Maria Carrillo's Megan Sullivan, right, kicks the ball away as Montgomery's April Gomez, pressures her during the game at Maria Carrillo High School on Monday.(Press Democrat photo / Crista Jeremiason)

Benefield: Carrillo shuts out Montgomery in 4-0 win

If possession is nine-tenths of the law, Pumas wore the big star badges Monday. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School senior and aspiring cyclist Tommy Lucas takes a break atop Los Alamos Road while training around Santa Rosa on Friday.
Credit: Conner Jay / Press Democrat

Benefield: Lucas gets European seasoning

Considered the top 17-year-old cyclist around, Tommy Lucas made two trips to Europe this summer with the USA Cycling junior national team. Read Article →
El Molino running back Eddie Taylor (8) holds off Lower Lake linebacker Robert Calderon (23) during a  game at Forestville on September 5.
Credit: Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat

PREP FOOTBALL: El Mo ahead of schedule

The El Molino football team has already matched its number of wins from last season, as the Lions turn their eyes to Sonoma County League this week. Read Article →
Analy's Kerr Johnson Jr. tries to dive forward for a first down during the Tigers game against Analy in Santa Rosa on Friday, September 19, 2014. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Football: Analy handles Montgomery in road contest, 42-21

There is little doubt the Tigers are the Empire’s best after easy road win at Montgomery. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Mo Ward takes the ball in for a touchdown in the first half of Friday's game against American Canyon in Santa Rosa. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football: Rancho Cotate routs American Canyon 56-22

The Cougars made short work of the visitors from American Canyon in Rancho Cotate's home opener. Read Article →
Analy’s Xavier Freeman (2) makes a catch in front of Casa Grande’s Jaleel Lawson during Friday night’s game in Sebastopol.
Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat

Friday’s high school football previews

Here's a look at Friday's slate of high school football games. Read Article →
Montgomery’s Taylor Ziemer, seen here during a game against Windsor last season, had two goals and an assist in Tuesday’s win against Casa Grande. (CONNER JAY / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Girls soccer: Montgomery, Carrillo open NBL play with wins

In other action: Rancho Cotate beats Windsor, Analy routs Healdsburg, while St. Vincent and Sonoma Academy played to a 2-2 draw in NCL II action. Read Article →
Rincon Valley Christian's James Leng, right, boots the ball away as The Bay School's James Fowler pressures him during Monday's game in Santa Rosa. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Boys soccer: Multitalented Leng will help Eagles soar (w/video)

James Leng balances opera singing with his duties as a Rincon Valley team co-captain. Read Article →
Windsor's Gedi Tavares kicks off after a Jaguars touchdown against Miramonte last Friday.
Credit: Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Fort Bragg QB on fire

Fort Bragg's Kaylor Sullivan set a state record with eight touchdown passes in the first half of an Oct. 6 victory over Encina of Sacramento. Read Article →
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College and high school results for Monday, Sept. 15

From soccer to volleyball, who won, who lost on Monday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Jordon Brookshire breaks away from the Clayton Valley Charter defense to score a touchdown. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Turnovers too much for Cardinal Newman to overcome

Intensity couldn't help Cardinal Newman against Clayton Valley Saturday. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Nico D'Amato misses a tackle on Antioch's Kenneth Wilson Jr. during Friday's game in Santa Rosa. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Santa Rosa’s got the fighting spirit

Even though the Panthers are 0-2 to start 2014, they aren't going down without a fight. Read Article →
Windsor's Dmitri Acken dodges a tackle by Miramonte linebacker Clayton Stehr. (Press Democrat photo / Alvin Jornada)

Windsor rolls at Miramonte, improves to 3-0

By PHIL BARBER THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ORINDA — A 2-0 start was great news for Windsor, but wins over Granada and Benicia were a little different from Friday night’s assignment. This was Miramonte, one of the top football programs in the Bay Area and the reigning North Coast Section Division 2 champion, and it was […] Read Article →
Rylee Bowen at a cross country workout with her Sonoma Academy teammates. (Press Democrat photo / Christopher Chung)

