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Baker grapplers win at Heppner

Baker came away with four individual championships and the team trophy from the Eastern Oregon Bank wrestling tournament at Heppner Saturday.

The Bulldogs amassed 185 points to top second-place Riverside by 10 points at the 15-team tournament. Pine-Eagle was eighth with 91 points.


Baker boys clinch playoff berth

Bulldogs romp in wins over Mac-Hi and Emmett


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Kennan Richards looked to the basket around the defense of a Mac-Hi player Friday in Baker’s Greater Oregon League win. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker clinched a Greater Oregon League boys basketball state berth, and swept a pair of games Friday and Saturday at BHS.

The Bulldogs improved their GOL record to 5-1 Friday with a 68-40 victory over Mac-Hi. The win keeps the Bulldogs tied for first place in the GOL with La Grande with three games remaining.

Saturday, Baker handed a visiting Emmett, Idaho, club a 70-53 defeat.


Shaw selected for Shrine game

Ted Shaw, a first-team all-Greater Oregon League defensive lineman from Baker, was recently selected on the East roster for the annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City.

Shaw helped the Bulldogs win the GOL championship and advance to the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs in November.

Other area selections on the East roster are Jake Turner of Ontario, Zane Murray and Cash Wenick of Grant Union, Russ Seals of Vale, Sam Fiorito of Union, Nick West of Imbler and former Bulldog Grant Marcum of Joseph.

East alternates include Andy Godfrey of La Grande, Michael Martin of Burns, Tyler Martin and Dustin Lippert of Grant Union, Clint Predmore of Elgin, Jeremy Moore of Union, Justin Brainerd of Cove, Sam Garnett of Joseph and Andrew Wilson of Wallowa.

Shrine game officials note that being selected is not a guaranteed participation in the game. Selected players must first return their parental permission slip and “keep their nose clean” in the intervening months.

The 2009 game will be played Aug. 1 at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

 


Baker wrestles strong against GU, Ontario

What a difference a couple of days make.


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Last Thursday Baker didn’t wrestle very well in a one-sided Greater Oregon League loss to La Grande. But Tuesday, the Bulldogs turned up the juice in gaining a split with Grant Union and Ontario on the Baker mats.

Baker dominated the Class 3A Prospectors from John Day 66-33, winning five matches by pin. The Bulldogs then forged a 27-6 lead in their GOL matchup with Ontario. Then Ontario rallied by scoring the final 39 points, including a pair of Baker forfeits, to earn the come-from-behind win.

“Now that was wrestling,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.


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.


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