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La Grande spoils boys bid

Tigers beat Baker to share GOL crown with the Bulldogs

Baker’s Kennan Richards goes up for a shot against a La Grande defender Tuesday. Richards led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from winning, 64-47, and claiming a share of the league title with the Bulldogs. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
La Grande spoiled Baker’s bid for an outright Greater Oregon League boys basketball title Tuesday.

The Tigers defeated Baker 64-47 in the Baker gym to share the GOL crown with the Bulldogs. The win also gave La Grande the GOL’s No. 1 seed into next week’s Class 4A state playoffs. The Tigers will host a second-round game March 6. Baker will host a first-round game March 3.

‘Fabulous five’ Bulldogs headed to state tourney

A quintet of Baker wrestlers will make the trek to Memorial Coliseum Thursday through Saturday for the Class 4A state wrestling tournament.

Andrew Porter (130 pounds), Andrew Gettle (145), Anthony Constantine (152), Ted Shaw (189) and Jake Shukle (215) will compete at state.

“Our Fabulous Five is headed to state,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.

“We were in the ball park as to what we figured we’d do at district. Overall, we wrestled really good,” he said.

Wallowa, Imbler claim third place

Wallowa and Imbler claimed the girls and boys third-place trophies and berths in this week’s Class 1A state playoffs Saturday at the District 7-1A basketball tournaments at Baker High School.

Wallowa’s Ayesha Wortman scored a basket with 39.5 seconds left, then added two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining to lift the Cougars past Cove 31-28 in the girls game.

Tuesday is Purple and Gold time

All Baker hoop fans asked to wear purple and gold for La Grande games

All Baker High School boys and girls basketball fans are being asked to show their support of the Bulldogs by wearing purple and gold Tuesday when Baker hosts La Grande.

The Greater Oregon League championships will be on the line during both varsity games at BHS.

Powder Valley and Joseph district champs

Powder Valley boys run past Wallowa for crown

Powder Valley center Jordan Pratt, in white, went up for a rebound surrounded by Wallowa’s Tyler Harshfield, GT McKenzie and Ronald Gladden. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Powder Valley and Wallowa split two games during the Old Oregon League boys basketball regular season. That left Saturday’s District 7 championship game up for grabs at Baker High School.

Powder Valley, the regular-season Old Oregon champion, used a 6-point spurt midway through the third quarter to pull ahead and went on to a 49-39 victory over the Cougars.

Top-ranked Joseph wins rubber game with Imbler

Joseph’s Nicke Parks drove for a basket over the defense of Imbler’s Madeline Nilsson Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
It was meant to be. The two top-ranked Class 1A girls basketball teams in Oregon playing for the District 7 championship.

Each team had won one game against the other during the Old Oregon League season. So Saturday’s title matchup was the rubber game for Joseph and Imbler.

In the end, top-ranked Joseph ran away with a 52-37 win over second-ranked Imbler at Baker High School.

Wallowa and Cove win to advance to 7A semifinals

Pine-Eagle and Powder Valley girls eliminated

Wallowa and Cove advanced to the semifinals of the District 7-1A girls basketball tournament Thursday at Baker High School.

Wallowa eliminated Pine-Eagle 54-41, and Cove ended Powder Valley’s season, 35-20.

Thursday's District 1A Basketball Tournament scores:

Wallowa girls 54, Pine-Eagle girls 41

Cove boys 57, Pine-Eagle boys 36

Cove girls 35, Powder Valley girls 20


Imbler boys defeated Joseph boys (score not available) 


More scores, stories and photos as they become available, and in Friday's Baker City Herald.

Bulldogs edge Ontario in double OT

Walker Kaseberg’s free throw gives Baker the lead, then Derek Blankenship makes two more with 6.8 seconds left

Baker kept its share of first place in the Greater Oregon League boys basketball race Tuesday at Ontario. But the Bulldogs needed double overtime to do so.

Baker outscored the Tigers 5-2 in the second extra period to pull out a 62-59 victory. The win improves Baker’s GOL record to 6-1. The Bulldogs entered the game tied with La Grande for first place. La Grande beat Mac-Hi 71-41 on Tuesday to also improve to 6-1.

Ontario ends Baker girls’ win streak at 12

Baker entered Tuesday’s Greater Oregon League girls basketball game at Ontario needing one win to clinch the league championship.

The Bulldogs were riding a 12-game winning streak, were undefeated in league play, and had beaten Ontario twice earlier this season.

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