Stories from Kerry Benefield

Benefield: In echoes of Katrina, words of hope for Middletown

The victims of the Valley fire are using sports to rebuild, just as Holy Cross High did in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed New Orleans.

Benefield: Honor for local former ballplayer stirs up memories

Marshall Brant, a local boy who played at Rancho Cotate, Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State, is being honored for his minor league career.

Benefield: Boyes Hot Springs woman outruns her competition on 200-mile Tahoe run

Suzanna Bon ran nearly 68 hours and was the first-place woman finisher in the recent Tahoe 200.

Benefield: More high school teams going coed

Rincon Valley Christian is the latest area high school to drop girls soccer due to lack of numbers.

Benefield: Roseland Cup soccer tournament a unifying force

Second year for event conceived as a response to the Andy Lopez shooting

Benefield: Middletown athletes give rebuilding community a running head start

When the starter's gun fires Saturday at Spring Lake, the Middletown Mustangs will run.

Benefield: Valley fire may stop the games, but not the spirit of Middletown

Coach of the Middletown High Mustangs describes the horrors of the Valley fire and those uplifting glimmers of hope.

Benefield: Valley Ford surfer gets a daily dose of waves

Dale Webster, 66, of Valley Ford has gone surfing every day for 40 years.

Benefield: Cousins leading girls golf resurgence at Rancho

Rancho Cotate finally has the numbers to field a competitive girls golf team.

Benefield: Another local climber making waves

Carlo Traversi of Santa Rosa and climbing partner Sasha DiGuilian became the first Americans to free-climb the Magic Mushroom route on Eiger Mountain in Switzerland.

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