Basketball team makes history

The Sierra Canyon boys basketball program has made history, again.

The Trailblazers were selected for the Open Division playoffs for the 10th consecutive year, the only school to be included in every year of the existence of the Open Division.

“It’s an honor to be at such a high level,” Sierra Canyon head coach Andre Chevalier said. “That’s what we striveĀ for. We always want to be included with the best of the best.”

Sierra Canyon was given the No. 8 seed and will play all three pool-play games on the road.

The Trailblazers openedĀ up with a tough, close loss against top-seeded Corona Centennial on Friday.

Sierra Canyon plays at Bishop Montgomery in Torrance on Tuesday and plays at Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks on Friday.

Bronny James and Ashton Hardaway have been leading the way. Hardaway has been a prolific 3-pointer shooter of late, scoring 42 points while connecting on 10 3-pointers in a Mission League tournament victory against Chaminade.

Hardaway followed up that effort with 21 points, all on 3-pointers in Friday’s setback against Corona Centennial.

Sierra Canyon won the SS Open Division championship in 2019 and 2020 before being denied by Corona Centennial of a third consecutive title in the crazy 2021 pandemic season.

Last season, Sierra Canyon was one possession from advancing to the section final, being denied by Harvard-Westlake.

The Trailblazers have reached the state regional final four of the past five years, all in the Open Division.

Other top contributors for this year’s team have been Jimmy Oladokun, Dylan Metoyer, Isaiah Elohim, Majok Chuol, Noah Williams and Bruce Cofield.