Boys, girls off their A-game at state meet
After winning an emotional battle with La Grande for the Greater Oregon League district girls cross country championship a week ago, Saturday's Baker performance at the state meet provided to be a mystery.
The Bulldogs, who had earned trophies in their last four trips to Eugene, ended up 10th Saturday at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 3A meet at Lane Community College.
andquot;I'm not really sure what happened,andquot; said Baker coach Suzy Cole from The Dalles on the way home Saturday evening. andquot;The girls competed well, but didn't run so well.
andquot;Definitely, mentally and physically we were ready to run. But, for some reason we just didn't have it. It just wasn't our day.andquot;
As she did at district, Katelyn Anderson led the Bulldogs Saturday. Anderson placed 15th individually with a time of 20:31.
Alexa Servid was Baker's second-place runner, placing 42nd in a time of 21:39. Freshman Trina Bruno finished 61st (22:12), Kirsten Brookshire 66th (22:18), Sara Jury 79th (22:34), Megan Brookshire 84th (22:38) and Linea Bruno 85th (22:38).
andquot;We didn't run any personal bests, but ran right at where we were,andquot; Cole said. andquot;Unfortunately, at state that's not always good enough.
andquot;We still had a very successful season,andquot; Cole said. andquot;We're disappointed in our finish, but not in our season overall. We probably ran our best race at district.andquot;
Baker boys gain experience
Baker's young boys squad finished 16th in their first visit to state in several years.
Cole said the Bulldogs were without Zack Baxter again due to a leg injury, and Richie Maynard ran with a twisted ankle.
andquot;We knew that this was an experience-gaining year,andquot; Cole said. andquot;The boys ran well, and got some good experience. They want to be back again next year. Our younger kids now know what it's about.andquot;
Jon Henry was Baker's top runner, placing 100th in a time of 19:16. Sam Baxter was 110th (19:32), Tony Randall 115th (19:37), Peter Vergari 118th (19:49), Nick Magill 125th (20:23), Maynard (21:28), and Mark Owen 134th (22:09).
Baker beats Burns to stand alone atop GOL
Baker appeared to be in slow motion much of the evening Friday in the Bulldogs' Greater Oregon League football regular-season finale at Burns. The sluggish Bulldogs had to rebound in the second half to hand Burns a 42-17 defeat.
Fourth-ranked Baker (5-0 in the GOL and 8-1 overall) led just 13-10 at halftime. The Bulldogs then got their running game going in the second half and rolled to the win.
andquot;We had some mistakes from lack of discipline,andquot; said Baker coach Dave Johnson.
He added that those mistakes were compounded by some questionable calls, or lack of calls by the officials. On several occasions the Baker coaches thought Burns had used cut blocks blocks at the Baker players' knees that weren't called.
Pine-Eagle drubs Adrian
Pine-Eagle tuned up for the Class 1A state football playoffs Friday at Adrian by drubbing the Antelopes 70-32 in the Old Oregon League finale for both teams.
The Spartans (6-3 overall), who had already clinched a state berth, scored 46 points in the second quarter to build a 62-12 halftime lead. The teams played under a running clock the final two minutes of the first half and the entire second half under the league's 45-point mercy rule.
Powder hits .500 for season
Powder Valley reached the .500 mark in Old Oregon League football play Friday after handing Imbler a 28-6 defeat in the season finale for both teams.
The Badgers, who started the season 0-4, finished 3-6 overall and 3-3 in league play.
andquot;It's a good way to finish,andquot; said Powder coach Skye Flanagan. andquot;This definitely was a growing year. Now these kids realize what they need to do to build on this for next year.andquot;
Pine-Eagle, Powder extend volleyball seasons
Pine-Eagle and Powder Valley will each extend their volleyball season one more week after placing second and third, respectively, at the District 4-1A tournament Saturday at John Day.
The placings assured both teams of advancing to next weekend's Class 1A state tournament Friday and Saturday at Springfield High School.
Pine-Eagle placed second at district, losing 25-20, 23-25, 15-13 to Cove in the district championship match. The Spartans reached the title match by defeating Harper 25-6, 25-19, and Powder Valley 25-17, 25-20.
Powder Valley opened district play with a 25-10, 25-15 win over Prairie City. Then, after losing to Pine-Eagle, the Badgers topped Jordan Valley 26-24, 25-12 to advance to the third-place match. There, Powder defeated Spray 25-11, 25-21.
Powder coach Riki Abrego was particularly pleased with the way the Badgers rebounded after the Pine-Eagle loss.
andquot;It's really hard to come back after you lose a game,andquot; she said. andquot;Then, after we beat them we thought this is it.andquot;
Abrego said the Badgers played one of their better matches of the season against Spray.
andquot;It was awesome,andquot; she said.
Powder Valley had two players named to the all-tournament team. Kali Miller was named to the first team, and Hailee Bingham to the second team.
Pine-Eagle had three players on the team. Abby Morrison was named to the first team. Lila Forte and Nikki Simpson were selected to the second team.
Pine-Eagle will begin pool play at the state tournament Friday at 4 p.m. The Spartans also will play at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.
Powder Valley opens pool play Friday at 8 a.m. The Badgers also play at 10 a.m. and noon Friday.
The top two teams from each of the four pools then advance to bracket play Saturday. The tournament title match is set for 8:30 p.m.