The Puget Sound men's basketball team was in Costa Rica, where the Loggers competed against local teams, hosted youth basketball clinics, and toured the country. Incoming senior and All-NWC First Team selection Jimmy Wohrer concludes the Loggers' trip.
The trip to Costa Rica was everything I thought it would be and more. Whether it was playing basketball against top Costa Rican talent, or zip-lining through beautiful rainforest, everyone made sure to take it all in.
Not only was the trip great individually, I think it really helped our team out in several ways. Testing ourselves against professional players who are older and bigger than us will bring crucial experience and confidence among our group. If we can compete with people who are paid to play the game, then we should have no problem showing that experience and confidence when our season comes around. The trip also gave us a head start in learning Coach Shelton's coaching style and what he expects of us on the court. When practice comes around, we're ready to hit it head on.
The last four days of the trip were spent exploring the country and learning more about the country's culture. Some activities included zip-lining, rafting, surfing and boogie boarding, visiting a hot spring, local shopping, and some people even rented ATV's to drive through the beach and town. All of which are memories I'm sure we'll never forget.
We got a full on experience of local food which included rice and beans at almost every meal. We even experimented with local beverages that tasted so unique and refreshing. I never left a meal having not enjoyed every part of it.
Lastly, I want to give a special 'thank you' to all our guides who made the trip something we'll remember for our entire lives. It was great getting to know all of you and we appreciate how welcoming and kind you were throughout the trip. Thank you to the bus driver as well - he saved us several times throughout the trip.