Class of 1953
Bob Forbis was the leading scorer on the first Aberdeen team to play in the championship game of a state basketball tournament
A deadly shooter, he was an all-conference center on a Bobcat team that won the Southwest Washington Northern Division championship in 1952. But his basketball career really took off during his senior season.
Averaging 24.2 points per game in conference play and 23.8 per game during the regular season, he repeated as an all-league performer. He also established a school record for single-game accuracy that will likely never be broken, making all 12 of his field goal attempts and both of his free throws in a game against Centralia.
Forbis opened state competition in 1953 by breaking the tournament scoring record with 35 points in a victory over Yakima. Coach George Palo's Bobcats wound up advancing all the way to the championship game, where they dropped a 51-48 heartbreaker to Renton.
Scoring 99 points for four games, Forbis was named to the all-tournament team and was chosen as the tourney's Most Valuable Player.