Gold medal Olympian preaches patience for Mariposa athletes

Rowdy Gaines does feel pools could safely open at this time

Rowdy Gaines Hall of Fame swimmer and three-time Olympic gold medalist Ambrose “Rowdy” Gaines, 61, is obviously no slouch. His contributions to the sport of swimming earned him the prestigious 2015 USA Swimming Award, which is the highest honor in swimming. Although his days of competing are behind him, he still stays busy as a fundraiser for USA Swimming as […]

Trap team registration is open

Mariposa Trap Team photoRegistration for the Mariposa Grizzly Youth Trap Team and Mariposa High School Trap Team is now open. The team is accepting sign-ups for the 2020-21 Mariposa Grizzlies Trap Teams through Oct. 31. Organizers said those interested should not delay, as the team would like to start practice in October. To complete all the registration paperwork head over […]

Mankins now eligible for Hall of Fame

Star lineman speaks with Gazette

Logan Mankins Many people in Mariposa County who followed him throughout his youth years and into his career in the National Football League will be excited to hear this news: Logan Mankins is officially eligible for possible induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of the nominees for the 2021 Class. The list of nominees will […]

I can’t believe it, but I’ve enjoyed the NBA Bubble


 I can’t believe I’m saying it, but I’ve enjoyed the National Basketball Association’s Bubble. For those who might not know, the NBA is playing its games on the DisneyWorld campus in Florida. The league resumed games after several months of being shut down due to Covid-19. League officials determined the only way to complete the season safely was to go […]


Mariposa to have a few athletes on Merced College football roster

Ryan Leonard (left) and Johnathan Chapman (right) who both played football at Mariposa County High School, will be rejoined as teammates at Merced College, when football finally resumes. Chapman graduated in 2020 and will be a freshman. Leonard graduated high school in 2019 and played one season of football at Cabrillo College, near the coast. Photos by Matt JohnsonMariposa will […]

LABOR OF LOVE: Longtime sportswriter reflects on joy of covering Mariposa sports

Bruce Gilbert Being a sportswriter is a dream job for many people. Getting paid to watch and write about sports? Where to sign up? But it’s also a lot of work, and a challenging task, especially covering youth sports and being sensitive to some of the things that come with that. For longtime Gazette sportswriter Bruce Gilbert, it was a […]

My sports bucket list (once this damn pandemic is over)


Like many of you, I can’t wait for the day when this nightmare of a pandemic is over. It’s impossible to even list all of the negative impacts it has had on our lives, whether it’s financial loss, loneliness, depression, job loss, challenges with schooling or daycare and much more. On a much less important note, but still one that […]

Another one bites the dust

Rudy Warrior Challenge canned for this year

Participants are shown during last year’s Rudy Warrior Challenge, which was held in Catheys Valley. The event won’t be held this year due to Covid-19. It generates thousands of dollars each fall to help families in need. Photos by Matt Johnson Every fall, some of the toughest and most rugged physical specimens in Mariposa County gather for an event fit […]

Back on: Stanners golf tourney rescheduled

The ninth annual Kynan Stanners Memorial golf tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 24 at Pheasant Run Country Club in Chowchilla. The tournament was originally scheduled for March 28. Therewillbean8a.m.check-inwitha9a.m.shotgun start. Contests include straight drive, long drive, scramble tournament, closest to the pin and hole-in-one. “It’s at the same location as it was going to be in March. We have […]


Some derby drivers travel to a different state to compete

The Mariposa Fair Demolition/Destruction Derby draws hundreds of spectators every year. Photo by Matt JohnsonNot being able to compete in sports is hard enough for most athletes during a pandemic. But what about those whose sport only competes on one specific night a year? What about them, the ones who look forward to competing in that one big event, only […]

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