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

Arrigoni’s growing passion for running paves way to EWU

EVERETT – NCAA Division I scholarships are hard to come by, so whenever someone from a small town like Oroville earns one, it’s something special. Catie Arrigoni, who always thought of herself as a basketball player until she was introduced to cross country during her senior year of high school, recently accepted a full scholarship [...]

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Mat mettle: Four Tigers reach medal stand, team takes 10th

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 match against [...]

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Wrestling recap | Photo galleries from Mat Classic XXV

Think wrestling is big in North Central Washington? 38 medalists from 1A and B schools in the area would say so. See photos of them all from Mat Classic XXV.

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Saturday, Feb. 16 District Basketball Scores

District 6/7 Tournament at Omak Girls Okanogan 56, Cashmere 46 (winner #3 to state regional, loser out) Brewster 67, Chelan 45 (winner #1 to state regional; loser #2 to state regional) District bracket Regional bracket Boys Cashmere 74, Chewelah 47 (winner #3 to state regional, loser out) Okanogan 57, Brewster 44 (winner #1 to state [...]

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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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