Sports

Unclear future of Raiders leaves emotions raw for locals



An uncertain future awaits running back Doug Martin (28) and the Raiders heading into 2019. Photo by John MabonIf last week Monday’s 27-14 drubbing of the Denver Broncos was the last game in Oakland for the Raiders, it was a memorable way to go out. From the beginning of the game, with a sensational punt return for a touchdown, to […]

Busy tournament week ends with third place for Grizzly hoop boys

Free throws doom team against Los Banos

MCHS’s Jaq Quinn (center, with ball) was swarmed in recent boys hoops action. Quinn and the Grizzlies finished third place at a tournament last week. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt was a busy week for the Mariposa County High School boys basketball team. The Grizzlies played four games at the Mendota Holiday Classic tournament, winning three of four to finish third […]

Volleyball, basketball open gyms to start up this Sunday, Jan. 6

Want to get in shape this new year? Have you been wishing there were more social or recreational activities in the area? Well, your wish is being fulfilled. Mariposa County Parks and Recreation officials are organizing adult coed volleyball and adult men’s basketball in the Mariposa County High School gymnasium, every Sunday in January from 8-11:30 a.m., starting Jan. 6. […]

Area Fishing Forecast

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Balanced effort paces Grizzly boys in win against Bret Harte

Getting road wins early in the season can go a long way toward building confidence for a team. The Mariposa County High School boys basketball team earned a 67-45 road victory over the Bret Harte Bullfrogs on Saturday afternoon. It was a true team effort for the Grizzlies, with the team’s top player, Devon Acker-James, scoring 18 points on 9-of-18 […]

Why MCHS’s girls hoops team can make a deep run into the postseason

MATT’s MUSINGS

 The girls hoops team at Mariposa County High School is off to a strong start. That wasn’t much of a surprise. The team returns all of its starters and has one of the most dangerous scorers in the Sac-Joaquin Section, Milea Appling. I believe the team can make a deep postseason run. I’m not saying they’ll win the section, but […]

Here were the major local sports stories of 2018



It’s hard to believe 2018 is almost over. The year seemed to go by quickly. But much was accomplished by local athletes over the past 12 months. Here are some of the top sports stories of 2018, in no particular order: • Wichmann finds home with Cowboys: After being let go by the Tennessee Titans, Mariposa’s Cody Wichmann was assigned […]

Impactful victory

Lady Griz earn one of biggest soccer wins in recent past, coach Finney says


Mariposa’s Lupin Amstutz (5) fends off an Orestimba defender during MCHS’s 2-1 win in Mariposa last Thursday. Photos by Matt JohnsonIn what coach Adam Finney called one of the biggest victories since he began coaching, the Mariposa County High School girls soccer team held on for a 2-1 win against the Orestimba Warriors last week. MCHS scored twice in the […]

New Year wishes for each winter sports team



Gazette sportswriter Matt Johnson hopes more people will support the Grizzly wrestling program and grapplers like Bryce Norris (above). Photo by Matt JohnsonEach new year is all about renewed hope. It’s about setting new goals, dreaming big and hoping for the best over the next 12 months. With that in mind, here are a few wishes for each winter sports […]

UC study examines how football changes the adolescent brain


It’s no secret high school football is a dangerous sport, but a new report examines just how dangerous. Photo by Matt JohnsonA single football season in high school may be enough to cause microscopic changes in brain structure, according to a new study by researchers at UC Berkeley, Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brain magnetic […]


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