Rich Calhoun

By: Michael Kirby, Photographer
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COLFAX — He walks into the Colfax High School gym to find his seat for another basketball game stopping along the way to say hello to friends, shake hands and talk for a minute. It takes him a while to settle in to his seat in the stands because he seems to know everyone in the gym. Rich Calhoun is a longtime Colfax High fan and number one supporter attending games and helping with events for 35 years. Calhoun has probably seen thousands of high school sporting events.

Calhoun, a California Highway Officer, moved to Colfax in 1983 with his wife and three children relocating from Southern California and began working out of the Alta CHP office. Their home was just behind the Colfax High School football field, allowed easy access to the school. His three kids all played sports. Calhoun move to Colfax at a great time and his interest in Colfax High games was sparked when the 1983-1984 Colfax High girl’s basketball team had a great run winning back to back state championships. His excitement with following high school sports especially Colfax High sports never faded.

Calhoun met a couple of other guys Walter Cooks, Wally Linck and Hal Hicks who also enjoyed games and they formed the Above the Rim Gang.

“The four of us went to many, many games,” Calhoun said.

He would go on to attend games with the group and especially Cooks for 25 years until Cooks death five years ago.

“It beats watching television. I don’t like professional sports but I really like a good high school game,” Calhoun said. “I do watch some college basketball too, I also follow Sierra College girls basketball.”

Calhoun retired from the CHP in 2000 but still lives in Colfax and attends games regularly. “Boys and girls basketball is my favorite; football and volleyball runs a close second,” Calhoun said.

He travels quite a bit with his wife Pam, who also has ties with both Colfax High and Colfax Elementary working as a teacher over the years. The couple have visited all 50 states and traveled internationally to Asia with stops in China, Vietnam and Cambodia. They have also visited New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

“My wife likes to sew and she gets her time when I am at the games,” Calhoun said.

Now that the Calhoun’s have grandkids, Calhoun’s tradition of attending games and being a No. 1 supporter will continue with their events.