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

Photo by Brent Baker — Tears flowed freely for John Stedtfeld and the Tonasket boys basketball team after the dramatic finish to their 49-game Caribou Trail League losing streak on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Half-Baked: Exciting, sure, but what does it mean?

When it comes to high school sports, it’s always about much more than just the final score.

Admittedly, moments like those following Tonasket’s streak-breaking, 56-55 victory over Omak last Thursday that make the value of school sports easier appreciate.

It was a sweet victory for the Tigers, to be sure. And while it’s easy to get excited about a one-point buzzer-beater, the depth of emotion in the post-game celebration spoke to a lot more than just a victory in a game.

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Photo by Brent Baker — The Tigers' Ryker Marchand looks for instruction moments before he pinned his Cashmere opponent on Friday, Feb. 3. Marchand finished third at 126 pounds to qualify for regionals.

Tigers take third at district, send 13 to regionals

At the start of the season, even Tonasket wrestling coach Dave Mitchell wasn’t sure what to expect from his youthful squad. With 13 Tigers advancing to this weekend’s regional meet, including four freshmen and four sophomores, Tonasket’s third place finish Saturday at the 1A District 6 tournament was what Mitchell had hoped for.

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Tonasket, Berghs to move forward with crematory negotiations

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council voted during its Tuesday, Jan. 24, meeting to begin the negotiations with Bergh Funeral Service for the long-term lease of property adjacent to the Tonasket Cemetery for the purpose of building a crematory and columbarium.

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Oroville's Becky Arrigoni shoots for two points against the Manson Trojans at the Hornet's home game in Coulton Auditorium last Thursday.

Oroville girls top Manson twice in three days

MANSON – Oroville’s girls basketball team moved into a virtual tie for third place in the Central Washington League North Division with a pair of victories over Manson last week, including a 45-21 win on the Trojans’ home floor on Saturday, Jan. 28.

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Alex Alverez also won his match with a pin. Alverez, who was honored at Senior Night, is one of the most improved wrestlers on the Hornet team.

Hornets hit Republic for final league mixer

REPUBLIC – Oroville’s wrestlers spent most of Saturday, Jan. 28, jockeying for district tournament seeding at the final league mixer of the year at Republic, with five of the nine Hornets likely securing top-five positions for next weekend’s tournament.

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Cascade rolls past Tonasket boys

LEAVENWORTH – Cascade’s boys basketball team won just about every statistical battle with Tonasket on Saturday, Jan. 28, which went a long way toward explaining the margin of the Kodiaks’ 53-23 victory over the Tigers.

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The Tigers' Caleb Lofthus gets his Chelan opponent on his back at Saturday's dual meet.

Tiger wrestlers gear up for districts

TONASKET – The Tonasket wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with three Caribou Trail League dual meets last week as they geared up for post-season action that begins this Friday, Feb. 3.

The Tigers split a double dual at Cashmere on Wednesday, Jan. 25, losing 39-33 to Cashmere and defeating Cascade 56-24. Chelan topped the Tigers on Senior Night in their final home meet on Saturday, 42-30.

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Tonasket School Board approves new curricula

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board’s approval of curricula for middle school suicide prevention education and high school language arts highlighted actions taken at the Monday, Jan. 23, meeting.

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Jane and Bob Thompson, shown receiving an award at the Armed Forces Legacy Project in November, were named Citizens of the Year by the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 annual fundraising banquet. Photos by Brent Baker

Bob and Jane Thompson are Tonasket Chamber ‘Citizens of the Year’

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and bestowed its annual slate of honors Thursday, Jan. 19, at its yearly banquet at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center.

The most anticipated portion of the evening was the naming of the annual award-winners, presented as chamber members and guests feasted on Lola Orr’s buffet.

Selected by the chamber to serve as Grand Marshals of the Tonasket Founders Day Parade were George and Patti Hill.

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Brewster girls display CWL dominance over Oroville

There probably aren’t a whole lot of tears being shed in the Central Washington 2B League over the prospect of Brewster moving up to the 1A ranks next year. The Bears’ girls basketball team continued its two-year rampage through the league on Friday, Jan. 21, ripping past Oroville with 32 minutes of full court pressure, 63-28.

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