Stories from Kerry Benefield

Benefield: Top seed Casa Grande heats up at the right time

The Gauchos, loaded with talent but who start just two seniors, have been perhaps the biggest enigma of any Empire baseball team this season.

Benefield: Rylee Bowen just wants to have fun — and win

How does one of the finest distance runners ever to emerge from Sonoma County prepare for the postseason?

Benefield: High school seniors to compete in 1 more basketball game

Schools Plus Senior All-Star Basketball Game at Elise Allen on Friday features a girls game at 6 p.m. followed by a boys game at 7:30 p.m.

Benefield: Maria Carrillo’s quest begins

The Pumas, loaded with 10 seniors, roared to a 12-2 record in the North Bay League, wrapping up the title and sowing confidence for a North Coast Section playoff run.

Benefield: Petaluma cyclist in Amgen Tour of California has a mind to ride

Pro cyclist Allison Tetrick sustained two brain injuries in crashes in the past six years. But that won't stop her from rolling through Sonoma County this week in the Tour of California's women's race.

Benefield: Middletown coaches helped keep athletes, community strong

Mustangs coaches were at the forefront of the community’s recovery from the deadly Valley fire last fall.

Benefield: Sports a shot in the arm for Keller

The UCLA-bound student has long battled an illness that saps him of strength. But hard work under soccer coach Herbert Lemus turned his life and health around.

Benefield: SRJC swimmer back in pool after almost calling it quits

Windsor grad Jessica Lee was ready to step away from swimming for good. Now at SRJC, she’s the newly crowned Big 8 Swimmer of the Year.

Benefield: Lacrosse on the rise locally

Cardinal Newman and Sonoma Academy have well-established lacrosse programs, but interest is increasing and it’s obvious in other schools’ level of play.

Benefield: Mancini the man to beat in state meet

Kasey Mancini of Santa Rosa JC is ranked No. 1 in the state in the decathlon heading into the CCCAA Championships May 20-21.

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