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Bulldogs beat Mac-Hi 22-6 to claim GOL football title

Baker, 7-2, will play host to Banks in a playoff game either Nov. 14 or 15


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Baker’s Walker Kaseberg went up over a Mac-Hi defender for a touchdown Friday in Baker’s 22-6 Greater Oregon League win. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker’s defense, the backbone of the Bulldogs’ success all season, stepped to the forefront against Mac-Hi Friday.

Mac-Hi entered the game averaging 24 points a game in Greater Oregon League play. But with the GOL championship on the line, Baker shut the Pioneers down for a 22-6 victory at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

“Our defense played very well,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.

The Bulldogs intercepted four Mac-Hi passes — one each by Rowdy LaMiller, Dekker Smith, Chad Adams and Steven Talbot. LaMiller’s theft was his seventh of the season.

“Rowdy’s had a great year anchoring our secondary,” Johnson said.


Baker cross country teams compete at state

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Trevor Freese led Baker’s boys with a 52nd-place finish Saturday at the state cross country meet in Eugene. (Baker City Herald file photo/Kathy Orr)
Baker runners competed near their best marks Saturday at the Class 4A state cross country meet at Lane Community College.

“We didn’t have any personal bests, but everybody ran close to their PR times,” said Baker coach Suzy Cole. “The kids ran pretty consistent times.”

Baker’s girls finished 12th in the team standings with 270 points. Siuslaw won the girls title with 36.

Baker’s boys were 14th with 368 points. Hidden Valley was the boys champion with 37.

Baker’s top girls runner was Melissa Clarke, placing 28th with a time of 21:19.5.


Baker City’s very own Beaver

Grant Johnson, a 2007 BHS grad, is an offensive lineman for the Oregon State Beavers


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(Baker City Herald/S. John Collins)
Beavers 2, Ducks 0.

That isn’t a prediction for this year’s Civil War football game Nov. 29 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis.

It’s actually the results of a duck hunting excursion by former Baker Bulldog Grant Johnson and his father, Mark, last weekend.

The younger Johnson, a sophomore reserve offensive lineman for Oregon State, was home visiting his family during the Beavers’ bye week in the Pac-10 schedule. Both he and his father bagged one duck Saturday.

“It has nothing to do with the Civil War,” said Mark, who, along Grant’s mom, Heather Palmer-Johnson, is an OSU graduate.

“I don’t even think about the Civil War,” Grant added. “Some of my teammates might think about it, but I’m only thinking about Arizona State.”


Baker teams preparing for start of state playoffs

Three Baker High School athletic teams will begin the state playoffs this weekend, and two others will be thinking about the postseason as well.

Baker’s girls and boys cross country teams and the girls volleyball team open the “third season” Saturday on the west side of the state. The Bulldogs’ girls soccer team and football team will be gearing up for state action a few days later.


Baker girls win district crown

Bulldog boys cross country team also advances to state meet


Baker successfully defended its Greater Oregon League girls cross country championship Friday at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

The Bulldogs placed five runners in the top eight to finish the race with 27 points. Ontario was second with 47.

The Baker boys, the defending GOL champs as well, finished second this time with 44 points behind La Grande (25).

Both Baker squads now advance to the Class 4A state meet this Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Baker Coach Suzy Cole said her girls ran well Friday.


Bulldog defense shuts down La Grande 47-0

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Dekker Smith, No. 46, and Jordan Harlow, with ball, shown during agame earlier this year, helped lead Baker to a 47-0 Greater Oregon League win over La Grande Friday. (Baker City Herald File Photo/Kathy Orr)
Baker’s football team put its Class 4A state playoff destiny securely in its own hands Friday. The Bulldogs ran their Greater Oregon League record to 2-0 with a 47-0 thumping of La Grande at Community Stadium in La Grande.

The win means Baker can claim the GOL championship and a first-round state bye with a victory over Mac-Hi Friday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

“It’s for the league championship,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson about the match-up with the Pioneers.

“That’s been our goal all season. We’re telling our guys that Mac-Hi is one of those groups you don’t want to let hang around or they could be trouble.”

At La Grande, Baker’s offense sputtered early, but the Bulldog defense made up for it.

“We were a little ragged to begin with,” Johnson said.


Baker girls shut out Pirates

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Dallas Defrees scored half of Baker’s goals Saturday in a Special District 7 girls soccer win over Riverside at the Sports Complex. (Baker City Herald File Photo/Kathy Orr)
Led by four Dallas Defrees goals, Baker buried Riverside 8-0 in the Special District 7 girls soccer regular-season finale at the Baker Sports Complex Saturday.

The win improved Baker’s league record to 9-1 and 12-1-1 overall. The Bulldogs now await their first opponent in the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state playoffs Nov. 4. Baker will host the winner of Saturday’s Western Mennonite-Cottage Grove match.

“We’re hoping it will be Western Mennonite,” said Baker coach DeeDee Clarke. “We’d like a little revenge for what they did to us two years ago in the playoffs.”

Western Mennonite nipped the Bulldogs 1-0 on a controversial goal under rainy conditions in that playoff matchup.

Baker, which saw its hopes for an undefeated season go away Thursday at La Grande, rebounded with a flourish Saturday.


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.


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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