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Baker girls extend win streak to 10

Ten in a row and counting.


That’s how many straight games the Baker girls basketball team has won after posting a 52-35 non-league win at Nyssa Tuesday.

“Ten in a row and 12 of our last 13,” said Baker coach Tim Smith. “The girls just believe in themselves, and that’s half the battle. They’re playing well right now.”

The Bulldogs didn’t start out well against Nyssa, but righted things quickly. Baker led just 7-6 after one period, then increased its lead to 25-16 at halftime.

“We came out a little on the flat side,” Smith said. “We decided real quick that (Nyssa) was ready to play and then we stepped it up.


Baker girls remain perfect in GOL

Bulldog defense shuts down La Grande in 46-25 GOL girls contest


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Dallas Defrees, shown earlier in the season, led Baker’s defensive effort against La Grande Friday. Baker remained unbeaten in the GOL with a 46-25 victory at La Grande. Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker dominated from start to finish at La Grande Friday, running its Greater Oregon League girls basketball record to 5-0 with a 46-25 thumping of the Tigers.

Despite scoring just three points in the fourth quarter Baker was never threatened.

Baker opened the game scoring seven unanswered points, including three layins in a span of 20 seconds. After Whitney Phillips broke the scoring ice with a free throw, Mackenzie Warner sandwiched two layins around another by Dallas Defrees for a quick 7-0 Baker lead.

Warner and Defrees each tallied six points, and Tara Talbott four, as Baker stormed to a 17-3 lead after one quarter.


Bulldogs fall into first-place deadlock

La Grande hands Baker first GOL loss to pull into a first-place tie


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Kennan Richards, shown against La Grande earlier in the season, and his Baker teammates lost for the first time in the Greater Oregon League season Friday at La Grande. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Cold shooting and a sluggish start doomed Baker in its Greater Oregon League boys basketball game at La Grande Friday.

The Bulldogs couldn’t do much right in the first quarter, falling behind early on the way to a 50-45 loss to the Tigers. It was Baker’s first GOL loss of the season and pulled La Grande into a first-place tie with the Bulldogs, both at 4-1.

“We didn’t shoot the ball well all night,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “We were out of sync in the first quarter. We did a lot of dribbling, but we didn’t penetrate the key like we should have. We just couldn’t get anything going in the first quarter.”

Baker trailed 7-4 after one period.


Baker swimmers earn five firsts

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Annie Martin helped Baker earn five firsts Saturday at the annual Baker Invitational. (Baker City Herald files/Kathy Orr)
The Baker swim team closed out its regular-season schedule at home Saturday against La Grande, Pendleton and Hermiston at Sam-O Swim Center.

The Bulldogs earned five first-place awards during the afternoon.

Charlotte Bowers earned four firsts. Bowers won the girls 100 freestyle (59.24) and 200 freestyle (2:08.64) and was a member of the Bulldogs’ winning 200 medley relay (2:09.95) and and 200 freestyle relay (1:53.52).

The other members of both relays were Annie Martin, Kim Pointer and Kim Countryman.


La Grande humbles Baker wrestlers

Bulldogs win just three matches in GOL dual with Tigers


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Baker’s Andrew Porter decisioned La Grande’s Matt Nicholson 13-11 in one of only three Baker wins Thursday at BHS.(Baker CIty Herald/Kathy Orr)
Wins were few and far between for the Baker wrestlers Thursday in a Greater Oregon League dual against sixth-ranked La Grande on the Baker mats.

The Bulldogs managed just three wins by decision, and one by double forfeit, on the way to dropping a 61-15 decision.

“We didn’t come to wrestle tonight,” was all Baker coach Dee Gorrell had to say after the match.

“I guess Tuesday we’d better be looking to improve.”

Baker hosts Ontario and Grant Union Tuesday evening.

Andrew Porter (130 pounds), Andrew Gettle (145) and Ted Shaw (189) earned Baker’s only wins against the Tigers.


‘Gutsy’ girls beat illness, Ontario

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Whitney Phillips looked for a shot around the defense of Ontario’s Jenny Yano in Baker’s GOL win Tuesday.Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“Gutsy.”

That’s the way Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith said his Bulldogs played Tuesday in a 45-30 Greater Oregon League victory over Ontario at BHS. The win improves Baker’s league record to 4-0.

“It was a gutsy performance,” Smith said. “We didn’t play that well. We saw some of the effects of the sickness we’ve been battling.

“We came out flat. But we can chalk it up to the fact that we aren’t 100 percent healthy.”

Baker led just 26-20 with 45.8 seconds left in the third period. That’s when Haley Adams and Morgan Ward hit back-to-back three-point baskets to send the Bulldogs into the final eight minutes leading 32-21.


Baker boys keep their cool, beat Ontario to stay perfect

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Baker’s Jesse Brown battled Ontario’s Josh Mejia to a loose ball Tuesday in Baker’s Greater Oregon League win. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
In pattern eerily similar to  a game earlier this year in Ontario, Baker managed to hold off the Tigers for a 65-56 Greater Oregon League boys basketball win Tuesday at BHS.

Earlier, at Ontario, Baker led the entire game only to have Ontario make a late run before the Bulldogs clinched the win.

Tuesday, Baker led from the middle of the first quarter, but Ontario battled back to within 59-54 with 2:38 left in the game.

Baker kept its cool, and made 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to improve to 4-0 in the GOL race.


Gettle wins title at Parma tourney

PARMA, Idaho — Baker came away with one individual champion and a second-place winner Saturday at the Parma Invitational wrestling tournament.

Andrew Gettle claimed the championship at 145 pounds. Ted Shaw took second at 189 pounds. Andrew Porter was originally given credit for the win.


Baker girls keep GOL record perfect

Bulldogs roll over Mac-Hi to run league record to 3-0


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Baker’s Tara Talbott and Mac-Hi’s Sierra Burchell battle for a loose ball during Baker’s GOL victory Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker battled sickness, injuries and Mac-Hi Saturday before finishing the evening with a 57-24 win. The win keeps the Bulldogs perfect at 3-0 in the Greater Oregon League girls basketball race.

“It was a good, solid win,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.

“These are the kind of games that worry you as a coach,” he said. “You know you are the better team, but you have to come out ready to go.”

Baker was without Maggie Harlow, who was on crutches nursing an injured ankle, and Morgan Ward, who was ill. Savannah Daly played despite being ill before the game. And, Mackenzie Warner became ill at halftime, and played sparingly in the second half.


Bulldogs run GOL record to 3-0 with win over Pioneers

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Derek Blankenship led Baker with 25 points in the Bulldogs win over Mac-Hi. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker left little doubt early about the outcome of its Greater Oregon League boys basketball game with Mac-Hi Saturday at BHS.

The Bulldogs rode 23 first-points from Derek Blankenship to a 46-24 halftime lead, and rolled to a 74-43 victory. Baker ran its GOL record to 3-0 with the win.

Blankenship, who finished the game with 25 points after seeing limited action in the second half, hit five three-point baskets in the opening 16 minutes.

“When Derek is on like that he’s fun to watch,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “And he opens up our posts when the opponents have to go out to defend him.”


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