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Baker seventh-graders win, Ambassadors to play at BHS

Baker shuts out Mac-Hi

MILTON-FREEWATER —‑Dallas Defrees and Robbie Langrell combined for all of Baker’s goals Saturday in a 5-0 Special District 7 girls soccer win at Mac-Hi.

Defrees scored a three-goal “hat trick,” and Langrell added a pair of goals as Baker ran its season record to 5-0-1 and league mark to 2-0.

“The girls looked great,” said Baker coach DeeDee Clarke.

“We had to move some people around, but the girls came right out and completely controlled the game.”

Garden Valley rolls past Pine-Eagle in non-leaguer

HALFWAY —‑Pine-Eagle dropped a 60-20 non-league football game to a strong Garden Valley, Idaho, team Friday afternoon in Halfway.

“Garden Valley was a pretty good ballteam, but we knew that,” said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis.

“They had one guy (J.D. Clark) who scores most of their touchdowns.”

Dennis said Pine-Eagle was without Trevor Durr, who is injured. The Spartans also lost starting running back Kyle Dennis in the second quarter with a shoulder injury.

Bulldogs defense shuts down Vale in fourth quarter

Quarterback Jordan Harlow throws two TD passes as Baker wins 14-13

VALE —‑Baker quarterback Jordan Harlow threw two touchdown passes, and the Bulldog defense forced three fourth-quarter Vale turnovers in a 14-13 non-league football win Friday.

Trailing 7-0 late in the second quarter, Baker mounted an 80-yard scoring drive. Harlow connected on a pair of first-down-gaining passes to Walker Kaseberg on the drive.

The second of those passes gave Baker a first down on the Vale 36. From there the Bulldogs used six running plays to move the the Viking 18. A Vale penalty then gave the Bulldogs a first down on the Vale 9 with 46 seconds left in the first half.

Harlow then found Trace Richardson in the corner of the end zone to cut the deficit to 7-6. Harlow’s conversion kick attempt was no good, leaving Baker down 7-6 at halftime.

Baker took the lead for good with 4:20 left in the third quarter. Again the scoring play started with Harlow’s right arm.

Baker volleyball team drops five-game match to La Grande

LA GRANDE — Baker lost a Greater Oregon League volleyball match at La Grande Thursday.

The scores were 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 22-25, 11-15.

“Tara Talbott had a great game tonight, and Whitney Phillips also had a strong game,” Bulldogs coach Marcy Hayes said.

Talbott was a perfect 16-for-16 serving and finished 36-for-43 hitting with 17 kills. Phillips was an almost-perfect 54-for-56 setting with 21 assists and went 14-for-15 hitting with 6 kills.

What a wild summer it has been

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 girls soccer team beats Pendleton, 3-1

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.”

Baker girls shut out Umatilla, 8-0

Freshman Maggie Harlow leads the way with four goals

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)
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 Sports Complex.

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 wins battle of Bulldogs

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)
Baker spotted Nyssa an early touchdown then rolled to a 33-6 victory in a non-league football at Bulldog Memorial Stadium Friday evening.

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 second quarter.

“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 Friday.

“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.

Baker girls tie with Weiser

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)
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.

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.

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