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La Grande stuns Baker

Tigers win 2-0, spoiling Bulldogs’ perfect league mark

The Baker girls’ soccer team’s steamrolling route through the Special District 7 schedule skidded off the path Thursday at La Grande.

The Tigers shut out the Bulldogs 2-0.

The loss put the first blemish on Baker’s District record.

The Bulldogs are 8-1-0.

La Grande improved to 4-4-2.

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Sports Briefs


Baker JV spikers split a pair


Baker’s junior varsity volleyball team split a pair of matches recently, losing 25-19, 15-25, 15-7 at La Grande then bouncing back to defeat Ontario 25-8, 25-10.

Against Ontario, Shelby Colton had eight digs, Camas Ekman was 8-for-8 passing, and 11-for-12 serving, Darryn McCauley had nine kills, Tori Brown seven kills, and Shelby Prowell was 12-of-13 serving.


Bulldog JV loses at Ontario



ONTARIO — Baker’s junior varsity football team lost 20-7 at Ontario last week.

Quarterback Jesse Brown scored Baker’s only touchdown on a 2-yard run. Brown and Ty Parry each had an interception for the Bulldogs. Baker lost 2 interceptions and 2 fumbles.

Baker coach Erik Johnson said James Smithson broke both bones in his lower leg, and had surgery Friday to put a rod and plate in his tibia.

Baker hosts La Grande today at 4 p.m.

 

 

Happy homecoming: Baker thumps Ontario

Bulldogs open the Greater Oregon League season with convincing 35-14 victory over Tigers


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Baker Bulldogs Dekker Smith (No. 46), Robert Gardner (No. 50), Kevin Fraser (No. 76) and Walker Kaseberg (No. 15) raised their helmets in celebration after beating Greater Oregon League rival Ontario 35-14 in Friday’s homecoming game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Maybe Baker football coach Dave Johnson should work his Bulldogs to the brink of exhaustion every week. Particularly if it results in a complete-game victory like Baker’s 35-14 Greater Oregon League win over Ontario Friday.

The Bulldogs (5-2 overall and 1-0 in the GOL) delighted the Homecoming crowd at Bulldog Memorial Stadium by easily handling the visiting Tigers.

“The kids carried it out exactly the way it was drawn up,” Johnson said.

The Baker coach said Friday was a perfect night to play football. And, that that was good because he wasn’t sure what to expect after Thursday’s practice.

“Friday was just right,” Johnson said. “It was a great night weatherwise, it was a good game, good competition, and a great result.”

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Baker spikers fall at La Grande

LA GRANDE — La Grande all but ended Baker’s hopes of a Greater Oregon League volleyball championship Thursday after handing the Bulldogs a 25-20, 27-25, 25-18 loss at La Grande.

The win gives La Grande a 6-1 GOL record, and drops Baker to 5-2. La Grande defeated Baker two of three league matches and holds the tie-breaker. For Baker to win the GOL crown, the Bulldogs will have to win their final two matches and hope La Grande loses their final two. Both teams play Ontario and Mac-Hi in their final regular-season matches.

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Baker girls soccer record remains unblemished

A 3-0 victory over over Ontario improves the Bulldogs’ Special District 7 mark to 8-0


8-0 and 11-0-1 are very good marks indeed.

Those are the Special District 7 and overall records the Baker High School girls soccer team now sports following a 3-0 victory over Ontario Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex.

The victory clinched a second straight Special District title for the girls squad.

“(Team members) are pretty set on finishing undefeated, and they can do it if they put their minds to it,” coach DeeDee Clarke said. “They were very excited to win the league title two years in a row.”

Baker has just two more games before beginning the state playoffs. The Bulldogs travel to La Grande for a 1 p.m. contest against the Tigers Thursday, then close out their regular season by hosting Riverside beginning at noon Saturday.

Thursday’s game proved to be the struggle Clarke thought it might be. Baker’s high-powered offense had 14 shots in the first half, but only Dallas Defrees’ bank shot off a pass from Ashley Shively found the back of the net.

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Baker girls win their own cross country meet

Baker boys are third in Thursday’s Baker Cross Country Invitational


The Union High School boys cross country team showed its prowess at the Baker Cross Country Invitational Thursday, sweeping the top 5 spots to post a perfect score of 15 in the four-team boys field.

The Baker boys finished third, with 83 points. La Grande was second with 46 points, and Burns placed fourth with 91 points.

As the only team to field a full squad of at least five runners, the Baker girls also came in with a perfect score of 15.

