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A rivalry runs afowl in Powder

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald Powder Valley Elementary School teachers Molly Smith, left, and Skye Flanagan have waged a friendly rivalry this week as they await Monday’s national championship college football game between the Oregon Ducks, Smith’s favorite team, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Flanagan was born in Ohio.

By Gerry Steele

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The halls and classrooms at North Powder Charter School are abuzz with support for the Oregon Ducks and Ohio State Buckeyes.

Oregon and Ohio State will meet Monday evening for the National Collegiate Football Championship.

The support shown at North Powder centers around Molly Smith’s third-grade classroom and Skye Flanagan’s fourth-grade classroom.

Smith, whose father, Chuck Peterson, graduated from Oregon, is a staunch Duck backer. She said she and her husband Tim, a Baker High School teacher and coach, have followed Oregon ever since they were married.

Flanagan, whose father is from Columbus, Ohio, was born in Ohio.

BHS grad Jackson Vaughan named top defensive football coach

By Gerry Steele

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Jackson Vaughan, defense coordinator for Linfield College’s football team, has been named 2014 Division III Coordinator of the Year by ProGrass.

Vaughan, a 1993 Baker High School graduate from Hereford, recently finished his ninth year as Linfield’s defensive coordinator and his 19th season on the Wildcats’ coaching staff.

BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs slip past Fruitland, 48-44

By Gerry Steele

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Baker overcame a physical Fruitland squad Tuesday and defeated the Grizzlies 48-44 in a nonleague boys basketball game at Fruitland.

“It was nice to win a grinder,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson.

Baker led 20-9 in the second quarter, but only 22-21 at halftime.

BHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs top Stanfield, fall to Pendleton, Emmett

PENDLETON —Baker lost a nonleague girls basketball game to Pendleton Tuesday 69-36 at Pendleton.

Pendleton broke the game open by outcoring the Bulldogs 24-6 in the third quarter.

Brie Sand led Baker with 17 points.

BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs conquer Trojans on the road

By Gerry Steele

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Baker opened 2015 on a high note Saturday by defeating Homedale, Idaho, 55-40 in a nonleague boys basketball game at Homedale.

“It was a good team win,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson.

“A lot of different guys contributed at different times in the game."

BAKER WRESTLING: Bulldogs take third in team standings at Joseph

By Gerry Steele

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Baker had eight grapplers place in their weight division Saturday on the way to a third-place finish at the annual Jo-Hi Invitational.

Jace Hays had the Bulldogs’ only individual championship at 113 pounds.

Marco Vela was second at 138, Jesse Hamann fourth at 113, Elijah Banister fourth at 120, Peter Baker fourth at 170, James AhHee fifth at 120, Will Goodwin fifth at 285, and Dylan Feldmeier sixth at 160.

BHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs competing at Parma tournament:


PARMA — Baker dropped its opening game at the Parma Panther Girls Holiday Invitational girls basketball tournament Monday.

The Bulldogs fell 42-24 to Soda Springs, Idaho.

“It was our worst game of the season,” said Baker coach Jenny Mowe-Joseph.

Brie Sand led the Bulldogs with nine points. Michelle Freese added five, Cecylee Bruce four, Kylie Severson three, Emily Tatlock two and Gracie Huggins one.


PARMA — Michelle Freese and Brie Sand combined for 30 points Tuesday lead Baker to a 36-30 victory over Elgin in the consolation semifinals at the Parma Panther Girls Holiday Invitational basketball tournament at Parma.

The Bulldogs will meet Emmett in the consolation title game today at noon PST. Baker has lost twice to the Huskies this season, 44-39 and 42-35.

“Hopefully the third time is the charm,” said Baker coach Jenny Mowe-Joseph. “The girls showed some great composure down the final stretch, and we shot the ball better.”

Mowe-Joseph said another key was the defensive play of Whitney Lemmon before she fouled out in the fourth quarter.

“Whit put up a great defensive battle before fouling out,” the Baker coach said.

Freese led Baker with 16 points. Sand added 14. Cecylee Bruce, Emily Tatlock and Summer Phillips each added two points. 

BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs in action at Sisters tournament


By Gerry Steele

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Baker’s season-long inconsistency bit the Bulldogs again Monday against Seaside at the Sisters boys basketball tournament.

Shaky defense and poor free throw shooting hurt the Bulldogs in a 64-57 loss to Seaside.

“Our inconsistent ways continue,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson.

“And, we’re still shooting poorly at the free throw line.”

Baker shot just 10-of-22 from the line, while Seaside was 27-of-36.

“We shoot less than 50 percent from the line and they shoot 27 of 36. In a 7-point game that makes the difference,” Richardson said.

“We just can’t afford to be inconsistent. We play really, really well for one quarter then we don’t in the next.”

Baker led 18-11 after one period, but that was the high point for the Bulldogs.

