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

Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 State Playoff Scores

State football and volleyball scores for NCW area teams

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Defending champs await Hornets in playoff opener

OROVILLE – Oroville will see a familiar set of uniforms across the line of scrimmage when they line up for the first round of state 2B playoff action on Friday. The Waitsburg-Prescott Cardinals ousted Oroville from the playoffs in 2010 and went on to win the state championship in 2011. Good news for Oroville: standout [...]

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Tigers fall one point short in season-ending loss

TONASKET – One play away. Tonasket’s football team just needed one play — and had several chances to make that one play — to hang on to a narrow lead at Riverside on Friday. A win would have lifted the Tigers to their first .500 season in five years. Instead, that one big play eluded [...]

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Hornets warm up for playoffs with trouncing of Chief Leschi

PUYALLUP – Oroville warmed up for the start of the state 2B playoffs with a 72-0 victory over Chief Leschi of Puyallup on Saturday, Nov. 3. The Hornets held Chief Leschi to minus-2 yards of total offense for the game, including -54 yards on the ground. Oroville led 33-0 after the first quarter and 53-0 [...]

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Speiker wins second state title

PASCO – Distance runners are their own breed, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Sierra Speiker’s first words after winning her second Class 1B/2B state cross country title in three years were self-critical. The Oroville junior, who won her first championship as a freshman and took second last year, pulled away to a [...]

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Saturday, Nov. 3 Results

Saturday’s results, highlighted by a state championship for Sierra Speiker.

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NVH to consider tax credit

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board of Commissioners in an effort to help boost hospital patient volumes, is considering whether to offer patients a discount tied to the patients’ tax assessment to the district.

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Friday, Nov. 2 Football Scores

Caribou Trail League and Central Washington 2B League CTL/NEA non-playoff crossovers Riverside 29, Tonasket 28 Omak 32, Kettle Falls 13 Chelan 42, Newport 13 CTL/NEA state play-in crossovers Cashmere (#1 CTL) 66, Lakeside (#4 NEA) 9 Cascade (#2 CTL) 44, Medical Lake (#3 NEA) 14 Quincy (#3 CTL) 16, Freeman (#2 NEA) 7 Chewelah (#1 NEA) [...]

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AMOs and AYPs and Tigers, oh my!

A presentation by Tonasket School District administrators explaining the latest method of evaluating school proficiency turned into a lengthy discussion about the district’s scores and the constantly shifting landscape that districts have to cope with in evaluating their effectiveness.

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Tax hike discussed at Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Faced with rising costs and revenues that are flat at best, the Tonasket City Council is considering whether to raise the ad valorem property tax for the first time in three years. The issue was discussed during the Budget Workshop Hearing at the Tuesday, Oct. 23, city council meeting. No decision was made [...]

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