Updated: Where Empire athletes are heading

Which colleges Empire prep athletes are committing to this week. Read Article →
Tom Kirkpatrick guides the Windsor football team in spring conditioning, Thursday Feb. 26, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Padecky: Windsor High School’s Tom Kirkpatrick a gentleman coach

Tom Kirkpatrick points to everyone except to himself. Always has. Always will. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s Netherda draws interest in Berkeley

All-Empire Large School Defensive Player of the Year is heading to Cal as a "preferred walk-on." Read Article →
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All-Empire large schools football offensive player of the year: Ja’Narrick James

Analy High's Ja’Narrick James is is the large schools All-Empire football Offensive Player of the Year. Read Article →
Alex Netherda. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire large schools football defensive player of the year: Alex Netherda

Maria Carrillo High’s Alex Netherda is the large schools All-Empire football Defensive Player of the Year. Read Article →

All-Empire large schools football team

The All-Empire large schools football team. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire small schools football defensive player of the year Isazah King of Lower Lake. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small schools football defensive player of the year: Isazah King

Lower Lake High’s Isazah King is the small schools All-Empire football Defensive Player of the Year. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire small schools football offensive player of the year Jack Preston of St. Helena High School. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small schools football offensive player of the year: Jack Preston

Preston was a throwback, a two-way offensive threat. Read Article →

All-Empire small schools football team

The All-Empire small schools football team. Read Article →
Casa Grande senior football player Peter Parrick, 17, looks on as four of his teammates sign their National Letters of Intent at Casa Grande High School on Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Casa Grande High School’s jilted football recruit

Abandoned by his chosen college, 
Peter Parrick could only watch as his teammates signed. Read Article →
Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog addresses his players at a recent practice.
Credit: John Burgess / Press Democrat

PDPreps Insider: Impressive college track for Casa Grande football players

Casa Grande football coach expects as many as five of his players to sign with college programs Wednesday. Read Article →
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 →