St. Vincent's George Sammon (33) runs through the Calistoga defense, chased by Calistoga's Dylan Alvarado in 2013. 
(ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat)

In numbers crunch, NCL II disbands

Calistoga, Tomales and Upper Lake to join others in 8-man football next fall. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Cesar Farias brings the ball across the field during a varsity soccer game between Maria Carrillo and Tamalpais high schools at the Bay City Invitational Soccer Tournament in Santa Rosa on Sept. 7, 2013. (Alvin Jornada / For The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Soccer coach makes college real for team

'To see all of us go to college, this doesn’t really happen to kids like us.' Read Article →
Rancho Cotate High player Moziah Ward (5) gets strong defense from Petaluma's Ben Sanderson (12) during a game at Rancho Cotate in Rohnert Park Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Erik Castro / for The Press Democrat)

Boys basketball roundup: Petaluma defense holds against Rancho

Petaluma defeated Rancho Cotate, 54-40. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Justin Botteri goes up for the rebound against Saint Mary's Nyjahl Thompson during the championship game of the Rose City Tournament held at Cardinal Newman High School, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Boys basketball: Cardinals comeback surprises St. Mary’s in Rose City Tournament

Cardinal Newman was able to rally and defeat visiting Saint Mary’s in the championship game. Read Article →
In this 2011 file photo, Montgomery's Alec Kobre goes up for a shot vs. Woodcreek.  
Credit: Crista Jeremiason / Press Democrat

Benefield: Kobre hasn’t lost shooting touch

UOP recruited Montgomery grad, former SRJC player for his shooting. Read Article →
Windsor’s Chaise Noles, left, goes to the basket as Maria Carrillo’s Devin Lehrer defends during the
Redwood Empire Invitational Basketball Tournament game Friday at Healdsburg High School. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

High school boys basketball: Healdsburg, Windsor, Willits alive in REIBT

Healdsburg boys team overcame a halftime deficit for the win. Read Article →
Arizona's Scooby Wright stands with his trophy after being awarded the Chuck Bednarik Award as the defensive player of the year at the College Football Awards on Thursday.
Credit: John Raoux / AP

Scooby Wright wins Bednarik Award

Award is given to the nation’s defensive player of the year. Read Article →
The Rancho Cotate girls varsity basketball team watches the junior varsity girls finish their game at Rancho Cotate High School, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: It’s a whole new season for Rancho Cotate basketball teams

Rancho Cotate is hoping to do a lot of surprising this season. Read Article →

Boys basketball roundup: Analy routs Rancho Cotate for first win

After beginning the season with three losses, Analy broke into the win column in a big way. Read Article →
Montgomery Vikings' Michael Septimo scores in the second half of the game against Folsom on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014 at Montgomery High School. ( Photo by Charlie Gesell )

Montgomery holds its own but falls in Viking Classic final, 55-45

Folsom, spotted host Montgomery a first-half lead Saturday night before storming back. Read Article →
Analy's Grant St. Martin (31) makes an inbound pass amid some distraction from Cardinal Newman fans in a 2013 game.
Credit: Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat

Benefield: Root for the home team — with class

Is rowdy cheering good fun or low class? Part of the high school experience or something that has no place on campus? Read Article →
St. Helena's Kyle Lemieux, center, protects his quarterback Jack Preston from pressure from Salesian's Donovan Hedrick during the game held at Alhambra High School in Martinez, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Saints come up just short

St. Helena was a heavy underdog, but wound up just a touchdown short. Read Article →
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St. Helena football: A chance of reign

Saints will be upholding a long and impressive tradition Friday. Read Article →
St. Helena High School's head football coach Brandon Farrell, fourth from left, talks to his offense during practice at St. Helena High School, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: St. Helena faces biggest challenge yet vs. Salesian

Salesian is the No. 1 seed. St. Helena is No. 3. The teams will square off Friday. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman's Justin Botteri, left,  goes up for the rebound against Marin Catholic's Sam Newsome during the game held at Cardinal Newman High School, Tuesday, December 2, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

