WEEKEND ROUNDUP Dec. 16 to Dec. 18
Baker boys win consolation bracket
Baker's boys basketball team bounced back from an opening-night loss to pick up two wins and the consolation championship at the Seaside Tournament of Champions Saturday.
Baker edged Knappa 66-64 in overtime in the consolation semifinals Friday. Then, Saturday, the Bulldogs rolled past Warrenton 72-49 for the consolation title.
"We played a lot of guys and stayed out of foul trouble," said Baker coach Craig Woods of Saturday's game.
"We got some easy transition baskets and played a pretty good all-around game."
Woods said the key to the game was that Baker kept its composure, and Warrenton didn't. Warrenton had two players foul out and another ejected in the fourth quarter.
Joe Speelman led Baker with 15 points. Travis Mastrude added 14.
Baker girls take third at Seaside
Tough defense and solid free throw shooting helped Baker defeat Astoria 48-35 and gain third place at the Seaside Tournament of Champions girls basketball tournament Saturday afternoon.
Baker was playing for third place after dropping a 59-51 contest to Seaside in Friday's semifinals.
"We started off slow, but our defense kept it close," said Baker coach Tim Smith of Saturday's game with Astoria.
"Then, in the second half, we made some defensive adjustments and stopped their transition game."
Baker was 22-of-27 from the free throw line, almost half of the Bulldogs' points.
"We struggled offensively, but stayed in the game at the line. And, defensively we really can't play any better," Smith said.
One sour note to the win was the loss of starting point guard Katy Sullivan to a severely sprained ankle early in the game.
"It looked bad right after she sprained it," Smith said. "She's probably out for a while."
In Sullivan's absence, Tana Jayo and Julia Vaughan shared the point duties. Vaughan, a freshman, tied Katie White for team scoring honors with 13 points. Jayo added seven points.
"Tana and Julia both came in and played well. They had a great game," Smith said. "I thought our point guards handled the pressure well."
Pine-Eagle wrestlers win in Idaho
CALDWELL, Idaho Pine-Eagle earned two individual championships and placed eighth in the team standings Saturday at the Caldwell Invitational wrestling tournament.
Jake Kennedy (135) and Janssen Hills (160) were the Spartans' individual titlists. Hills won all four of his matches, and Kennedy all three of his.
"Jake is looking good and Janssen wrestled really well too," said Pine-Eagle coach Blake Dennis.
Brad Lindsay placed third at 145 with a 4-1 record. Stuart Quimby was fourth at 130 with an 0-2 mark.
Non-placing Spartans were Brady Lindsay (3-2) at 152, Lee Mercado (119), Tony Osborn (140) and Matt Tarter (145), all 1-2; and Jake Kuwahara (125), Tysen Haney (135) and Justin Bridges (160), all 0-2.
Pine-Eagle finished with 81.5 team points. Caldwell won the team crown with 282 points.
Pine-Eagle is now idle until the Union tournament Dec. 27.
Team standings Caldwell 282, Nyssa 235, Skyview 194.5, Ontario 140, Emmett 130, Fruitland 113.5, Boise 111.5, Pine-Eagle 81.5, Glenns Ferry 43, Cambridge/Midvale 37.
Swimmers do well at La Grande
LA GRANDE Baker's high school swim team closed out 2005 with a solid performance at the La Grande Invitational Saturday.
"The meet was great," said Baker coach Katrina Wise. "We had several swimmers trying new events."
The top varsity girls placer was Gretchen Daugherty, third in the 100 freestyle (1:03.62).
The top varsity boys finish also was third place, by the Bulldogs' 200 medley relay team of Brett Nielsen, Jackson Clarke, Sam Alanko and John Clark (2:21.11).
Baker had two junior varsity swimmers take first in their event. Cody Hensley won the boys 50 backstroke (44.56), and Ally Munn the girls 50 butterfly (41.59).
Baker is now idle until hosting the Baker Invitational Jan. 7 at Sam-O Swim Center.
La Grande Invitational
200 medley relay 4. Baker (Young, Joseph, Daugherty, Richards), 2:24.36. 6. Baker (Rowen, Hoopes, Munn, Lenz), 2:46.62. 200 freestyle 7. Servid, 2:44.68. 200 individual medley 6. Daugherty, 2:50.78. 8. Young, 3:00.46. 50 freestyle 9. Richards, 31.06. 11. Lenz, 33.78. 12. S. Countryman, 33.95; Rowen 36.03. 100 freestyle 3. Daugherty, 1:03.62. 6. Joseph, 1:04.25. 9. Richards, 1:08.25; K. Countryman, 1:15.89; Lenz, 1:21.00. 500 freestyle 9. Servid, 7:18.12. 200 freestyle relay 4. Baker (Daugherty, Richards, Munn, Joseph), 2:05.40. 7. Baker (Lenz, Young, Rowen, S. Countryman), 2:18.15. 100 backstroke 4. Young, 1:21.84. 7. K. Countryman, 1:44.87. 8. Rowen, 1:47.99. 100 breaststroke 3. Joseph, 1:17.51. 9. Hoopes, 1:37.21. 10. Munn, 1:41.71. 400 freestyle relay 6. Baker (Servid, S. Countryman, K. Countryman, Hoopes), 5:08.25. JV 50 butterfly 1. Munn, 41.59. 3. S. Countryman, 43.17. JV 50 freestyle 3. Norris, 34.40. JV 50 backstroke 4. Norris, 48.15.
