For Colfax Bulldogs, state tourney is town effort

Published On: Feb 28 2013 06:26:31 PM PST
Bob Bafus Colfax Bulldogs
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Hardwood Classic basketball tournament is underway, which means high school players, coaches and fans are coming in from across the state and are taking over Spokane for the weekend.

Among the teams returning to the tourney are the Colfax boys basketball team. They had a stellar season last year and hope to continue their success this weekend The Bulldogs took home the State 2B title last year, and they're off to a great start with their 44-28 win Thursday over LaConner.

One thing is certain they have a lot of support from the town of Colfax, a tradition that goes back decades.

"Oh the town supports it tremendously, in fact many people take their vacations when the State B rolls around," Bob Bafus said.

If anyone would know it would be Coach Bob Bafus, who used to coach the Bulldogs and has several state titles under his belt to show for it.

"Well he took many teams; the first one I remember was at UPS and we would stand outside for two or three hours to get into that place," Harriet Macklent said.

The first time Macklent came to the state tournament was as a Colfax cheerleader back in the 50s.

"It was the first time I went to the tournament and I haven't missed many games since," she said.

Coach Bafus rarely misses games, especially when his Bulldogs make it this far, and even after ten years into retirement, he still gets fired up after a bad call...

"I only got two technicals in 40 years of coaching and I don't bait 'em but I holler at them and I did holler at them, I thought there were a few fouls that they let go and it gets kind of ragged after that," Bafus said.

That passion comes from knowing firsthand what this tournament means, not only to the players but everyone in Colfax.

"The ball players, the student body, the whole town, a lot of pride and it means a lot. It is something that they will look back on and boy you have some fond memories," he said.