LA GRANDE — La Grande all but ended Baker’s hopes of a Greater Oregon
League volleyball championship Thursday after handing the Bulldogs a
25-20, 27-25, 25-18 loss at La Grande.
The win gives La Grande a 6-1 GOL record, and drops Baker to 5-2. La
Grande defeated Baker two of three league matches and holds the
tie-breaker. For Baker to win the GOL crown, the Bulldogs will have to
win their final two matches and hope La Grande loses their final two.
Both teams play Ontario and Mac-Hi in their final regular-season
A 3-0 victory over over Ontario improves the Bulldogs’ Special District 7 mark to 8-0
8-0 and 11-0-1 are very good marks indeed.
Those are the Special District 7 and overall records the Baker High
School girls soccer team now sports following a 3-0 victory over
Ontario Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex.
The victory clinched a second straight Special District title for the girls squad.
“(Team members) are pretty set on finishing undefeated, and they can do
it if they put their minds to it,” coach DeeDee Clarke said. “They were
very excited to win the league title two years in a row.”
Baker has just two more games before beginning the state playoffs. The
Bulldogs travel to La Grande for a 1 p.m. contest against the Tigers
Thursday, then close out their regular season by hosting Riverside
beginning at noon Saturday.
Thursday’s game proved to be the struggle Clarke thought it might be.
Baker’s high-powered offense had 14 shots in the first half, but only
Dallas Defrees’ bank shot off a pass from Ashley Shively found the back
of the net.
Baker boys are third in Thursday’s Baker Cross Country Invitational
The Union High School boys cross country team
showed its prowess at the Baker Cross Country Invitational Thursday,
sweeping the top 5 spots to post a perfect score of 15 in the four-team
The Baker boys finished third, with 83 points. La Grande was second with 46 points, and Burns placed fourth with 91 points.
As the only team to field a full squad of at least five runners, the Baker girls also came in with a perfect score of 15.
Melissa Clarke was the first Baker girl across the finish line. Her time of 21:40 was good enough for first place.
She was followed by teammates Felicia Schneider (23:04, 7th place),
Kori Rayborn (24:43, 9th place), Annika Yates (25:21, 11th place), and
Charlotte Bowers (25:25, 12th place) to round out the Baker girls
The rest of the Baker girls finished like this: Mary Bulger, 13th,
26:52; Ellen Jampolsky, 16th, 28:39; Haley Adams, 17th, 28:40; Anna
Clarke, 18th, 29:13; Emily Miller, 19th, 29:30; Hazel Hanson, 20th,
29:42; and Laura Borgen, 21st, 34:55.
Baker’s had two weeks to prepare for 11th-ranked Ontario
When the 4-2 Baker Bulldogs take to the field for Friday’s
Homecoming game against their fiercest regular-season rival, the 5-1
Ontario Tigers, there will be much more at stake than mere bragging
The winner will probably have a relatively smooth path to the Greater
Oregon League title, with only La Grande and Mac-Hi (combined records:
5-7) standing in their way. Friday’s winner will also no doubt break
into the Class 4A Top-10 rankings. Ontario enters the game ranked 11th;
Baker is 12th.
“It has been a great rivalry over the years,” said Baker coach Dave
Johnson. “They’ve got great team speed, they’re well-coached and they
“But we’ve been doing a lot of things well, too,” Johnson said. “We’ve
run (the football) well, thrown it well and caught it well.”
Johnson makes no secret of the offensive approach he favors for Baker’s biggest game to date.
“Our plan is to go right at them, to slug them in the mouth, then throw
it a little, try to control the tempo and throw the occasional deep
pass,” he said.
Bulldogs get another crack at La Grande Thursday
Fresh off a key victory last week over
Greater Oregon League rival La Grande, Baker High School’s volleyball
team struggled at times before defeating GOL opponent Mac-Hi Monday
night at the Baker gymnasium.
The scores were 25-10, 25-14 and 25-2.
Baker now sports a league-leading 5-1 mark in the GOL as it prepares for a road match against La Grande Thursday.
Coach Marcy Hayes’ squad could be excused for perhaps looking past Mac-Hi a bit Monday.
“We had a hard time getting motivated to play tonight,” Hayes said. “It
was a slower-paced game and the girls had a hard time getting going.”