200 medley relay 3. Baker (Nielsen, Clarke, Alanko, Clark), 2:21.11. 5. Baker (Hensley, Mayer, Ermovick, Henderson), 2:39.80. 50 freestyle 7. Ermovick, 28.84. 8. Alanko, 28.90. 9. Nielsen, 29.00; Clark, 30.34; Chance, 31.12. 100 freestyle 10. Alanko, 1:08.12. 11. Stalder, 1:08.65. 12. Clarke, 1:11.88; Henderson, 1:20.62; Chance, 1:30.03. 200 freestyle relay 4. Baker (Alanko, Nielsen, Clark, Ermovick), 1:59.09. 7. Baker (Stalder, Henderson, Chance, Hensley), 2:13.78. 100 backstroke 5. Henderson, 1:41.78. 6. Mayer, 2:05.59. 100 breaststroke 8. Nielsen, 1:22.06. 10. Clarke, 1:24.90. 12. Mayer, 1:42.18; Stalder, 1:30.93; Clark 1:36.46. 400 freestyle relay 5. Baker (Clarke, Mayer, Chance, Stalder), 5:24.25. JV 50 freestyle 7. Hensley, 35.56. JV 50 backstroke 1. Hensley, 44.56.
Pine-Eagle girls split openers
By GERRY STEELE
Of the Baker City Herald
Pine-Eagle split its Old Oregon League girls basketball opening weekend with Imbler and Wallowa last weekend.
The Spartans lost 49-40 to Imbler Friday at Halfway before traveling to Wallowa for a 38-26 win on Saturday.
"We never did play very well against Imbler," said Pine-Eagle coach Roger Gulick. "Imbler shot well. But, my kids just didn't play as a team. We just never did get it going."
Britney Gulick led Pine-Eagle with 11 points. Sarah Sciarrino added 10.
At halftime of the boys game Friday, Coach Gulick had a little chat with his players.
"Let's call it a good old motivational speech," he said.
The talk appeared to work Saturday, as the Spartans looked like Pine-Eagle teams of old against Wallowa.
"I was very pleased. The kids really got after it," Gulick said.
Britney Gulick again led the Spartans with 16 points despite playing with a 100-degree temperature.
Pine-Eagle is now idle until Dec. 27-29 when the Spartans play in the Baker JV Invitational at Baker High School.
Imbler 12 13 13 11 49
Pine-Eagle 8 9 8 15 40
Imbler (49) M. Griffin 7, Westover 9, Briggs, Bowers 3, K. Griffin 7, Phelps, Bartlett 10, Eckstein 13.
Pine-Eagle (40) Palan, Millhouse, Baxter 3, Thatcher 4, B. Gulick 11, Binford, A. Gulick 4, Shevham 8, Sciarrino 10.
Three-point goals M. Griffin, Bowers, Baxter, B. Gulick. Fouled out Shevham. Total fouls Imbler 17, Pine-Eagle 15. Technicals none.
Pine-Eagle 12 12 7 7 38
Wallowa 2 6 10 8 26
Pine-Eagle (38) Palan, Millhouse, Baxter 7, Thatcher, B. Gulick 16, Binford, A. Gulick 3, Shevham 9, Sciarrino 3.
Wallowa (26) Isley 4, M. Turner 2, Makins, C. Turner 8, Martin 2, Josi, Soares, Haga 4, Frye 4, Moore 2, Barner, Wortman.
Three-point goals Baxter. Fouled out none. Total fouls Pine-Eagle 9, Wallowa 17. Technicals none.
Powder Valley wins two
NORTH POWDER Powder Valley opened its Old Oregon League girls basketball season last weekend by sweeping Cove and Adrian on the road.
The Badgers defeated Cove 51-32 at Cove Friday before visiting Adrian for a 61-32 win Saturday.
Against Cove, Kali Miller and Ashley Dozhier combined for 41 points.
After leading just 23-17 at halftime, Powder outscored the Leopards 28-15 in the second half.
At Adrian, Miller led all scorers with 29 points.
Powder Valley jumped to a 23-8 lead after one quarter and never looked back.
The Badgers host Crane in a 4 p.m. contest Wednesday at PVHS.
Powder then visits Cambridge, Idaho, Friday before taking part in the Baker JV Invitational Dec. 27-29 at Baker High School.