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.
About Brent BakerBrent is a freelance sports reporter for the Gazette-Tribune 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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
OMAK – Tonasket had four tennis players survive the opening round of 1A/2B district tournament play at Omak on Saturday, May 12, and coach Dave Buchheim said that most of them are in good position to advance past the second weekend to the state finals.
TONASKET – Tonasket’s boys and girls track teams combined to send 24 athletes to next week’s District 6/7 regional meet, giving coach Bob Thornton high hopes at putting together a solid contingent for the state finals.
The Tiger boys finished second to Cashmere in the team scoring, while the girls finished fourth.
CENTRALIA – Four Tonasket freestyle wrestlers hit the road again Saturday, May 12, competing in Centralia at the state freestyle finals.
Two earned top-eight finishes.
OKANOGAN – Tonasket’s baseball team had what looked like a chance to scrape out a Caribou Trail League victory in their final weekend doubleheader of the season.
Resurgent Okanogan would have none of it, though the Tigers gave them their best shot in the first game of their Saturday, May 5, twin bill.
TONASKET – Tonasket’s softball team didn’t get its long-awaited league win. But first-year coach Emily Rimestad said after Friday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of playoff-bound Okanogan that she felt that the team was on the right course despite a rough final week.