During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts during pivotal stretches of a given season.

This week's guest is Arcchbishop Spalding senior Jourdan Grant, a three-year starting guard on the basketball team. Grant and the Cavaliers recently returned home from a trip to Wasilla, Alaska, where they won the 5th Annual Doc Larson Roundball Classic. Grant, who averages 16 points and 7 assists this season, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.  ere's what Jourdan wrote on Thursday about the experience:


It all started on New Year's Eve. The journey started with my team and I [traveling] to Wassila, Alaska for about 4-5 days.

Most of my teammates expected the trip to be miserable and freezing cold. As we arrived that New Year's Eve, we brought the New Year in together in the hotel.


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Over the days we spent in Alaska, basketball wasn't really the most fun of the trip. The first morning we spent at Doc Larson's house, where we ate breakfast and played on his enormous playground with a zip line in the snow. Everybody ran around like they were little kids again.

The second day we spent the morning sledding with all the parents. We spent about two or three hours on a huge hill racing each other and trying to beat Coach [Derrick] Lewis.

The third day we spent out on a frozen lake snowmobiling, which was new for most of us. The team had fun with the activities we did, the time we spent together in the hotel and just with each other.

As we won all three games and got the championship, everybody was excited and bonding. I felt the team became closer on this trip and I think it will help us [the rest of] the season. I think this Alaska trip was an experience nobody will ever forget.