Fundraising event set for Bears youth football

Dozens of kids take part in the Mariposa Bears football organization’s season each year. Photo by Matt JohnsonA special event in August will help the Mariposa Bears program financially. 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 […]

Wichmann excited to prove himself all over again in NFL

FREE Mariposa native trying to carve out a role with Titans

Imagine being a lineman in the National Football League. You get battered, beaten and bruised for very little credit. But yet, you’re one of the most important players on the field. Good linemen are hard to come by, yet often they’re simply forgotten men out on the battlefield of the gridiron. Cody Wichmann, however, is hoping to not be forgotten. […]

Sports radio show still going strong

A new sports radio show debuted in the spring in Mariposa, and the show continues weekly. “Mariposa Sports Talk” airs on Saturdays from 10:30-11 a.m. on KRYZ, 98.5 FM. The show also streams online at It is replayed on Monday evenings from 7:30-8 p.m. The show is hosted by Gazette sports writer, Matt Johnson. He interviews local coaches and […]

The top dogs

Unveiling the 2017-18 MCHS Sports Awards

There is little question Milea Appling (middle) was the top girls basketball player at MCHS last season. She averaged 19.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.8 steals and 1 block per game. See the rest of the top athlete selections below. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt’s hard to believe the school year went by so fast. But athletes from Mariposa County […]

Former NFL player’s camp aids area kids

Former Seahawk McCoy also shares thoughts about upcoming NFL season

Anthony McCoy (right) is shown in action as a Seattle Seahawk. McCoy holds an annual football camp for children in the Central Valley and surrounding foothills. Submitted photoLife in the National Football League is a grind, there’s no doubt about it. It’s one of the most brutal professional sports, but Fresno native Anthony McCoy was able to carve out six […]

My unhealthy obsession with sports memorabilia


My name is Matt. And I am an addict. No, no, I’m not addicted to anything quite as harmful as illegal drugs or alcohol. I’m addicted to shopping. For sports collectibles. I would put myself up against anyone in Mariposa County in a contest for the biggest collection of obscure sports paraphernalia. I probably have the largest collection of sports-themed […]

Website names Mankins to Patriots All-Franchise Team

Logan Mankins is shown in action for the New England Patriots, blocking for legendary quarterback Tom Brady. Mankins is one of the greatest players in the history of the National Football League. He grew up in Catheys Valley. Submitted photoTo those who have followed professional football closely, it’s no secret how dominant Logan Mankins was. The Catheys Valley native will […]

Freitas honored among area’s best for baseball exploits, skills

One of Joey Freitas’ most notable accomplishments this season was recording 16 strikeouts against rival Ripon Christian. Photo by Matt JohnsonHe’s been in the news quite a bit lately, but that’s because the honors keep rolling in for Joey Freitas. The recent Mariposa County High School graduate was named by the Merced Sun-Star to its 2018 Spring All-Area Baseball Team. […]

Rodeo royalty candidates for 2018 announced

In June, at Silver Valley Ranch, the current Mariposa Rodeo Royalty welcomed the contestants for this years’ contest. There was an open discussion about the contest regarding what to expect. Packets of information were distributed and past queen Katy Casner was on hand along with head coordinators Carol Suggs and Jeanne Casner to answer any questions. Competition takes place on […]

Bears seeking volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help the Mariposa Bears Youth Football Program this upcoming season. Officials from the organization are currently looking for announcers to work five home games, as well as football coaches for the youth in the community. For more information, send a message to Mariposa Bears Youth Football and Cheer on Facebook or visit … An online […]

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