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.
About Brent BakerBrent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and now works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T and owns and operates his own high school sports website OK Valley Sports. (See it online at okvalleysports.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/OK-Valley-Sports/172342412808987?fref=nf). 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).
Stories by Brent Baker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.