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~+ Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-7 OF A F(HE) STO RY BY EMILY HANSON In 1976, former Shelton head boys basketball ......' coach Terry ~'P*~"~iii~ ~i!~ Gregg led the Highclimbers to the team's first state championship victory. Photos submitted by Terry Gregg accomplished something special. You don't buy that feeling, it's something you earn." Former championship-winning 5helton coach still cells area home erry Gregg has been involved with sports since he was a child. And that's not going to change. "Being active and being involved, not only in the physical side of it, but also with the competitive side of it, keeps me enthusiastic about partici- pating (in sports)," the former Shelton High School head boys basketball coach said. Gregg took over the Highclimbers in 1967, the year after graduating from Central Washington Uni- versity. From 1967 to 1985, Gregg led the Highclimbers to the postseason nearly every year and coached them to a state championship in 1976. The team finished second in state in 1977. "I had a really nice bunch of players, which helped," Gregg said. "When your best players are your hardest workers and they buy into the program you're starting, that accelerates it, gives it a boost." From 1986 to 2001, Gregg worked as the head coach at North Medford High School in Medford, Oregon. An award-winning coach In March, 13 years after his retirement, Gregg received the R.A. Long High School Hall of Fame Dis- tinguished Service Award. "I was surprised to receive the award," Gregg said about being honored so many years after his retire- ment. "I think those things just come around. Certain people get on the board and recognize a particular time. I guess my time just came around." Gregg played his high school ball at R.A. Long, graduating in 1961. After high school, he played for Lower Columbia Community College and CWU. But it wasn't until he started coaching Shelton that he really made his mark. Gregg led the Highclimbers to eight league cham- pionships. He also received the Washington State Coach of the Year award in 1976. According to the Washington Interscholastic Bas- ketball Coaches Association website, Gregg is listed as one of the state's All-Time Career Coaching Lead- ers as of March. The website, wibca.com, lists Gregg's record as 263-136. New to Shelton Gregg Said he loved Shelton when as soon as he Former Shelton head boys basketball coach Terry Gregg hands a basketball to an unidentified boy from Medford, Oregon, in 1991. moved here with his wife and high school sweetheart, Dorthee. "I've always liked the support of the community," Gregg said. "It was the right size town and a wonder- ful place to start." As head coach at SHS, Gregg not only helped start a successful basketball program, he also helped with the youth basketball program in the area. "I think kids knew early on what to expect," he said. "We wanted to make it a state-level program in the way we took to the court and also in the way we respected the game." A key to Gregg's coaching success, he said, was his assistant coaches: Paul Johannson, Jack Marquette, Harlan Buitenveld and Brian Brickert. "They were really solid coaches," Gregg said. Another aspect of the success came from the com- munity. "As the program excelled and went on, we filled the Mini Dome up. They had to bring in bleachers from the pool. It was an exciting place to play," Gregg said. "For away games, behind the bus was a line of cars and vans from Shelten. We traveled together as a community and there was a lot of community pride." He said the basketball program was built on the basis of winning. "That's how you receive that respect," Gregg added. "I always was encouraged by the people and the coaching, so I respect that they gave me a chance to start a program and the players that bought into it Active in retirement Al er his retirement, Gregg moved back to Shelton, where he's still active with the sports community. At 6 p.m. most Sundays, Gregg opens the Mini Dome for open gym with Shetten basketball players. While reminiscing about the championship season of 1976, Gregg smiled and said the following year, Shelton was even more dominant. "In '76, we had a really nice junior class," Gregg said. "So, in 1977, we made it to the semifinals, but a kid hurt his hand in the quarterfinals. We won the semi- finals, but the finals went right to the last shot. It was about the same feeling in reverse as the year before." Gregg volunteers in the Shelton School District as a teacher and coach and works out two or three days a week. "I enjoy working with youngsters and being around them," he said. "It keeps you hopping. They're real energetic and give back a whole bunch." Gregg is still in communication with many of the players from his years with the Highclimbers. After speaking to Dale Campagna and Dan Fitchitt, both players from the championship season, Gregg decided to host a players' reunion. It was Sept. 13 at his home. "I've had conversations with players over the years who mention they haven't seen teammates or been back to Shelton in years," Gregg said. Early Holiday Deadlines and Office Closures .... Deadline for the November 27 Journal is [ .... Friday, November 21 .,h l at 5:00 p.m. The Journal office will be closed November 2 7 & 28 jo tiTfiyal and Belfair Herald