Preparation Nation: Sierra Canyon Basketball

The Sierra Canyon High School basketball team takes the road less traveled on its way to success.

A hard day at the beach seems implausible until you see how the Sierra Canyon basketball team spends its time off the court.

The Trailblazers, ranked No. 17 in USA Today 's High School Sports Super 25 pre-season rankings and featured in Eastbay's Preparation Nation series, venture into the Santa Monica Mountains to train on the sand dunes at Point Mugu State Park prior to the start of the season.

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A hard day at the beach seems implausible until you see how the Sierra Canyon basketball team spends its time off the court.

The Trailblazers, ranked No. 17 in USA Today 's High School Sports Super 25 pre-season rankings and featured in Eastbay's Preparation Nation series, venture into the Santa Monica Mountains to train on the sand dunes at Point Mugu State Park prior to the start of the season.

Head coach Tyrone Nichols says, "As a program, we're going to take the hard way, because the hard way is going to lead us to success."

The sand workouts at Point Mugu are comprised of plyometric exercises and band-resisted speed drills designed to help the players run faster, jump higher and be more explosive on the basketball floor.

The true test for the Trailblazers comes in the form of "The Super" sand dune drill, during which the players sprint 130 yards up a 50-degree incline hill.

Nichols says, "We push the kids to the point of exhaustion, so that they know they can keep going. There is no better example of somebody getting it done the hard way."

The hard way is the only way at Sierra Canyon.

See how other elite high school teams prepare at Eastbay's Preparation Nation.


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