Sports

Smokey Bear run to take place at Bass Lake in September

Get happy: the Smokey Bear Run-Walk is on schedule for Sept. 26. Visit smokeybearrun.com for info and registration. Submitted photoDust off those running shoes! Despite almost daily news of activities being postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions, there’s at least one event outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to next month: the 2020 Smokey Bear Run/Walk at Bass Lake is still planned […]

Logan Mankins named best player to wear No. 70 for Patriots

Logan Mankins continues to be talked about, even in retirement. Patriots.com photo Numbers play a big role in sports. They provide statistics. They’re used to keep score. And, of course, they’re worn on the jerseys and uniforms of athletes. But how do you narrow down the greatest players to wear various numbers? That’s what Patriots.com attempted to do recently through […]

How library ties to sports

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  You might be wondering why the headline says anything about a library. What does a library have to do with sports? Well, if you’re a student of the game, it has everything to do with sports. Did you know our local library has a wide variety of sports books? Just about every sport is represented. I’ve checked out books […]

KEEPING HOPE ALIVE

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

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  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 […]

EXTRA INNINGS

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

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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 […]


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