SAN FRANCISCO — One of the men making a grueling ascent of a half-mile of exposed granite in California's Yosemite National Park is now just 1,000 feet from finishing the groundbreaking climb.

Tommy Caldwell climbed to a ledge 2,000 feet up on Thursday, says Tom Evans, a photographer and climber who has been chronicling the journey.

Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson are relying completely on their physical strength and dexterity to make their way up the Dawn Wall, a vertical face on one side of El Capitan. Caldwell could become the first to accomplish the feat.

Jorgeson has been struggling to get past a particularly difficult section lower down and will try again Friday. The men have been climbing toward the 3,000-foot summit for two weeks.

ALL-EMPIRE GIRLS TENNIS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Marghi Andreassi, jr., Montgomery

FIRST TEAM

Mimi Alma, soph., Cardinal Newman

Grace Davis, sr., Petaluma

Emma Guilfoil, sr., Santa Rosa

Anna Hartman, sr., Cardinal Newman

Anwen Lin, soph., Santa Rosa

Satvika Madadi, sr., Casa Grande

Rachael McGregor, jr., Cardinal Newman

Sydney Moore, sr., Sonoma Valley

Ana Negri, soph., Cardinal Newman

Jade Wight, sr., Analy

SECOND TEAM

Mia Bittner, fr., Maria Carrillo

Karen Cai, sr., Montgomery

Natalia Gamba, sr., Cardinal Newman

Isabel Hernandez, sr., Sonoma Valley

Christina Lang, soph., Petaluma

Alma Meckler-Pacheco jr., Analy

Grace Nonella, sr., Cardinal Newman

Zsazsa Sidney, soph., Santa Rosa

Gigi Swenson Aguirre, jr., Cardinal Newman

Molly Wolmuth, sr., Cardinal Newman

COACH OF THE YEAR

Rick Passero, Analy