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Stories from Kerry Benefield

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.

Benefield: Now at Division I level, Alec Kobre hasn't lost his touch

Former Montgomery, SRJC star knows a little something about clawing his way into an impact role.

Benefield: Who gets to decide who is worthy of our charity?

Darryl Talley's story got to me, until it didn't.

Benefield: It's a whole new season for Rancho Cotate basketball teams

Rancho Cotate is hoping to do a lot of surprising this season. And there is nowhere to go but up on the hardwood.

Benefield: We've got (polite and respectful and positive) spirit, yes we do

'Battle of the Fans' will reward the school with the most spirited student section during the course of the boys' and girls' basketball seasons. And by spirited, organizers mean civilized — fun and raucous, but civilized.

Benefield: St. Helena faces biggest challenge yet vs. Salesian

Salesian is the No. 1 seed. St. Helena is No. 3. The teams will square off at Alhambra High School Friday night in the NCS Division 5 championship.

Kerry Benefield: Sonoma Academy's Bowen rules state cross country

Sonoma Academy freshman wins Division 5 title by eight-second margin.

Kerry Benfield: QB Mefferd has Rancho Cotate standing tall

Cougars haven’t loss since falling to Maria Carrillo in mid-October

Benefield: Petaluma teen racer fast, calm on track

St. Vincent High School junior Zack Anderson, named Rookie of the Year by the San Francisco chapter of the Sports Car Club of America, says he gets more rattled driving on the streets of Petaluma than the track.

Benefield: Handball enthusiasts play with a hard-earned devotion to their game

Handball, a game which originated in alleys between Irish pubs, today counts an ex-NFL QB and other pro athletes among its biggest fans. Some of the sport's best will be in Santa Rosa for a weekend tournament.

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