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 →
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NCS football roundup: Analy outduels Acalanes, 48-41

Analy advanceds to semifinal game of NCS Division 3 with victory. Read Article →
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NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Valley beats No. 1 team

Third-seeded Sonoma Valley pulled an upset Saturday to win the NCS Division 3 title. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Matt Salazar runs in a tight pack during the first mile of the North Coast Section Cross-Country Championships Division 2 race at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS cross-country championships: Casa Grande boys take title

Gauchos win first cross-country section title in school history. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs to an early lead at the start of the North Coast Section Cross Country Championships Division 5 race, at Hayward High School on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Bowen won the race in 18:46. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS cross-country: Bowen wins NCS crown, takes team with her

Sonoma Academy freshman won the girls' Division 5 race by 10 seconds. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate's Chris Taylor-Yamanoha tries to push past Las Lomas High School's Lincoln Kiragu during the game held at Las Lomas High School, Friday, November 21, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat

NCS Football Roundup: Rancho Cotate pulls off Division 3 stunner

Cougars upset Las Lomas 
behind Carlos Franco’s 175 yards,
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St. Helena quarterback Jack Preston tries to stay inbounds as he runs away from St. Patrick-St. Vincent's Chris Stinchcomb during their game in Saint Helena on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

NCS football playoffs: St. Helena marches past St. Patrick-St. Vincent, 30-18

QB Jack Preston made a mental move, and a physical one, to get his team back on the right track. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Bailey Brown goes up for the ball with Josh Groesbeck during football practice held at Maria Carrillo High School, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas’ goal: Gridiron glory

Football team hopes to echo school’s success in other sports. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Baelei Wiesner, center, and Amanda Wright, right, block a hit made by Northgate's Renee Lawrence, left, during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Pumas survive semifinal scare to advance to volleyball championship

Trailing 2-1, Pumas rallied to win the final two games Wednesday. Read Article →
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NCS volleyball roundup: Sonoma Valley will face top seed in championship

Dragons to face Campolindo; Healdsburg, Anderson Valley also advance to final matches. Read Article →
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Benavides looks back to watch the ball enter the goal on a penalty kick during an NCS playoff game in 2013. Some soccer coaches and players believe it is unfair to decide a game on a shootout. (ALVIN JORNADA / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Benefield: Pressure is on when penalty kicks start

Penalty kicks are the necessary evil of soccer. Read Article →
Healdsburg High School's Hailey Roux, left, hits as Hannah Chapman, center and Julia Somers, right, block during volleyball practice Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

5 Empire volleyball teams hoping to net a title

Five local teams will play in Wednesday's semifinal round of the NCS volleyball tournament. Read Article →
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Empire tennis hopefuls ousted in NCS tournament

Empire tennis players won opening round matches at Tuesday's North Coast Section tournament before losing in the quarterfinals later in the day. Read Article →
St. Vincent ball carrier George Sammon breaks loose for a touchdown with the Cloverdale defense in pursuit, Saturday Nov. 15, 2014 at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

NCS football roundup: Analy handles El Cerrito with ease in opener

Will Smith passed for six touchdowns as Analy easily handled El Cerrito, 68-7; St. Vincent rallies past Cloverdale Read Article →
Sydney Rickert of Maria Carrillo is mobbed by her teammates after scoring the Pumas’ second goal to seal Saturday night’s NCS win. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Pumas roar again; capture 4th consecutive NCS girls soccer title

Maria Carrillo kept the most prolific scorer in Empire soccer off the board. Read Article →
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NCS football playoffs: Cardinal Newman pounds Novato in win

The game wound up being as hard-fought as you would expect. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Sonoma Academy girls go undefeated to grab title

The top-seeded Sonoma Academy girls’ soccer team beat St. Vincent 5-1 on Saturday in the NCS Division 3 final. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Alex Netherda runs the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Maria Carrillo cruises past American in NCS opener, 49-13

In explosive display of offense, Carrillo ran wild on smaller, less athletic school. Read Article →
Jalen Roman of Windsor picks up a fumble and returns it against Dublin, Friday Nov. 14, 2014 at Windsor High School in Windsor during the first-round of the Division 2 NCS playoffs. (Photo by Kent Porter, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Windsor back on track

The Windsor High School football team beat Dublin, 35-9, in an NCS first-round game Friday, breaking a three-game losing streak in the process. Read Article →
El Molino High School varsity cross-country runners Brady Lane, 18, left, a senior, and Brian Schulz, 16, right, a sophomore, during a run over Wohler Bridge in Forestville, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Loyalty of the Lions

El Molino cross-country runner puts sportsmanship first to help teammate on the course. Read Article →
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Montgomery boys need PKs again for victory

Vikings lose player to red card, 2nd to injury in 6-5 win over Rancho Cotate. Read Article →
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Maria Carrillo girls close in on 4th consecutive title

Girls team one win away from fourth consecutive NCS Division 1 crown. Read Article →
Montgomery's Taylor Ziemer takes the ball towards the goal as Petaluma's Hannah Devoe pressures her during the game held at Montgomery High School, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Vikings set for battle

Montgomery girls' 2-1 win over Petaluma sets up title match with rival Maria Carrillo. Read Article →
Tomales High School coach Leon Feliciano talks to his team earlier this season. (Photo by The Press Democrat)

PD Preps Insider: Tomales coach Feliciano steps down

After 19 years as head coach, Leon Feliciano is hanging up his whistle. Read Article →
Casa Grande football coach Trent Herzog directs his team during practice, in Petaluma on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.  (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

NCS football: Casa Grande fights back for playoff spot

Eighteen Redwood Empire teams will be kicking off their playoff drives this weekend. None of them have taken a stranger path than Casa Grande. Read Article →
Dmitri Acken and the Windsor Jaguars are seeded third in the NCS Division 2 football playoff field. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

6 NBL teams get spots in NCS football playoff field

Despite no top seeds, all six schools eligible for the tournament were invited Sunday. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Hayden Pearce and Maria Carrillo's Bria VarnBuhler fight for the ball during the game held at Maria Carrillo High School, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

NCS girls soccer: Pumas keep title hopes alive with 2-0 win

Maria Carrillo girls continue their chase for a fourth league title in a row. Read Article →
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NCS soccer roundup: Montgomery boys outlast Santa Rosa in epic match

In a game that took 27 penalty kicks to decide, Montgomery’s boys soccer team edged visiting Santa Rosa in a Division 1 quarterfinal Saturday night. Read Article →
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NCS boys soccer: Goal in stoppage lifts Cougars over Trojans

Soccer matches aren’t supposed to end on a 'buzzer-beating' goal, but that’s pretty much how sophomore Mario Gomez punched Rancho Cotate's ticket to face Montgomery in the NCS semifinals. Read Article →
St. Vincent's George Sammon during a September football game. (CONNER JAY/ PD FILE)

St. Vincent rides NCL II dominance to league crown

Mustangs scored seven straight touchdowns for 49-12 win. Read Article →