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Lion alum update: Jordan Yoss

Posted: Wednesday, Aug 7th, 2013

Yoss with one of his new Australian zoo friends he met on his recent trip.

Jordan Yoss is a 2013 CGHS graduate who was honored as the Sky-Em most valuable player in basketball. He recently traveled to Australia for an all-star basketball tour. Before leaving for "down under" he signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Concordia University in Portland. His classes will begin on Aug. 27.

The following are his notes about his time in Australia:

"My trip to Australia started with about 20 hours on several different planes just to get there. The longest flight was 15 hours from LA to Sidney. This plane was a huge double-decker with 10 seats across. I was lucky enough to have my Grandpa, Hank Yoss, join me for the trip.

Once we arrived in Brisbane we headed to practice. There were eight players on my team, and I roomed with two of my teammates. These players were from neighboring western states. We practiced for two days before our first game.

In our first game I made a shot with seven seconds to go, and it put us up by one, but we fouled with one second to go and they made both free throws, so we lost. We ended up 3-3 in pool play, which was good enough to make the eight- team tournament.

My best game was the first game of the tournament as I scored 14 of my team's 29 points. Unfortunately, we lost that game. We ended up finishing sixth in the tournament. In most games, the winning team scored in the 30s as we played with a 15-minute running clock for each half.

I averaged eight points per game and had four dunks in the 11 games. During the tournament one guy dunked it so hard it shattered the back board.

During my free time, my coach, teammates and I went to a zoo and saw kangaroos, Koala bears, a python (around 15 feet long), and many other Australian animals.

I also went with my Grandpa and flew to see the Great Barrier Reef. The landing strip at Lady Elliot Island was grass and only 150 yards long. We went snorkeling and rode on a glass-bottom boat where we saw an octopus, 20-foot manta-rays, sea turtles and many other sea creatures.

For the complete article see the 08-07-2013 issue.

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