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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.

Baker wins Pine-Eagle tournament

Andrew Gettle, shown earlier in the season, was one of three Baker champions at the Pine-Eagle Invitational wrestling tournament Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker tuned up for this week’s Greater Oregon League district wrestling tournament with a victory at the annual Pine-Eagle tournament Saturday at Halfway.

The Bulldogs finished the 14-team tournament with 171 points, edging Grant Union by 5.5 points.

“Everybody wrestled well. It was a good, successful weekend for us,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.

“The young kids stepped up again. It was a nice way to end the regular season. Now it’s time to gear up for district. The kids are peaking at the right time.”

Nine Baker swimmers head to state

The meet is Thursday and Friday at Mount Hood CC

Charlotte Bowers, shown in December competition, qualified for the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming meet in two individual events and a relay at the district competition at Molalla Aquatic Center Friday and Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
MOLALLA — Nine Baker High School swimmers qualified for the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state swim meet Thursday and Friday at Mount Hood Community College.

The Bulldogs qualified after placing in their events at the Special District 2 meet last weekend at Molalla. Final official district results were unavailable. District qualifiers were listed on the swimming section at www.osaa.org.

Harvest Christian tops Falcons

Harvest Christian Academy had a big weekend when it traveled to Ontario Friday to play the Champ Falcons.

The Harvest Christian boys won 65-26. Will Godes led the Knights with 16 points. Braden Phillips added 15, Jeff Hurst 14, Alex Turner 13, Josh Hurst and Josh Rodli each two, and Thomas Svitak one.

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