It’s not often a coach is pleased after losing a game. But that’s
exactly what Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith was Tuesday evening
Yes, his Bulldogs had just lost to Pendleton 50-47. It was the second
time Baker had lost to the Lady Bucks this season. But, Smith said, the
Bulldogs played a much better game this time around.
“We played a similar game to what we did a week ago in the first half,” Smith said. “We were kind of helter skelter.
“Then, we were a totally different team in the second half. We dominated at the defensive end of the floor.”
Bulldogs finish second in tournament
Baker wrestlers earned three individual
firsts Friday on the way to a second-place team finish at the annual
Enterprise Kickoff Wrestling Tournament.
Dillon Steele (130 pounds), Andrew Porter (135) and Ted Shaw (215) each garnered first place in his weight division.
Zack Valentine (103), Sam Pearson (140), Andrew Gettle (145), Anthony Constantine (152) and Jake Shukle (215) placed second.
Parker Warner (125) and Lane Gray (171) took third, and Keifer Mespelt (160) fourth.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“We came here to make a statement after winning this tournament last
year. The kids, even though we’re young, did a really good job.
“I was impressed with their wrestling. Some of the kids got their first introduction to high school wrestling,” Gorrell said.
Baker finished with 209 points. Mac-Hi won the tournament with 263.
Baker travels to La Grande Friday and Saturday for the annual Muilenberg Tournament.
Blankenship leads Baker with 18 points
Baker jumped to a quick lead, then held off a
Weiser rally in the second half to post a 48-44 victory over the
Wolverines Saturday in a non-league boys basketball game.
After a 6-6 deadlock in the first quarter, Baker went ahead 20-12 at halftime.
“We kind of jumped out on them,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “We were running the floor well.”
The Bulldogs held Weiser to no field goals in the second period, allowing just six free throws.
“We played pretty well defensively,” Woods said. “We just have to be
more consistent. And, we still have to find our outside shooting game.”
An old saying in most team sports is “the best offense is a tough
defense.” Baker proved that Saturday in a non-league girls basketball
game against Kuna, Idaho, in the Baker gym.
Baker’s Whitney Phillips goes up for a rebound over a Kuna defender Saturday in the Bulldogs’ 38-25 non-league victory. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs’ offense struggled in the first half, but their defense
prevented Kuna from taking advantage. Baker then broke the game open in
the fourth quarter on the way to a 38-25 win.
“I thought our defense kept us in the game when our offense struggled a little in the first half,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“We led at halftime, built on it in the third quarter, then kind of let them back into it.”
Sloppy ball handling hurts Bulldogs
Baker girls basketball coach Tim Smith wants
his Bulldogs to get up and down the floor quickly this season. But the
Bulldogs have to take care of the ball.
Baker’s Dallas Defrees goes up for two points over the defense of Pendleton’s Kristen VanCleave during Tuesday’s non-league girls basketball game at Baker High School. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker didn’t do that very well against Pendleton Tuesday in the Baker gym. The result was a 65-47 Pendleton win.
“We want to get up and down the floor, but tonight we were just a
little bit above our comfortable pace,” Smith said. “We were a little
bit on the reckless side.”
That recklessness allowed Pendleton to build a 22-10 lead after
quarter. Many of the Bucks’ points came as the result of Baker
turnovers. Guard Sam McCloud tallied 12 points in the first quarter,
and post Kristen VanCleave added eight. Both players finished the game
with 22 points.
“We have to focus on being more patient on offense, and more patient rebounding,” Smith said.
Baker senior Tara Talbott was named to the The Oregonian Class 4A
all-state volleyball second team last week by a vote of the state’s
Talbott, the Greater Oregon League player of the year, led the Bulldogs
to the Class 4A state playoffs and a second-place GOL finish this past
Talbott also is a member of Baker’s softball and girls basketball
teams, and was crowned homecoming queen in October during the Bulldogs’
Grant Union vying for 3A crown
HILLSBORO — It will be an all-Old Oregon
League matchup Saturday when Joseph and Imbler meet for the Class 1A
state football championship.
Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. Spectator admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students.
Joseph (11-1) enters the title game coming off a 54-48 upset of
previously undefeated Perrydale last week in the semifinals. In that
game, Joseph’s Grant Marcum, formerly of Baker, ran for 165 yards and
four touchdowns. He was named Qwest player of the game for his efforts.
Imbler (10-1) advanced to the title game by defeating Dufur in its semifinal matchup.
The Team Riley Motocross Racing Team has only been around since 2006.
But, Richard Riley, one of the team’s mainstays, has been racing since
“My first race was in 1999 when I was 10 years old,” Riley said recently.
“I’ve raced most of the time through high school, except for when I had a couple of bad injuries with broken bones.”
Riley said the feeling he gets before a race is beyond description.
“The feeling you get when you’re sitting at the gates, when they hang
the flag out and say you have 30 seconds, I can’t explain the feeling.
“Then when you get the 5-second flag the butterflies start. When the gate drops it’s down to business.”
Riley said he started riding at an early age because he loved to ride the bikes.
“I’ve been riding so long now that I just can’t quit,” he said.
Few sports can match motorcross racing for pure adrenaline production
Motorcross is not a sport for the weak of heart.
Or the weak of pocketbook.
“Motorcross is competing with motor bikes on a track with obstacles,”
said Richard Riley, a member of the Riley Racing Team in Baker City.
“You get a chance to test your skills on cornering, hills, and other racing areas.”
The size of bike usually depends on the size of the individual, Riley
said. Smaller riders are more comfortable with motorcycles in the 50cc
to 80 cc engine size range. Teenage riders are more accustomed to
riding 125cc to 250cc bikes. Older riders chose bikes in the range of
250cc to 450cc.
Baker’s potential game-winning drive stalls five yards from the end zone
Baker football coach Dave Johnson looked at
the end of the Bulldogs’ season Saturday philosophically. He was
looking at the overall big picture and not just what happened at
Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
What happened on the field was a 26-21 loss to Banks in the Class 4A
second round playoff game. What Johnson was looking at afterwards was
what had brought the Bulldogs to that point.
“I’m sure the fans will remember the game, and that we lost, for a
while,” Johnson said. “But for us the growth that the kids have made in
the past year stands out. We’re very proud of these kids.”