Bulldogs run win streak to 11 games; move one win away from crown
Dallas Defrees went up for a shot against a Mac-Hi defender Friday in Baker’s GOL win at BHS. Baker is one win away (or one Ontario loss) from clinching the GOL championship. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
That’s the number of Baker wins or Ontario losses it will take for
Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League girls championship. And,
ironically, it could happen Feb. 17 at Ontario when Baker visits the
“Our magic number is one,” said Baker coach Tim Smith. “But this team’s
goal is to go undefeated in league and prep for the playoffs.”
Baker came away with four individual championships and the team trophy
from the Eastern Oregon Bank wrestling tournament at Heppner Saturday.
The Bulldogs amassed 185 points to top second-place Riverside by 10
points at the 15-team tournament. Pine-Eagle was eighth with 91 points.
Bulldogs romp in wins over Mac-Hi and Emmett
Baker clinched a Greater Oregon League boys basketball state berth, and swept a pair of games Friday and Saturday at BHS.
Kennan Richards looked to the basket around the defense of a Mac-Hi player Friday in Baker’s Greater Oregon League win. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs improved their GOL record to 5-1 Friday with a 68-40
victory over Mac-Hi. The win keeps the Bulldogs tied for first place in
the GOL with La Grande with three games remaining.
Saturday, Baker handed a visiting Emmett, Idaho, club a 70-53 defeat.
Ted Shaw, a first-team all-Greater Oregon League defensive lineman from
Baker, was recently selected on the East roster for the annual
East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game in Baker City.
Shaw helped the Bulldogs win the GOL championship and advance to the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs in November.
Other area selections on the East roster are Jake Turner of Ontario,
Zane Murray and Cash Wenick of Grant Union, Russ Seals of Vale, Sam
Fiorito of Union, Nick West of Imbler and former Bulldog Grant Marcum
East alternates include Andy Godfrey of La Grande, Michael Martin of
Burns, Tyler Martin and Dustin Lippert of Grant Union, Clint Predmore
of Elgin, Jeremy Moore of Union, Justin Brainerd of Cove, Sam Garnett
of Joseph and Andrew Wilson of Wallowa.
Shrine game officials note that being selected is not a guaranteed
participation in the game. Selected players must first return their
parental permission slip and “keep their nose clean” in the intervening
The 2009 game will be played Aug. 1 at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.
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.
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