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

Playoffs Round-up

Cashmere baseball, Chelan boys soccer, Okanogan Softball and Cascade softball were the lone Caribou Trail League teams still standing after regional playoff action last weekend, while Pateros and Brewster advanced to the state 2B fastpitch softball tournament.

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Three golfers head to state

CHELAN – Oroville’s boys golf team earned a second place finish at the 1B/2B district tournament on Monday, May 14, on the strength of three golfers that qualified for the state finals.

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Nine Hornets Cheney-bound

EAST WENATCHEE – Nine Oroville track athletes will be heading to the Class 2B state track and field finals this weekend in 11 events.

It was very nearly a lot more than that.

The Hornets had four individuals and one relay that came one place away from qualifying for state in an additional eight events. Fortunately, most actually did qualify in other events.

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Brent Baker / staff photo - Tonasket's Cayla Monroe serves during district tournament on Saturday, May 19.

Tigers’ Verhasselt returns to state

OMAK – Tonasket’s Anthony Verhasselt overcame a semifinal loss to win out through the consolation bracket and earn a return trip to the state 1B/2B/1A state finals next weekend.

Verhasselt, seeded fourth entering the two-weekend district tournament, lost his semifinal match to Manuel Perez of Liberty Bell, but bounced back to defeat Omak’s Greg Sklar in straight sets in loser-out, winner-to-state match.

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Tonasket band earns Lilac Parade Gold Standard

SPOKANE – The Tonasket High School Marching Tiger Band and Flag Corps not only performed at Spokane’s Armed Forces Lilac Parade on Saturday, May 19, they came home having earned the parade’s Gold Standard, awarded to schools that meet a broad range of criteria.

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Brent Baker / staff photo - Damon Halvorsen (second from left), who later would qualify for state in the 3200, celebrates with the 4x100 relay team of Zach Villalva, Smith Condon, John Stedtfeld and Jake Hickman after their own state qualifying run.

Sprint relay, Halvorsen head to state

CASHMERE – It wasn’t a great day for the Caribou Trail League at Friday’s Bi-District 6/7 regional meet.

But don’t tell that to Damon Halvorsen or Tonasket’s 4×100 boys relay team.

Halvorsen was one of just five CTL boys or girls to win a regional title in 35 events, and the sprint relay sped to a runner-up finish behind Riverside to clinch the Tigers two spots at next weekend’s 1A state championships.

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Cravy looks back as he moves on

TONASKET – As Jeff Cravy works his final weeks as the Tonasket Elementary School principal, he finds himself living in two different worlds at the same time.

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Tonasket School board hears garden proposal

TONASKET – A diverse group of community members, including Tonasket School District teachers, approached the Tonasket School Board at its Monday, May 14, board meeting with a proposal to plant and maintain a school garden.

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Founders Day seeking volunteers; Conscious Culture Festival approaches

TONASKET – With Founders Day fast approaching, organizers are still seeking volunteers to help with various aspects of the celebration, particularly the parade through Tonasket on Saturday, June 2.

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Tonasket veteran Michael Stewart meets with "First Mike" Gregoire, husband of Governor Chris Gregoire and a proponent of veterans' affairs, at the Governor's mansion last month.

Local vets honored by ‘First Mike’

TONASKET – It’s not often one’s work gets recognized at the highest levels.

But local veterans Michael Stewart and Dale White found out that sometimes that work does get noticed.

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