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

Tonasket's Kylie Dellinger (second from left) used a big final kick to win the district title in the 1600 meter run.

Tiger track teams send 24 to regionals

TONASKET – Tonasket’s boys and girls track teams combined to send 24 athletes to next week’s District 6/7 regional meet, giving coach Bob Thornton high hopes at putting together a solid contingent for the state finals.

The Tiger boys finished second to Cashmere in the team scoring, while the girls finished fourth.

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Freestyle wrestlers compete at state meet

CENTRALIA – Four Tonasket freestyle wrestlers hit the road again Saturday, May 12, competing in Centralia at the state freestyle finals.

Two earned top-eight finishes.

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Okanogan holds off Tonasket baseball squad

OKANOGAN – Tonasket’s baseball team had what looked like a chance to scrape out a Caribou Trail League victory in their final weekend doubleheader of the season.

Resurgent Okanogan would have none of it, though the Tigers gave them their best shot in the first game of their Saturday, May 5, twin bill.

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Brent Baker / staff photo — Tonasket catcher Mackenzie Wheeler chases down an Okanogan baserunner during Friday's season-ending doubleheader.

Tiger softball wraps up season

TONASKET – Tonasket’s softball team didn’t get its long-awaited league win. But first-year coach Emily Rimestad said after Friday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of playoff-bound Okanogan that she felt that the team was on the right course despite a rough final week.

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Bridgeport, Brewster down Oroville soccer

Playing shorthanded for most of the season, the Oroville soccer team saw its campaign come to a close last week with a 16-3 loss to Bridgeport and a 19-0 defeat at Brewster.

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Brent Baker / staff photo — Matilde Pacheca celebrates with Jesus Alvarez (11) after Pacheca scored the equalizing goal late in the first half of Thursday's upset victory over Okanogan.

Tiger soccer squad upsets Okanogan

TONASKET – If the season had to end without a trip to the playoffs, this was the way to do it.

Tonasket’s soccer team was already looking to next year after surprising Okanogan on Thursday, May 3, 2-1. The Bullodgs went on to win their district playoff opener on Saturday and now play two seeding games on the way to playing in the state tournament.

“This was a great way to finish,” said Tonasket coach Jack Goyette. “We’ve been working hard all season, but we were a little down after a tough week. We’d taken some beatings, so it was nice to end this way.

Okanogan scored first, midway through the first half, but the Tigers got the equalizer just before half on a Matilde Pacheca shot from outside the box.

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Tigers 2nd in CTL; Hornets gear up for post-season

CASHMERE – Cashmere simply overwhelmed the field with sheer numbers at the Caribou Trail League championships on Friday, May 4.

But what Tonasket couldn’t match in quantity, it claimed in quality as the Tigers brought home five individual league titles on the boys side, to Cashmere’s six.

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Kelly Cariker

New job, new face at North Valley

TONASKET – The digital age has a much different set of demands than did the age of paper and photographic negatives. With those ever-increasing requirements come job responsibilities that were undreamed of just a decade ago.

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Jeremy Clark, new Tonasket Elementary principal.

Jeremy Clark coming on board as TES principal

TONASKET – Jeremy Clark says his interview process with the Tonasket School District was as much about him getting a feel for the staff, administration and community as it was about his being interviewed.

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Linda Black, volunteer coordinator for the Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center (TVBRC) gives a season-opening pep talk to her team of nearly 30 volunteers on Wednesday, April 25. Black also arranged for presentations by three area business owne

Tourism conference upcoming this month

TONASKET – The Okanogan Tourism Council will be hosting a tourism and training workshop in Pateros on May 17 that will focus on helping local businesses to build on their strengths.

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