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

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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‘Pretty Committee’ hosting TVBRC meeting

TONASKET – The Tonasket Beautification Committee, a group of Tonasket residents that have been brainstorming ideas for improving the appearance of the downtown area, will be hosting a meeting Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m, at the Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center (TVBRC) to discuss plans and proposals with downtown business owners.

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Luke Kindred finished third in the javelin for the Oroville boys.

Hornet girls win third straight track sub-district

OROVILLE – Oroville’s track and field teams are peaking at just the right time.

The Hornets, competing against schools their own size after spending much of the regular season going against larger schools at big invitationals, showed they were ready for the post-season Thursday, May 10, with the girls team winning the Central Washington League North Sub-district meet by more than 50 points. The boys were edged by Liberty Bell in a two-way race for the team title.

“The boys and girls really stepped up with 12 PRs,” said Oroville coach Harold Jensen. “We got 19 of our 23 athletes through to the district meet.”

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Playoff round-up

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON – Baseball, fastpitch softball and boys soccer playoffs are underway, and while neither Tonasket nor Oroville are involved, the Tigers’ soccer squad can at least take some satisfaction in knowing they made their mark against a couple of state tournament-bound squads.

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