Tom Kirkpatrick had a winning percentage of .722 in two stints as the head coach at Healdsburg over four decades. (Erik Castro, for The Press Democrat, 2011)

Veteran Healdsburg football coach Tom Kirkpatrick gets Windsor job

By LORI A. CARTER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT Longtime high school football coach Tom Kirkpatrick has retired — twice — but is back in the game again, taking the helm as Windsor High School head football coach. Kirkpatrick, 62, coached Healdsburg High from 1987 to 2000 before stepping back from coaching, while remaining a math teacher. […] Read Article →
Former Windsor High School football coach Vic Amick. (PD File)

Search for next Windsor head football coach picks up steam

For more than three weeks, the Windsor High football program has been without a varsity coach. Read Article →
St. Vincent's DB Justin Ferrua recovers a fumble from the Tomales offense including, from left, Ravi Scholze, Cory Griffen, Kevin Ballatore and Josh Giammona in a 2000 game. (PD File, 2000)

Benefield: End of a storied rivalry for St. Vincent, Tomales football programs

The end of the rivalry is collateral damage from the move made to accommodate schools’ shrinking enrollment and increasing difficulty to field full football squads. Read Article →

North Bay League All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
Windsor head coach Vic Amick watches his team play against Casa Grande during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, October 3, 2014.(Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Windsor won’t retain football coach Amick

Windsor football coach will not return to the Jaguars' sideline. Read Article →

North Central League I All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

North Central League II All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →

North Central League III All-League Football, 2014

All-league teams are selected by coaches. Read Article →
St. Vincent's George Sammon (33) runs through the Calistoga defense, chased by Calistoga's Dylan Alvarado in 2013. 
(ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Football: In numbers crunch, NCL II disbands

Calistoga, Tomales and Upper Lake to join others in 8-man football next fall. Read Article →
Arizona's Scooby Wright stands with his trophy after being awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award as the defensive player of the year at the College Football Awards on Thursday.
Credit: John Raoux / AP

Scooby Wright wins Bednarik Award

Award is given to the nation’s defensive player of the year. Read Article →

PDPreps Insider: Ukiah basketball coach replaced

For the first time in 37 years, Ukiah has a new boys basketball coach. Read Article →
St. Helena's Kyle Lemieux, center, protects his quarterback Jack Preston from pressure from Salesian's Donovan Hedrick during the game held at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Saints come up just short

St. Helena was a heavy underdog, but wound up just a touchdown short. Read Article →
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St. Helena football: A chance of reign

Saints will be upholding a long and impressive tradition Friday. Read Article →
St. Helena High School's head football coach Brandon Farrell, fourth from left, talks to his offense during practice at St. Helena High School, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: St. Helena faces biggest challenge yet vs. Salesian

Salesian is the No. 1 seed. St. Helena is No. 3. The teams will square off Friday. Read Article →
St. Helena's Jack Preston, seen here during a game against Healdsburg on Sept. 5, had a big game in Saturday's NCS Div. 5 semifinal win against St. Bernard. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: St. Helena wins 37-14 to advance to championship game

St. Helena has an opportunity to win its first NCS championship in 37 years. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Carlos Franco runs the ball against the Marin Catholic defense during their NCS Division 3 football semifinal game in Kentfield, CA on Saturday, November 29, 2014. (Conner Jay, for The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Rancho Cotate season over after 28-6 loss to Marin Catholic

Cougars finish season with 9-4 record Read Article →
Analy's Ja'narrick James breaks free of Campolindo's defense during the game held at Campolindo High School, Friday, November 28, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Analy season ends with wild loss to Campolindo

Analy held the lead at times, came within two points late, but couldn’t hold back a stout Campolindo offense, which powered to a 62-46 victory Friday night. Read Article →
Coach Trent Herzog's Casa Grande played their 27th game over the past two seasons in their loss Friday night at Clayton Valley. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande playoff run ends in 55-3 loss at Clayton Valley

Casa Grande’s improbable run deep into the North Coast Section Division 2 Tournament came to an end Friday night. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Gunner Mefferd hands off to Carlos Franco in the playoff victory at Las Lomas High School. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat )

Kerry Benefield: Rancho QB Mefferd has Cougars standing tall

Gunner Mefferd says the Rancho Cotate Cougars have had one hiccup this season. Read Article →

NCS football roundup: Analy outduels Acalanes, 48-41

Analy advanceds to semifinal game of NCS Division 3 with victory. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha tries to push past Las Lomas High School's Lincoln Kiragu during the game held at Las Lomas High School, Friday, November 21, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat

NCS Football Roundup: Rancho Cotate pulls off Division 3 stunner

Cougars upset Las Lomas 
behind Carlos Franco’s 175 yards,
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St. Helena quarterback Jack Preston tries to stay inbounds as he runs away from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Chris Stinchcomb during their game in Saint Helena on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS football playoffs: St. Helena marches past St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 30-18

QB Jack Preston made a mental move, and a physical one, to get his team back on the right track. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bailey Brown goes up for the ball with Josh Groesbeck during football practice held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas’ goal: Gridiron glory

Football team hopes to echo school’s success in other sports. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Newman coach names his MVP

It wasn't the QB or halfback whom coach Paul Cronin wanted to talk about after the game. Read Article →

Sonoma County League All-League Football, 2014

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St. Vincent ball carrier George Sammon breaks loose for a touchdown with the Cloverdale defense in pursuit, Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS football roundup: Analy handles El Cerrito with ease in opener

Will Smith passed for six touchdowns as Analy easily handled El Cerrito, 68-7; St. Vincent rallies past Cloverdale Read Article →

NCS football: Big first-half run propels Casa Grande

After falling behind early, Gauchos steamroll Miramonte 48-6 Read Article →

NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win

The game wound up being as hard-fought as you would expect. Read Article →

NCS football playoffs schedule, Nov. 21 and 22

Schedule for NCS quarterfinal games on Nov. 21 and 22. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Alex Netherda runs the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo cruises past American in NCS opener, 49-13

In explosive display of offense, Carrillo ran wild on smaller, less athletic school. Read Article →