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Tough tests ahead

Breaking down the 2018 MCHS football schedule


MCHS running back Logan Donati (right) is shown during a game last season. Donati figures to be a major part of MCHS’s game plan this season, with his versatility and shiftiness out of the backfield. Photo by Matt Johnson Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when the crisp autumn nights tingle your toes and face. […]

Writer: Wichmann ‘in high regard’ among Titans

Tennessee Titans offensive linemen Elijah Nkansah (70), Aaron Stinnie (61), Cody Wichmann (68) and Matt Diaz (75) run a drill on July 30, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo by Mark Humphrey Local football star Cody Wichmann has been in the news a lot lately, as the National Football League’s 2018- 19 season nears. Wichmann, 26, is hoping to earn […]

Baseball tourney helps the family of fallen hero

Braden VarneyWhen bad things happen, this region has a knack for stepping up. An annual charity baseball tournament raised a few thousand dollars for a fallen firefighter this summer. The baseball tournament, known as the ‘Scorcher in the Mountains,” was held in Clovis toward the end of July. The original plan was to donate proceeds from the game to CAL […]

Gym honors firefighting with special workout day

From left, gym-goers Melissa Fluharty, Layla Meadows, Darrah Weiland and Katherine Slenders are shown after completing a difficult workout in honor of fallen firefighter Braden Varney. Submitted photo A local gym was one of a growing list of organizations that have honored CAL FIRE firefighter Braden Varney over the last few weeks. Mountain Fitness in Mariposa held a Hero Workout […]

California high school sports participation is at all-time high

Soccer remains the most popular sport for high school girls in California. Shown above is MCHS athlete Sierra Hennies (12). Photo by Matt Johnson High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the sixth consecutive year, according to the 2018 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey. Up by 2.95 percent since […]

Bears fundraiser set for Aug. 9

An event this week will benefit the Mariposa Bears Football program. A “Network at Night” event, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, will be held Thursday, Aug. 9 at the Mariposa Visitor Center, located at 5158 Highway 140. It is scheduled from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. and is being held in conjunction with the Bears youth program. The fundraising event is […]

Sports radio show ongoing

A new, local sports radio show is ongoing. “Mariposa Sports Talk” airs on Saturdays from 10:30-11 a.m. on KRYZ, 98.5 FM. The show also streams online at www.kryzradio.org. It is replayed on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by Gazette sports writer, Matt Johnson. He interviews local coaches and athletes. He highlights the athletics at Mariposa County High […]

Fipps getting out of the game on her own terms

Pro basketball player named all-star in SBL, nearing retirement


Sydnee Fipps is shown in action for the Lakeside Lightning. The Mariposa native is tearing up the State Basketball League in Australia. During her free time, she is offering individual basketball training and spending time at the ocean. Submitted photoAn American has completely taken over a women’s basketball league in Australia. Mariposa’s Sydnee Fipps, 25, is averaging 22 points per […]

Vegely signs on with KWU, will continue in sport of softball



Jessica Vegely is shown signing a letter of intent to play for Kansas Wesleyan University, which has an NAIA ath- letics program. Vegely will play for the Coyotes in 2019. Submitted photoIt’ll be a long way from home, but Jessica Vegely is excited to continue playing softball. Vegely recently signed with Kansas Wesleyan University, a private, four-year Christian-based school located […]

It might be harder to get around, but Butler continues to cheer hard for green and gold



Walt Butler is one of the most visible supporters of the MCHS Grizzlies. He is married to Phyllis Butler and lives in Mariposa. File photoMaybe you’ve seen him on the sidelines at sporting events. He’s usually wearing some sort of green and yellow hat or T-shirt. And he’s always cheering hard for the Mariposa County High School Grizzlies. Walt Butler, […]


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