What a difference a couple of days make.
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.
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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
“Now that was wrestling,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
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.
Bulldog defense shuts down La Grande in 46-25 GOL girls contest
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.
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)
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.
La Grande hands Baker first GOL loss to pull into a first-place tie
Cold shooting and a sluggish start doomed Baker in its Greater Oregon League boys basketball game at La Grande Friday.
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)
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.
The Baker swim team closed out its regular-season schedule at home
Saturday against La Grande, Pendleton and Hermiston at Sam-O Swim
Annie Martin helped Baker earn five firsts Saturday at the annual Baker Invitational. (Baker City Herald files/Kathy Orr)
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
The other members of both relays were Annie Martin, Kim Pointer and Kim Countryman.
Bulldogs win just three matches in GOL dual with Tigers
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
In pattern eerily similar to a game earlier this year in Ontario,
Baker managed to hold off the Tigers for a 65-56 Greater Oregon League
boys basketball win Tuesday at BHS.
Baker’s Jesse Brown battled Ontario’s Josh Mejia to a loose ball Tuesday in Baker’s Greater Oregon League win. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Earlier, at Ontario, Baker led the entire game only to have Ontario make a late run before the Bulldogs clinched the win.
Tuesday, Baker led from the middle of the first quarter, but Ontario battled back to within 59-54 with 2:38 left in the game.
Baker kept its cool, and made 6-of-7 free throws down the stretch to improve to 4-0 in the GOL race.
PARMA, Idaho — Baker came away with one individual champion and a
second-place winner Saturday at the Parma Invitational wrestling
Andrew Gettle claimed the championship at 145 pounds. Ted Shaw took
second at 189 pounds. Andrew Porter was originally given credit for the
Bulldogs roll over Mac-Hi to run league record to 3-0
Baker battled sickness, injuries and Mac-Hi
Saturday before finishing the evening with a 57-24 win. The win keeps
the Bulldogs perfect at 3-0 in the Greater Oregon League girls
Baker’s Tara Talbott and Mac-Hi’s Sierra Burchell battle for a loose ball during Baker’s GOL victory Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“It was a good, solid win,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“These are the kind of games that worry you as a coach,” he said. “You
know you are the better team, but you have to come out ready to go.”
Baker was without Maggie Harlow, who was on crutches nursing an injured
ankle, and Morgan Ward, who was ill. Savannah Daly played despite being
ill before the game. And, Mackenzie Warner became ill at halftime, and
played sparingly in the second half.
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