El Molino football players, just like athletes from every other school in the area, lift weights and do conditioning drills during the summer. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

Summer football: More intense offseason programs pay off when practices begin

Rancho Cotate coach Ed Conroy: “I think it’s vital. If you want to be successful, these are things that you have to do." Read Article →

C.J. Banaszek loses battle with leukemia

Petaluma youngster served as inspirational figure to Casa Grande football team Read Article →
Cardinal Newman graduate Keaton Dunsford will transfer to Princeton in 2015 after completing a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, a college-prep school in New Hampshire. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Former Newman QB Dunsford offered spot on Princeton football team

Keaton Dunsford will spent a year at an East Coast college-prep school before transferring to Princeton in 2015. Read Article →
Piner assistant football coach Gary Cummings, left, talks with his son, Ronnie, during practice last season.

Gary Cummings gone, but not forgotten

Piner lost more than a coach when he passed away in June Read Article →

Empire roundup: Kiwanis all-star game on July 19

41st annual football event using north-south format instead of SCL vs. NBL Read Article →

Empire roundup: Former St. Vincent hockey star named to All-America team

Capping a standout run for the Air Force Academy hockey team, Adam McKenzie was named to the Capital One Academic All-America at-large second team. Read Article →

49ers’ Harbaugh to be featured at SRJC football fundraiser

The 49ers coach will be the featured guest at the program's June 14 fundraiser at the Friedman Center in Santa Rosa. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo running back Alex Netherda, right, is tackled during football practice on Aug. 22, 2013. A recently passed state bill would limit the amount of contact teams can have during practice.
(ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat, 2013)

Lawmakers aim to curb high school football injuries

State Assembly bill would limit full-contact practices, increase concussion scrutiny Read Article →
Texas Christian cornerback Jason Verrett poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the 25th pick of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York.
(CRAIG RUTTLE / Associated Press)

Verrett first former SRJC player taken in round 1 of NFL draft

Verrett drafted by Chargers on Thursday, spent past two seasons at TCU, graduated from Rodriguez High in Fairfield in 2009. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Analy swimmers make a splash

Both the Tigers girls and boys teams are undefeated in the SCL with three league meets remaining Read Article →

Empire football programs to host youth camps

Piner hosts the first flag football camp on Sunday. St. Vincent is the site for the next camp, on March 23. Read Article →
The Montgomery High School football team raise their helmets before the start of its game against Rancho Cotate on Friday, October 11, 2013.
(Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Montgomery taps Marcello Bautista as new football coach

Marcello Bautista replaces Dean Haskins, the Montgomery athletic director and baseball coach who led the football program this past year following the retirement of Jason Franci. 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 →

Empire roundup: SRJC gearing up for playoff run; Piner hosting football camp

The Bear Cub men and women are looking to improve their seeding ahead of the playoffs. The Prospectors are hosting a youth football camp Monday. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: NFL players to visit Windsor Middle School

A behind-the-scenes-look at Empire sports. Read Article →
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All-Empire Large School Football: Porchivina the most feared player on defense

Casa Grande linebacker is The Press Democrat's Defensive Player of the Year. Read Article →
All-Empire Large School Football Player of the Year: Casa Grande's JaJaun Lawson

All-Empire Large School Football: Casa Grande’s Lawson was dynamic leader on and off the field

The 2013 Player of the Year spearheaded the Gauchos' amazing 13-1 season, which yielded an NBL title and a spot in the NCS Division 2 title game. Read Article →
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All-Empire Small School Football: Middletown’s Benson a dominant offensive force

Players of the year rushed for 1,632 yards and 23 touchdowns. Read Article →
Dylan Alvarado, 2014 All-Empire Defensive Player of the Year

All-Empire Small School Football: Calistoga’s Dylan Alvarado is defensive player of the year

The Wildcats senior was a force on both sides of the ball, leading the team in tackles with 91 while also rushing for 1,978 yards and 29 touchdowns. Read Article →

All-Empire Small School Football Teams

The All-Empire small schools first and second teams for the 2013 season. Read Article →
Casa Grande's John Porchivina is headed to Cal to play football (Photo by Beth Schlanker, The Press Democrat)

UPDATE: College Commitments for Empire Athletes, 2013-14

Comprehensive list of area athletes signing to play college athletics Read Article →
Casa Grande quarterback JaJuan Lawson, right, and running back John Porchivina, left, signed letters of intent to play Division I college football on Wednesday. (Photo by Beth Schlanker, The Press Democrat)

Casa QB Lawson picks New Mexico

JaJuan Lawson, considered the top prospect in Redwood Empire, will join the Lobos. 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 →

Football: NCL II to sever ties with Bay League

The North Central League II will move to a round-robin format among the fours schools so that the junior varsity teams can play a full season. Read Article →
Casa Grande's John Porchivina (photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Porchivina flips commitment to Cal

NBL Back of the Year originally committed to Fresno State. Read Article →
The last Egg Bowl, which was in 2011, was an ugly affair with fighting, racial epithets and chippy play. The game was suspended indefinitely. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat, 2011)

Egg Bowl football game won’t be renewed this year

Traditional game between Casa Grande and Petaluma remains on hiatus for at least another two years Read Article →

North Bay League all-league football, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Sonoma County League all-league football, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League I all-league football, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League II/Bay all-league football, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →