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.”
GRANTS PASS — Hidden Valley ended Baker’s volleyball season Saturday, defeating the Bulldogs 25-16, 25-22, 25-17 in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs.
Senior Savannah Daly, shown during a regular season match with La Grande, and her Baker teammates saw their postseason come to an end Saturday, losing in three games to Hidden Valley in the opening round of the Class 4A state playoffs. (Baker City Herald file photo/Kathy Orr)
Baker entered the match as the Greater Oregon League runnerup.
No other information was available on the match.
The Class 4A state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Lane Community College.
Pine-Eagle sophomore Kyle Dennis had a career afternoon Friday,
scoring seven touchdowns and rushing for 463 yards in the Spartans’
74-60 Old Oregon League football season finale over Powder Valley at
“I had to go back and recheck the numbers,” said Pine-Eagle coach Blake
Dennis, Kyle’s father. “I knew Kyle had a good day, but I didn’t know
he had those kind of numbers.”
The younger Dennis scored on runs of 30, 65, 28, 58, 61, 31, and 1
yard. He also threw a 35-yard halfback TD pass to Justice Walker.
“We had some good blocking and Kyle had a lot of big, long runs,” said Coach Dennis.
Baker will host Cottage Grove in the second round of the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A state girls soccer playoffs Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Baker Sports Complex.
Baker, coached by DeeDee Clarke, enters the playoffs 12-1-1 and champions of Special District 7.
Cottage Grove earned the right to play Baker after edging Western Mennonite 1-0 in the opening round of the postseason Saturday.
Spectator admission is $6 adults and $4 students. No regular season passes will be accepted.
Baker, 7-2, will play host to Banks in a playoff game either Nov. 14 or 15
Baker’s defense, the backbone of the Bulldogs’ success all season, stepped to the forefront against Mac-Hi Friday.
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)
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 runners competed near their best marks Saturday at the Class 4A state cross country meet at Lane Community College.
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)
“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
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.
Grant Johnson, a 2007 BHS grad, is an offensive lineman for the Oregon State Beavers
Beavers 2, Ducks 0.
(Baker City Herald/S. John Collins)
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
Three Baker High School athletic teams will begin the state playoffs
this weekend, and two others will be thinking about the postseason as
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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.