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

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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Verhasselt competes at state tennis

YAKIMA – Tonasket’s Anthony Verhasselt competed Friday, May 25, at the state 1B/2B/1A tennis championships in Yakima, but bowed out after losing his two matches.

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Non-stop activity this Founders Day

TONASKET – Tonasket’s 77th annual Founders Day weekend will feature non-stop, end-to-end activity for those who wish to partake in the full plethora of festivities beginning Thursday, May 31, and highlighted by a full day Saturday that includes the annual parade, rodeo and more.

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Brent Baker / staff photo — Tonasket's Damon Halvorsen broke the 10 minute barrier for the second straight meet and nearly matched his PR in finishing ninth in the 3200 at the 1A state finals on Saturday, May 26.

Halvorsen, relay just short of 1A track hardware

CHENEY – Tonasket’s state 1A finals representatives ran the races they wanted to last weekend.

It wasn’t enough for Damon Halvorsen or the boys 4×100 relay team to bring home a medal, but both came close.

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Patti and George Hill were selected as Founders Day Parade Grand Marshals at the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet in January. Brent Baker/Staff Photo

George and Patti Hill are Founders Day Grand Marshals

TONASKET – When Patti and George Hill heard their names called out by Mayor Patrick Plumb at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in January as the 2012 Grand Marshals of the Tonasket Founders Day parade, Patti thought the mayor was trying to pull a fast one.

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