Country Christian, Imbler and Southwest Christian joined Joseph as
quarterfinal winners at the Class 1A state girls basketball tournament
Thursday at Baker High School.
Country Christian defeated Hosanna Christian 31-27. Imbler topped Adrian 63-50. Southwest Christian defeated Griswold 38-28.
Portland Lutheran and Columbia Christian advanced to the boys consolation final Thursday.
Portland Lutheran defeated South Wasco County 55-50 and Columbia
Christian topped St. Paul 60-21 in consolation semifinals at Baker High
Crane, Mohawk and Days Creek also win to advance to the boys semifinals
Sometimes being No. 1 is more harmful than good. Powder Valley
almost found that out Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Class
1A state boys basketball tournament.
Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon goes up for a basket in front of Columbia Christian’s Mathew Whiddon Wednesday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The top-ranked Badgers trailed by 10 points at halftime before
rallying for a 57-45 win over Columbia Christian at Baker High School.
In the other quarterfinal games Wednesday, Crane defeated St. Paul
70-50, Mohawk topped South Wasco County 86-72 and Days Creek stopped
Portland Lutheran 57-48.
Blankenship, Richardson lead four Bulldogs in double figures in 77-68 win
Baker picked a great time to play one of its best all-around
basketball games of the season Tuesday evening at BHS. The Bulldogs
kicked their overall game up a notch and stopped North Bend 77-68 in
the first round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs.
Baker guard Jesse Brown found himself surrounded by North Bend players Jake Lucero, Sam Lynass (12) Trae Collins (33), and, in back, Sean Jany. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“The kids had a good week of practice,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
“With the junior varsity kids we brought up it allowed our regular
seven or eight guys to practice as a unit more than we have all season.
That was probably one of the factors tonight.”
Four of the five Baker wrestlers competing at the Class 4A state tournament placed in their weight divisions Saturday.
“Our Fantastic Four, all the guys who returned from last year, placed,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“Everybody did well. They all went deep into the semifinals. I’m really proud of them. It was a nice way to end the year.”
Baker will host North Bend Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs.
Baker (17-7) enters the game as the Greater Oregon League runnerup.
North Bend (12-12) enters the playoffs as the Far West League
Baker’s Greater Oregon League champion girls basketball team will
have to wait until Wednesday to find out who they will play in the
second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Pine-Eagle sophomore Kyle Dennis placed second in his weight class
at the Class 2A/1A state wrestling tournament Saturday at Memorial
Pine-Eagle’s Kyle Dennis, shown earlier in the season, placed second at the Class 2A/1A state tournament Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Dennis took second at 171 pounds when he lost 5-4 to three-time defending champion Caleb Cardwell of Lowell in the title match.
“It was quite a championship match,” said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis.
Top-ranked Badgers thwart Nixyaawii rally
NORTH POWDER — There is a saying in postseason basketball made often by coaches that it is the beginning of a new season.
Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon looked to make a move around a Nixyaawii defender during Friday’s Class 1A state playoff boys basketball game at North Powder. Powder Valley defeated the Eagles to advance to this week’s 1A tournament in Baker City. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The saying found meaning Friday night at the Powder Valley High School gymnasium.
On paper the No. 1 Powder Valley boys basketball team looks much better than Nixyaawii.
Baker’s “Fabulous Five” wrestlers got off to a strong start Thursday at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Four of the five advanced to today’s quarterfinals, and the other is still active in consolation action.
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