Sports

Grizzlies drubbed by Warriors, set to host Gustine on Friday



Tyler Richards of MCHS (left) hauls in a long pass in the JV team’s 21-20 nailbiter win against Orestimba. Mariposa’s JV team was the good news on Friday. The varsity Grizzlies fell 55-6 at Orestimba. Submitted photo Unfortunately for the Mariposa County High School Grizzly football team, one of the most exciting moments of last Friday’s game at Orestimba was […]

Tough week for MCHS netters ends

Grizzlies Jasmine Lopez (left) and Haley Shelton (right) go for a block during recent volleyball action. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt was a mostly a rough week for the Mariposa County High School Grizzly volleyball team. Last Tuesday, Ripon Christian defeated Mariposa 25-19, 25-16, 25-14. MCHS then went on the road again, this time falling to Waterford in five sets, 26-24, […]

Staying true to his roots

Area man, Boston sports fan has large memorabilia collection


David Putonen is shown in his garage, which is known as “The Shrine.” He has been collecting sports memorabilia for a few decades now. Many know him as “The Hawk,” a radio personality for Mariposa Community Radio’s KRYZ 98.5 FM. Although he lives in Merced, he is a familiar face (and voice) to many in Mariposa. Photos by Matt JohnsonOne […]

2018 Mariposa County Fair horse show results announced

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Think you have what it takes? The Rudy Warrior Challenge is here again for another year



Josh Alsup (center) is shown competing in a kettle ball segment during last year’s Rudy Warrior Challenge, which raises money for law enforcement officers or their families who suffer hardships. Photos by Matt JohnsonStart training now, because the fourth annual Rudy Warrior Challenge will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 9 a.m. The event that tests competitors’ physical fortitude and […]

Going out a winner

Fipps wraps up her hoops career as a champion


Sydnee Fipps, raised in Mariposa, is shown in action for the Lakeside Lightning. Although she is only 25, she has decided to end her professional basketball career. Submitted photo Editor’s note: Much of the information, including play-by-play coverage of the State Basketball League’s championship game, was provided by the SBL. Sydnee Fipps (top row, sixth from left) is shown with […]

Wichmann added to Cowboys practice squad

Cody WichmannA local football standout has joined “America’s Team.” Cody Wichmann, 26, a graduate of Mariposa County High School, was signed by the Dallas Cowboys last week. Wichmann was placed on the Cowboys’ practice squad. The Cowboys are hoping to add depth to their offensive lineman ranks. Teams use practice squads to keep players who show ability but need some […]

New book highlights gridiron exploits of high school athletes in California



A new book released in August highlights some of the fascinating stories of youth football in California. Submitted photoA book released this summer highlights some of the unique stories and accomplishments of high school football players in California. “High School Football in California: Amazing Stories on the Gridiron from San Diego to the Golden Gate and Everywhere In Between,” was […]

Badgers run past Griz to claim Gold Nugget Bowl

Shorthanded MCHS keeps game close, but Yosemite HS pulls away


Grizzly running back Elijah Lewis (center, with ball) was pulled up to the varsity level on Friday due to injuries to three of MCHS’s running backs. Lewis scored a first quarter touchdown. Photos by Matt JohnsonThe Grizzlies hung tough for as long as they could, but in the end, the Yosemite Badgers just had too much talent. Yosemite defeated the […]

Netters make Reds feel blue



MCHS volleyball player Lily Heavner recorded 6 kills and 9 assists to help her team beat Gustine last week in Mariposa. Photo by Matt JohnsonThe Mariposa County High School volleyball team made the Gustine Reds feel a little blue last week. MCHS handled Gustine with little trouble, winning 25- 17, 25-20, 25-15 last Tuesday in Mariposa. The Grizzlies played well […]


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