What a winter it was for Baker High School students.
State records were broken.
Trophies were claimed.
Wherever they competed, Bulldogs made their mark.
The run of success concluded on Saturday night at Forest Grove High School, where the Baker girls basketball team won their first-ever Class 4A state championship, beating Marist 51-48.
The win culminated a historic season for the Bulldogs, who finished with a 25-1 record. Their only loss, curiously enough, was to Burns, which competes at the lower, Class 3A level.
Back in February, Brianna Stadler, a BHS freshman swimmer, broke the state record in the girls 100 backstroke at the state meet in Beaverton.
The Baker girls and boys swim teams both finished 10th at the meet.
A week later the BHS wrestling team was the first in school history to earn a trophy at the state tournament, finishing fourth.
Baker High students excelled in areas other than athletics, as well.
In the district solo and ensemble music competition, Hannah Johnson and Jordan Remien won their vocal events to advance to the state finals April 27 at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Grace Taylor and Morgan Delaney Stone were first alternates and might also compete at the state event.
Stone also was awarded for her talent as an artist, as she was named the outstanding young artist at BHS by Tom Dimond, an art professor emeritus at Eastern Oregon University.
Two other Baker students, Koedi Birmingham and Sophie Daffer, were also honored for their artwork.
And there’s reason to be optimistic that Baker students will continue to represent their community well in winters (and other seasons) to come.
Stadler, as mentioned, is a freshman, and many of the athletes on other teams are either juniors or underclassmen.
And looking even a few more years ahead, a Baker basketball team of sixth- and seventh-graders won the state championship last weekend, and several Baker Middle School wrestlers also competed at state.
— Jayson Jacoby, Baker City Herald editor