Blankenship, Richardson lead four Bulldogs in double figures in 77-68 win
Baker picked a great time to play one of its best all-around
basketball games of the season Tuesday evening at BHS. The Bulldogs
kicked their overall game up a notch and stopped North Bend 77-68 in
the first round of the Class 4A state boys basketball playoffs.
Baker guard Jesse Brown found himself surrounded by North Bend players Jake Lucero, Sam Lynass (12) Trae Collins (33), and, in back, Sean Jany. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“The kids had a good week of practice,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
“With the junior varsity kids we brought up it allowed our regular
seven or eight guys to practice as a unit more than we have all season.
That was probably one of the factors tonight.”
Four of the five Baker wrestlers competing at the Class 4A state tournament placed in their weight divisions Saturday.
“Our Fantastic Four, all the guys who returned from last year, placed,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“Everybody did well. They all went deep into the semifinals. I’m really proud of them. It was a nice way to end the year.”
Baker will host North Bend Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs.
Baker (17-7) enters the game as the Greater Oregon League runnerup.
North Bend (12-12) enters the playoffs as the Far West League
Baker’s Greater Oregon League champion girls basketball team will
have to wait until Wednesday to find out who they will play in the
second round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Pine-Eagle sophomore Kyle Dennis placed second in his weight class
at the Class 2A/1A state wrestling tournament Saturday at Memorial
Pine-Eagle’s Kyle Dennis, shown earlier in the season, placed second at the Class 2A/1A state tournament Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Dennis took second at 171 pounds when he lost 5-4 to three-time defending champion Caleb Cardwell of Lowell in the title match.
“It was quite a championship match,” said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis.
Top-ranked Badgers thwart Nixyaawii rally
NORTH POWDER — There is a saying in postseason basketball made often by coaches that it is the beginning of a new season.
Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon looked to make a move around a Nixyaawii defender during Friday’s Class 1A state playoff boys basketball game at North Powder. Powder Valley defeated the Eagles to advance to this week’s 1A tournament in Baker City. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The saying found meaning Friday night at the Powder Valley High School gymnasium.
On paper the No. 1 Powder Valley boys basketball team looks much better than Nixyaawii.
Baker’s “Fabulous Five” wrestlers got off to a strong start Thursday at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Four of the five advanced to today’s quarterfinals, and the other is still active in consolation action.
Bulldogs rout La Grande to claim first title since 2000
The loud roar from the Baker locker room and the smiles on the players’ faces told the story Tuesday evening in the Baker gym.
Dallas Defrees scored 7 points Tuesday as Baker beat La Grande to win the Greater Oregon League title. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Baker girls had just defeated La Grande 51-31 to claim their first Greater Oregon League championship since 2000.
“This means a lot,” said senior Tara Talbott.
Tigers beat Baker to share GOL crown with the Bulldogs
La Grande spoiled Baker’s bid for an outright Greater Oregon League boys basketball title Tuesday.
Baker’s Kennan Richards goes up for a shot against a La Grande defender Tuesday. Richards led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from winning, 64-47, and claiming a share of the league title with the Bulldogs. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Tigers defeated Baker 64-47 in the Baker gym to share the GOL crown
with the Bulldogs. The win also gave La Grande the GOL’s No. 1 seed
into next week’s Class 4A state playoffs. The Tigers will host a
second-round game March 6. Baker will host a first-round game March 3.
A quintet of Baker wrestlers will make the trek to Memorial Coliseum
Thursday through Saturday for the Class 4A state wrestling tournament.
Andrew Porter (130 pounds), Andrew Gettle (145), Anthony Constantine
(152), Ted Shaw (189) and Jake Shukle (215) will compete at state.
“Our Fabulous Five is headed to state,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“We were in the ball park as to what we figured we’d do at district. Overall, we wrestled really good,” he said.
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