Melissa Clarke was the first Baker girl across the finish line. Her time of 21:40 was good enough for first place.

She was followed by teammates Felicia Schneider (23:04, 7th place), Kori Rayborn (24:43, 9th place), Annika Yates (25:21, 11th place), and Charlotte Bowers (25:25, 12th place) to round out the Baker girls scoring.

The rest of the Baker girls finished like this: Mary Bulger, 13th, 26:52; Ellen Jampolsky, 16th, 28:39; Haley Adams, 17th, 28:40; Anna Clarke, 18th, 29:13; Emily Miller, 19th, 29:30; Hazel Hanson, 20th, 29:42; and Laura Borgen, 21st, 34:55.

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Bulldogs confident going into GOL showdown

Baker’s had two weeks to prepare for 11th-ranked Ontario


When the 4-2 Baker Bulldogs take to the field for Friday’s Homecoming game against their fiercest regular-season rival, the 5-1 Ontario Tigers, there will be much more at stake than mere bragging rights.
The winner will probably have a relatively smooth path to the Greater Oregon League title, with only La Grande and Mac-Hi (combined records: 5-7) standing in their way. Friday’s winner will also no doubt break into the Class 4A Top-10 rankings. Ontario enters the game ranked 11th; Baker is 12th.
“It has been a great rivalry over the years,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson. “They’ve got great team speed, they’re well-coached and they play hard.”
“But we’ve been doing a lot of things well, too,” Johnson said. “We’ve run (the football) well, thrown it well and caught it well.”
Johnson makes no secret of the offensive approach he favors for Baker’s biggest game to date.
“Our plan is to go right at them, to slug them in the mouth, then throw it a little, try to control the tempo and throw the occasional deep pass,” he said.

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Baker volleyball squad runs league mark to 5-1 with win over Mac-Hi

Bulldogs get another crack at La Grande Thursday


Fresh off a key victory last week over Greater Oregon League rival La Grande, Baker High School’s volleyball team struggled at times before defeating GOL opponent Mac-Hi Monday night at the Baker gymnasium.

The scores were 25-10, 25-14 and 25-2.

Baker now sports a league-leading 5-1 mark in the GOL as it prepares for a road match against La Grande Thursday.

Coach Marcy Hayes’ squad could be excused for perhaps looking past Mac-Hi a bit Monday.

“We had a hard time getting motivated to play tonight,” Hayes said. “It was a slower-paced game and the girls had a hard time getting going.”

Hayes said she ran different lineups throughout the evening and overall was pleased with the result.

“Everyone played well tonight,” she said. “We are looking forward to our game on Thursday against La Grande.”

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Bulldog harriers run well at annual Richland Invitational CC meet

Baker Invitational scheduled Thursday at Quail Ridge


Baker’s cross country teams ran well in their final road meet before district Saturday at the 40th annual Richland (Wash.) Invitational at Carmichael Middle School.

The Baker girls finished ninth in the Division II team standings with 220 points. The Baker boys were 17th with 446 points. Teams were divided into two divisions based on school size.
“We did great,” said Baker coach Suzy Cole.
Cole said many of the Baker runners use this meet as a final kick before the Baker Invitational, district and state.
“This team has so much energy and support for each other,” she said.
Trevor Freese, Baker’s top boys runner, had an especially strong outing.
“Trevor ran absolutely incredible,” Cole said. “It was by far the best race of his career. He went out with the front pack the entire race and ran great.”

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Baker clinches state playoff berth with 7-1 win over Vikings

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Ashley Vela and her Baker teammates remained undefeated Saturday with a 7-1 victory at Umatilla. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker’s magic number is down to one.

One Baker win, or one Ontario loss, will secure Baker’s second straight Special District 7 girls soccer championship.

And, coincidentally, Baker could accomplish that goal Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex when the Bulldogs host Ontario at 2 p.m.

Baker improved its league record to 7-0 and is 10-0-1 overall after stopping Umatilla 7-1 Saturday at Umatilla. That win clinched a state playoff berth for the Bulldogs with three league matches remaining.

Saturday’s match was not as easy as it might have been against the last-place Vikings.

“We came out not real driven,” said Baker coach DeeDee Clarke.

In fact the match was scoreless for the first 20 minutes. Then Dallas Defrees scored the first of her four goals on the afternoon. On the play Defrees dribbled the ball toward the keeper. The keeper came out of the net to attempt to cut Defrees off, and Defrees tapped the ball by her.

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