SOUTH PASADENA — Whenever the La Cañada and South Pasadena high boys' water polo teams meet up, both squads prepare for their biggest test of the Rio Hondo League season.
"South Pasadena always comes with a big crowd and it's always a contentious game, no matter what," La Cañada's two-meter Bryce Hopkins said of the rivalry. "It's their home court and it's always competitive."
Put a league title on the line, like it was when the Spartans traveled to South Pasadena Tuesday, and the pressure mounts.
After a slow start, La Cañada was able to put all that out of mind and run away with a 13-5 victory for its second straight league title. South Pasadena clinched second place in league. A victory over La Cañada would have given the Tigers at least a share of the league title, and possibly all of it if the Spartans fell to San Marino Thursday in a major upset.