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Powder Valley on to state

Top-ranked Badgers thwart Nixyaawii rally

Powder Valley’s Trenton Dixon looked to make a move around a Nixyaawii defender during Friday’s Class 1A state playoff boys basketball game at North Powder. Powder Valley defeated the Eagles to advance to this week’s 1A tournament in Baker City. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
NORTH POWDER — There is a saying in postseason basketball made often by coaches that it is the beginning of a new season.

The saying found meaning Friday night at the Powder Valley High School gymnasium.

On paper the No. 1 Powder Valley boys basketball team looks much better than Nixyaawii.

Baker quartet reaches quarterfinals

Baker’s “Fabulous Five” wrestlers got off to a strong start Thursday at the Class 4A state wrestling tournament at Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Four of the five advanced to today’s quarterfinals, and the other is still active in consolation action.

Baker girls are GOL champions

Bulldogs rout La Grande to claim first title since 2000

Dallas Defrees scored 7 points Tuesday as Baker beat La Grande to win the Greater Oregon League title. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
The loud roar from the Baker locker room and the smiles on the players’ faces told the story Tuesday evening in the Baker gym.

The Baker girls had just defeated La Grande 51-31 to claim their first Greater Oregon League championship since 2000.

“This means a lot,” said senior Tara Talbott.

La Grande spoils boys bid

Tigers beat Baker to share GOL crown with the Bulldogs

Baker’s Kennan Richards goes up for a shot against a La Grande defender Tuesday. Richards led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Tigers from winning, 64-47, and claiming a share of the league title with the Bulldogs. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
La Grande spoiled Baker’s bid for an outright Greater Oregon League boys basketball title Tuesday.

The Tigers defeated Baker 64-47 in the Baker gym to share the GOL crown with the Bulldogs. The win also gave La Grande the GOL’s No. 1 seed into next week’s Class 4A state playoffs. The Tigers will host a second-round game March 6. Baker will host a first-round game March 3.

‘Fabulous five’ Bulldogs headed to state tourney

A quintet of Baker wrestlers will make the trek to Memorial Coliseum Thursday through Saturday for the Class 4A state wrestling tournament.

Andrew Porter (130 pounds), Andrew Gettle (145), Anthony Constantine (152), Ted Shaw (189) and Jake Shukle (215) will compete at state.

“Our Fabulous Five is headed to state,” said Baker coach Dee Gorrell.

“We were in the ball park as to what we figured we’d do at district. Overall, we wrestled really good,” he said.

Wallowa, Imbler claim third place

Wallowa and Imbler claimed the girls and boys third-place trophies and berths in this week’s Class 1A state playoffs Saturday at the District 7-1A basketball tournaments at Baker High School.

Wallowa’s Ayesha Wortman scored a basket with 39.5 seconds left, then added two free throws with 3.6 seconds remaining to lift the Cougars past Cove 31-28 in the girls game.

Tuesday is Purple and Gold time

All Baker hoop fans asked to wear purple and gold for La Grande games

All Baker High School boys and girls basketball fans are being asked to show their support of the Bulldogs by wearing purple and gold Tuesday when Baker hosts La Grande.

The Greater Oregon League championships will be on the line during both varsity games at BHS.

Powder Valley and Joseph district champs

Powder Valley boys run past Wallowa for crown

Powder Valley center Jordan Pratt, in white, went up for a rebound surrounded by Wallowa’s Tyler Harshfield, GT McKenzie and Ronald Gladden. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Powder Valley and Wallowa split two games during the Old Oregon League boys basketball regular season. That left Saturday’s District 7 championship game up for grabs at Baker High School.

Powder Valley, the regular-season Old Oregon champion, used a 6-point spurt midway through the third quarter to pull ahead and went on to a 49-39 victory over the Cougars.

Top-ranked Joseph wins rubber game with Imbler

Joseph’s Nicke Parks drove for a basket over the defense of Imbler’s Madeline Nilsson Saturday. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
It was meant to be. The two top-ranked Class 1A girls basketball teams in Oregon playing for the District 7 championship.

Each team had won one game against the other during the Old Oregon League season. So Saturday’s title matchup was the rubber game for Joseph and Imbler.

In the end, top-ranked Joseph ran away with a 52-37 win over second-ranked Imbler at Baker High School.

Wallowa and Cove win to advance to 7A semifinals

Pine-Eagle and Powder Valley girls eliminated

Wallowa and Cove advanced to the semifinals of the District 7-1A girls basketball tournament Thursday at Baker High School.

Wallowa eliminated Pine-Eagle 54-41, and Cove ended Powder Valley’s season, 35-20.

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