Sports

Smith circles the bases, all the way to Australia

High school star takes a trip to play softball overseas


Kiya Smith is shown behind the plate for the Mariposa County High School Grizzlies. In August she had the chance to travel to Australia to play in a special Nike sponsored event. Photos by Matt JohnsonFor athletes, so much of their development depends on the opportunities they’re given to grow. Local softball star Kiya Smith took advantage of a special […]

Surfing is named official sport in state of California


Surf ’s up in California, where it’s now the official state sport. Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week he has signed a bill making it so. The new law declares surfing to be “an iconic California sport” — though it acknowledges that surfing originated with the Polynesian people and was imported into California from Hawaii. Still, it says Californians have […]

Local swimmers have chance to learn from accomplished coach

The YMSC swimmers who attended the Bob Bowman Sun Devil Swim Camp were (pictured with Bob Bowman right to left) freshman swimmer from Mariposa County High School Jonah Dacanay of Mariposa, Samantha Rockey of Oakhurst, Randi Johnson of Ahwahnee, and Dominic DeBernardi of Coarsegold. Submitted photoSwimmers from the year-round Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, including an up-and-coming swimmer for Mariposa County […]

Annual Smokey Bear Run/ Walk scheduled at Bass Lake

The Smokey Bear Run/Walk will is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Submitted photoStart getting ready! The Mountain Area Runners are inviting all runners and walkers to join in the celebration of the 31st Smokey Bear Run/Walk. The event will be held at Bass Lake on Saturday, Sept. 22. This year’s proceeds will benefit CAL FIRE and the United States Forest […]

Tales from the gridiron

FREE Blast from the past: best-selling author Jeff Pearlman takes readers back in time with USFL book, set to release this month


Editor’s note: With football season kicking off, here is a review of one of the latest books written about the gridiron. When people think of the United States Football League — at least those old enough to remember it — they might remember it for its failed attempt to compete with the National Football League. But in reality, the USFL was one […]

Book takes look back at 90s era of NFL



The cover of Tommy Phillips’ new football book is shown. It delves into pro football in the 1990s. Courtesy photo It’s always fun to experience a bit of nostalgia. Looking back on certain moments is something enjoyable to do from time to time. Author Tommy A. Phillips offers nostalgia in abundance in his book, “Nifty Nineties: The Stories of an […]

Netters earn easy win over Livingston Wolves



Grizzly Izamary Marquez looks to make a play at the net on Monday night against Livingston. Photos by Matt JohnsonA sign hanging in the gymnasium at Mariposa County High School on Monday night read, “Bump, Set, Destroy.” The MCHS Grizzly volleyball team followed the directions on the sign and bumped, set and destroyed the Livingston Wolves, 25- 17, 25-20, 13-25, […]

JV football coach Stein has plenty of weapons on field



Andres Ibarra (left) is one of the key players on the MCHS JV football team. Ibarra plays cornerback and running back for the Grizzlies. Photo by Matt Johnson Each year coach Don Stein seems to grow more and more in the sport of football. His knowledge, his methods of coaching and, ultimately, his team’s success have grown each year since […]

Marlins swim their way to strong finishes at Clovis JO’s



During the high school swim team’s offseason, Mariposa County High School Grizzly Swimmers spent spring and summer training and competing with the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, the year-round swim club in the mountain region, for the Central California Swimming long course season. The Marlins Swim Club recently competed at the the 2018 Central California Swimming Junior Olympics Long Course Championships. […]

Heroic comeback comes up just short for Grizzlies



Although the varsity football team from Mariposa fell short, the junior varsity Grizzlies pounded the Summerville JV team. MCHS junior varsity running back Bodie Rodriguez (above) “trucks” a defender last Friday. Photos by Matt Johnson A spirited comeback fell just short last Friday night for the Mariposa County High School football team. In the Battle of the Bears, it was […]


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