Stories from Bob Padecky

Money drives IndyCar series to leave Sonoma Raceway for greener pastures at Laguna Seca in Monterey.
Since making worldwide headlines for conquering Yosemite's Dawn Wall in 2015, the Santa Rosa man hasn't slowed down. He's in the midst of handling a movie, a baby, a new gym near downtown and up to five workouts a week.
The retired referee, who died Thursday, became a local legend in football officiating by having a personality the very opposite of the environment he occupied.
At 77, the well-known former football referee is entering the last days of his life.
The Contender Series gives fighters like Jordan Williams a chance to earn a contract with UFC if they win.
'If it wasn’t for sports,' said Lower Lake star Hokulani Wickard, 'I don’t know where I’d be.' An Honor Roll student, he'll represent the school Wednesday at The Press Democrat’s All-Empire sports award ceremony.
In 2010, Kelly Kulick became the first woman bowler to win a men's tournament. She'll join other women competing at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park this weekend.