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 →
Santa Rosa High School’s Kirsten Carter, center, easily wins the girls 200-meter dash Saturday in the NCS Redwood Empire track meet. (John Burgess / PD)

High school track and field: Santa Rosa’s Kirsten Carter a 4-time winner at NCS Redwood Empire area meet

Freshman sensation won 200- and 400-meter races with personal bests. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen (PD file).

High school track and field: Sonoma Academy’s Rylee Bowen dominates NCS Class A Championships

Freshman phenom was the only triple winner at the meet. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Piper Brockley swims the breaststroke during the 2015 NCS Swimming and Diving Championships held at Concord Community Pool, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason /  The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo’s Piper Brockley finishes 6th in 200 IM at state championships

Brockley finished sixth in the girls 200-yard individual medley final race. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Cal Clamar pitched during the NBL championship game held at Santa Rosa Junior College, Friday, May 22, 2015. Cardinal Newman defeated Casa Grande 2-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

NBL baseball: Cardinal Newman defeats Casa Grande 2-0 for tournament title

Cal Clamar pitched shutout; Newman capitalized on fielding error to score only runs. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate’s Carolina Camacho forces out Ukiah’s Anna Brazil during Thursday’s NBL tournament championship game. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

High school softball: Rancho Cotate outslugs Ukiah 16-8 to win NBL title

Rancho won in a slugfest and ended Ukiah’s 17-game winning streak. Read Article →

SCL roundup: Petaluma wins softball title; Sonoma Valley claims baseball crown

Trojans rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Analy, 8-7. Read Article →

Empire’s swimming and diving bests

The best times and scores in the Redwood Empire. 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 →
Analy’s Lani Auva’a swims the girls’ 100-yard backstroke during the NCS swimming and diving championships held Saturday at Concord Community Pool. (Crista Jeremiason / PD)

NCS swimming championships: Analy, Maria Carrillo girls among qualifiers for state

The Redwood Empire will be represented at next week's first-ever state swim tournament. Read Article →

NCS badminton: Empire players fall on Saturday

Windsor’s Ruth McQuown and Montgomery’s Karen Cai won Division 1 opening-round matches in Saturday’s North Coast Section badminton tournament at Newark Memorial High. Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton (PD File, 2014).

SCL track and field championships: Analy boys, Petaluma girls win

Sonoma Valley’s Amy Stanfield collected three blue ribbons. Read Article →
Marie Sugiyama is retiring as athletic commissioner for the North Bay League. Sugiyama led the charge for equality in girls sports locally. She also served as Montgomery's athletic director from 1974-97, while coaching girls basketball, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and badminton. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Retirement awaits for longtime girls sports advocate Marie Sugiyama

Marie Sugiyama will retire as the commissioner of the North Bay League after 42 years. Read Article →
Windsor's Maddie Call, center, won the 100m High Hurdles during the North Bay League track finals held at Windsor High School, Friday, May 15, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NBL track and field finals: records, redemption on Friday

Windsor girls recover from relay baton miss that disqualified them. Read Article →

NCS lacrosse: Cardinal Newman girls, Petaluma boys fall in quarterfinals

University High outscores Cardinal Newman 14-4; Marin Catholic bests Petaluma 13-5. Read Article →
The Casa Grande baseball team in action earlier this week. (PD File)

High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande secures NBL title

Casa Grande wrapped up its second NBL title in three years. Read Article →
Riley Scott is on the Petaluma High swim roster, but she hasn’t competed for the Trojans this year. Instead, she has honed her skills in other events, including some outside the U.S. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Controversy over Petaluma swimmer’s NCS bid

Petaluma senior is in section finals this weekend, but hasn't suited up for PHS. Read Article →
The Maria Carrillo softball team. (PD FIle, 2014)

High school softball roundup: Pumas reach NBL postseason with win

Victory improved Carrillo’s record to 8-6 in league, good enough to make playoffs. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Gunnar Walker. (PD File, 2015)

NBL, SCL basketball stars play one last game Friday

Friday's boys’ and girls’ senior all-star basketball games are chock full of talent. Read Article →

High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande clinches tie for NBL crown

The Casa Grande Gauchos limited Cardinal Newman to three hits Wednesday. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School freshman Kirsten Carter stretches with her track teammates during practice on Monday, May 11, 2015. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Santa Rosa High’s Kirsten Carter is off and running

The Santa Rosa High School freshman is the fastest sprinter in the Empire. Read Article →

High school softball roundup: Vikings seeking postseason spot

Montgomery continued its late-season surge Tuesday by defeating Windsor, 11-5. Read Article →

Analy swimmer disqualified from SCL championships due to wrong swimsuit

Analy lost the boys 200-yard freestyle relay because of a disqualification and saw the boys’ team championship slip through their paws. Read Article →
Ukiah High School wrestler Harmonie Roberts during practice in February. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

PDPreps Insider: Ukiah’s Harmonie Roberts holds her own in wrestling’s U.S. Open

Our 2014-15 Girls Wrestler of the Year long ago proved she can grapple with the toughest girls in the state. Sunday in Las Vegas, Roberts showed she’s ready to take on grown women. 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 →
Montana Pawek of Maria Carrillo competing in the boys' 50-yard freestyle during the 2015 North Bay League championships held Saturday at the Santa Rosa Junior College Quinn Swim Center. May 9, 2015. (Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

NBL swimming championships: Maria Carrillo boys, girls win titles

Pumas capped undefeated NBL dual-meet regular season with league titles. Read Article →

NCS boys tennis: Cardinal Newman duo claim crown

Doubles team of Tom Broffman, Connery Gschwend won first place in tournament. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Jack Lewis swims the breast stroke during the boys 200-yard medley relay at the Sonoma County League swim championship finals held at the Petaluma Swim Center, Friday, May 8, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

SCL swimming championships: Sonoma boys edge Analy for title

It’s official. Sonoma Valley swimming is back. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Alejandro Serrano Osoba during a match in March. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS tennis tournament: Cardinal Newman boys vie for titles

Cardinal Newman will be well represented Saturday in the NCS finals. Read Article →
Ukiah played against Maria Carrillo, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school softball roundup: Ukiah captures NBL title

For the first time in 18 years, Ukiah is the North Bay League softball champion. Read Article →