Kerry Benefield - Staff Reporter

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Local baseball standouts Andrew Vaughn and Spencer Torkelson continue to shine on the Division I college baseball stage.
The Bear Cubs’ second-place finish at the state championship is the second second in as many meets.
With a roster loaded with talent, the Bear Cubs women’s swim team is not afraid of switching things up a little — even in the final stretch of the season.
At No. 4 on the Bear Cubs' roster, the baby boomer freshman is more than holding his own.
Taylor Sargis and Mark Sidorenko were big winners for SRJC at the recent Big 8 swim championships
Rare as it is for a school to win both the girls’ and boys’ team titles at the NCS Redwood Empire championship meet, rarer still is the program that is able to win both titles back-to-back.
The top-seeded Gauchos are hoping a successful league tournament will build momentum for an NCS postseason run.
When the Santa Rosa Cycling Club was able to visit its shop and warehouse on Coffey Lane on Oct. 9, there was nothing left.
The El Molino boys ran away with the team title, while the El Molino girls were forced to share the SCL title with Petaluma after the Trojans came up big Saturday.
The former Healdsburg High girls coach who breathed fire for 32 minutes but settled into a warm embrace the moment the whistle blew will be remembered by friends and former colleagues Saturday.
Everything looks different at the North Coast Section swimming championships. Athletes seem to swim faster, crowds seem to cheer louder. But the pool looking longer? That's a new one.
Barbara Banke, chairwoman of Jackson Family Wines, is on her third trip to Churchill Downs, this time as co-owner of one of a handful of horses generating outsized excitement head of Saturday's race.
Santa Rosa went undefeated in dual meets this season and is looking to win a third consecutive league pennant for both the boys and girls teams.
Three high-profile prep coaching positions are now open after area coaches announced their departures.
Playing second base, Connor Browning snuffed out a potential rally all by himself with the rarest of baseball plays.
Travis Taylor, Windsor’s boys basketball coach, is one of a handful of Empire coaches who have decided to step away from the game they love.
A baseball score of 29-2 has many names: Landslide, rout, drubbing, blowout or massacre. But a teachable moment? Yep.
It's been a long time since anyone not named Wong won the North Bay League's boys tennis title.
The Lions have emerged as the team to beat in the Sonoma County League heading into the halfway mark of the season.
Two local baseball products are on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.
Clayton Andrews had an 11-strikeout performance Saturday to earn Big West Pitcher of the Week honors — two weeks after he was named Big West Player of the Week.
The St. Ignatius Wildcats were crowned the first Division 1 NorCal regional champions in Santa Rosa as the home team could only watch.
Not only did Peterson run three races at the recent Big Cat meet, she won all three — convincingly.
The senior posted the second-highest pentathlon score in Redwood Empire history while crushing a 26-year-old meet record this month — and it's only his second year running track.
College career got a big boost when she was elevated to Hawaii’s No. 1 starter.