“To be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.” — Ric Flair, 16-time pro wrestling world champion.
With all due respect to Flair, his signature saying also applies to
Saturday’s Class 4A state championship football game between Baker and
Marist at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.
In this case, Marist is “the man.”
Seventh-ranked Baker (11-1) is playing in its first state football
championship game. Top-ranked Marist (13-0) is seeking its fourth title
in seven years. This will be Marist’s final game at the 4A level. Next
season the Spartans move to the 5A level in the Midwestern League.
Marist is 4-2 in football championship games. The Spartans defeated
Sisters 36-28 to win the 2007 4A title. They also won the title in 2003
Baker enters Saturday’s game coming off a 57-14 thumping of Phoenix
in the semifinals. The Bulldogs are averaging 36.1 points a game, and
Marist enters the title game coming off a 42-7 win over Ontario in
the semis. The Spartans boast the most points scored (671) and fewest
allowed (119) at the 4A level.
Bulldogs feel the absence of players preparing for state football championship in loss to Pendleton
Lack of bodies spelled the difference for Baker Tuesday in an 83-64 non-league boys basketball loss at Pendleton.
“The kids played hard,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “We just ran
out of gas. Playing with just six or seven guys, we just got tired.”
Woods said that with the bulk of his varsity roster still playing
football through Saturday’s 4A state championship game, he played a
handful of junior varsity players Tuesday.
But those players had already finished a full JV game.
“Pendleton is a real good, fast, athletic team, Woods said. “We
learned a lot about ourselves. We’re going to be so much deeper because
Baker’s girls basketall team continued its learning experience against Pendleton Tuesday in the Baker gym.
Pendleton handed the Bulldogs a 67-40 loss to drop Baker’s preseason record to 0-2.
“I thought the girls came out and played a better game than we played
against Burns last week,” Coach Tim Smith said. “We’re taking some
steps toward becoming a better team and that’s our goal in this
“In our eyes ... it was a successful game even though we didn’t come out on top,” he said.
Baker fell behind 21-4 after one period, then pulled within 30-16 at
halftime. Pendleton then outscored the Bulldogs 24-8 in the third
Mackenzie Warner led Baker with 13 points. Aly Ogan added nine.
Baker’s games with Weiser and Burns scheduled for Friday and Saturday
will be rescheduled due to conflicts with Baker’s state championship
football game Saturday at Corvallis.
The girls’ next game is Tuesday at Fruitland.
That’s the easiest way to describe Baker’s 57-14 victory over Phoenix in the Class 4A state football semifinals at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith plans to use the preseason to try and mesh his returning players and a bundle of new faces.
A trio of swimmers who qualified for the state competition a year ago anchor the Baker swim team.
UNION — Powder Valley opened defense of its Class 1A boys basketball title during the weekend by winning the championship at the Union tournament.
WILSONVILLE — The Oregon School Activities Association, in partnership with When We Were Young Productions, has launched OSAA.tv.
HALFWAY — Pine-Eagle girls basketball coach Roger Gulick is wearing a wide smile this season. That’s due mostly to the fact that he has 23 players out for his program.
The Baker boys basketball team will host a pair of alumni games Dec. 22 honoring Joel Cummings, a BHS graduate who died in November while awaiting a double lung transplant.
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