Vegely to use her final year of softball eligibility

Former high school section champ will return to Kansas Wesleyan

Bootjack’s Jessica Vegely has opted to use her remaining college sports eligibility and play one final year for Kansas Wesleyan University. Courtesy photosWhen Jessie Vegely had her senior softball season at Kansas Wesleyan University cut short due to Covid-19, she wasn’t sure if she would ever play again. Luckily, the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) announced no spring sport […]

C’mon Man! (My biggest sports pet peeves)


 This will be my farewell column to you readers. Life circumstances have led to me stepping down from the Gazette. I want to say thank you to all of you out there who have helped me report the news, and have been encouraging me along the way. You all know who you are. I tip my hat to the Littles […]


Football team back to practicing, conditioning

The Mariposa County High School football team should be aided by the arrival of 2019 JV player Ayden Lopes (3). Photo by Matt JohnsonWoooooohooooooo! That was the sound of football players rejoicing to be back on the field last week, as Mariposa County High School resumed its offseason practices. As one of the few counties in the state’s Covid-19 yellow […]

Tough cookies: Coaches pay tribute to tough athletes

Lupin AmstutzAthletes are celebrated not only for their abilities, but for their grit, or their toughness. Whether it’s physical toughness, such as battling through injury, or mental toughness, such as simply not giving up when the going gets tough — those kind of mindsets, qualities and makeups of athletes are what fans love to see. When it comes to professional […]

Survey says: Public has strong feelings on politics in sports

Fans — like these Oakland A’s fans from a Gazette photo — normally go wild for their sports teams, but some have turned their backs because of political messaging.When it comes to athletes taking political stands while doing their job, most people in the public aren’t on the fence in regards to how they feel about it. Most people either […]

Highlighting great MCHS memories, athletes


  I’ve worked at the Gazette for just under five years. In the space of that time, I have covered numerous section title games, homecoming games, rivalry games and enjoyed getting to know and document the accomplishments of countless youth athletes. I’ve been writing a lot about professional sports in this column lately, and I’m not sure if people enjoy […]

Stanners golf tournament moved to spring

For the second time this year, the Kynan Stanners Memorial golf tournament has been postponed. The annual tournament was originally scheduled for March 28 and had to be rescheduled for October. But due to complications with the golf course schedule, the tournament has been postponed once more. Organizers said the tournament will likely be held in the spring of 2021. […]

Mankins stays humble despite attention he is now receiving

Accomplished lineman now eligible for Pro Football Hall of Fame, reflects on career

Mariposa County’s Logan Mankins played in the NFL for many years, starring for most of them with the New England Patriots. He found out just days ago that he is officially a nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Photo by USATSI Editor’s note: The Gazette conducted a telephone interview with Logan Mankins last week. Mankins starred in the […]

Wichmann still hoping for another shot in NFL

Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Isaac Alarcón (60) tries to block Dallas Cowboys guard Cody Wichmann (78) of Mariposa County, in a drill during training camp on Aug. 18, 2020. Photo by Vernon Bryant/Dallas Morning NewsMariposa’s Cody Wichmann had his dream of wearing the Dallas Cowboys famous star helmet stripped from him recently when the team cut him from its roster. […]

MCHS athletic director position now in limbo

Tammi Richards is shown at an MCHS football game. Photo by Matt JohnsonWith Mariposa County High School dean of students Tammi Richards reaching a retirement agreement with the Mariposa County Unified School District, it leaves a hole in the athletics department at the high school. Richards had been named to the athletic director post during the summer, replacing former athletic […]

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