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Baker turns back Nyssa, 61-47


Baker tuned up for Friday’s Greater Oregon League contest at La Grande by edging Nyssa 61-47 in a non-league boys basketball game Tuesday at BHS.

Baker pulled ahead late in the first quarter then held Nyssa off the rest of the way.

Nyssa jumped out to a 10-4 lead before Baker battled back.

Derek Blankenship hit a three-pointer to pull Baker within 10-7. Then, after Nyssa scored again, Baker ran off 10 unanswered points to take the lead.

Blankenship led the way with five points. Jesse Brown added three and Dekker Smith two as Baker built a 17-12 lead. The Bulldogs led 17-14 at the break.

Four more points by Blankenship, two by B.J. Quintana, and one by Smith  opened the second period with a 7-0 Baker run to increase the lead to 24-14 with 4:55 left in the half.

Nyssa remained close the rest of the half, pulling to within 28-24 at the break.

Nyssa continued to hang around until 5:42 remained in the third period. That’s when Seth Glenn injured his ankle making a jumper from the corner that pulled Nyssa to within 34-28. Glenn was helped to the locker room, and did not return.


Richardson picked for Shrine game

Baker’s Trace Richardson has been selected to play in the 58th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game July 31 at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

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


By GERRY STEELE

Baker City Herald

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.


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