Wrestling camp for Grades 5-8 will be offered in November at Cardinal Newman High School. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Wrestling camp at Cardinal Newman High School

Redbirds wrestling club will have sign ups Monday November 2 from 5-6 p.m. Read Article →
Junior quarterback Brett Hofstetter is back behind center after his 2014 season was prematurely ended by injury. (Crista Jermiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Ukiah determined to erase bad memory of 2014 season

Mission One for the Ukiah Wildcats this season is to bury the memories of the nightmarish 2014 campaign, when things went monumentally wrong from start to finish. Read Article →
Junior quarterback Isaiah Steele also figures to see some action at wide receiver for Santa Rosa. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Santa Rosa focused on the future

First-year Santa Rosa High School football coach Denis Brunk knew he took on a program in need of serious rebuilding. Read Article →
Highly regarded Rancho Cotate lineman  Brandon Boccaleoni works on his technique at a preseason practice Wednesday. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Rancho Cotate revved up for a title run

Last year, Rancho Cotate put more points on the scoreboard than any team in the North Bay League. Look for the Cougars to do the same this season. Read Article →
Quarterback J.J. Anderson is an imposing presence in the pocket for Casa Grande at 6-foot-6. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Casa Grande is a team on the move

The 2014 season saw Casa Grande unexpectedly sputter badly in the first half. Read Article →
Bob Midgley begins his third season as the Sonoma Valley coach with a 10-11 overall record. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Dwindling roster size hampers Sonoma Valley

There’s a troubling trend playing out with the Sonoma Valley football program. Fewer athletes are participating. Read Article →
Senior quarterback Fernando Ortega throws a pass during practice at Piner. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Piner has the talent to make noise

The 2015 Piner Prospectors are rich with athletes. Read Article →
Luke Wheless runs drills during practice at Petaluma High School. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Petaluma enters season with lofty aspirations

Senior quarterback Brendan White, a first-team all-league selection last year, will be the foundation upon which the Trojans will build a team that hopes to challenge Analy for league honors. Read Article →
Elsie Allen quarterback Franki Suarez races to get around the corner at a practice scrimmage. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Elsie Allen working hard to put a new attitude into action

The first thing the Lobos hope to gain this season is respect. Read Article →
Running back Josh Wright, following his blockers at a preseason practice, could benefit greatly from the Lions' shift to a double-win offense. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: El Molino determined to make the best of a small roster

The Lions have just 16 players on the roster. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School football player Nico D'Amato runs through drills during the first official day of preseason football practice. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Promise of August: Football teams kick off preseason practices

Monday was the first day of allowable mandatory football practice. Read Article →
Jason Bruihl returned to the mound for Casa Grande near the end of the 2015 season and pitched against Pinole Valley in a playoff game May 30. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Bruihl gets scholarship to Cal Poly after Tommy John surgery

2015 graduate of Casa Grande will pitch at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Mitch Hood hands off to Rancho Cotate's Tanoa Peleti at a practice session for the 2014 Kiwanis All-Star Game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)  Kiwanis All-Star Game

Kiwanis all-star football game postponed

It traditionally had been played in July. No makeup date has been set. Read Article →
Middletown High School student Gracie Pachie. (Pachie family photo)

Middletown’s Gracie Pachie is queen of the rodeo

Gracie Pachie isn’t just any beauty queen. Read Article →
Clear Lake senior Cole Brodnansky, the 2014-15 All-Empire small school baseball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small school baseball player of the year Cole Brodnansky

Clear Lake senior bettered himself in just about every category this season. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate senior Justin Zinnerman, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys track athlete of the year. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys track athlete of the year Justin Zinnerman

After battling ankle injuries early, Zinnerman found his groove and excelled. Read Article →
Petaluma senior Joelle Krist, the 2014-15 All-Empire large school softball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire large school softball player of the year Joelle Krist

Krist hit a phenomenal .529, knocked in a mind-boggling 46 runs and banged six home runs. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball player of the year Jordyn Turner

'She was our overall MVP,' said longtime coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Read Article →
Windsor senior Ruth McQuown, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton player of the year Ruth McQuown

It took only three years for Ruth McQuown to become the best prep female player in the county. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School junior Oliver Staten, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys badminton player of the year Oliver Staten

Oliver Staten won every regular season match he played for Santa Rosa High in 2015. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo junior Piper Brockley, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls swimmer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls swimmer of the year Piper Brockley

Brockley is fully focused in the pool. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano Osoba, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys tennis player of the year. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis player of the year Alejandro Serrano Osoba

The Spanish exchange student, who spent last year at Cardinal Newman, wants to go pro. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski, the 2015-15 All-Empire boys golfer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf player of the year Michael Danielski

Consistently booming fairway drives, an improved short game and an even-keeled disposition made for a successful mix that guided Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski to a stellar 2015 season. Read Article →
Oral Roberts' Anthony Sequeira, right, is greeted at the plate by teammates Matt Whatley (19) and Matt Brandy, center rear, after hitting a three-run home run against Arkansas in the ninth inning of a game at the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Former Petaluma players Comstock, Sequeira picked in draft

The men were picked by the Diamondbacks and Phillies, respectively. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Zach Scott pitched the first two innings of the no-hitter, then started the game-ending play with a tough play at first base. (The Press Democrat)

NBL all-stars get no-hitter to silence SCL

Six pitchers combined for a no-hitter in Sunday 's annual Kiwanis all-star game. Read Article →
Michael Clark and the Cardinal Newman baseball team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCS Division 2 playoffs, which start Tuesday. (Crista Jeremiason / the Press Democrat)

NCS sets baseball, softball tournament fields

The Redwood Empire will be represented by 20 baseball and 18 softball teams in North Coast Section tournaments beginning on Tuesday. There are six divisions, based on school enrollment, in each sport. The finals will be June 5-6. When the brackets were released on Sunday, four area squads, including the two from Clear Lake, were […] Read Article →
NBL home run leader Katie Rohrer blasted a grand slam in the victory against Montgomery. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Rancho powers way into NBL softball championship game

Rancho Cotate blasted three home runs, including a grand slam by junior Katie Rohrer. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone, shown in a match in April, led the contingent of local golfers at the NCS Division 1 Tournament of Champions at San Leandro. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Bone’s 78 not quite enough to gain spot in NorCal tournament

The golf season came to an end Monday for Redwood Empire golfers. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley second baseman Kyle Garcia, center, can't reach an overthrown ball while trying to pick off Petaluma's Luke Wheless in the fourth inning on Tuesday.  (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Petaluma takes charge in SCL baseball race

Petaluma defeated visiting Sonoma Valley, 7-2, Tuesday Read Article →
El Molino senior Lani Gaspar has the Redwood Empire's best times in the 100 and 200, second-best in the 400 and second-best triple jump. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Track and field’s top performances in Redwood Empire

Top performances by Empire athletes. Read Article →