John Porchivina, left, and JaJuan Lawson, right, with Gauchos coach Trent Herzog at a college signing announcement at the school in February 2014. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat file, 2014)

Benefield: Former Gauchos set to tackle new territory

Catching up with Casa Grande's JaJuan Lawson and John Porchivina. Read Article →
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Cardinal Newman’s Alejandro Serrano Osoba wins NBL tennis tournament

Freshman defeated reigning league champion Alec Wong from Rancho Cotate. Read Article →
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All-Empire Large-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Connor Rubattino, Cardinal Newman

Connor Rubattino has a big-game mentality. Read Article →
Kylie Kiech, Cardinal Newman senior (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large-School Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Kylie Kiech, Cardinal Newman

On the most dominant team in the North Bay, senior Kylie Kiech was the leader. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande atop NBL with 3-0 win against Maria Carrillo

Casa Grande’s pitching staff extended its scoreless streak to 30 innings on Friday. Read Article →
The Analy High School swim team participates in a team cheer during a dual meet against Healdsburg, Thursday April 23, 2015 in Healdsburg. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Benefield: Analy High School swimmers test each other on road to state meet

With fewer competitive meets, Analy swimmers race against each other to get better. Read Article →
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High school boys tennis: Cardinal Newman wins NBL title

Cardinal Newman had a resounding 7-0 victory against visiting Montgomery on Thursday. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna senior Armani Perry scored a career-high 40 points in the NCS championship game against St. Bernard's. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Small-School Boys Basketball Player of the Year: Armani Perry, Archbishop Hanna

Floundering in Oakland, Perry got a new start and made the most of it at Archbishop Hanna. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Cardinal Newman’s 1-0 win hands Carrillo rare NBL setback

Wednesday's loss was the Pumas' first North Bay League defeat in nearly two years. Read Article →
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All-Empire Small School Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Sonoma Academy’s Savannah Stoughton

Senior led Sonoma Academy to new heights this season. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Katie Rohrer makes a play to first base during the Cougars' 9-4 win over the Casa Grande Gauchos in Rohnert Park. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

High school softball roundup: Rancho Cotate erupts in 9-4 win against Casa Grande

Katie Rohrer, Jordan Ladner blasted back-to-back home runs in fourth inning for Cougars. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone tees off on the 15th hole during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

PDPreps Insider: Cardinal Newman senior’s dedication pays off on golf course

Brandon Bone has been at or near the top of the individual NBL standings all season. Read Article →
2014-15 All-Empire boys co-wrestlers of the year Dominic DuCharme, left, and Beau Colombini of Windsor High School. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys wrestlers of the year: Dominic DuCharme and Beau Colombini

For duo, who both hate to lose, every day is a battle. Read Article →
2014-14 All-Empire girls wrestler of the year Harmonie Roberts of Ukiah. (Beth Schlanker / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls wrestler of the year: Harmonie Roberts a mat pioneer

Ukiah wrestler at the forefront of sport's growth in Empire. Read Article →
The Kiwanis All-Star boys game held at Santa Rosa High School, Friday, April 17, 2015. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school seniors show their stuff in Kiwanis All-Star soccer games

Friday’s soccer games were a way to build rivalries for future games to come. Read Article →
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High school baseball roundup: Casa Grande continues hot streak in 8-0 win against Cardinal Newman

Casa Grande, playing its best ball of the season, gets sixth consecutive victory. Read Article →
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SCL baseball: Analy capitalizes on Piner errors in 10-5 win

The visiting Tigers won a slugfest in a game where both starting pitchers did not have their good stuff. Read Article →
Mendocino High School's Julian Kenton-Braden bats during an exhibition game in Granada, Nicaragua. The Mendocino baseball team traveled with the non-profit group Baseball Without Borders to Central America to play ball and donate baseball equipment to local players. (Photo by Juan Bustos)

Benefield: Mendocino players went to give but were enriched in Nicaragua

A spring break trip to Nicaragua taught the boys lessons that can't be learned in the classroom. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Brandon Bone uses body language as he putts during an NBL golf match at Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Thursday April 16, 2015. Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NBL boys golf: Season heads down to the wire

Fight for top spot has evolved into powerhouse Montgomery against upstart Windsor. Read Article →
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High school softball roundup: Rancho Cotate bounces back from loss with 13-2 win

Rancho Cotate came up with its best offensive display of the season. Read Article →
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Kiwanis All-Star Soccer set for Friday

Top soccer players from Sonoma County will converge on Santa Rosa High School Friday. Read Article →
Windsor’s Max Brown tags Casa Grande’s Joey Markham out at first during the game held at Windsor High School on Wednesday. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball roundup: Pumas stay perfect in NBL with 4-0 victory against Ukiah

Carrillo’s Clayton Andrews turned in best pitching performance of season in NBL. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Stefan Keller . (Alvin Jornada, For The Press Democrat)

Empire Swimming & Diving Bests

The top marks in swimming and diving in the Redwood Empire for the 2015 season. Read Article →
Petaluma senior Allison Scranton has the second-best mark in the shot put and the top mark in the discus. (John Burgess, The Press Democrat)

Empire Track & Field Bests

The top marks in track & field in the Redwood Empire for the 2015 season. Read Article →
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Santa Rosa boys, Montgomery girls sweep badminton matches

Santa Rosa’s badminton team edged host Montgomery, 8-7. Read Article →
The varsity boys take off on their mountain bikes during the NorCal High School Cycling League's Five Spring Farm Round Up, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Competitive mountain biking not a typical high school sport

The speeds are fast and the competition robust, but the mood can be decidedly light. Read Article →
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PDPreps Insider: Petaluma tops NBL lacrosse standings

Petaluma High School sits atop the standings midway through the first official season. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High badminton player Liam Galbraith, a junior, was The Press Democrat’s All-Empire Player of the Year in 2014. (PD File)

Controversy over players blocked from Santa Rosa High badminton team

Would-be players for the Panthers squad were turned away because of late paperwork
. Read Article →
Former Montgomery head coach Tom Fitchie disputes a referee's call during a basketball game in 2014. (PD File)

Padecky: Tom Fitchie an indefinable basketball coach

Go ahead, try. Try to put Tom Fitchie in a box. Try to define him neatly. Read Article →
Ukiah's Devin Kirby pitched a complete game against Cardinal Newman, Friday, April 10, 2015. (CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

High school baseball: Ukiah Wildcats claw back, defeat Cardinal Newman 8-3

Ukiah trailed 3-2 in the seventh inning with two outs before rallying. Read Article →