Rylee Bowen: Full speed ahead

By BOB PADECKY FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT It was near the end of the interview Tuesday, as others were talking about her, when Rylee Bowen quietly rose from her chair, walked behind Nika and started braiding her mom’s blond hair. Rylee didn’t say a word, eyes down, engrossed at the task in hand. She was […] Read Article →
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Friday’s high school football previews

A look at Friday's slate of high school football games. Read Article →
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Soccer roundup: Roseland University Prep tops St. Vincent 3-1

Who won, who lost on area soccer fields Wednesday. Read Article →
Lower Lake halfback Mason Sanders (10) gets swept off his feet by El Molino defensive back Eddie Taylor (8) during their game in 
Forestville on Friday night.
(ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat)

Football: El Mo rolls past Lower Lake 28-6

Lions' quarterback finishes with four TD passes; Trojans can’t avoid penalty flags. Read Article →
Middletown’s Cody Chorjel will play tight end and wing back in addition to anchoring the Mustangs’ defensive line. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat, 2013)

NCL I football preview: Expect to see stars in unexpected places

A couple of key players among the NCL I's teams will be shuffling duties this season. Read Article →
Tomales High School running back Willy Lepori fights for yardage against the Hoopa Valley Warriors on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Photo by John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

NCL II football preview: Three-team fight in four-team league

St. Vincent, Calistoga favorites of four-team league, but don't forget Tomales Read Article →
Senior Preston Salmans, an All-Empire selection last season, has helped Mendocino to 
20 consecutive victories. (Photo by Alvin Jornada, The Press Democrat)

NCL III football preview: Mendocino loaded again in 2014

Preston Salmans, Kyle Moore return to eight-man team that went undefeated last season. Read Article →
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PD Preps Football Rankings: Week 1

Two teams are tied atop the PD Preps large school football rankings after Week 1 Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his 14-man football team after the Braves beat Hoopa Valley 41-12 on Friday night. (Photo by JOHN BURGESS, The Press Democrat)

Kerry Benefield: Tomales Braves exemplify synergy

Decreased enrollment diminishes Tomales' roster, not its performance Read Article →
Analy’s Xavier Freeman (2) makes a catch in front of Casa Grande’s Jaleel Lawson during Friday night’s game in Sebastopol.
Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat

Football: Analy routs Casa Grande in showdown of league champs

Tigers jumped to 40-0 lead at halftime Read Article →
Petaluma’s Brendan White (5) hurdles over Santa Rosa’s 
Carter Lindstrom-Drake during the first half of Friday’s game.
(Erik Castro / For The Press Democrat)

Football: Petaluma squeezes by Santa Rosa 13-12

Trojans blow 13-0 lead, but Panthers comeback falls short on failed conversion Read Article →
The Gauchos offensive line returns five starters this season: from left, Greg Poteracke, Peter Parrick, Julian Lopez, Brendan Jackson and Tanner Shimek. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande football lays it all on the line

Gauchos expect its massive offensive line to be key to success this season. Read Article →
Jaguars running back Hunter Hanson carries the ball during practice Monday at Windsor High School. (Crista Jeremiaon / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Jaguars ready to roar

Windsor returns eight starters and expects a boost from an influx of new talent. Read Article →
Ukiah running back Will King, center, prepares to run a route during practice Aug. 20 in Ukiah. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Ukiah ready to turn heads

Coming off a rebuilding season, Ukiah is ready to take off. Read Article →
Tight end Devonte Manning catches a ball during Santa Rosa High School football practice, Tuesday, August 19, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Santa Rosa Panthers believe ‘this is the year’

Panthers have veterans to bounce back from injury riddled 2013 campaign. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate quarterback Gunner Mefferd looks to throw during practice in Rohnert Park on Friday, August 22, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Rancho Cotate Cougars count on playmakers

This season, the Cougars may be the team to beat in the NBL. Read Article →
Montgomery coach Marcelo Bautista, right, goes over a tackling drill with his players during practice on Monday (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football preview: Vikings ready to take the next step

Montgomery is ready to prove that 2013's campaign was no fluke. Read Article →