Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza, right, wrestles against Monica Mason of New York at USA Wrestling's Junior Women's Dual Team Finals on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. (JOHN SACHS / Tech-Fall)

Rancho Cotate wrestler Vickie Espinoza grapples with top talent

Incoming senior makes it to title match at national event. Read Article →
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Petaluma softball star Joelle Krist
 on MaxPreps all-state team

A number of local athletes have earned statewide honors for their play this spring. Read Article →
Piner’s varsity team takes the field before a 2013 game. Piner is the only school in the North Bay and Sonoma County leagues without lights on its field.  (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat file)

Piner parents revive push for football lights

High school is only one in Santa Rosa district without lighted field. Read Article →
Maya DiRado of Maria Carrillo High School in 2010. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat)

Former Empire swimmers seek shot at Olympics

Four local swimmers have qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs in the girls 1600-meter race during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships at  Clovis on Saturday.  (Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

Rylee Bowen competes at international meet

Sonoma Academy cross country and track star finished last among 14 runners. Read Article →
Jason Bruihl returned to the mound for Casa Grande near the end of the 2015 season and pitched against Pinole Valley in a playoff game May 30. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa Grande’s Bruihl gets scholarship to Cal Poly after Tommy John surgery

2015 graduate of Casa Grande will pitch at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. Read Article →
Sonoma Valley's Mitch Hood hands off to Rancho Cotate's Tanoa Peleti at a practice session for the 2014 Kiwanis All-Star Game. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)  Kiwanis All-Star Game

Kiwanis all-star football game postponed

It traditionally had been played in July. No makeup date has been set. Read Article →
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Benefield: New football coach Wight brings fresh attitude to Elsie Allen

Recent hire Bill Wight calls the Elsie Allen head football coaching position his dream job. Read Article →
Taylor Ziemer, center, tries to get past Samantha Zepponi, right, and Chloe Colbert, left, as members of the Santa Rosa United U17 team practice at Trione Field in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat)

Benefield: Santa Rosa Freeze girls soccer team reaches next level

The Freeze have reached the Elite Clubs National League finals. Read Article →
Middletown High School student Gracie Pachie. (Pachie family photo)

Middletown’s Gracie Pachie is queen of the rodeo

Gracie Pachie isn’t just any beauty queen. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Clayton Andrews, All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year. 
(John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire Large-School Baseball Player of the Year Clayton Andrews

Andrews' ability to put the ball in play is only one of his many talents. Read Article →
Clear Lake senior Cole Brodnansky, the 2014-15 All-Empire small school baseball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire small school baseball player of the year Cole Brodnansky

Clear Lake senior bettered himself in just about every category this season. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs in the girls 1600-meter race during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships at  Clovis on Saturday.  (Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

Rylee Bowen to represent US in Colombia

Sonoma Academy student named to USA Track & Field youth national team. Read Article →
Rancho Cotate senior Justin Zinnerman, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys track athlete of the year. (Christopher Chung / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys track athlete of the year Justin Zinnerman

After battling ankle injuries early, Zinnerman found his groove and excelled. Read Article →
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All-Empire Girls Track Athlete of the Year Allison Scranton

Petaluma's Scranton grabbed fourth place at state in discus. Read Article →
Petaluma senior Joelle Krist, the 2014-15 All-Empire large school softball player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire large school softball player of the year Joelle Krist

Krist hit a phenomenal .529, knocked in a mind-boggling 46 runs and banged six home runs. Read Article →
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All-Empire small school softball player of the year Jordyn Turner

'She was our overall MVP,' said longtime coach Margaret Fitzgerald. Read Article →
Windsor senior Ruth McQuown, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls badminton player of the year Ruth McQuown

It took only three years for Ruth McQuown to become the best prep female player in the county. Read Article →
Santa Rosa High School junior Oliver Staten, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys badminton player of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys badminton player of the year Oliver Staten

Oliver Staten won every regular season match he played for Santa Rosa High in 2015. Read Article →
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All-Empire boys swimmer of the year Stefan Keller

Keller did serious damage to NBL competition this year. Read Article →
Archbishop Hanna's Armani Perry in a 2013 game. (PD File, 2013)

Small-school East squad beats West 83-82 in All-Star game

Archbishop Hanna’s Armani Perry drained a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining to lift the East squad over the West. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo junior Piper Brockley, the 2014-15 All-Empire girls swimmer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire girls swimmer of the year Piper Brockley

Brockley is fully focused in the pool. Read Article →
Cardinal Newman freshman Alejandro Serrano Osoba, the 2014-15 All-Empire boys tennis player of the year. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys tennis player of the year Alejandro Serrano Osoba

The Spanish exchange student, who spent last year at Cardinal Newman, wants to go pro. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski, the 2015-15 All-Empire boys golfer of the year. (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

All-Empire boys golf player of the year Michael Danielski

Consistently booming fairway drives, an improved short game and an even-keeled disposition made for a successful mix that guided Maria Carrillo senior Michael Danielski to a stellar 2015 season. Read Article →
Maddy Gonzalez, shown in 2014, will join other Redwood Empire soccer stars at the Elite Club National League soccer tournament in Seattle. (PD FIle, 2014)

Empire sports roundup: Santa Rosa youth soccer teams in Seattle tournament

Two local soccer teams are traveling to Seattle next week, plus other news. Read Article →
Oral Roberts' Anthony Sequeira, right, is greeted at the plate by teammates Matt Whatley (19) and Matt Brandy, center rear, after hitting a three-run home run against Arkansas in the ninth inning of a game at the Stillwater Regional of the NCAA college baseball tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Former Petaluma players Comstock, Sequeira picked in draft

The men were picked by the Diamondbacks and Phillies, respectively. Read Article →
Francis Christy, then a Casa Grande catcher, was the Press Democrat's Large School Baseball Player of the Year in 2013.   (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

Casa grad Christy drafted by Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected former Casa Grande baseball star Francis Christy with the first pick of the seventh round (196th overall) of the MLB draft on Tuesday. Read Article →
Sonoma Academy's Rylee Bowen runs in the girls 1600-meter race during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships at  Clovis on Saturday.  (Crista Jeremiason/ The Press Democrat)

Bowen, Carter to run at Brooks Invitational

Two of Sonoma County’s brightest track stars have been invited to the Brooks Invitational meet in Seattle on June 20. Freshmen Rylee Bowen of Sonoma Academy and Kirsten Carter of Santa Rosa High will compete in the mile and 400 meters, respectively. Read Article →
Maria Carrillo's Zach Scott pitched the first two innings of the no-hitter, then started the game-ending play with a tough play at first base. (The Press Democrat)

NBL all-stars get no-hitter to silence SCL

Six pitchers combined for a no-hitter in Sunday 's annual Kiwanis all-star game. Read Article →
Petaluma's Allison Scranton shows off her medal after taking fourth place in the girls discus during the 2015 CIF Track & Field Championships held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis.  (Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)

State track championships: Scranton sets record in discus

With a monster toss, Allison Scranton left her mark on the Redwood Empire record books Saturday, besting the area discus record by more than four feet. Then she did it again. Read Article →