By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– What were you doing in 1975?
It was the year before the bicentennial, Gerald Ford was in office and gas was 53 cents a gallon.
It was also the last time that the Scio High School Basketball team had one of their own eclipsed the 1,200-point barrier when Gregg McDonald was in High School. McDonald finished as the leading scorer at 1,253 points in his 82-game career as a Logger.
In 101 years since Scio has been an active member of the OSAA, McDonald stood alone on the basketball Mount Rushmore at Scio. Until Wednesday night.
There’s no doubt that Garrett Workinger has been a work-horse for the Loggers over his four-years. Team’s accounted for him in double-, and triple-teams and the Scio ballplayer still found ways of getting it done.
All in playing in a PacWest Conference that has all but gotten tougher the last two seasons with the addition of Amity and Dayton from the old West Valley Conference and Yamhill-Carlton from 4A.
Workinger entered the night at 1,193 career points entering his 87th career game, hard to fathom the 1,200 barrier didn’t cross his mind in a town where football and wrestling reign supreme.
“It was really cool. Basketball hasn’t been very popular in Scio, there’s not a lot of community support so it’s cool to have something to talk about,” said Workinger with the feat looming against Molalla.
Workinger scored five points in the first quarter, three free throws and a two-point basket. It wasn’t until his put-back about two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter that it became official that Workinger etched his name into the record books.
Timeout was called and the announcement was made that he broke the 1,200-point threshold and was in striking distance of the school record.
“I actually didn’t know until I heard them announce it and I was like ‘oh, I didn’t know I was that close’,” smiled Workinger. “Obviously winning is most important. It’s humbling, it’s a cool experience.”
Scio led 19-11 at the time of the put-back after leading by one after the first quarter in their 46-34 win over the Indians for their ninth-win of the season. Workinger finished with 18 points, putting the Senior Logger within 42 points of McDonald with one more guaranteed game against Salem Academy.
Two if Blanchet Catholic loses to Amity which will force a playoff for the fifth-seed entering the PacWest Conference League Playoffs next week.
“Last time we played (Salem Academy) we didn’t have our starting point guard and now we got him back. We got our confidence back and we’ve been playing pretty good basketball, it’ll be fun. I think if we do what we need to do and do it how we know we can do, it’ll be a good game,” said Workinger.
Jace Aguilar finished with 12 points for the Loggers, Hunter Gray contributed another five.