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La Canada, Flintridge Prep water polo bring home CIF loot

Chase Borisoff, Symeon Stefan and Ethan Vandeventer earn first-team spots.

December 10, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Chase Borisoff, left, tallied 108 goals, 135 assists, 47 steals and 78 drawn ejections this season, sharing the Rio Hondo League MVP with teammate Symeon Stefan.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Chase Borisoff, left, tallied 108 goals,… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

The La Canada High and Flintridge Prep boys' water polo teams both had a lot to celebrate this past season.

Along with doing well in their respective leagues, the squads also enjoyed productive results in the CIF Southern Section playoffs in their separate divisions.

The Spartans and Rebels added to their season accomplishments Monday when the All-CIF selections were released. While La Cañada boasted five of its players honored with All-CIF nods in Division III, Flintridge Prep garnered three selections in Division V.

Making the first team for the Spartans were senior utilities Chase Borisoff and Symeon Stefan, while senior driver Alden Geller and senior hole/set Bryce Hopkins were named to the second team and junior 2-meter defender Peter Loaks made the third team.

For the Rebels, junior attacker/utility Ethan Vandeventer earned a first-team nod, senior goalkeeper Brian Khin made the second team and sophomore attacker/utility Diego Delgado made the third team.

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“It is unprecedented for us as a program to have this kind of representation within an All-CIF team,” Flintridge Prep Coach Dan Hare said. “This is a whole new level for us and our players to even be involved in these types of conversations. I’m just honored and the team is honored.”

Hare directed his team to season of improvement. The Rebels (17-9) placed second in the Prep League after a fourth-place showing in 2011. Flintridge Prep also advanced to the Division V quarterfinals after falling in the first round a year earlier.

Vandeventer, Khin and Delgado helped fuel that turnaround. A first-team All-Prep League pick, