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What if: pondering how different MCHS scenarios might have played out differently



If Kirsten Dubberke (right) had been able to play with Milea Appling when they were both at their peaks, who knows what could have happened? Photo by Matt Johnson Sports are full of “what ifs.” For example, What if Michael Jordan hadn’t stepped away from basketball to play baseball for two years? What if Lou Gehrig hadn’t contracted his fatal […]

Little League season officially scrapped

Organizers looking into possibility of holding a fall season


 The “ting” sound of a bat hitting a ball won’t be heard at local fields this season, nor will the roar of the crowd, cheering on local youth. There won’t be any purchasing of peanuts or Cracker Jacks, either. Thanks a lot, Covid-19. After holding onto hope of putting together a 2020 Little League baseball season, the local board voted […]

Which teams/seasons from MCHS’s past would make for entertaining documentaries?



If the MCHS Grizzly football team had been able to slip past Lincoln High, there are many who believe the team would have gone on to win the state title in 2019. Photo by Matt JohnsonIf you’ve been watching much TV during the stay at home orders issued by the state, surely you’ve either seen or at least heard about […]

Kops for Kids softball tourney called off, hoped to be held in future

It’s surely been frustrating for those who have been looking forward to the first ever Kops for Kids softball tournament. The tournament was supposed to be held in the winter, but was pushed to this summer. Then it got rescheduled, only to be called off on Saturday due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “We thank you all for your support and […]

Mankins ranked as one best Patriot draft picks

Lineman named to Patriot All-Decade team, fresh off being named to NFL’s overall All-Decade Team

Logan MankinsNow-retired National Football League star Logan Mankins has been in the news a lot lately. The Catheys Valley native was recently named to a star-studded list on the NFL’s All-Decade 2010-20 team. He was also named by the Patriots to the franchise’s own All-Decade honor list. He has also been named to a number of All-Decade teams by writers […]

If you haven’t seen the Alex Smith documentary on ESPN, watch it now

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Alex SmithThere’s some people you look at in life and wonder, how do they stay so positive? Alex Smith is one of those people. The Washington Redskins quarterback suffered a gruesome broken tibia and fibula in his right leg in 2018. The video of the incident is horrifying. The injury nearly led to Smith losing his leg and even his […]

Fall sports teams are already greatly affected by Covid-19

Coaches try to work with athletes as best as they can from distance


The 2019 MCHS varsity volleyball team is shown huddling up during a match last season. Although fall sports are a few months away, the fall teams are already being hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic. Shown, from left, are Autumn Dobson, Kylie Cogley, Jasmine Lopez, Kylie Ward (back to camera), Reyna Mero and Marissa Morris. Photo by Matt Johnson The spring […]

Several athletes made major strides during the 2019-20 seasons

Coaches reveal most improved players over the course of year


Lincoln Bissmeyer (left, 21) became a regular contributor for the MCHS boys soccer team. Photo by Matt Johnson Despite the high school spring sports season being cut short, many of the other sports at Mariposa County High School obviously finished their seasons prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. To honor the athletes at MCHS, here is a look at some […]

Senior Showcase: A tribute to Mackenzie Arnold

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Editor’s note: Over the next few months, the Gazette will be printing Senior Showcases, which are short biographies or highlights about senior athletes who had their final year of high school cut short due to Covid-19. This is being done as a way to pay tribute to these student athletes. We hope you enjoy this feature. You can nominate a […]

QB Whisperer: Oliphant molding Grizzly quarterbacks despite many challenges

Coach dealing with virus obstacles, gives behind the scenes access to Zoom call


MCHS offensive coordinator Ryan Oliphant (right) worked with sophomore QB Wyatt Green last football season to help Green acclimate to the varsity level. It paid dividends, as MCHS became section champion. Photo by Matt JohnsonIt’s no coincidence that the return of offensive coordinator Ryan Oliphant led to a surge in the Mariposa County High School football team’s offensive output last […]


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