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Spartan girls split

Pine-Eagle maintained its hold on second place in the Old Oregon League girls basketball race after splitting a pair of league games during the weekend.

Burnt River girls win two

UNITY — Burnt River’s girls basketball team swept a pair of High Desert League basketball games last weekend, and the Bulls boys split.

Powder Valley boys sweep

Powder Valley locked up second place in the Old Oregon League boys basketball standings last weekend by sweeping Joseph and Pine-Eagle.

Baker boys keep rolling

Balanced scoring and tight defense lifted Baker to a 76-46 Greater Oregon League boys basketball win over Mac-Hi Friday at BHS.

Baker girls top Mac-Hi

Baker kept hold of its share of first place in the Greater Oregon League girls basketball race Friday with a 61-44 victory over Mac-Hi at BHS.

Baker wrestlers split at Ontario

Baker split a pair of wrestling duals with Ontario and Vale Tuesday at Ontario High School.

The Bulldogs lost the Greater Oregon League match with Ontario 44-24, but rebounded to top Vale 56-21.

“The team continues to step forward,” said Baker coach Brandon Young. “The big question will be can Baker hold up until districts in two weeks...The biggest battle is going to be keeping everyone healthy and eligible the remainder of the season.”

Young said the Bulldogs’ Sam Pearson gets the gold star as he worked over Chase Fields of Ontario to win 9-5.

“Sam rode Fields the last two rounds and had him on his back in a double arm bar in the final seconds of the match,” Young said. “Fields took third at state last season. With that win Sam Pearson is looking like he has a good shot to enter district as the No. 1 seed at 140 pounds. He still needs a win against Mac-Hi.”

Baker swimmers place third at La Grande

The Bulldogs return to La Grande Feb. 12-13 for the district meet

LA GRANDE — The Baker girls and boys swim teams each finished third at the La Grande Invitational meet Jan. 30.

The girls finished with 58 points, and the boys 50. La Grande won the girls team title with 122 points, and Pendleton the boys with 114.

Baker swimmers earned two second-place finishes. Annie Martin was second in the girls 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:21.10.

Martin teamed with Ellen Jampolsky, Kim Pointer and Courtney Raley to take second in the girls 200 medley relay with a 2:13.59 clocking.

Blankenship sets school scoring record


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Baker used a record-setting scoring performance by Derek Blankenship to roll past Weiser, Idaho, 89-59 in a non-league boys basketball game Saturday at BHS.

Blankenship led Baker with 45 points. He was 11-of-14 from three-point range, and 16-of-20 overall from the field. He also dished out four assists.

Blankenship’s 45 points eclipsed Baker’s single-game record of 43 points set in 2002 by Dave Mullins at Vale.

“My shot was just going good,” Blankenship said. “I have to credit my teammates and coaches. We had some set plays for me.

“Jesse Brown got me the ball. Dekker (Smith), Trace (Richardson), B.J. (Quintana), Ty (Everson) and Taylor (McEnroe) all were playing well.”

Blankenship scored 31 points in the first half, hitting 7-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Ogan's big fourth-quarter leads Baker girls to win


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Baker rallied from a third-quarter deficit Friday to hand La Grande a 46-42 loss in Greater Oregon League girls basketball play at BHS.

Baker trailed 31-23 at the end of the third quarter, then scored the first 10 points of the final quarter.

Aly Ogan led the Bulldogs, scoring five of her game-high 15 points in the 10-0 run. Ogan’s driving layin down the key knotted the game at 31-31 with 6:38 left. Mackenzie Warner, who also scored 15 points, then gave Baker the lead with a basket off a feed from Haley Adams with 4:51 remaining.

La Grande scored with 4:39 left to tie the game at 33-33, but two Ogan free throws with 3:52 remaining gave Baker the lead for good.

A basket by Whitney Phillips, a three-pointer from Ogan, and an Adams free throw boosted Baker’s cushion to 41-34 with 1:36 left.

La Grande rallies to beat Baker boys


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La Grande exploded for a 32-point fourth quarter Friday to come from behind and defeat Baker 62-58 in a Greater Oregon League boys basketball game at BHS.

Trailing 40-22 with 2:49 left in the third period, La Grande outscored Baker 40-18 the rest of the game to defeat the Bulldogs for the second time in the GOL season.

Baker coach Craig Woods could only shake his head after the game.

“We started to press,” he said. “We’d miss a shot and they’d come down and hit some shots. La Grande played a great game. They got things done,” Woods said. “We made some poor decisions. Things just didn’t happen.”

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