country: Anderson’s commitment to excellence

Work ethic and talent set Carrillo runner apart from the rest of the field Read Article →

North Central League II all-league boys cross country, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League I all-league boys cross country, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Sonoma County League all-league boys cross country, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Bay League all-league boys cross country, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Empire runners finish strong in college cross country

College cross country 2013 season highlights Read Article →
Luis Luna battled back in the state cross country race after an early pileup left him back in the pack. (RICK ANDERSON / For the Press Democrat)

Cross country: Piner grad Luna still charging ahead

Luis Luna has aspirations to be an Olympian, someday Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Redwood Classic enters 56th year

The Redwood Classic in Boonville is one of the oldest and largest small-school tournaments in California. Read Article →

CIF state cross country: Piner’s Reyes 11th at state final race

Anderson’s 14th-place finish leads Maria Carrillo boys team to 13th place in team standings Read Article →

Cross country: Empire athletes ready to compete with the state’s best in Fresno

Empire schools will be sending 44 runners, including Maria Carrillo's Ryan Anderson and Santa Rosa's Delaney White among others, to race in the state championships in Fresno. Read Article →

SRJC cross country teams enjoy breakthrough season

Both the men and women qualified for the California Community College Athletic Association championships for the first time since 1997. Read Article →

NCS cross country: Maria Carrillo sweeps Division 2

By PHIL BARBER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT HAYWARD — The coaches of the Maria Carrillo and Casa Grande cross country teams were hoping their kids could pull off a rare feat at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions — a one-two finish for the North Bay League in both boys and girls divisions. They came […] Read Article →