Jose Lopez, bottom, stretches with the Elsie Allen boys soccer team during practice, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Soccer turf dilemma

Is synthetic turf the scourge of soccer, or the savior of the game? Read Article →
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High school volleyball roundup: Maria Carrillo girls capture 10th straight NBL title

Maria Carrillo wrapped up its 10th consecutive North Bay League volleyball title Thursday night with a straight-set victory over visiting Ukiah. Read Article →
Petaluma's Luke Wheels, right, sets himself up to score for Petaluma as El Molino's Andes Toruna, left, pressures him, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (CRISTA JEREMIASON/ PD)

Boys soccer roundup: Petaluma wins SCL title

Petaluma captured its first Sonoma County League title in eight years on Tuesday. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Rubin Scott-Terry brings down Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Football rankings: New No. 1s

Check out what teams are on top this week. Read Article →
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Girls golf: Strong finish sends Curry to NCS finals

The senior was only the only local golfer to move on from the Division 1 qualifier Monday. Read Article →
Ukiah's McKenzie Schutz passes as Marin Catholic's Emily Luster defends during the game held at Talmapais High School, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: For Empire water polo teams, staying afloat is the big goal

In water polo, the toughest part is just getting a good game and a consistent schedule. Read Article →
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Saturday’s high school football roundup: Anderson Valley stays unbeaten

Undefeated Anderson Valley clinched at least a tie for the NCL III title on Saturday afternoon Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Carlos Franco runs the ball between Windsor's Braxton Canady, left, and Austin Evans, right, during the game held at Windsor High School, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Cougars rally to hand Jaguars first loss of season

Rancho Cotate rallied in the second half and handed Windsor first loss of the season. Read Article →
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Football roundup: Gauchos top Pumas in ‘best’ game of season

Casa Grande kept Maria Carrillo scoreless in the first half and then held on for a 19-14 win Friday. Read Article →
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Rancho Cotate captures first NBL boys soccer crown

Rancho on Friday night clinched its first North Bay League title in school history. Read Article →
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Girls tennis: Andreassi wins NBL singles title

Montgomery freshman beats two-time defending champ Fu Long for third time this season. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Delaney Swanson, left, goes up to block against Analy's Abby Groth during the game held at Analy High School, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (CRISTA JEREMIASON/ PD)

Volleyball: Sonoma Valley nears SCL perfection

Dragons moved within three matches of a perfect season with Tuesday's win. Read Article →
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Santa Rosa Panthers end NBL tennis drought

Breaking a drought of more than 20 years, Santa Rosa’s tennis team captured the North Bay League title Tuesday with a 6-1 victory over visiting Casa Grande. Read Article →
All-Empire Large School Football Player of the Year: Casa Grande's JaJaun Lawson

PD Preps Insider: Catching up with Gaucho grads

Two key cogs in Casa Grande’s drive to the 2013 NBL football title are both redshirting this season at Division I colleges. Read Article →
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Week 8 football rankings: Who sits at No. 1?

Check out the latest rankings and see if your school made the cut. Read Article →
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Girls golf: Curry, Catarozoli win medalist honors

Santa Rosa, Petaluma golfers earn top scores in 
NBL and SCL tournaments. Read Article →
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Saturday’s football roundup: Point Arena unbeaten in NCL III play

Point Arena remains unbeaten in NCL III play with 54-34 victory over Upper Lake. Read Article →
Petaluma's Michael Devincenzi bobbles the ball after intercepting it, but regains control as El Molino's Lani Gaspar tries to take him down during the game held at Petaluma High School, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Trojans battle back to win SCL showdown with El Molino, 49-26

Petaluma won its Homecoming game but took a pretty circuitous route to get there. Read Article →
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Football roundup: Brookshire leads way in Newman’s victory

Cardinals QB passes for two touchdowns, runs for two more in 48-7 victory over Casa Grande Read Article →
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Friday night football scores

How teams fared around the Redwood Empire. Read Article →
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Boys soccer roundup: Rancho Cotate stays atop NBL by beating Panthers

Rancho Cotate still atop NBL standings after 3-1 victory over Santa Rosa. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha runs the ball during a game riday, Sept. 19, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

2-way players can benefit football teams

Teams across the Redwood Empire are known for utilizing athletes on both sides of the ball. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Caiti Wiesner blocks a Santa Rosa shot at the net.

Carrillo closing in on volleyball title

Maria Carrillo continued its march toward a 10th consecutive crown Tuesday. Read Article →
Montgomery players loosen up before their home game Friday against No. 1-ranked Windsor. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Week 7 football rankings: Who sits at No. 1?

Check out the latest rankings and see if your school made the cut. Read Article →
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Prep sports schedule, Oct. 14-18

What's happening on North Bay playing fields this week. Read Article →
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Saturday’s high school football roundup: Analy dominates SCL rival Piner

The Tigers scored 22 points in the 1st quarter en route to a 50-14 weekend win. Read Article →
Windsor quarterback Jalen Roman breaks into the clear. (Press Democrat / Kent Porter)

Windsor struggles but stays perfect

10-7 grind-it-out victory over Montgomery was no masterpiece. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Kalei Aukai stops Maria Carrillo ball carrier Seth Vernon, Friday Oct. 10, 2014 at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Friday night football roundup: Rancho beats Newman in OT

The Cougars got the ball first in the extra period and scored on a fourth-and-goal from the 6. Read Article →
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Benefield: Homecoming magic sparks St. Helena

Maybe it was the crown they gave Davon Browne at half time that changed the momentum of the game. Read Article →
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Friday’s high school football previews

Here's a look at Friday's slate of high school football games. Read Article →