Baker’s softball bats haven’t warmed up yet. But, despite the chilly aluminum the Bulldogs managed to split a pair of non-league games with Fruitland and Weiser, Idaho last week.
Baker opened its 2009 track and field season Thursday at the annual Pendleton Buck Invitational at Pendleton High School.
Several newcomers mix with solid veteran base
Baker High School track and field coach Suzy Cole better be good
with jigsaw puzzles. She has a big one to put together with this year’s
Baker track team.
“So far we’ve had 60 kids out,” Cole said. “That’s a little lower
than we’d like to see. On the positive side we have a lot of new people
“As far as what to expect I don’t have a clue,” Cole said. “Having
so many new athletes out we want to focus on fundamentals, enjoy
practices and meets.
Bulldogs return seven players from last year
Seven players, including four all-Greater Oregon League selections, return for the Baker Bulldogs baseball team.
Last year’s team finished 15-11, advancing to the Class 4A playoff second round before losing 6-5 to Astoria.
All six Astoria runs were unearned.
“That game left a sour taste in our mouths,” said Baker coach Dan Blankenship.
The defending Greater Oregon League-champion Baker girls softball
team opened defense of its title today with a non-league game against
GOL coach of the year Al McCauley returns a half-dozen players from
last season’s champions, including GOL player of the year senior Tara
Talbott was a first team all-GOL infielder last season. She is
joined by returning second-teamers Andrea Wilson at second base and
Savannah Daly in center field.
Baker returns four members of the district champion girls golf team
from a year ago, and five members of the third-place boys team.
Baker coach Scott Warner sees some possible good things come post season this year too.
“The girls setup has completely changed. The league now is all in
one pool. All Eastern Oregon teams are in the same pool,” he said.
Baker High School rode team will consist of 11 athletes this spring.
The team lists just one senior: Nicole Markgraf who will compete in goat tying and breakaway roping.
Baker tennis teams are in season of gaining experience
Baker’s boys and girls tennis teams are in a season of change.
Several of the older players from recent years have graduated or
decided not play. In their place are some young, raw players who will
need time to develop.
“The bottom line is we’re going to be real challenged to compete,” said George Keister, Baker’s head coach.
Keister takes over the helm from Adrienne Bachman, who stepped down
after last year. Joel Cummings, a former Bulldog doubles player, will
be Keister’s assistant coach this season.
Baker fell into an early hole and could never quite get over the hump Saturday, dropping a 53-48 girls basketball game to Yamhill-Carlton in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs at Baker High School.
The last time Powder Valley tasted a Class 1A boys basketball championship none of the current players was even in elementary school.
That was in 1994 when the Badgers won the title under current athletic director Blake Jones.
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