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Wilmington University pitcher Stephanie Sarris, a Rancho Cotate graduate, delivers a pitch against Concordia College on April 12. (Alisa McKinney / Wilmington University Athletics)

Former Rancho softball standout battled back from adversity

After a line drive to the head, Stephanie Sarris came back in a big way. Read Article →
Taylor Stroud finished the 2014 season with the second-best ERA in the Big Sky Conference.
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Stroud finishes college career on high note

Former Montgomery star found ways to pitch around injury, earn conference honors throughout college Read Article →
Matt Nadolski led Campbell in four offensive categories in 2014. (photo by Will Bratton / Campbell University Athletics)

Former Casa star Nadolski bounced around until finding home at Campbell

Matt Nadolski finished 2014 season as Campbell’s top power hitter. Read Article →
Former Rancho Cotate star Brent Gillespie led Youngstown State 
to its first NCAA tournament victory in school history.
(Youngstown State athletics)

Rancho grad Gillespie helped Youngstown State reach NCAA tourney

NCAA Tournament berth fuels Gillespe's fire to earn another appearance Read Article →
Middletown graduate Jessie Flynn captured a North Coast Section Section title at 189 pounds this past season. (Photo by the Flynn family)

Middletown’s Flynn is a 2-sport winner

Jessie Flynn qualified for the state wrestling tournament this past season and also anchored the Mustangs' defense as the starting goalkeeper. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Daniel Greisen, right, takes on Rancho Cotate's Hector Hernandez, left, during the South's football practice held at Rancho Cotate High School in preparation for the Kiwanis All-Star Football Game held on Saturday.

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Sonoma County’s best back for Kiwanis All-Star Football game

All-star game will divide players into teams from north, south parts of Sonoma County Read Article →
Cardinal Newman graduate Keaton Dunsford will transfer to Princeton in 2015 after completing a year at Phillips Exeter Academy, a college-prep school in New Hampshire. (Conner Jay / The Press Democrat, 2013)

Former Newman QB Dunsford offered spot on Princeton football team

Keaton Dunsford will spent a year at an East Coast college-prep school before transferring to Princeton in 2015. Read Article →
Peter Hoge of  Maria Carrillo, the All-Empire Large School Baseball Player of the Year.  (KENT PORTER / Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large School Baseball: Hoge stepped up his game

Maria Carrillo senior worked on becoming a pitcher for the Pumas. Read Article →
Clear Lake junior Cole Brodnansky (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Small School Baseball: Clear Lake’s Brodnansky a student of the game

The junior catcher helped Clear Lake capture the NCL I title and a playoff win. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo graduate Dante Hay (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Boys Track & Field: Pumas’ Dante Hay ends season on high note

The Maria Carrillo grad earned multiple first-place finishes. Read Article →
Zach Truskolaski lets an arrow fly as he practices his marksmanship at a friend's house in Penngrove on June 10.  Truskolaski and other members of the Sonoma State University Archery Club competed in the US Intercollegiate Archery Championship in Long Beach last month. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

Seawolves archers taking aim

Sonoma State's archery club has made huge strides since its inception two-and-a-half years ago. Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton won the SCL shot put title and also plays basketball for the Trojans.
JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat

All-Empire girls track: Allison Scranton’s success revolves around work ethic

Trojans' discus thrower is also one of the Empire's best hoops players. Read Article →
Brittney Veler (CRISTA JEREMIASON/PD)

All-Empire large school softball: Pumas’ Brittney Veler is the ‘real deal’

The Maria Carrillo star does it all for the NBL champion. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball: Cloverdale’s Teanne Edens led with strong arm, booming bat

Pitcher threw 20 complete games to propel the Eagles to the tops of the Empire ranks. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Claudia Rohrs (photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton: Claudia Rohrs always put her team first

Senior star helped 
propel Santa Rosa High powerhouse. Read Article →
Santa Rosa's Liam Galbraith (PD photo).

All-Empire boys badminton: Santa Rosa standout Liam Galbraith made remarkable strides

In less than a year, the Santa Rosa High student went from novice to the top prep badminton player in the Redwood Empire Read Article →
Analy senior Jon Knox poses underwater with teammates during practice with the Neptune Swimming club. Photo: Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat

All-Empire boys swimming: Jon Knox quieted his doubts

Analy's Jon Knox is our 2014 All-Empire swimmer of the year. Read Article →
USA Track and Field Championships Day 2

Conley’s master plan intact

Newly crowned 10,000-meter national champion Kim Conley leaves for the European track circuit on Sunday. Read Article →
Petaluma High School's Riley Scott. 
(CRISTA JEREMIASON / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls swimming: Petaluma’s Scott doesn’t do the norm

Trojans' Scott doesn't follow typical Empire swimming path. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate tennis player Alec Wong (photo by Crista Jeremiason, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis: Alec Wong’s season a smash

Rancho Cotate sophomore went unbeaten in NBL singles competition Read Article →
Montgomery golfer Nick Rogers (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf: Montgomery’s Rogers the clear choice for Player of the Year

Rogers will play golf at SRJC rather than head directly to a four-year university. Read Article →
Petaluma's Joelle Krist was named second-team all-state in softball by CalHiSports.com.
Photo by BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat

Krist, Baumgarten named all-state for softball

Two Empire standouts have received all-state honors from CalHiSports.com. Read Article →
GUY MOHR / SRJC Athletics

Whyte’s delayed soccer dream not denied

Former Montgomery player plays well enough at SRJC to earn spot at revitalized UOP. Read Article →
The Redwood Empire's top sprinter when she competed for Ukiah High School, Lauren Wallace, right, has extended her range and become one of the nation's top 800-meter runners.

Ukiah’s Wallace, Montgomery’s Conley racing at USA championship meet

The two stars will compete at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships Thursday. Read Article →
SRJC Basketball Practice

SRJC men’s basketball: Kobre bound for UOP

The state tourney MVP is one of a number of players headed to four-year programs. Read Article →
Technology High's Mary Aguilar, left, sings for her mother, Marilyn. Mary, who has been openly gay since middle school, was the best player on her school's basketball team this season. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat)

Tech’s Aguilar is a 1-girl fast break (w/video)

Openly gay Mary Aguilar feels just as comfy on the court as around the tiny campus. Read Article →
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Empire duo achieve personal bests in state track finals

Two athletes advanced to the finals of the CIF championships. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate high jumper Justin Zinnerman hit a 6-9 at the NCS Meet of Champions despite tweaking his ankle on a previous jump.
(CHRISTOPHER CHUNG / The Press Democrat, 2013)

State track meet: Rancho’s Zinnerman ready for high jump

The Rancho Cotate star is looking for more after his NCS title last week. Read Article →
Lea Butler practices the pole vault at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa on Tuesday. Butler finished second in the recent state meet, clearing 11 feet, 7 1/4 inches. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

SRJC’s Butler raises the bar

Rancho Cotate grad achieves new heights after dedicating herself in the weight room. Read Article →
Casa Grande's Nicholas Rauch races to a second-place finish in the boys 1,600 meters at Saturday's Meet of Champions at Cal. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

NCS track & field: Casa Grande’s Rauch heading to state meet

Gauchos standout among several Empire athletes to qualify for CIF meet. Read Article →