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West wins Shrine game to even series

BAKER CITY — The West scored early and late to claim a 33-23 victory in the 61st annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

The win evens th eoverall series at 29-29-3.

After spotting the East a 7-0 lead when Baker's Dane Bachman ran the opening kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown, the West scored 19 straight points to lead 19-7 after one quarter.

Santiam Christian quarterback Grant Schroeder, who will play at George Fox this fall, connected on three first-quarter touchdown passes. Two of those passes, for 72 yards and 50 yards, were caught by Madras' Devin Ceciliani, who will play at Western Oregon this fall.

The third TD aerial was caught by Zach Olson of Banks.

The East then answered, using scoring runs by Brandon Williams of Cascade Christian and Cascade's Cody Crawford, and a field goal by Williams to take a 23-19 lead early in the fourth period.

Then, it was all West. Forrest Garcia scored twice on runs to give the West the lead for good. 

Miners Jubilee fun run/walk results

Results from the Miners Jubilee Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, which attracted 119 competitors:

Overall Winners

• 5K Walk (38 competitors)

Women: June Bennett, 50 minutes

Men: Brian Combs, 48:37

Baker Diamondbacks lose heartbreaker

By Jayson Jacoby

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Almost always, a baseball team is happy to turn a double play.

But once in a while, only a triple play is good enough.

Locals to compete at YHEC nationals

By Joshua Dillen

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Annie Oakley and Wild Bill Hickok would be proud of five local teenage gunslingers.

The 2013 NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) will be held at the NRA’s Wittington Center in Raton, N.M., July 21-26. Four of the 10 participants representing Oregon are from Baker County. 

Brian Staebler-Siewell and Nicholas Vowell, both 17, are on the senior team. Sarah Spaugh, 17, is first alternate for the Senior team and competing as an individual. Ben Spaugh, 15, is on the junior team. Braden Staebler-Siewell,15, is second alternate for the senior team and competing as an individual.

Baker all-stars lose heartbreaker championship game

Baker's 11- and 12-year-old Little League baseball all-stars lose a heartbreaking championship game to Pendleton in the district tournament Wednesday at Wade Williams Field in Baker City.

Baker, the visiting team, trailed Pendleton 3-1 entering the top of the sixth inning.

Baker scored one run to get within 3-2.

Pendleton ended the game with a double play that easily could have given Baker the tying run.

Morgan Bennett advanced to third base with one one. Jackson Rohner hit a line drive to center fielder. The center fielder not only made the catch, but he threw a strike to home to get Bennett for the final out.

Pendleton's 10- and 11-year-old team also won the district title by beating Baker 15-1 in four innings on Wednesday.

Check Friday's Baker City Herald for full tournament coverage, including the Baker 9- and 10-year-olds. 

Baker all-stars advance to championship game

Baker’s 11-12-year-old all-star baseball team rallied from a three-run deficit in the last inning Tuesday to nip La Grande, 20-19, and advance to today’s championship game at the Little League district tournament.

Baker will play Pendleton at 6:30 p.m. at Wade Williams Field. Both teams are unbeaten in the tournament.

Baker, the home team on Tuesday, trailed La Grande 19-16 entering the bottom of the sixth.

Other tournament action this week:


Monday’s game: Baker 23, Union County 0

Anoah Kuhl, Dawson Linscott and Brenden Golar each had two hits to lead the Baker rout, which ended by 10-run rule after four innings.

Baker             9   6   4    4 — 23

Union Co.      0   0   0    0 —  0

     WP — Linscott.



Monday’s game: Baker 14, Harney County 4

Zander Arriaga had a double and a triple and stole three bases, and Ethan Myers and Dawson Clarke each had two hits for Baker, which scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to end the game by 10-run rule.

Baker led 11-0 after three innings, but Harney County scored four runs in the top of the fourth.


Baker rebounded from a 17-7 loss on Monday to beat Pilot Rock Tuesday.

Baker will play Pendleton again today at 4 p.m. If Baker wins, the two teams would play again for the chamipionship Friday at 3 p.m.

Bachman wins triple jump title

By Gerry Steele

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EUGENE — Dane Bachman closed out his track career on the highest of notes — with a state championship Saturday.

Eight Bulldogs to state

By Gerry Steele

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Baker will send eight competitors to  the Class 4A state track and field meet Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Powder sends eight to state

By Gerry Steele

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Powder Valley will send eight track and field athletes to the Class 1A state meet Thursday through Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

Baker softball, baseball fail to qualify for play-in games

Baker's baseball and softball seasons have ended with both teams failing to qualify for a Class 4A play-in game.

The Oregon School Activities Association has posted the eight baseball and softball play-in games on its website, www.osaa.org.

Those games are scheduled for today and Friday.

In softball, La Grande will play host to LaSalle Prep at 3:30 today. Mac-Hi has a first-round bye.

In baseball, La Grande will play host to South Umpqua Friday at 5 p.m. Ontario has a first-round bye.

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