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

Jasmine Grangroth, Cierra Williams and Co-Valedictorian Michelle Timmerman sing the National Anthem to open Saturday's graduation.

Tonasket celebrates Class of 2012

TONASKET – Tonasket High School’s Class of 2012 topped off its senior year with graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 9, fittingly displaying its flair for the artistic throughout the commencement ceremony.

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Cheyne Olney gets up close and personal with  his Round 2 partner on Saturday night. Olney  ended up as the Founder's Day Rodeo top  money-earner for the weekend. Brent Baker / staff photo

Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo

TONASKET – Colby Reily of Stratford, WA, claimed the 8th Annual Jeremy Ives Memorial Bullriding title at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on June 1-2, as the only bullrider to score in the short go to conclude the competition.

Of the eight finalists, seven were thrown from their bulls before completing their ride. Reily’s 84 enabled him to jump to the forefront and claim the Jeremy Ives Memorial Beltbuckle and jacket, edging out Cheyne Olney of Toppenish.

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Architect addresses NVH board

TONASKET – NAC Archtecture was awarded the bid for design of the next phase of North Valley Hospital’s basement construction project. Lead architect Michael O’Malley was on hand for the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, May 31 meeting to give a brief talk on the next phase of the project.

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Spring All-League Teams and Final Standings

Note: honorable mentions list only Tonasket and Oroville entries. BASEBALL All-Caribou Trail League Player of the Year: Kyle Weiler, Cashmere Coach of the Year: Jeff Carlson, Cashmere Sportsmanship: Tonasket 1st Team Kyle Weiler, Cashmere, sr. Colton Loomis, Cashmere, sr. Alex Chipman, Cashmere, sr. Cooper Elliott, Cashmere, sr. Mitchell Darlington, Cashmere, sr. Jake Dilly, Cashmere, sr. [...]

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Garden, expeditionary pilot a ‘go’ for Tonasket

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved the beginnings of a school garden and a pilot program to explore expeditionary learning at its Tuesday, May 29 board meeting.

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The kids' chicken "race" is one of the most popular events at the Founders Day Rodeo

Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Results

TONASKET – Colby Reily of Stratford, WA, claimed the 8th Annual Jeremy Ives Memorial Bullriding title at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on June 1-2, as the only bullrider to score in the short go to conclude the competition.

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State Finals Round-up

Summary of how Caribou Trail League and Central Washington League North Division teams and athletes fared in state tournament competition over Memorial Day weekend.

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Submitted photo — Tonasket's Dyllan Gage raced to a third place finish in age classes at the Desert 100 near Odessa in April.

Gage gears up for heart of motocross season

TONASKET – Tonasket motocross racer Dyllan Gage turned in a top performance in the 50-mile race at the 2012 Desert 100 near Odessa in April, finishing third overall in all age classes out of 177 that finished and about 230 that started.

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Connor Hughes was the only one of the Hornets' three golfers to survive the first day cut at last week's 1B/2B state championships in Lakewood.

Hughes makes state golf cut

LAKEWOOD – Three Oroville golfers competed at the state 1B/2B boys golf tournament at Oakbrok Golf and Country Club in Lakewood, with Connor Hughes surviving the Day 1 cut to play the second day.

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Brent Baker / staff photo — Oroville's Callie Barker made several clutch jumps to finish second in pole vault at the state 2B finals on Friday.

Hornets bring home four track medals

CHENEY – Oroville’s track and field teams brought home a quartet of medals, including two state runner-up finishes, to highlight the Hornets’ state 2B finals meet experience Friday and Saturday, May 25-26.

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