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Bulldogs claim GOL crown

By Gerry Steele

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Can you say “three-peat?”

The Baker Bulldogs’ football team can.

Baker boys win Bulldog Invitational

By Gerry Steele

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Baker’s boys cross country team ran away with the team championship at the Baker Invitational meet Thursday at Quail Ridge Golf Course.

The Bulldogs finished with 30 points, 24 better than second-place Ontario.

Baker’s girls team placed third in its half of the meet with 68 points. Vale won the girls team title with 26 points.

“Both Baker teams raced well despite the distractions from Homecoming week,” said Baker coach Mike Knutson.

“We love running on our home course. Nic Maszk had a great race. He and the rest of the boys team have their eyes set on a district championship.”

Maszk ran away with the boys individual title, winning with a time of 17:32.0. That was almost a minute better than second-place finisher Quentin Jensen of Nyssa.

Baker’s Evan Krohn was fourth (18:43.0), Connor Yates seventh (19:35.2), Nate Baeth eighth (19:39.6), Ian Krohn 10th (20:02.4), Collin Hessel 18th (20:44.2), Tyler Gassin 22nd (21:02.5), Micah Grammon 23rd (21:07.2), Cody Gyllenberg 24th (21:16.2), Franklin Bowers 27th (21;45.2), Jacob Baxter 29th (21:52.7), Nick Anderson 30th (22:11.0), Levi Farber 32nd (22:37.5) and Bryan Ames 35th (24:01.2).

Sarah Spaugh was Baker’s top girls finisher, placing sixth with a time of 23:49.0.

Kim Pettit was 15th (25:36.2), Katie Sandefur 20th (26:46.8), Charlie Carpenter 24th (27:51.8), Madelien Owen 25th (27:53), and Anna Payton 27th (29:00.1).

“Madeline Owen, our lone senior on the girls team, ran well at her last home meet,” Knutson said.

“We’ll definitely miss her work ethic and positive attitude.”

The Greater Oregon League district meet is Saturday at Eastern Oregon University at La Grande.

Baker boys soccer end GOL losing streak by stopping Ontario

By Gerry Steele

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Baker broke a Greater Oregon League boys soccer winless streak that was at least two years old Thursday.

The Bulldogs defeated Ontario 2-0 in the GOL match at the Baker Sports Complex for their first league win of the season and their first since at least 2010.

“All the kids played together,” said Baker coach Victor Benites.

“They were moving well, talking and passing the ball well to each other.

“I think we kind of surprised Ontario. I don’t think they thought we would give them much of a game.”

The teams battled to a scoreless first half.

But Baker made its shots count after halftime.

Riley Carter got Baker on the scoreboard early in the half when he broke ahead of the pack, twisted away from a defender, then kicked the ball past the Ontario keeper for a 1-0 lead.

A few minutes later Baker went up 2-0 when Matthew Barnes scored on a rebound off a Bulldog free kick, placing the ball into the lower left corner of the net.

Baker’s defense then took over.

“Moving Noe (Benites), Fernando (Jimenez), (Isaac) Alanko and Ivan (Hansen) on the defensive side creates problems for the other team,” Benites said.

Baker keeper Levi Mansuetti also was stellar in goal.

“Levi is doing a really good job for being a rookie,” the Baker coach said.

Powder Valley doubles up Leopards

By Gerry Steele

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It’s been awhile since Powder Valley defeated Cove in an Old Oregon League football game.

The Badgers finally accomplished that fete last weekend, but it took almost 18 hours to do so.

The game kicked off at 7 p.m. Friday at Powder Valley, but the final score was not official until Saturday afternoon.

In between, a power outage that hit portions of Baker and Union counties shut the game down overnight.

Maszk wins title at Mac-Hi Gutbuster

MILTON-FREEWATER — Baker’s Nic Maszk won the boys individual championship at the annual Mac-Hi Gutbuster cross country race Friday.

Maszk won the race in a time of 17:06.76.

Evan Krohn was seventh (18:23.58), Connor Yates 16th (19:17.66), Ian Krohn 18th (19:19.54), Nate Baeth 22nd (19:27.84), Cody Gyllenberg 25th (19:49.0), Collin Hessel 32nd (20:08.84), Micah Grammon 37th (20:28.84), Franklin Bowers 47th (20:55.23), Tyler Gassin 53rd (21:19.72), Levi Farber 62nd (22:37.22), and Nick Anderson 64th (22:52.27).

Sarah Spaugh was Baker’s top girls finisher, placing 18th in a time of 24:29.21.

Katie Sandefur was 25th (26:00.86), Kim Pettit 28th (26:36.76), Madeline Owen 34th (27:52.22) and Anna Payton 43rd (31:38.9).

Baker will host its only home meet Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Quail Ridge Golf Course.

Bulldogs shut out Pioneers 56-0

By Gerry Steele

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Baker turned the lights out on Mac-Hi — literally — Friday in their Greater Oregon League football opener at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

With 55.3 seconds left in the game and a running clock, the power went off at the stadium.

The outage proved to be part of an overall outage that hit portions of Baker and Union counties Friday evening.

With Baker leading 56-0, game officials asked both coaches about continuing and it was decided to end the game at that point. It would have taken some time to get the lights back on at the stadium.

Baker (5-1 overall and 1-0 in the GOL) left little doubt about the outcome from the start. The Bulldogs scored on 8 of their 10 offensive possessions.

Baker rolled up 442 yards while limiting Mac-Hi to just 105.

