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Submitted photoLocal athlete Tyler Richards, who plays football at Mariposa County High School, had the chance to attend the 2019 Rose Bowl with his aunt, Tammi Richards. While there, Tyler met former football star Warren Moon, who played college football for the University of Washington, the team Richards roots for. Richards, who attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New […]

Changes made to hoops, netter open gym schedule

Mariposa County Parks and Recreation officials have begun adult coed volleyball and adult men’s basketball open gyms in the Mariposa County High School gymnasium. Last minute changes have been made to the times of the open gym sessions, however. A conflict with the gym schedule arose and caused a change in the scheduled time for the open gym periods. The […]

How will it all unfold?

Here are the biggest storylines for local sports teams moving into 2019

One of the biggest storylines for the sports teams at Mariposa County High School this year is whether the volleyball team, which will be led by senior Lily Heavner (4, right), can return to prominence. Also shown is Katie Vick (7, left), who will be graduating this spring.The great thing about sports is they provide a never-ending supply of storylines, […]

Leonard honored as one of top linebackers in the region

MCHS’s Ryan Leonard (51) is shown in hot pursuit of a Ripon Christian ball carrier during the 2018 season. Photo by Matt Johnson One of the top football players at Mariposa County High School received a special recognition last week. Ryan Leonard was named to the small-school All-Region Team. The website announced its inaugural Coaches of the Year (Hilmar’s […]

Heavner, defense lead way in Lady Griz’s league win

Mariposa’s Jade Meisner (3) goes up for a layup in the second half of MCHS’s 38-19 pasting of Orestimba. She finished with 6 points. Photos by Matt Johnson Coach Trace DeSandres didn’t need to worry. DeSandres came into last Friday’s Southern League basketball opener with a bit of anxiety. His Mariposa County High School Grizzlies were opening league play against […]

You win some, you lose some

MCHS boys rebound with win after overlooking Yosemite HS

Devon Acker-James (front row, third from left) and the MCHS Grizzly boys earned a league win against Orestimba on Saturday. Acker-James was also named the MVP of the Mendota Tournament, held recently. Shown, from left, are MCHS coach Pierce Chaney, Johnathon Knobles, Travis Breemer, Acker-James, Leo Kari and Carson Arebalo. Submitted photoIt was an up-and-down week for the Mariposa County […]

What’s in a Name? Sports edition


Matt JohnsonMany of you probably read editor Greg Little’s column from our Dec. 27 edition of the Gazette entitled “What’s in a Name?” Greg decided to pay homage to ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, who was known for giving famous athletes nicknames, such as Darryl Strawberry “Shortcake”, Sammy “Say It Ain’t” Sosa or Mike “You’re In Good Hands With” Alstott. I […]

Rival Southern League football coach steps down

A major development took place in the Southern League last week. One of the biggest rivals of the Mariposa County High School football team could see its program change a bit with the departure of its head coach. Ripon Christian’s Trey Ozenbaugh announced last week he is stepping down as the coach of the Knights. The news was reported by […]

Atkins now hoping to make Cal’s spring baseball roster

Former MCHS star wrapped up fall season with Bears team

Blake AtkinsOne of the most famous quotes about baseball —and life, for that matter — is attributed to legendary New York Yankee slugger Babe Ruth. “Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,” the Babe once said. Mariposa’s Blake Atkins is living by that mantra. Atkins, a 2018 graduate of Mariposa County High School, tried […]


Grizzlies outduel Livingston’s star scorer Winton in hoops thriller

MCHS’s Milea Appling (right) and Livingston’s Annie Winton (left) had quite the battle last Friday in Mariposa. Photo by Matt Johnson When confronted with challenges, great players rise to the occasion. Mariposa County High School’s Milea Appling took the challenge last Friday as she battled another supremely talented scorer, the Livingston Wolves’ Annie Winton. The MCHS Grizzlies came out on […]

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