BOARDMAN — Three Pine-Eagle Spartans, five Baker Bulldogs and a former Bulldog are ranked in their respective weight divisions in the latest high school wrestling rankings on the Oregon Wrestling Forum Web site.
Pine-Eagle’s Kyle Dennis (160 pounds) is listed second and Richie Gonzalez (189) fifth in their weight divisions at the Class 2A level. Former Baker grappler Grant Marcum (145) is listed third at his weight. Pine-Eagle’s Devon Thorn (119) is ranked sixth in his weight.
Baker’s Ted Shaw (189) is listed seventh at the Class 4A level. Jake Shukle (189) is ninth, Andrew Gettle (140) seventh, Andrew Porter (125) 10th, and Sam Pearson (135) 21st.
The rankings and the Web site are compiled by Richard Rockwell of Riverside High School.
PARMA, Idaho — Baker came away with one individual champion and a second-place winner Saturday at the Parma Invitational wrestling tournament.
Andrew Porter claimed the championship at 145 pounds. Ted Shaw took second at 189 pounds.
“Andrew, Ted and Paul Johnson all had a good tournament,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.
“Overall, as a team we did fairly well for a high-quality tournament. Some of the kids got their eyes opened with the quality of wrestling they saw. One little mistake made the difference.”
Baker hosts La Grande in a Greater Oregon League dual match Thursday at 5 p.m.
Emmett rallies to hand Baker non-league loss
Baker let Emmett slip away with a win Thursday in a non-league boys basketball game at Emmett, Idaho.
The Bulldogs snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, falling 52-49 to the Huskies.
“We led the entire game until late in the fourth,” said Baker coach Craig Woods.
Baker trailed by three points with less than a minute left when Jesse
Brown hit a basket and was fouled. Brown missed the free throw and
Emmett grabbed the rebound. Baker then fouled the Huskies who made both
Then, with 10 seconds left, Baker missed the shot that could have tied
the game. Time ran out before the Bulldogs could mount another threat.
Baker City’s Harvest Christian Academy basketball teams had mixed
results last Friday when they played host to the Calvary Crusaders.
The boys won 54-36.
The girls team lost 27-13.
In the boys game, Braden Phillips led the Knights with 14 points. Alex
Turner added 12, Thomas Svitak 10, Jeff Hurst 9, Will Godes 4, Jaden
Turner 3 and Josh Hurst 2.
Baker girls run winning streak to six games with victory over Wolverines
Baker just keeps on keeping on.
Baker’s Savannah Daly is surrounded by two Weiser defenders while attempting a shot during the Bulldogs’ 51-37 non-league win Tuesday at BHS. Daly finished with 12 points. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs have won six games in a row, and eight of their last nine.
The most recent victory came Tuesday, a 51-37 win over Weiser, Idaho,
in the BHS gym.
“This was a good win; a nice warmup for Mac-Hi Saturday,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
Seniors Dallas Defrees, Savannah Daly and Kristen Hoopes led the
Bulldogs against Weiser. Defrees led Baker with 14 points. Daly added
12 points, including a pair of three-point baskets in the first
quarter. Hoopes came off the bench to tally five points in relief of
Mackenzie Warner leads Bulldogs to first win at Ontario since 2000
Baker made history Friday during its Greater Oregon League girls basketball game at Ontario.
The Bulldogs earned a 53-31 victory over the Tigers to open the GOL season. The win was Baker’s first at Ontario in nine years.
“This was my first win here as coach,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“And, it was our first win at Ontario since 2000 when Courtney Warner,
Mackenzie’s older sister, was point guard for the Bulldogs.
“This is only the second time — the other was in 2003 — that a team I’ve coached has defeated Ontario,” Smith said.
Friday, Baker left little doubt as to the outcome.
The Baker girls basketball team made it five wins in six games
Saturday, defeating Grant Union 60-45 at John Day. The Bulldogs’ lone
loss during that stretch was by one point to Burns.
“The girls came out focused. I’m real pleased with the way we’ve been playing during this stretch,” said Baker coach Tim Smith.
“The girls came out and played pretty steady for three quarters. I
thought we executed pretty well, but didn’t play as sharp as we did
Friday at Ontario,” he said.
Baker held Grant Union to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters.
“We had too many turnovers in the fourth quarter. We talked about finishing better,” Smith said.
Baker rallies in second half to defeat Fruitland for the first time in three meetings
The third time was the charm for Baker against Fruitland in non-league boys basketball action Saturday.
The Bulldogs, losers in two earlier meetings with Fruitland this
season, came from behind in the final three minutes to edge the
Grizzlies 57-48. Baker outscored Fruitland 11-2 in the final 3:12.
Baker coach Craig Woods said a defensive switch from the previous
meetings helped the Bulldogs stay close the entire game Saturday.
“We played zone almost the entire game,” he said. “We started figuring
out what they were doing and the zone helped shut some of it down.
“We talked about not giving up on a play,” Woods said. “In the first
half we did give up on a few plays and they took advantage of it.
Junior guard tallies 25 points in Greater Oregon League boys win
Baker opened the Greater Oregon League boys basketball season Friday by edging Ontario 59-56 at Ontario.
Baker’s Zach Thatcher battles Fruitland’s Jacob Crim for a rebound during Saturday’s non-league boys basketball game at BHS. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs (1-0 in the GOL) forged a 13-point lead late in the third quarter then had to hold on for the win.
“Ontario is a very aggressive team,” said Baker coach Craig Woods. “They try to get you to lose your composure.
“We built that 47-34 lead in the third quarter. Then we just kind of
cruised. We just can’t do that. We have to play to put people away.”
One area Woods was pleased with was Baker’s free throw shooting. The
Bulldogs entered the game shooting about 52 percent from the line.
Against Ontario, the Bulldogs were 13-for-13 from the line in the first
three quarters. Baker then was 8-of-13 from the line in the fourth
quarter to finish the game 21-of-26.
Maybe the Baker wrestling squad should skip practices more often. At
least that strategy worked for the Bulldogs at the annual Jo-Hi
tournament at Joseph High School Friday and Saturday.
The Bulldogs did not practice during the holiday break, then went out
and won the Jo-Hi meet, edging Pomeroy, Wash., 166.5-146.5.
“I caught some flak for the decision not to practice,” said Baker coach
Dee Gorrell. “But, now we’re all healed, all healthy and ready to go.”
The Bulldogs, who were second to Pomeroy after Friday’s action,
finished with 13 wrestlers placing in their weight divisions to gain
“I’m really proud of the kids,” Gorrell said. “Monday they made a goal
that we would be first in the tournament. They battled the whole
tournament and the kids spoke for themselves. We pulled it out in the