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
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.
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.
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.
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 locked up second place in the Old Oregon League boys basketball standings last weekend by sweeping Joseph and Pine-Eagle.
Balanced scoring and tight defense lifted Baker to a 76-46 Greater Oregon League boys basketball win over Mac-Hi Friday at BHS.
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 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.”
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.
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
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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