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Kerry Benefield - Staff Reporter

Staff reporter at The Press Democrat

kerry.benefield@pressdemocrat.com
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The Latest Stories By Kerry Benefield

Two sisters who starred at Maria Carrillo got the idea for their Arizona-based sportswear company when they were working to get back into shape after having babies.
Chris Ziemer is athletic director and girls’ soccer coach at Sonoma Academy. He’s also a lifelong fan of the game of soccer. Are you as excited about World Cup as he is?
Athena Schrijver swept the gold medals in her weight categories at the championships in Colombia.
Tim Bogue is a longshoreman by trade, but he’s a golfer at heart. And he’s a good one.
With the U.S. out of the picture, most of us are free to choose favorites without feeling disloyal to the Stars and Stripes. So who should we watch?
Cloverdale High senior Ray Sayago was a guest on a podcast episode of “Overtime with Kerry Benefield” recently, talking about sports, team and high school and about the art of being 'coachable'.
The Cal first baseman is one of four finalists for the Golden Spikes Award given to the best amateur player in the nation.
With her double-podium performance at the state track meet over the weekend, the just-graduated Santa Rosa senior gave the haunting memory of a poor freshman performance an emphatic shake-off.
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
The Bear Cubs’ second-place finish at the state championship is the second second in as many meets.
Local baseball standouts Andrew Vaughn and Spencer Torkelson continue to shine on the Division I college baseball stage.
The two best power hitters in college baseball will face off in a three-game series starting Thursday, and they just happen to be former North Bay League rivals.
For one Pumas runner, a last-minute phone call provided a chance to get the sour taste of his final meet out of his mouth.
Santa Rosa High senior Kirsten Carter, competing in three events, leads the charge of local athletes heading to Clovis.
Track can be cruel in its precision. The Healdsburg junior ran the fastest eight laps of her life at the NCS Meet of Champions, but missed making the state final in the race by just fractions of a second.
After grinding since January, there was almost disbelief for the Lions at their finish.
Redwood Empire high school athletes endured a bunch of near-misses while others had hair-raising finishes to secure their spots at the state meet next weekend.
Just like she did at the SCL championship meet, an Analy junior gave Healdsburg's Gabby Peterson a go for a lap.
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.