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Born to be a Borisoff

Chase is looking to do what his two older brothers did — bring a championship to La Cañada

November 03, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Chase Borisoff and the Spartans will look to win a CIF Southern Section Division III title this year.
Chase Borisoff and the Spartans will look to win a CIF Southern… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

Chase Borisoff of the La Cañada High boys' water polo team has always had an uncanny ability to make the perfect pass that sets up a teammate with a clear shot at goal.

"The thing I love about Chase is he's probably the least selfish person on the team," La Cañada senior driver Johnny Louk said. "He has different connections with everyone on the team. He has such a great passing ability that he will set me up with an easy shot with some amazing pass and make me look good when it was really all him."

Borisoff credits that ability — a byproduct of his superior pool vision — to time he spent out of the pool, not in it.

It's a talent that's come from nearly a decade's worth of time watching his two brothers, Devon and Spencer, play in the same pool he now spends a large chunk of his time in at La Cañada High.

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"That's when I learned everything I know about water polo, I've watched more water polo than anyone," Chase said. "I've seen countless games of Devon and Spencer in age group all the way up to high school and college. I've just been around it my whole life, even when I was in elementary school I would be on the deck for every single one of the high school games.

"Obviously growing up with Devon, my dad [Derek] being a coach, now Devon being my coach and Spencer was a great player, I've always been enveloped in water polo."

Devon and Spencer didn't just compete at La Cañada. They dominated.

Each took home All-Rio Hondo League, All-CIF, All-Area and All-American honors in high school. In their eight years at La Cañada, the Spartans won eight league titles and two CIF Southern Section Division titles with Devon and Spencer each winning a crown.

The Borisoff name has been synonymous with La Cañada water polo as a result, especially with Derek serving as the president of the La Cañada Water Polo Club, which allows the Spartans to compete together in the high school off season.

There have been pros and cons to being a Borisoff for Chase. His surname brought him instant respect and recognition as an underclassman, but that's turned into pressure in his junior and senior years, as he's developed into one of the Spartans' leaders.

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