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Stories from Kerry Benefield

Benefield: SRJC hockey riding hot streak on ice (w/video)

Seems like the Santa Rosa Junior College ice hockey team might be the best-kept secret in the area … except to the 200 or so fans who regularly pack the stands to see the Polar Bears in action.

Benefield: A new challenge for former SRJC soccer coach

Tracy Hamm is headed to Division II San Francisco State after three successful seasons coaching the Bear Cubs.

Calistoga man among El Capitan pioneers

56 years before Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy's Caldwell's historic climb to the summit, Calistoga's Wayne Merry and partners were the first to reach the top.

Benefield: End of a storied rivalry for St. Vincent, Tomales football programs

When three small-school football programs decided last month to abandon traditional 11-man football in favor of the 8-man formula, the move sunk the decades-old rivalry between two long-standing programs.

Benefield: Father, daughter are rivals on the basketball court (w/video)

Santa Rosa High's Kylie Oden started the game against Windsor with a warm embrace of her dad — then her team proceeded to pick his team apart.

Benefield: Hockey dreams come true for Santa Rosa squads

If Santa Rosa Junior Hockey was going to go big, they might as well go really big. And big is what they did.

Benefield: After 37 years, New Year's Day football game among Santa Rosa friends still going strong

For 37 years, five Montgomery High School buddies have played football. Every New Year's Day. Without fail.

Benefield: Muting protest by Mendocino girls is an opportunity lost

Tournament hosts reverse ban on ‘I can’t breathe’ T-shirts, but t's too late for the Cardinals.

Benefield: Santa Rosa girls basketball looks to reload

Two All-Empire Players of the Year have moved on, but Santa Rosa, now an underdog in NBL girls basketball, still expects to win.

Benefield: Club soccer coach makes college real for team

Messias Souza Dos Santos has taught his Santa Rosa club team tactics but also pushed the players to keep pace in school.

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