Acker-James leads way for All-Decade boys hoops team

Any discussion about the 2010-20 All-Decade team for Mariposa boys basketball must include Devon Acker-James (right), the scoring wizard who graduated in 2019. Photo by Matt JohnsonEditor’s note: Readers have probably noticed these All-Decade teams being printed over the last few weeks. With the start of a new decade, the Gazette staff wanted to honor the athletes from Mariposa County […]

The Golden State Warriors of the JV ranks?

High-octane junior varsity boys hoops squad for MCHS shows future could be bright

Based on how the junior varsity boys basketball team at Mariposa County High School has played this season, it’s probably a safe bet to say the varsity program has a bright future over the next few years. The JV Grizzlies have a record of 22-4 and are undefeated in Southern League games. Not only is their record amazing, but they’re […]

Maietto honors cousin with game-winning goal

Cameron Maietto of MCHS scored one of the biggest goals of his life last week. Photo by Matt JohnsonIn a soccer season that has been full of adversity, it was nice for something to go Mariposa’s way last week. The Mariposa County High School Grizzly boys soccer team came back from an early 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 over the […]

Wichmann prepares to learn under new Cowboys coaching staff

Matt Johnson The average length of a National Football League career is three years. Mariposa native Cody Wichmann is coming up on his sixth season. The 6-foot-6, 315 pound offensive guard was drafted in 2015 and is still standing in a league where many don’t survive for long. Even though he’s lasted this long, he’s hoping to solidify a spot […]

And the winner is…

Courtesy photoJudy Simms of Mariposa was this year’s winner of the Mariposa Grizzlies Quarterback Club quad raffle. Special thanks goes to Rick Leard of California Custom Trailers and Powersports for making the quad raffle possible, said organizers of the raffle. The purpose of the Mariposa Grizzlies Quarterback Club is to provide financial and booster support for the Mariposa County High […]

Endurance runs to return to Merced River canyon

The Merced River canyon will be the site of two endurance runs in April. The 14K and 44K endurance runs will be held April 5 at the Merced River recreation area at Briceburg. All profits from the event will be donated to two local nonprofits, Adventure Risk Challenge and the South Fork Merced River Trailblazers. To sign up, visit […]

Mankins now eligible for Hall of Fame

With the most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced, one might wonder who the next candidates are who are eligible for induction. Several big names will enter their first year of eligibility. To be eligible for the nominating process, a player or coach must have been retired for at least five years. Some of the big names include […]

Girls soccer team blanks Le Grand

The Mariposa County High School girls soccer team improved to 10-1-2 overall and 10-1-1 in Southern League contests after two big wins last week. “We had two good games,” said MCHS head coach Adam Finney. Monday’s battle with the Waterford Wildcats ended with MCHS on top, 3-1. Mariposa had chances to go 2-0 up on Waterford, but did not quite […]

Slinger Bag receives innovation award from Tennis Industry Assoc.

Slinger Bag, a sports equipment brand that is hoping to change the game with its versatile tennis ball launcher, has received a Special Recognition Award from the UK Tennis Industry Association at the TIA UK’s Innovation Awards. The brand was highly commended by the judging panel in the biennial competition that spotlights products aimed to improve the tennis experience. Slinger […]

Grizzly wrestling program deserves more praise


 I have written a few pieces over the last few weeks detailing the exploits of the Mariposa County High School wresting program, but the school’s coaches and athletes deserve even more attention and more praise than they’ve been getting. I mean, it’s only one of the most successful athletics programs at the school. But most years, the team seems to […]

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