Coast Union’s sophomore student- athlete Andy Gordon has already made an impact on not only the school’s sports programs but on the students of Coast Union as well. Most people know him for his phenomenal performance on the basketball court and most recently the baseball diamond.
The well-liked athlete was the tallest member of the basketball team at 6 feet. He averaged 11.3 points and 12.4 rebounds per game for the Bronco varsity team in 2009. He has played basketball since the fifth grade, participating in Cambria’s CYAA program and plans on continuing to play when he attends Cuesta College after high school.
Gordon realizes college basketball is a big deal and he is not sure yet if he wants to play at that level once he transfers to a university — or even if he will be qualified to be given a scholarship. However, once he’s chosen a university, he hopes to pursue sports broadcasting as a career.
When asked why he loves basketball so much, he answers, “I am a real competitive person,” and basketball is a very competitive, high-energy game. As for baseball, Andy hadn’t played baseball since his sixth-grade year, but he decided to play this year because his friends suggested that he go out.
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Bronco fans are certainly happy that he came out for baseball because he shows great ability and has one essential ingredient that many teams covet but don’t have: blazing speed. He steals bases and runs down deep drives with passion.
Indeed, he is enjoying the change of pace from basketball to baseball; he plays center field and has pitched in several games. Recently he belted his first home run.
What most people don’t know about Gordon is that he is very familiar with New Zealand and lived there for12 years. He loves New Zealand and could see himself living there in 10 or so years. Another place he feels he must see is Venice, Italy, for all the history and old buildings.
Unlike many of his friends, Gordon doesn’t skate or snowboard. “I have trouble with boards,” he said. A typical weekend for Gordon is spending time with his friends, jogging, and on Sundays participating in the Swoosh basketball league.
One thing is certain: when basketball season rolls around next fall, Andy will be out there giving his best, hustling, scoring, hauling down rebounds and making the players around him better at their games.
—Alexis Scrivner, special to The Cambrian