Tough tests ahead

Breaking down the 2018 MCHS football schedule

MCHS running back Logan Donati (right) is shown during a game last season. Donati figures to be a major part of MCHS’s game plan this season, with his versatility and shiftiness out of the backfield. Photo by Matt Johnson Ahhh, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when the crisp autumn nights tingle your toes and face. […]

Writer: Wichmann ‘in high regard’ among Titans

Tennessee Titans offensive linemen Elijah Nkansah (70), Aaron Stinnie (61), Cody Wichmann (68) and Matt Diaz (75) run a drill on July 30, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. AP Photo by Mark Humphrey Local football star Cody Wichmann has been in the news a lot lately, as the National Football League’s 2018- 19 season nears. Wichmann, 26, is hoping to earn […]

Fipps getting out of the game on her own terms

Pro basketball player named all-star in SBL, nearing retirement

Sydnee Fipps is shown in action for the Lakeside Lightning. The Mariposa native is tearing up the State Basketball League in Australia. During her free time, she is offering individual basketball training and spending time at the ocean. Submitted photoAn American has completely taken over a women’s basketball league in Australia. Mariposa’s Sydnee Fipps, 25, is averaging 22 points per […]

Vegely signs on with KWU, will continue in sport of softball

Jessica Vegely is shown signing a letter of intent to play for Kansas Wesleyan University, which has an NAIA ath- letics program. Vegely will play for the Coyotes in 2019. Submitted photoIt’ll be a long way from home, but Jessica Vegely is excited to continue playing softball. Vegely recently signed with Kansas Wesleyan University, a private, four-year Christian-based school located […]

It might be harder to get around, but Butler continues to cheer hard for green and gold

Walt Butler is one of the most visible supporters of the MCHS Grizzlies. He is married to Phyllis Butler and lives in Mariposa. File photoMaybe you’ve seen him on the sidelines at sporting events. He’s usually wearing some sort of green and yellow hat or T-shirt. And he’s always cheering hard for the Mariposa County High School Grizzlies. Walt Butler, […]

Making memories

Earlier this summer, the Mariposa Miners Special Olympics team participated in the Special Olympics Northern California’s Summer Games. From left to right are team members Michael Rollinson, Sarah Gerken, David Silva and Coach Daniel Silva. Their events included the 100 meter dash, shot put and running long jump. Gerken threw the javelin. The Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports […]

Rodeo royalty program nearing

The Mariposa Rodeo Queen schedule is about to heat up. Competition takes place on Aug. 11, starting with horsemanship element at 8 a.m. at the Mariposa Fairgrounds Gold Bowl Arena (free to public). Following horsemanship, queen and princess contestants will move into closed personal interviews. The annual rodeo royalty dinner and onstage presentations begin at 6 p.m. Crowning will take […]

New youth baseball program is starting

A new youth baseball program is starting in Mariposa. Mariposa County Parks and Recreation is starting Mariposa Youth Baseball. It will be held every Monday at Woodland Park, located at 3394 Woodland Drive, from Monday, Aug. 6 to Nov. 5 of 2018. Games will not be played on Labor Day, Sept. 3. The cost to play is $40. The program […]

Sports radio show ongoing

A new, local sports radio show is ongoing. “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 at 7:30 p.m. The show is hosted by Gazette sports writer, Matt Johnson. He interviews local coaches and athletes. He highlights the athletics at Mariposa County High […]

Oliphant stepping down

MCHS football coach cites health as factor, new coach yet to be named

Coach Ryan Oliphant is shown at a game at Summerville in the 2016 season. He has stepped down as the coach of the MCHS Grizzly football team, citing health concerns. Photos by Matt JohnsonWhen the upcoming season begins, the Mariposa County High School football team will be without the man who has been at the helm of the program for […]

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