It’s been an interesting summer at the Steele households.
Most readers of the Baker City Herald are probably aware that I
underwent double-bypass heart surgery on June 27. That’s just the tip
of the iceberg.
I actually suffered a heart attack on June 21, and after spending the
night at St. Elizabeth hospital was flown by Life Flight to St.
Alphonsus hospital in Boise. I was originally going to undergo a
quadruple bypass surgery, but complications during the week
necessitated going ahead with the double bypass instead.
Then, during a 12-hour stint in the operating room I nearly didn’t make
it a couple of times. (At least that is what I was told a couple weeks
later after I got home. I was told that the family at the hospital was
told to call the rest of the family because it didn’t look promising.)
Baker High School’s girls soccer team overcame some rough play and
turned aside a penalty kick late in the game to earn a road victory
over Pendleton Tuesday, 3-1.
“It was a rough game,” said coach DeeDee Clarke. “There were very aggressive girls both ways.”
Ashley Shively and Dallas Defrees opened the scoring by teaming up on a
corner kick. Shively earned the assist and Defrees put the ball in the
net with one touch from her left foot.
“It was a pretty goal,” Clarke said.
Shively upped the margin to 2-0 late in the first half when, after a
Pendleton foul, she lofted a ball from about midfield that went just
over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
“That,” Clarke said, “was beautiful.”
Freshman Maggie Harlow leads the way with four goals
Freshman Maggie Harlow scored four goals to lead Baker to an 8-0
Special District 7 girls soccer win over Umatilla Saturday at the Baker
Freshman Maggie Harlow, shown during an earlier game against Weiser, Idaho, led Baker to an 8-0 Special District 7 girls soccer victory over Umatilla Saturday. Harlow scored four goals on seven shots in the win at the Baker Sports Complex. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Harlow scored her goals on seven shots. She also added an assist.
Dallas Defrees chipped in two goals and two assists. Callie Baxter and Mackenzie Warner each added a goal.
“The girls played a good game,” said Baker coach DeeDee Clarke. “They were passing well and moving well.”
Clarke said the team had had a good week despite learning that senior
Julia Vaughan has been lost for the season after suffering a torn ACL
in her knee two games earlier.
“It’s been a good week,” Clarke said. “The girls have been up, and have
been working hard. Whether it’s for Julia, or for themselves, they’ve
decided to go for the district title.”
Baker spotted Nyssa an early touchdown then rolled to a 33-6 victory in
a non-league football at Bulldog Memorial Stadium Friday evening.
Steven Talbot scored two touchdowns on short runs for Baker Friday in a 33-6 non-league football win over Nyssa. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Nyssa’s Kyle Schoorl raced 77 yards two minutes into the game for a
score that gave Nyssa a 6-0 lead. That score stood until early in the
“The boys did some great things,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
“They played very well defensively with the exception of the first five minutes.”
As they did in the first two games, penalties again hurt the Bulldogs
early. Baker was assessed 50 yards in penalties in the first half
“The kids are anxious,” Johnson said. “We just have to stay focused.”
Baker took the lead for good three plays into the second period. Steven
Talbot did the honors, scoring on a 2-yard run. Jordan Harlow’s
conversion kick gave Baker a 7-6 lead.
WEISER, Idaho — Coach DeeDee Clarke was pretty sure even a sluggish
performance was going to be good enough to earn the Baker girls soccer
team a win Tuesday.
Baker forward Jeff Hurst, right, battles Weiser’s Will Grindstaff for the ball during a soccer match Tuesday afternoon at the Sports Complex. Weiser won, 10-0. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
And she was right — until the very last kick of the match.
The referee called a penalty on Baker and awarded Weiser a direct kick.
A Weiser player converted the kick to tie the score at 2-2.
Then the referee blew the whistle to end the match.
Baker High School’s volleyball team dropped a three-game match to Burns Tuesday.
The scores were 13-25, 23-25, 15-25.
“We had a rough match tonight,” said Baker coach Marcy Hayes. “We were
outplayed tonight. Burns is a tough team and you have to be playing
your best volleyball to beat them. We were not always playing our best
For the second week in a row, penalties and an inability to move the
ball in the “red zone” hurt Baker in non-league football action. A week
earlier, the Bulldogs were able to overcome those problems for a win at
Parma, Idaho. But, Friday at Bulldog Memorial Stadium, Baker fell 20-6
to visiting Weiser, Idaho.
Baker running back Chad Adams, right, gained short yardage in the first quarter against Weiser Friday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
“I thought we moved the ball pretty well, we just didn’t finish,” said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
Volleyballers play well at Burns
BURNS — Baker swept its pool play, then split two bracket matches
Saturday at the annual Burns Invitational volleyball tournament.
In pool play Baker defeated Crane 25-7, 25-17, split with Madras 20-25, 25-6, then topped Vale 25-15 and 25-17.
In bracket play the Bulldogs stopped Nyssa 25-15, 25-11 then lost to Cascade Christian 21-25 and 18-25.
Tara Talbott was 34-of-44 hitting with 20 kills, Andrea Wilson was
55-of-59 serving with an ace, Whitney Phillips had 7 point blocks
Baker’s cross country runners had a solid first outing Friday at the
annual Hermiston Invitational. Both the boys and girls teams placed
third in the meet.
“I’m very excited about where our boys are,” said Baker coach Suzy Cole.
“Trevor Freese, our No. 1 runner, ran a very competitive race. He ran a great time compared to last year’s meet.”
Cole said Jake Sandefur and Kristian Krohn also ran well.
“Jake ran right with Trevor the majority of the race,” Cole said. “And Kristian had a great first 1.5 to two miles.
Baker’s girls soccer team ran its season record to 2-0 Thursday with a
6-0 victory over Weiser, Idaho, at the Baker Sports Complex.
Baker’s Julia Vaughan, in white jersey, scored one goal in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 victory over Weiser, Idaho, Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex. Vaughan then injured her knee and her season status is uncertain, according to Coach DeeDee Clarke. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The Bulldogs’ second shutout win could prove to be a costly victory.
Baker standout Julia Vaughan injured her knee during the action and her
status for the rest of the season is uncertain.