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Baker spikers fall at La Grande

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 matches.

Baker girls soccer record remains unblemished

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 girls win their own cross country meet

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 boys field.

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 scoring.

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.

Bulldogs confident going into GOL showdown

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 rights.
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 play hard.”
“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.

Baker volleyball squad runs league mark to 5-1 with win over Mac-Hi

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.”

Bulldog harriers run well at annual Richland Invitational CC meet

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 ran great.”

Baker clinches state playoff berth with 7-1 win over Vikings

Ashley Vela and her Baker teammates remained undefeated Saturday with a 7-1 victory at Umatilla. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)
Baker’s magic number is down to one.

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 by her.

Defrees’ domination leads Baker

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 range Thursday.

Baker tames Tigers in four games

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.

Baker improves to 3-1 in GOL

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 situations.”

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