Sports

Young players step up, but football team falls



Ayden Lopes, a senior running back on the Mariposa County High School football team, bursts ahead during the team’s 18-16 loss to the Stone Ridge Christian Knights last Friday. Photo by Allen LamanThe Mariposa County High School football team traveled to Castle Air Force Base in Atwater with a varsity roster depleted by mandatory Covid-19 close-contact quarantines and players pulled […]

Demolition derby is a family affair



Odgers poses for a portrait with his derby car ahead of Saturday’s event. The hand prints painted on the side are from each of his grandchildren. Photo by Allen LamanDays before Mark Odgers revved his engine and cruised out in front of grandstands packed with screaming fans, a group of little helpers traced and painted their hand prints onto his […]

Grizzlies players and coaches react to canceled football game



Members of the Mariposa County High School Grizzlies run blocking drills at the team’s practice field last Wednesday. MCHS’ Aug. 27 game against Minarets High School was canceled due to a combination of wildfire smoke and Covid-19 concerns. Photo by Allen LamanWyatt Green will play every football game of his senior season like it’s his last. Not because he fears […]

Where on the field is Tyler Crockett?

Wherever his team needs him and then some


Tyler Crockett lifts a defender off the ground while practicing blocking last Wednesday. The versatile senior plays on the offensive line, as a running back and as a defensive linebacker. Photo by Allen Laman Tyler Crockett is everywhere. That’s him wrapping up his 12th tackle of the game. A few plays ago, he blocked a defensive lineman flat on his […]

MCHS volleyball team splits first four games

The Mariposa County High School girls volleyball team has worked its way to a 2-2 record through the team’s first four non-league matchups. MCHS began its schedule last week with losses to Yosemite High School on Tuesday and Sierra High School on Thursday. The Grizzlies defeated Livingston High School last Wednesday. Earlier this week, the team defeated Summerville High School […]

Sowing their path

Local nursery sells seeds, spreads native plant education


Beverly Andalora and Rob Allen pose for a portrait at the Mariposa Native Plants nursery in Bootjack last Thursday. The couple launched the business in 2019 and has focused on educating the public through their inventory ever since. Photo by Allen LamanThe Mariposa Butterfly Festival’s hands-on experiences intrigued Ron Allen and Beverly Andalora. In 2015, they watched as colorful monarch […]

Despite youth, Badgers volleyball continues tradition



Yosemite High School’s current Varsity Girls Volleyball Team are shown, from left Sophia Neely (9), Megheen Woolsey (14), Kylie Alshire (15), Summer Alberta (2), Emily Yates (18), Kaitlyn Chastain (7), Katie Szabati (5), Megan Meyer (3), Lily Madaus (8) and Lusa Andrews (4). Not pictured: Elle Stewart. Submitted photosOne of Yosemite High School’s most popular sports programs is underway this […]

Grizzlies win football opener in upset fashion



Members of the Mariposa County High School Grizzlies football team stand for the playing of the national anthem at their season-opening football game against Franklin High School last Friday, The Grizzlies left Stockton with a 43-28 win. Submitted photoThe Mariposa County High School Grizzlies kicked off their 2021 fall season with a 43-28 victory over the Franklin High School Yellowjackets […]

Back on Track

Bootjack-born Olympian circles back after career of twists


Above: U.S. Olympian Robyn Stevens sits in a ring at the at the Tokyo Olympics earlier this month. Below: Stevens is shown competing at an event.Before she turned her back on competitive track and field, before she developed an eating disorder and before a collegiate coach stymied her potential — Robyn Stevens had the running and racewalking world in the […]

Spirit Leaders

Cheerleaders lift moods on and off sidelines


Members of the Mariposa County High School cheerleading team perform drills at Grizzly Field last Thursday. Coach Kimberly Barnett believes her girls lead the spirit of their county both on and off the sidelines. Photos by Allen Laman Far removed from packed football grandstands and loud basketball gymnasiums, Kalena Perez’s spirits sank. Pandemic precautions shelved her pompoms. Social distancing silenced […]


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