Analy's Schuyler Van Weele (6) celebrates his touchdown with quarterback Jack Newman(12) during a game between Analy and Casa Grande high schools in Santa Rosa on Aug. 28, 2015. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Analy trounces Casa Grande 48-29 in opener

The season opener had something for all the coaches to complain about. Read Article →
Windsor's Mitchell Bruning slips past Petaluma's Brenden White during their game in Petaluma Friday, August 28, 2015.   (Jeremy Portje / For The Press Democrat)

Windsor wears out Petaluma, 21-9

Windsor’s Jared Escarcega rushed for two touchdowns and quarterback Max Brown ran in a third. Read Article →
Montgomery receiver Pascal Camarillo tries to stay inbounds for a touchdown during a scrimmage against Petaluma high school in Petaluma on August 21, 2015.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Inexperienced Vikings get overrun 54-21 by Napa in opener

The Napa Indians football team ran for 431 total yards and trounced the home Montgomery Vikings 54-21, Friday night in Santa Rosa. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Adria Barich , center, at the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (PD File)

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich, Santa Rosa’s Daniel Pride win Rancho Invitational titles

Casa Grande’s Adria Barich pulled away from Maria Carrillo’s Carolina Avelar in the last 350 meters. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy runners (front row, from right) Rylee Bowen, Caleb Richards and McKenna Sell lead the way during a Sonoma Academy cross-country team workout at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa on Wednesday. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

Cross-country: Veteran runners to lead way

Empire spotlight will fall on veterans who have dominated before. Read Article →
Schuyler Van Weele and his teammates take a a break during Analy's practice, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Prep football: Intriguing matchups ahead

Man the switches. Friday night lights are back. Read Article →
Manny Lopes was a member of the 1989 Petaluma High football team that went 11-1 even though it played without a home field. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Road worries? History indicates playing without a 
home field can become a positive thing

As prep football season kicks off in the North Bay, three Sonoma County schools will essentially be homeless. Read Article →
Windsor's Alex Tancreto lines up during drills, in Windsor, on Monday, August 24, 2015.   (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Previews: New roles to fill for Windsor Jaguars

Seven all-league performers return for team led by veteran coach Tom Kirkpatrick. Read Article →
Alex Netherda

PD Preps Insider: Netherda makes Cal football roster

A preferred walk-on heading into summer workouts at Cal Berkeley, Maria Carrillo grad Alex Netherda is now on the squad wearing No. 38. 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 →
St. Helena's Jahavier Otero, left, delivers a blow to Bradly Beh that caused a fumble in a game against NCL I rival Middletown. Otero is being counted on by the Saints this season to lead a repeat of the team's 2014 success. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: NCL I highly competitive at the top

Past three champs — Fort Bragg, St. Helena and Middletown — figure to battle for top spot Read Article →
The Montgomery Vikings offense huddles with coaches, from left, Jamon Heard, Marcello Bautista, and Albert Higgs during a scrimmage against Petaluma on Friday.

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Montgomery young and relentless

Vikings don't bring a lot of experience in Bautista's second year as head coach Read Article →
Montgomery forward/midfielder Taylor Ziemer, left, controls the ball against teammate Leanna McMahon during practice at Montgomery High on Friday.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: No such thing as too much soccer for Ziemer

Taylor Ziemer is clear that although she’s been reared in a soccer family, her world is by her design. Read Article →
Anderson Valley senior Cesar Soto, one of the most dynamic players in NCL III, led the Panthers to an undefeated season in 2014. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football League Preview: 8-man football continues to grow

Tomales, Calistoga and Upper Lake have joined the existing 8-man teams of the NCL III this year, creating a 10-school league that is the largest in the region in terms of membership. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo players fight for a pass at practice Thursday. 
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Maria Carrillo wants to take next step

The Pumas haven’t forgotten how far they went last season, or how close they were to defeating Casa Grande in the quarterfinals of the NCS D2 playoffs. 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 →
Jim Whitt mows the grass on the football field at Casa Grande High School on  May 7, 2015. 
 (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s new field to be lined with cork, not rubber

Casa Grande is now the third high school where athletes will play on turf lined with ground-up cork instead of rubber pellets. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman junior quarterback Jordon Brookshire, right, runs through drills during a recent practice at Cardinal Newman High.
(Photo: Alvin Jornada / Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Cardinal Newman wants a league title

The Cardinal Newman football team is ready to chase the North Bay League championshp, except this year the Cardinals don’t want to share. 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 →
Healdsburg football coach Todd Beth goes over a play with quarterback Levi Yeley during practice on Thursday. 
(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Healdsburg seeks to forget 2014

Team wants to put last season in rear-view mirror. 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 →
Luis Arriaga, 14. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Empire roundup: Soccer phenom Luis Arriaga, 14, leaves Santa Rosa

Arriaga has taken his soccer skills to Arizona, plus other Empire news and notes. 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 →
The Analy High School Tigers practice, Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015 in Sebastopol. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2015

PD Preps Football Team Previews: Home-field upgrades force Analy to hit the road all season

With core group gone, Tigers expect to spread ball around a lot more this season. Read Article →
Middletown junior Henry Webb at football practice while the Jerusalem fire produces smoke in the distance, on Monday, August 10, 2015.   (Kerry Benefield/ The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Middletown players come together while fires rage

Football season a welcome relief for Mustangs as Lake County continues to burn. 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 →