Maria Carrillo’s Claire Howard, left, and Maddy Gonzalez show younger kids a drill during a soccer camp Thursday.
(CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Maria Carrillo at head of the pack

Pumas look as strong as ever, though rival Montgomery could challenge Read Article →
Middletown graduate Jessie Flynn captured a North Coast Section Section title at 189 pounds this past season. (Photo by the Flynn family)

Middletown’s Flynn is a 2-sport winner

Jessie Flynn qualified for the state wrestling tournament this past season and also anchored the Mustangs' defense as the starting goalkeeper. Read Article →

SRJC roundup: Volleyball, soccer standouts making move to four-year schools

Four Bear Cubs - two in women's soccer and two in volleyball - will be moving up to play for squads in four-year universities. Read Article →

Kiwanis Club soccer showcase roster

A complete lineup of the Empire players participating in the Kiwanis Club soccer showcase. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Lucy Donaldson, center, is among several Empire players who will be playing in the Kiwanis Club all-star showcase at Montgomery High School on Friday. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Empire’s best putting their best foot forward in Kiwanis soccer showcase

Players from the North Bay League and Sonoma County League will be shuffled and put into squads based on region. Proceeds from the event benefit charity. Read Article →

Kiwanis adds all-star soccer games to docket

The games will be May 17 at Montgomery High School Read Article →
Montgomery senior soccer player Izzie Beal. (Photo by Guy Foster)

Recruiting: College choice about more than just sport

What athletes should consider in their search for college financial aid. 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 →
Sgt. First Class Jimmy Pera of the California Army National Guard, left, presents the 2013-14 Maxpreps Tour of Champions trophy to Maria Carrillo girls soccer coach Debra LaPrath during halftime of a boys basketball game last week. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Girls soccer: Maria Carrillo girls soccer team presented with honor

MaxPreps presented a trophy to coach Debra LaPrath last week in recognition of the Pumas' No. 1 national ranking this 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 →
Santa Rosa United's Jackie Dutton, left, and teammate Katie Prosser hold up certificates before they sign formal letters of intent on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Girls soccer: Newman’s Dutton commits to University of Denver

Jackie Dutton was looking for a great program in a fun city. She found it in Denver. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Chloe Colbert. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small-school girls soccer: Chloe Colbert put Sonoma Academy on top

Colbert scored big goals in Sonoma Academy's run to a section title. Read Article →

Girls soccer: Maria Carrillo to be honored as nation’s best squad

MaxPreps to present Pumas with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy on Thursday Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Madison Gonzalez, the All-Empire Large School Girls Soccer Player of the Year. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls soccer: Gonzalez has ‘wow’ factor

Maria Carrillo's super sophomore lived up to the hype in being selected player of the year Read Article →

North Bay League all-league girls soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

Sonoma County League all-league girls soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League I all-league girls soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

North Central League II all-league girls soccer, 2013

All-league teams are selected by coaches Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Rancho Cotate boys moving on without stars

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

PD Preps Insider: Middletown’s Hannah Diaz signs to play soccer at Saint Mary’s College

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

Padecky: El Molino’s Valerie LaForge ready for the next challenge

The Lions standout signed a letter of intent for a soccer scholarship at St. Mary's College in Moraga. She's planning on graduating early so she can start college in the spring. Read Article →

Empire roundup: SRJC sends seven wrestlers to state championships

Also: Sonoma State soccer standout Lauren Curtin named All-American; men's soccer scoring leader Varnadore named to regional team. Read Article →

Women’s soccer: Diverse roads to a title

Former Empire stars took different paths to become part of a college champion. Read Article →

Can’t beat Pumas – for past 49 games

Maria Carrillo caps second straight undefeated season with another Division 1 title. Read Article →

PD Preps Insider: Don’t bother calling during playoffs

Casa Grande football players impose a recruiting blackout for now. Read Article →

NCS girls soccer: Maria Carrillo wins ‘beautiful game’ for third consecutive championship

The Mario Carrillo girls soccer team beat Montgomery, 2-1, to win the NCS Division 1 title Read Article →

NCS soccer championships: Sonoma Academy girls, Anderson Valley boys win titles

Savannah Stoughton's three goals lift top-seeded Sonoma Academy Read Article →

Soccer: Sonoma State falls to Seattle Pacific in NCAA tournament

The Seawolves lost 1-0 in the NCAA Division II Championship Tournament Western Regional. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Chloe Colbert strikes the ball past St. Vincent goalie Jacalyn Murphy for the game’s only goal Wednesday. (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

NCS girls soccer: Sonoma Academy beats St. Vincent for third time

Coyotes score the game’s lone goal on a late breakaway by Chloe Colbert. Read Article →

NCS soccer playoffs: Maria Carrillo girls advance to championship match

Also: Montgomery girls blank Cardinal Newman 4-0; Carrillo boys fall to Tamalpais; Anderson Valley boys beat Geyserville and the Middletown girls knock off Cloverdale. Read Article →