“Our defense was basically non-existent in the second, third and fourth quarters,” Richardson said.

Seaside outscored the Bulldogs 36-25 in the second half. Twenty-three of Seaside’s points came from the free throw line.

“We just have to do a better job on defense as a group,” Richardson said.

“It’s not an individual thing. It involves everybody.”

Baker outrebounded Seaside 24-19 and committed just 11 turnovers. The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the field.

Logan Sand led Baker with 24 points. Kyle Srack added 10.

BAKER (57)

   Stairs 2 0-0 4, Hayes 0 2-5 2, Gulick, Scott 0 3-4 3, Sand 8 3-6 24, LeaMaster 4 0-0 8, Bruce 2 0-0 4, B. Smith 1 0-1 2, Srack 4 2-4 10. Totals 21 10-22 57.

SEASIDE (64) - 

   Januik 3 9-10 15, Meyer 1 2-2 4, Thompson 2 5-5 9, J. Smith 2 5-9 9, Marston 3 1-2 7, Eagon 5 3-4 13, Babb 2 2-4 7, Lewis, Hoekstre, Cazarez. Totals 18 27-36 64.

Baker     -          18 14 11 14 — 57

Seaside           - 11 17 18 18 — 64

     Three-point baskets — Sand 3, Babb. Fouled out — Hayes, Scott, Eagon. Total fouls — Baker 25, Seaside 18. Technicals — none.



By Gerry Steele

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How does an opposing player make just one field goal but still score a game-high 19 points?

That player makes 16-of-20 free throws to go with one basket.

Madras’ Jered Pichette did just that Tuesday to lead the White Buffaloes to a 63-54 victory over Baker at the Sisters boys basketball tournament.

“One guy goes to the line 20 times in a game. Unbelievable,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson.

“He’s a crafty point guard. He’s their go-to guy. I thought we did a great job of stopping him from the perimeter. But he did a god job going to the basket and ended up shooting a lot of two-shot fouls.”

Baker fell behind 46-28 in the third quarter, but managed to cut the deficit to 57-50 with about two minutes left in the game before running out of steam.

The Bulldogs were outscored 18-7 in the third period.

“We had a very bad third quarter,” Richardson said.

“I began clearing my bench and ironically the guys off the bench were the ones who got us back into the game.

“It was very enlightening to see our reinforcements picking up the slack in the fourth quarter,” Richardson said.

Clay LeaMaster led Baker with 15 points, including nine in the fourth period.

Richardson said the Bulldogs just have to “put their money where their mouth is.”

“We’ve got to learn how to play on the road; how to win on the road,” he said. “We have to learn from these games.”

Baker will play for seventh place at 10 a.m. today.

BAKER (54)

   Stairs 0 1-2 1, Bowers, Hayes 2 2-3 7, Gulick 0 2-2 2, Scott 1 0-0 3, Sand 6 0-0 13, LeaMaster 5 4-4 15, Bruce 2 0-2 4, Smith 2 0-0 5, Srack 2 0-2 4. Totals 20 9-15 54.

MADRAS (63) - 

   Pichette 1 16-20 19, Lindgren 6 1-1 15, Bryant 3 0-0 7, Sullivan 1 1-2 3, Rauschenburg 2 0-0 5, Rehwinkel 5 2-4 12, LeRiche 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 20-27 63.

Baker     -              9 12   7 26 — 54

Madras              -  9 17 18 17 — 63

     Three-point baskets — Hayes, Scott, Sand, LeaMaster, Smith, Pichette, Lindgren 2, Bryant, Rauschenburg. Fouled out — none. Total fouls — Baker 20, Madras 19. Technicals — Scott. 

BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs show too much Mr. Hyde in loss to Bishop Kelly

By Jayson Jacoby

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Joel Richardson likens his Baker boys basketball team to a set of twins.

One is a great kid — the sort who hits the game-winning shot and is valedictorian besides.

The other twin, well, he “sort of goes crazy sometimes,” Richardson said.

That troublesome twin was in control a bit too much Monday night during the Bulldogs’ 61-52 loss at Bishop Kelly, a private school in Boise.

The third quarter was both the key period in the game, and a microcosm of Baker’s dual personality.

BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Kuna nips Bulldogs

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker’s Clay LeaMaster made a key three-pointer Friday at Kuna, Idaho.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, Kuna’s star, Jacob Johnson, did the same thing less than 30 seconds later.

LeaMaster’s basket gave Baker a 52-50 lead with about two minutes left in the game.

On the next possession Johnson, a 6-foot-6 junior who led all scorers with 26 points, answered LeaMaster’s three-pointer, giving Kuna a lead it would not relinquish.

After a Baker miss, Kuna held the ball, forcing Baker to foul. The Kavemen made enough free throws to secure a 58-54 win.

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