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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 →

North Central League III all-league football, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (2) reacts after an incomplete pass to a West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White (11) during the second half on Nov. 2. 
(JIM COWSERT / Associated Press, 2013)

Padecky: Former Bear Cub Jason Verrett didn’t quit

Jason Verrett is among the SRJC standouts to make the successful leap to 4-year schools. Read Article →
Mendocino football player Reed Carter and his dad, Mike, sit on a bluff in the Mendocino Headlands where they spread the ashes of Reed’s late mother. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Mendocino’s Reed Carter doesn’t let tragedy hold him back

The trials and challenges Reed Carter endured would have ruined a weaker person, but he chose to rise above it and live a life of purpose. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Kelseyville lineman drawing attention

Kelseyville junior lineman Codi McGuire is coming off a fantastic football season starring for the Knights on both sides of the ball. He was an all-North Central League I offensive ... Read Article →
Casa Grande's John Porchivina (42) on a 72-yard touchdown run during the NCS Division 2 semifinal football game against Montgomery High School in Petaluma on Nov. 30, 2013.  (PD FILE, 2013)

High school football: Casa’s Porchivina headed to Fresno State

Gauchos' standout running back will play linebacker for the Bulldogs. Read Article →
Spenser Merillion, who is diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, became one of the Casa Grande football team's inspirational leaders this season. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat0

Spenser Merillion, Casa Grande’s unsung champion

The senior, who is diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, became an inspirational leader. Read Article →
The last Egg Bowl, held in 2011, was marred by penalties on both sides of the ball.
CRISTA JEREMAISON / The Press Democrat, 2011

Padecky: It’s time to bring the Egg Bowl back

By BOB PADECKY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT PETALUMA — In trying to understand why Petaluma and Casa Grande should be playing each other again in high school football, let’s make sure ... Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Casa Grande offensive lineman relishes touchdown

A behind-the-scenes look at Empire high school sports. Read Article →

Padecky: A painful conclusion to Casa’s pursuit of perfection

The Gauchos went toe to toe with Miramonte, but couldn't muster enough plays to beat the Matadors in the NCS Division 2 championship game. Read Article →