Boys basketball: Cardinal Newman rallies in second half to beat Marin Catholic, 60-51

Connor Rubattino leads Cardinals with 24 points; Justin Botteri adds 15, eight rebounds Read Article →

CIF volleyball: Anderson Valley bested in title game

San Francisco Waldorf captured the CIF NorCal Division 6 championship Tuesday. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's McKenna Sell, left, and Rylee Bowen, center, warm up with the team prior to the race. The Sonoma Academy girls cross country team took third place overall in Division 5 during the 2014 CIF State Cross Country Championships held at Woodward Park in Fresno, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Local athletes not done running

The CIF state cross country meet was last weekend, but some of the area’s top high school runners don’t want their seasons to end. Read Article →
St. Helena's Jack Preston, seen here during a game against Healdsburg on Sept. 5, had a big game in Saturday's NCS Div. 5 semifinal win against St. Bernard. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: St. Helena wins 37-14 to advance to championship game

St. Helena has an opportunity to win its first NCS championship in 37 years. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Carlos Franco runs the ball against the Marin Catholic defense during their NCS Division 3 football semifinal game in Kentfield, CA on Saturday, November 29, 2014. (Conner Jay, for The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Rancho Cotate season over after 28-6 loss to Marin Catholic

Cougars finish season with 9-4 record Read Article →
Sonoma Academy freshman Rylee Bowen, foreground, begins to pull away from the pack early in the Division 5 championship race at Fresno. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Sonoma Academy’s Bowen wins state championship

California has a new Division 5 cross country champion in Sonoma Academy’s freshman sensation Rylee Bowen. Read Article →
Analy's Ja'narrick James breaks free of Campolindo's defense during the game held at Campolindo High School, Friday, November 28, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Analy season ends with wild loss to Campolindo

Analy held the lead at times, came within two points late, but couldn’t hold back a stout Campolindo offense, which powered to a 62-46 victory Friday night. Read Article →
Coach Trent Herzog's Casa Grande played their 27th game over the past two seasons in their loss Friday night at Clayton Valley. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande playoff run ends in 55-3 loss at Clayton Valley

Casa Grande’s improbable run deep into the North Coast Section Division 2 Tournament came to an end Friday night. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Gunner Mefferd hands off to Carlos Franco in the playoff victory at Las Lomas High School. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat )

Kerry Benefield: Rancho QB Mefferd has Cougars standing tall

Gunner Mefferd says the Rancho Cotate Cougars have had one hiccup this season. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman senior Steve Adams trains on the track in Santa Rosa in preparation for this weekend’s state meet in Fresno. (CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat)

Padecky: Cardinal Newman’s Steve Adams not running away from epilepsy fight

If there was such a thing as CIF Comeback Athlete of the Year, Steve Adams gets the award. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Delaney Swanson (26)  goes for a kill against Christian Brothers during Tuesday's CIF state volleyball first-round match at Sonoma Valley High School. (Photo by Charlie Gesell, for The Press Democrat)

CIF State Volleyball: Dragons maintain their momentum

Sonoma Valley advances to semifinal round of NorCal bracket. Read Article →

CIF volleyball roundup: Pumas fall to top seed

Top-seeded Archbishop Mitty, the two-time defending champs, proved to be too much for No. 8 Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's goalie Claire Howard catches the ball during a game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Maria Carrillo’s impressive goalie

Just as impressive as Puma girls' offense was play of goalkeeper Claire Howard. 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, October 21, 2014. (Photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

CIF State Volleyball: Sonoma Valley’s next big chapter

Dragons host Christian Brothers in a playoff game Tuesday. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Casey Longaker tries to break free from Maria Carrillo's Blake Gleeson during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Casa Grande bests Maria Carrillo, 17-14

Two touchdowns in fourth quarter pushed Gauchos to the win. Read Article →

NCS football roundup: Analy outduels Acalanes, 48-41

Analy advanceds to semifinal game of NCS Division 3 with victory. Read Article →