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Spartans sweep highest league honors

Water polo: La Cañada dominates all-league selections just as it did league play all year.

December 10, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Raul Roa/Staff…)

When La Cañada High Coach Steve Neville considered his team's candidates for the Rio Hondo League's Valuable Player, he looked for someone who did it all, as far as offense, defense and leadership.

The player he found was the Spartans' senior drive Trevor Roszkos, who took home the league's highest honor as the MVP after finishing the season with 58 goals, 49 assists and 67 steals.

"Trevor did a whole lot of everything," Neville said. "He's a team leader, team captain and not only scored goals, but played defense and came up with some big assists.

"He was all of the above and that's what I look for in a MVP."

Roszkos didn't take the honor lightly.

"I was thrilled when coach told me," Roszkos said. "It felt good to know all my hard work had paid off and I had something to show for it."

A total of nine Spartans hauled in all-league accolades, while South Pasadena and San Marino had six and four, respectively, make the cut.

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La Cañada's Wolfie Paulson was named the league's top goalkeeper after posting 193 blocks and 33 steals this year.

"Wolfie was the backbone of our defense all year," Neville said. "He was a real game changer for us and that's something you don't see out of a goalkeeper a whole lot."

Paulson also drew high praise from his MVP in the field.

"When Wolfie is on, he is unstoppable," Roszkos said. "He was so key for us in so many games. He is just a wall back there."

The Spartans finished the season with a 22-7, 8-0 in league, record and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals for the first time in five years. They were defeated by eventual Division III champions Laguna Beach, 14-5, in the semis.

A young South Pasadena squad finished with a 16-11, 6-2 in league, record and saw its season end in the first round of the Division III playoffs in a loss to Palos Verdes, 12-10.

Martin Lis and Pierce Deamer both earned first team all-league honors from the two-meter position for the Tigers. Lis, a senior, finished the year with 82 goals and 27 steals. Deamer, a sophomore, posted a team-high 86 goals and 19 steals.

"[Deamer] has a lot of room to improve," South Pasadena Coach Robert Echeverria said. "He is a monster for his size. He is smart playing the game. He will be one of my leaders next year."

The Tigers' Will Renken, a freshman, was the league's second-team pick in the cage.

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