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BHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs can't hold off La Grande

Baker clinches second place in the GOL despite loss


By Gerry Steele

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Baker got off to an explosive start against La Grande Friday, but couldn’t maintain the momentum.

La Grande rallied from a first-quarter deficit to top the Bulldogs 54-37 in the Greater Oregon League girls basketball game at BHS.

Despite the loss, Baker (3-2 in the GOL) clinched second place in the league standings.


BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Baker defense clamps down on Ontario Tigers


By Gerry Steele

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Defense led the way for Baker Tuesday in its 48-27 Greater Oregon League boys basketball win at Ontario.

“Our defense was just tremendous,” said Baker coach Joel Richardson.

“I thought Logan Scott, in particular, played a great defensive game tonight. And, our big guys did a great job against their big guy inside."


BHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Balanced Bulldogs get big win at Ontario


By Gerry Steele

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Team balance was the key to Baker’s 37-30 Greater Oregon League girls basketball win at Ontario Tuesday.

A half-dozen Bulldogs scored in the game, and seven Baker players had three or more rebounds.

Baker finished with 38 total rebounds.


BHS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Bruce free throws lift Bulldogs 30-28


By Gerry Steele

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Baker’s Cecylee Bruce has spent most of the Greater Oregon League girls basketball season splitting playing time between the varsity and junior varsity teams.

With starter Michelle Freese out with a sprained finger at Mac-Hi Friday, Bruce got more varsity action than usual.

And it paid off for the Bulldogs.


BHS WRESTLING: Baker takes second at Homedale meet


By Gerry Steele

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Baker completed a busy week by placing second at the Homedale dual wrestling tournament Saturday.

The Bulldogs finished the day 4-1. Baker defeated Payette  42-21, Union/Pine-Eagle 51-12, lost 50-20 to Vale, beat Parma 36-30 and defeated Homedale 36-27.


BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bruce leads Bulldogs past Pioneers


By Gerry Steele

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Baker used a double-double from Zarom Bruce and a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter Friday to defeat Mac-Hi 56-46 in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball game at Milton-Freewater.

Bruce led the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds as Baker improved its GOL record to 2-1.


BHS WRESTLING: Historic night as Bulldogs pin La Grande


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Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald Peter Baker, top, pinned his La Grande opponent Thursday as Baker posted a big win over the Tigers in a Greater Oregon League dual meet at Baker High School.

By Gerry Steele

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Baker made unofficial school history Thursday on the wrestling mats.

The Bulldogs defeated La Grande in a Greater Oregon League dual 37-25 in the BHS gym.

Many observers, including several longtime wrestling officials and coaches from attending teams, said it was the first time Baker had ever defeated the Tigers on the mats.


BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Big third quarter key in Bulldogs' win


By Gerry Steele

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Baker out scored Cole Valley 20-6 in the third quarter Monday to break open a tight nonleague boys basketball game at Meridian, Idaho.

Baker led 25-23 at halftime, then increased its lead to 45-29 entering the final quarter. The Bulldogs went on to win 61-46.


BHS BOYS BASKETBALL: Bulldogs trounce Vikings, 71-34


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Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald Baker’s Bryson Smith scored seven points against Vale Tuesday.

By Gerry Steele

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What a difference a couple of days makes.

Four days ago Baker played one of its worst games against Bishop Kelly.

But Tuesday the Bulldogs were doing just about everything right in a 71-43 thumping of Vale in nonleague boys basketball action in the BHS gym.


A rivalry runs afowl in Powder


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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.


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