Sac-Joaquin Section’s priority is to, at a minimum, hold a spring sports season

As of now, sports in the Sac-Joaquin Section are slated to begin in the winter. But with Covid-19 not wanting to go away, who knows if sports will resume by then? The assistant commissioner of the section told the Gazette that at a minimum, the section would like to hold spring sports to make up for spring sports being canceled […]

Health officials release guidance on youth sports

The state released guidelines for youth sports such as the Mariposa Bears football program (above) last week. The state plans to issue guidance for amateur, adult team sports soon. Up until last week, sports organizations had been following generic guidelines from the state health department. The new interim guidelines say that any sports events that would promote congregating outside or […]

Youth soccer club cancels season through October

Adam Finney (right) is passionate about promoting soccer and working with youth, but made the difficult decision last week to shut down his club at a minimum through October. Finney also coaches varsity soccer at Mariposa County High School. Photo by Matt JohnsonA local youth soccer club is shutting down at least through October. Mariposa FC Fire — a program […]

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes


  Baseball fans have been laughing their butts off at the Houston Astros. The Astros were embroiled during the off-season in a cheating scandal when they were found to have used a sneaky system to tip off batters to what pitches were coming their way. The rest of the baseball world took notice and several players condemned the Astros, some […]


FREE Jake Williams signs on to play with a school in Denver

When student-athletes make up their minds about what university they want to attend, it often comes down to academic offerings, location and the cost to attend. All of those things were considerations for Jake Williams. But there also happened to be a major perk that swayed his decision. Williams will soon be able to play baseball in the city where […]

Several California players on MLB rosters

Major League Baseball returned just days ago in stadiums around the country, but without fans. Each team announced its Opening Day rosters, which is a great point to salute all of those from California who were part of the start of the season. Hart of Newhall has been the state leader with the most MLB alums the last few years […]

Williams garners praise from his former coach


Shown is a media graphic created by Metropolitan State University to announce its newest addition, Jake Williams.Nate Devine didn’t need any time to come up with a response when asked what impressed him about Jake Williams. The Merced College head baseball coach has known Williams, a Bootjack native and Mariposa County High School grad, ever since Williams joined the Merced […]

Thoughts on changes in the CIF

The hope is that by the time December rolls around, fall sports can start and then in the spring, winter sports such as boys basketball, can be played by Johann Hill-Zeck (middle) and the MCHS Grizzlies, along with normal spring sports. Photo by Matt Johnson As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to progress in a high percentage of counties in the […]

TVYFL is called off

Youth football won’t be held this fall. Photo by Matt JohnsonEvery fall, if you walk by Mariposa County High School on a Saturday, you can hear the roar of a crowd. That’s because the community comes out in full force to cheer on the Mariposa Bears youth football players and cheerleaders. But this year, that won’t be happening. The Trans […]

I want my daughter to know she can do anything


  I normally try to keep this column 100 percent sports focused, meaning entirely about sports action or debate topics, and not so much the non-game discussion surrounding sports. But I’m going to deviate from that this week. I took a lazy weekend this past Saturday and Sunday to do nothing else but catch up on some books I’ve wanted […]

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