Baker finally bags their Bucks

By Gerry Steele

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The last time a Baker football team defeated Pendleton, none of the current Bulldogs, and many of the current Baker coaches, weren’t even born.

The last Baker win in the series was 37 years ago, a 21-12 victory in 1975 by the Dwight Berry-coached Bulldog in Baker. Baker’s last victory at Pendleton was a 21-13 win in 1967 by the Gary Mires-coached Dawgs. That was the year Baker played Jesuit in a playoff game at the BHS stadium, tying the Crusaders 33-33 but failing to advance after losing the total-yardage tie-breaker.

Both of those long streaks ended Friday night.

The Bulldogs (4-1) rallied in the second half at the Pendleton Round-Up Grounds to hand the Class 5A Buckaroos (1-4) a 48-29 non-league loss.

“The kids were just outstanding,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson, who was a Pendleton asisstant coach from 1987-92.

“Once again, they were making the plays in every aspect of the game. We’re really proud of their character,” Johnson said.

“They just keep making the plays and not giving up. You could just see their confidence swell.”

Trailing 29-26 with 9:19 left in the game, Baker scored the final 22 points of the contest.

Dane Bachman got things started with a 96-yard kickoff return for a score.

On the play, Pendleton kicked off from the Baker 45 after a roughing the kicker penalty was marked off from the previous conversion try.

Bachman had to circle back and corral the ball at the Baker 4. Then, once he cleared the first wall of tacklers, he raced untouched for the go-ahead touchdown.

“Dane didn’t handle the ball real well to start,” Johnson said. “Then, after he slipped through that first crack, it was off to the races.”

Trent Taylor, who finished with 112 yards rushing, and quarterback Braden Phillips each added short running touchdowns down the stretch.

Baker trailed 7-0 after one quarter.

The Bulldogs then drove 37 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Phillips did the honors, scoring from the 1 with 2:43 left in the first half. Phillips then added the two-point conversion giving Baker an 8-7 edge.

Pendleton quickly answered, needing just five plays to regain a 15-8 advantage.

That’s where the score remained at halftime after Baker blocked a 28-yard Pendleton field goal try with 6 seconds left in the half.

Baker then fumbled the second-half kickoff and Pendleton quickly took advantage to build its lead to 22-8 with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

“We talked at halftime about the mistakes we made in the first half, and then we come out and make another mistake to start the third quarter,” Johnson said.

“But the kids didn’t get down. Instead, they picked up their pace. My hat’s off to the boys.”

Baker pulled within 22-14 on a 22-yard Phillips pass to Bachman. The big play on the drive was a third-down Phillips pass for 48 yards to Dan Stinson.

“I thought Dan Stinson did really well,” Johnson said.

“He had been injured, and this was his first extensive playing time for a while.”

Bachman then picked off a Pendleton pass and returned it to the Pendleton 36.

Phillips later followed a lead block from Taylor for a 17-yard touchdown run, pulling the Bulldogs to within 22-20 after three quarters.

Baker took a 26-22 lead two plays into the fourth quarter when Phillips found Ben Baxter out of the backfield for a 34-yard TD strike.

Pendleton then took its last lead at 29-26 before Bachman’s kick return started Baker’s final rally.

Johnson said he liked the way Baker played in all aspects of the game.

“Our offensive front was ominous,” he said. “They gave our backs some great protection.

“And, once again, hats off to the special teams. ‘Defensively, the kids responded well. We knew Pendleton would throw the ball much like Payette, and they did really well in the first half,” Johnson said.

In fact, Pendleton completed its first 10 passes.

Baker now has a week off before opening Greater Oregon League play Oct. 12 at home against Mac-Hi.

“This was a great confidence builder for the boys,” Johnson said.

Baker     -                   0   8   12   28 — 48

Pendleton              -  7   8     7     7 — 29

    P — Polhamus 12 pass from Johnson (McCallum kick)

    B — Phillips 1 run (Phillips run)

    P — Holcomb 1 run (Holcomb run)

    P — Johnson 8 run (McCallum kick)

    B — Bachman 22 pass from Phillips (Kick failed)

    B — Phillips 17 run (Run failed)

    B — Baxter 34 pass from Phillips (Kick failed)

    P — Johnson 3 run (McCallum kick)

    B — Bachman 96 kickoff return (Bachman pass from Phillips)

    B — Phillips 4 run (Taylor kick)

    B — Taylor 2 run (Taylor kick)

Individual statistics

     Rushing —Baker: Taylor 17-112, Phillips 18-86, Dolby 1-2, Baxter 1-(-1). Pendleton: Holcomb 24-97, Johnson 6-(-21).

     Passing — Baker: Phillips 11-20-0-169. Pendleton: Johnson 22-34-3-262.

     Receiving — Baker: Stinson 4-88, Dolby 3-11, Bachman 2-31, Baxter 1-34, Cline 1-5. Pendleton: Polhamus 10-177, Hancock 6-43, Rivera 3-27, Holcomb 3-15.

Mac-Hi edges Baker girls soccer

By Gerry Steele

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Baker started strong, but Mac-Hi finished stronger Saturday in a Greater Oregon League girls soccer match at the Baker Sports Complex.

Bulldogs rout Vale

By Gerry Steele

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It’s almost a fantasy world when a team can lead an opponent 28-0 midway through the first quarter after running just four offensive plays.

Baker boys 12th at Bob Firman

By Gerry Steele

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Baker finished 12th in the boys race, and 15th in the girls race in Division II of the  38th annual Bob Firman Invitational cross country race at Eagle Island State Park near Boise Saturday.

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