Sonoma Academy's Sebastian McCullogh checks Bryan Christenson. The Windsor High boy's lacrosse team beat Sonoma Academy, 6-5, on Friday, March 27, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

North Bay League launches lacrosse as official school sport

This spring, NBL is first local league ever to offer lacrosse. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman center fielder Alex Roeser in 2014. (PD File photo)

High school baseball roundup: Cardinal Newman gets win in Arizona tournament

Cardinal Newman defeated Bonneville of Idaho 5-0 Friday. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Jo Bynum and Andrew Vaughn during a March 18 game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball: Maria Carrillo rallies to beat Casa Grande 4-2

Maria Carrillo scored all its runs in the sixth inning. Read Article →
Analy’s Nolan Alvarez, left, congratulates teammate Devon Ogston after he scored the first run of the game during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held Wednesday at Montgomery High School. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball: Analy captures Rabinovitz tournament with 8-7 win

Analy has now won the Rabinovitz trophy three times in the past seven years. Read Article →
Analy's Devon Ogston tags Piner's Dylan Currin out at second after a fly ball during the A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament held at Montgomery High School on Tuesday.  Analy defeated Piner 1-0. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

A.L. Rabinovitz Tournament: Petaluma, Analy to meet in title game rematch

The two SCL schools will face off Wednesday to decide the championship. Read Article →
Former Casa Grande star Gretchen Harrigan, right, and Sacramento State teammate Hallie Gennett, left, force a turnover by Cal's Penina Davidson in a Dec. 3 game. (Jeff Chiu / Associated Press)

PD Preps Insider: Former Casa Grande girls standout on quest for NIT title

Gretchen Harrigan, the All-Empire girls basketball player of the year when she played at Casa Grande, is helping lead Sacramento State on its quest for a National Invitation Tournament trophy. Read Article →
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Rabinovitz baseball tournament kicks off Tuesday

Three NBL teams and three SCL teams will compete in the 21st annual contest. Read Article →
In the 2014 file photo, Maria Carrillo shortstop Austin Martinez, left, and second baseman Andrew Vaughn greet each other before taking their positions on the field during the Westcott Tournament. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball: Petaluma, Casa, Carrillo all win

Brendan White pitched a no-hitter as visiting Petaluma defeated Concord 6-0. Read Article →
Chris Daly, second from left, passes the ball as opposing players (from left to right) Noah Paravicini, Juan Carlos Hernandez and Nico Spann pressure him during Sonoma County Sol's practice held at Lucchesi Park in Petaluma, Thursday, March 19, 2015.  (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Sonoma County Sol soccer players thrive on competitiveness

The Sonoma County Sol is possibly the finest soccer team in the area. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano, 13, defeated Maria Carrillo sophomore Valentine Lohmer, 15, 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

High school boys tennis: Cardinal Newman outlasts Maria Carrillo to stay perfect

Newman remains undefeated in NBL. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Ryan Sellner congratulates teammate Myles Andrews after he scored a run during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Maria Carrillo opens defense of NBL title with a rout

The Pumas opened defense of their league crown by beating Santa Rosa 14-3. Read Article →
Saint Mary's Aren Ulmer, left, and Nyjahl Thompson, right, double-team Cardinal Newman's Gunnar Walker during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat)

CIF boys basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman falls to St. Mary’s, 61-43

Newman boys were Redwood Empire's last remaining hope for a NorCal title. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Lauren Walker goes up for a shot between Brookside Christian's Ra'kyra Gabriel, left, and Ariana Vaughn, right, during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat)

CIF girls basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman upset by Brookside Christian 54-50

Fouls and free throws told the story of the Cardinal Newman girls’ 54-50 loss Tuesday night. Read Article →
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Track and field bests

Track and field bests compiled for The Press Democrat by Jim Crowhurst. Read Article →
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PDPreps Insider: Tiny school’s mixed reviews on bigger gym

Archbishop Hanna High School's basketball team had never played a game at Sonoma Valley High before last week. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's leading scorer, Connor Rubattino. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman basketball teams get double dose of opportunity

Cardinal Newman boys and girls host games Tuesday with the NorCal finals at stake. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Connor Rubattino goes to the basket as Half Moon Bay's Austin Hilton defends during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

CIF basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman boys hang on to win thriller 48-47

The Cardinals escaped with a gripping 48-47 victory Saturday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Kylie Kiech reaches for the ball during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Saturday, March 14, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

CIF basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman girls easily dispatch Notre Dame, 63-37

Newman exploited its superior height to cruise to victory. Read Article →
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CIF basketball playoffs: Archbishop Hanna’s run ends in 82-47 loss

Liberty Christian defeated Archbishop Hanna in the Division 6 tournament Saturday. Read Article →
Cosumnes Oaks player Jaaron Stallworth passes Montgomery High players Matt Hyman, left, and Zac Merriken, right, during Montgomery High School's home playoff game, March 14, 2015. (Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

CIF basketball playoffs: Montgomery boys eliminated after 56-49 loss

Vikings couldn’t hold lead in loss to Cosumnes Oaks Saturday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman head girls basketball coach Monica Mertle, second from right, works with her team during practice held as Cardinal Newman High School, Thursday, March 12, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

CIF basketball playoffs: Cardinal Newman girls facing ‘scrappy’ opponent

The Cardinals play a scrappy, quick team from one of the toughest leagues in the state. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: St. Helena capitalizes on Healdsburg errors in 8-4 win

St. Helena took advantage of walks and errors to defeat Healdsburg, 8-4, in a non-league game Friday night on the Greyhounds’ field. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Piner cruises to 10-4 win over Terra Linda

Dylan Currin's bases-clearing double highlighted a six-run first inning for the Piner Prospectors. Read Article →
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Kerry Benefield: SCL out of NBL’s badminton shadow

Petaluma, Analy, Elsie Allen, Piner, Roseland University Prep and Roseland Collegiate Prep will have a league they can call their own. Read Article →
Gabby Giddings, middle and teammates Rachel Ibrahim, left and Angela Higerida of the Windsor Jaguars practice a press break during practice Tuesday March 3, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

CIF basketball playoffs: Turnovers doom Windsor girls in 56-33 loss to Presentation

Round Valley girls, Anderson Valley boys also fall in their first-round games. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna's Jhe'nearo Hemmingway goes to the basket as Valley Christian's Brady Bowen defends during the game held at Sonoma Valley High School, Wednesday, March 11, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason/The Press Democrat)

Archbishop Hanna Hawks flying high after 100-90 win

For the first time, and probably the last, the Hanna boys gave up 90 points to an opponent — and won. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna's Armani Perry in a 2013 game. (PD File, 2013)

CIF basketball playoffs: Archbishop Hanna gets shot at NorCal title

The Hawks have quietly built one of the top small-school programs in the area. Read Article →
Petaluma's Emily O'Keefe pitched during the game held at Petaluma High School, Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

High school softball roundup: Petaluma wins battle of past league champions 9-0

In a matchup between last year’s league champions, Petaluma defeated visiting Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Elsie Allen High junior varsity players Luis Viramontes, left, Jemeir Ferguson, center and Byron Vega, right, work on the school fields Saturday. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Elsie Allen High School’s fields fix gets assist

The battered Elsie Allen High School baseball and softball fields got a much-needed spa day over the weekend. Read Article →
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black points to pitcher Brandon Morrow as he and pitching coach Darren Balsley run the staff through pick off drills prior to a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

PDPreps Insider: Rancho grad Brandon Morrow hopes to pitch for new team

Brandon Morrow seeking rotation spot with Padres; Cardinal Newman boys set sights on state basketball title and more. Read Article →