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SPORTS IN BRIEF
BAKER BEATS LAGRANDE
What the Class 3A seventh-ranked Bulldogs did Friday at Community Stadium was shut down La Grande in the second half, and pretty much for the game. Baker limited the Tigers to just 12 second-half yards, all on the ground, and just 62 yards total offense in the game.
"These kids take a lot of pride in how they play defense," said Baker head coach Dave Johnson.
The Bulldogs have allowed just 33 points in their first five games, while running their season record to 4-1, and GOL mark to 1-0.
After a lethargic first half, the Bulldogs' offense also woke up, amassing 274 of their 364 yards and four touchdowns.
BOYS WIN XC RACE
LA GRANDE Baker won the boys meet and placed second in the girls meet Friday at the La Grande Invitational cross-country meet at Eastern Oregon University.
Baker won the boys meet 33-39 over Wallowa. La Grande nipped the Baker girls 26-34.
"I was quite pleased with the boys race," said Baker coach Suzy Cole.
"Hopefully we're starting to realize our potential. I thought we competed very well."
Zack Baxter was the top Baker finisher, taking second in a time of 19:19.
The Baker girls were led by Katelyn Anderson, who placed fourth in a 22:13 clocking.
"We finished about where we expected," Cole said. "But, we still need to break up the La Grande runners better if we want to move up."
BAKER MAKES SEMIS AT VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY
LA GRANDE Baker had a solid day at the La Grande Invitational volleyball tournament Saturday at La Grande High School. The Bulldogs finished second in pool play, then advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated.
In the semifinals, the Bulldogs lost 25-22, 25-22 to Burns. Burns and Ontario played for the title.
"Our biggest downfall was unforced errors," said Baker coach Marcy Hayes. "We had too many missed hits, missed serves."
Hayes said the Bulldogs missed five serves against the Hilanders.
"The girls were getting kind of tired I think," Hayes said.
THE LATE CLAUDIE HINES TO BE INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME
Claude Hines will be inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Thursday in Portland.
Hines and the six other successful nominees will be inducted at a ceremony at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland. The induction ceremony, by invitation only, also will be shown at a later time on television.
After induction, Hines's name, accomplishments and honors will be chronicled beside those of almost 300 other athletes, teams and coaches at the Hall of Fame, located in Portland.
POWDER GETS A WIN
NORTH POWDER Quarterback Justus Gray threw for five touchdowns and ran for another as Powder Valley defeated Adrian 38-14 Friday afternoon in an Old Oregon League football game. It was Powder Valley's first win of the season.
Gray completed two scoring tosses to Jake Weems, and one each to Arden Perkins, Justin Forman and Jacob Brown. He also ran for a 10-yard touchdown.
The Badgers used two big Adrian penalties, and a 24-yard completion from Gray to Brown to set up Gray's rushing touchdown early in the first quarter.
Gray then rolled left on Powder's next possession and found Perkins in the end zone. Perkins went up over the Adrian defender to pull the ball in.
Gray then found Forman in the back of the end zone with 25 seconds left in the first half to give Powder a 20-0 halftime edge.
Defensively, Gray intercepted an Adrian pass on the second play of the third quarter to set up his third scoring aerial. Four plays later he found Brown from 2 yards out.
Powder's defense again set up the Badgers' next score, recovering an Adrian fumble at the Antelope 35. A half-dozen plays later Gray connected with Weems who made a diving catch in the front of the end zone.
That pair hooked up again in the fourth quarter. This time, as Gray scrambled, Weems came back toward the ball and made a sliding catch in the end zone.
Powder Valley hosts Wallowa Friday at 1:30 p.m.
PINE-EAGLE BEATS IMBLER
IMBLER Brad Casch ran for four touchdowns, and Jeff Chamberlin two Friday as Pine-Eagle buried Imbler 60-14 in an Old Oregon League football game.
Casch, who ran for 137 yards on the day, also threw two touchdown passes. Chamberlin added 167 yards on the ground.
Both had a scoring run in a 22-0 Pine-Eagle first quarter. Casch also connected with Cody Millhouse in the quarter.
Casch's TD aerial to Dusty Traw was the Spartans' only second-quarter score, leaving Pine-Eagle ahead 30-14 at halftime.
Then, in the second half, Casch scored twice in the third period, and Casch and Chamberlin once each in the fourth.
Defensively, Tyler Miller led the Spartans with three solo tackles and 12 assists. Casch added two solos and nine assists, Brad Lindsay three solos and four assists, and Millhouse one solo, six assists and a fumble recovery.
Pine-Eagle will take this Friday off from the league wars when the Spartans host Cambridge, Idaho, in a non-league contest at 2:30 p.m.
"If we can play with Cambridge it will be a good mental lift for our next two league games," said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis.
The Spartans host Cove Oct. 22 and Joseph Oct. 29.