About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

Stories by Brent Baker

Day 2 State Wrestling Wrapup: Booker comes painfully close to state title

    TACOMA –  The most painful place of all to finish at the state tournament is second, no matter how deserved the accolades for doing so might be. Tonasket’s Austin Booker was close enough to a state championship to taste it, leading 4-3 heading into the third and final period of his state title [...]

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Friday, Feb. 15 District Basketball Scores

1A District 6/7 at Omak & Okanogan Girls Okanogan 69, Riverside 22 (loser out) Cashmere 48, Lakeside 44 (loser out) Cashmere vs. Okanogan on Saturday for third place / loser out Brewster vs. Chelan on Saturday for district championship District bracket Boys Cashmere 67, Chelan 51 (loser out) Chewelah 53, Lakeside 50 (loser out) Cashmere [...]

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State wrestling Day 1 summary | updated

Note: updated information for second session, added photos to gallery below. TACOMA – Here’s the run-down of how local wrestlers have fared on the first day of state tournament action. Tonasket had four of its five wrestlers survive the first day of the tournament, with two – Jeff Stedtfeld and Austin Booker – advancing to the [...]

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LR holds off Oroville comeback to end Hornet’s season

WENATCHEE – Oroville’s inability to get off to a strong start cost the Hornets in a number of games this season. In Thursday, Feb. 14′s loser-out, winner-to-regionals game against Lake Roosevelt, it proved fatal to their season as the Raiders held on for a 40-36 victory that knocked Oroville from post-season play. It was the [...]

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Thursday, Feb. 14 Basketball District Tournament Scores

2B District 5/6 Tournament Girls Lake Roosevelt 40, Oroville 36 (winner to state regional, loser out) White Swan 46, Riverside Christian 41 (district championship; both to state regional) Girls tourney bracket Boys Bridgeport 50, Manson 41 (OT) (winner to state regional, loser out) - Note: Bridgeport, now 13-10,  came into this season having lost 39 of [...]

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Tonasket fills City Council slot

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council had a full agenda for its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting, but before launching into most of it filled a seat that had been empty since Selena Hines resigned in December. Lee Hale was appointed to the vacant seat. The council had received applications from Hale and Sue Edick. After [...]

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Oroville drops bi-district tourney opener

WENATCHEE – Oroville’s girls basketball took a 2-0 lead over White Swan in Tuesday’s 2B Bi-District 5/6 semifinal, but it went downhill from there for the Hornets as the Cougars rolled off 21 straight points on the way to a 68-31 victory. Oroville trailed 34-11 at the half and could never get back in the [...]

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Tuesday, Feb. 12, Basketball District Tourney Scores

2B District 5/6 Tournament at Wenatchee Girls Basketball White Swan 68, Oroville 31 Riverside Christian 69, Lake Roosevelt 49 Hornets play Lake Roosevelt in a winner-to-regionals, loser-out contest Thursday, Feb. 14, 4:00 pm at Wenatchee HS Tournament Bracket Boys Basketball Liberty Bell 41, Manson 38 Riverside Christian 54, Bridgeport 35 Tournament Bracket

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Hornets’ Smith heads to state

Robinson joins him as alternate REARDAN – The Eastern Regional tends to be the tougher of the two regionals in 1B/2B wrestling, and while it will take next weekend’s state tournament at the Tacoma Dome to bear that out for certain, it certainly doesn’t look like this year will be an exception to that rule. [...]

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Tigers send five wrestlers, three alternates to state finals

CHELAN – Eight Tonasket wrestlers, including five automatic qualifiers, survived Saturday’s District 6/7 Regional Tournament at Chelan to earn spots at this weekend’s state 1A finals at Mat Classic XXV at the Tacoma Dome. The Tigers and their Caribou Trail League brethren flexed their muscle as the league dominated its head-to-head matchup with the Northeast [...]

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