Hayes said she ran different lineups throughout the evening and overall was pleased with the result.
“Everyone played well tonight,” she said. “We are looking forward to our game on Thursday against La Grande.”
Baker Invitational scheduled Thursday at Quail Ridge
Baker’s cross country teams ran well in their
final road meet before district Saturday at the 40th annual Richland
(Wash.) Invitational at Carmichael Middle School.
The Baker girls finished ninth in the Division II team standings
with 220 points. The Baker boys were 17th with 446 points. Teams were
divided into two divisions based on school size.
“We did great,” said Baker coach Suzy Cole.
Cole said many of the Baker runners use this meet as a final kick before the Baker Invitational, district and state.
“This team has so much energy and support for each other,” she said.
Trevor Freese, Baker’s top boys runner, had an especially strong outing.
“Trevor ran absolutely incredible,” Cole said. “It was by far the best
race of his career. He went out with the front pack the entire race and
Baker’s magic number is down to one.
Ashley Vela and her Baker teammates remained undefeated Saturday with a 7-1 victory at Umatilla. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
One Baker win, or one Ontario loss, will secure Baker’s second straight Special District 7 girls soccer championship.
And, coincidentally, Baker could accomplish that goal Thursday at the
Baker Sports Complex when the Bulldogs host Ontario at 2 p.m.
Baker improved its league record to 7-0 and is 10-0-1 overall after
stopping Umatilla 7-1 Saturday at Umatilla. That win clinched a state
playoff berth for the Bulldogs with three league matches remaining.
Saturday’s match was not as easy as it might have been against the last-place Vikings.
“We came out not real driven,” said Baker coach DeeDee Clarke.
In fact the match was scoreless for the first 20 minutes. Then Dallas
Defrees scored the first of her four goals on the afternoon. On the
play Defrees dribbled the ball toward the keeper. The keeper came out
of the net to attempt to cut Defrees off, and Defrees tapped the ball
Senior Dallas Defrees scores four goals as Baker beats Mac-Hi and keeps its unbeaten record intact
The wind wreaked havoc on Baker’s girls soccer match Thursday, but the real force of nature was Dallas Defrees.
The Baker senior scored four goals, all in the first half, as the
Bulldogs beat Mac-Hi 5-1 on the gust-swept pitch at the Sports Complex.
Baker improved its record to 9-0-1.
“Dallas just did a fabulous job,” Baker Coach DeeDee Clarke said.
The Bulldogs prefer on blustery days to have the wind at their back in the second half rather than the first, Clarke said.
But Mac-Hi won the pregame coin toss Thursday, and the Pioneers chose to play with the wind in the first half.
And that’s no minor matter at the Sports Complex. The field is oriented
north-south, and there are no buildings, trees or other impediments to
blunt the force of the north wind that gusted in the 20- mph to 30-mph
Baker turned back Greater Oregon League rival La Grande in four games Thursday in the BHS gym.
The Bulldogs’ 25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-19 win also avenged their only league loss.
La Grande also beat Baker in the finals of the La Grande tournament in late September.
Baker improved to 4-1 in the GOL.
“It was a very good game tonight,” Baker Coach Marcy Hayes said. “The
girls worked really hard and they played like a team tonight.”
Tara Talbott led Baker with 31-of-38 hitting and 22 digs.
Andrea Wilson was 17-for-17 serving.
Bulldogs play host to rival La Grande Thursday in a key league match
Baker High School’s volleyball team is hitting its midseason stride during the heart of its Greater Oregon League schedule.
The Bulldogs shook off a slow start on the road to defeat Ontario
Tuesday, 22-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-13. Baker is now 3-1 in the GOL going
into a home match Thursday against La Grande.
Last weekend the Bulldogs turned back Mac-Hi in three straight games, 25-13, 25-15, 25-22.
Baker took its time to get things going against Ontario, coach Marcy Hayes said.
“I think it took us a while to get off the bus and play,” she said.
“The whole first game we were down and had to come from behind.”
The Bulldogs tied the score at 22-22 only to have the Tigers close out the first game with three straight points.
After that, “we finally woke up and started playing our game,” Hayes
said. “I was very proud of the girls tonight because they never gave
up. No matter what the score was they played through all the tough