Baker uses 14-0 second-half run to break game open
Baker used a strong third quarter to break
away from Burns Thursday on the way to a 67-56 win in a non-league boys
basketball game at BHS.
B.J. Quintana goes up for a short jump shot over a Burns defender Thursday in Baker’s 67-56 win over the Hilanders.(BakerCityHerald/Kathy Orr)
Deadlocked at 27-27 at halftime, Baker (4-0) outscored the Hilanders 26-16 in the third period to build a 53-43 advantage.
The Bulldogs then scored the first eight points of the fourth quarter to complete a 14-0 run.
“This is just a good group of kids,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
“They’ll make mistakes, but they don’t get their heads down. And we’re
not making the mistakes we were a couple of weeks ago.”
Dekker Smith came off the bench to score 10 of his 17 points in the
third period. Derek Blankenship added eight of his team-high 18 in the
In fact, Baker’s posts scored 36 points in the game — Walker Kaseberg
added 11 points, and Kennan Richards eight — most coming after assists
from Blankenship and Jesse Brown.
Baker makes 3 of 4 free throws late to thwart Pendleton’s rally
Baker used an all-around team effort and kept
its composure down the stretch to edge Pendleton 69-64 in a non-league
boys basketball game at Baker High School.
Walker Kaseberg, No. 1, went up for a rebound over Pendleton’s Spencer Sundin and teammate Matt Gorrell Tuesday night. Kaseberg led Baker scoring with 19 points, including a breakaway dunk. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“It was a great effort all the way around,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
“Pendleton played us tough. But we made some shots and kept our
composure. We rebounded well, and got a lot of second shot
opportunities. It was fun.
“This kind of game isn’t going to win us a championship. It just gives us a better idea of what we’re capable of,” Woods said.
After leading the entire first half, Baker fell behind 48-47 with 2:16
left in the third period when Pendleton’s Devon Polhamus hit a fade
away jumper from the left baseline.
Polhamus scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter to help the Bucks take a 57-54 lead at the break.
“Our posts were in foul trouble and weren’t going out to guard their big guys,” Woods said.
It’s not often a coach is pleased after losing a game. But that’s
exactly what Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith was Tuesday evening
Yes, his Bulldogs had just lost to Pendleton 50-47. It was the second
time Baker had lost to the Lady Bucks this season. But, Smith said, the
Bulldogs played a much better game this time around.
“We played a similar game to what we did a week ago in the first half,” Smith said. “We were kind of helter skelter.
“Then, we were a totally different team in the second half. We dominated at the defensive end of the floor.”
Bulldogs finish second in tournament
Baker wrestlers earned three individual
firsts Friday on the way to a second-place team finish at the annual
Enterprise Kickoff Wrestling Tournament.
Dillon Steele (130 pounds), Andrew Porter (135) and Ted Shaw (215) each garnered first place in his weight division.
Zack Valentine (103), Sam Pearson (140), Andrew Gettle (145), Anthony Constantine (152) and Jake Shukle (215) placed second.
Parker Warner (125) and Lane Gray (171) took third, and Keifer Mespelt (160) fourth.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“We came here to make a statement after winning this tournament last
year. The kids, even though we’re young, did a really good job.
“I was impressed with their wrestling. Some of the kids got their first introduction to high school wrestling,” Gorrell said.
Baker finished with 209 points. Mac-Hi won the tournament with 263.
Baker travels to La Grande Friday and Saturday for the annual Muilenberg Tournament.
Blankenship leads Baker with 18 points
Baker jumped to a quick lead, then held off a
Weiser rally in the second half to post a 48-44 victory over the
Wolverines Saturday in a non-league boys basketball game.
After a 6-6 deadlock in the first quarter, Baker went ahead 20-12 at halftime.
“We kind of jumped out on them,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “We were running the floor well.”
The Bulldogs held Weiser to no field goals in the second period, allowing just six free throws.
“We played pretty well defensively,” Woods said. “We just have to be
more consistent. And, we still have to find our outside shooting game.”
An old saying in most team sports is “the best offense is a tough
defense.” Baker proved that Saturday in a non-league girls basketball
game against Kuna, Idaho, in the Baker gym.
Baker’s Whitney Phillips goes up for a rebound over a Kuna defender Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 38-25 non-league victory. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs’ offense struggled in the first half, but their defense
prevented Kuna from taking advantage. Baker then broke the game open in
the fourth quarter on the way to a 38-25 win.
“I thought our defense kept us in the game when our offense struggled a little in the first half,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“We led at halftime, built on it in the third quarter, then kind of let them back into it.”
Sloppy ball handling hurts Bulldogs
Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith wants
his Bulldogs to get up and down the floor quickly this season. But the
Bulldogs have to take care of the ball.
Baker’s Dallas Defrees goes up for two points over the defense of Pendleton’s Kristen VanCleave during Tuesday’s non-league girls basketball game at Baker High School. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker didn’t do that very well against Pendleton Tuesday in the Baker gym. The result was a 65-47 Pendleton win.
“We want to get up and down the floor, but tonight we were just a
little bit above our comfortable pace,” Smith said. “We were a little
bit on the reckless side.”
That recklessness allowed Pendleton to build a 22-10 lead after
quarter. Many of the Bucks’ points came as the result of Baker
turnovers. Guard Sam McCloud tallied 12 points in the first quarter,
and post Kristen VanCleave added eight. Both players finished the game
with 22 points.
“We have to focus on being more patient on offense, and more patient rebounding,” Smith said.
Baker senior Tara Talbott was named to the The Oregonian Class 4A
all-state volleyball second team last week by a vote of the state’s
Talbott, the Greater Oregon League player of the year, led the Bulldogs
to the Class 4A state playoffs and a second-place GOL finish this past
Talbott also is a member of Baker’s softball and girls basketball
teams, and was crowned homecoming queen in October during the Bulldogs’
Grant Union vying for 3A crown
HILLSBORO — It will be an all-Old Oregon
League matchup Saturday when Joseph and Imbler meet for the Class 1A
state football championship.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. Spectator admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Joseph (11-1) enters the title game coming off a 54-48 upset of
previously undefeated Perrydale last week in the semifinals. In that
game, Joseph’s Grant Marcum, formerly of Baker, ran for 165 yards and
four touchdowns. He was named Qwest player of the game for his efforts.
Imbler (10-1) advanced to the title game by defeating Dufur in its semifinal matchup.
The Team Riley Motocross Racing Team has only been around since 2006.
But, Richard Riley, one of the team’s mainstays, has been racing since
“My first race was in 1999 when I was 10 years old,” Riley said recently.
“I’ve raced most of the time through high school, except for when I had a couple of bad injuries with broken bones.”
Riley said the feeling he gets before a race is beyond description.
“The feeling you get when you’re sitting at the gates, when they hang
the flag out and say you have 30 seconds, I can’t explain the feeling.
“Then when you get the 5-second flag the butterflies start. When the gate drops it’s down to business.”
Riley said he started riding at an early age because he loved to ride the bikes.
“I’ve been riding so long now that I just can’t quit,” he said.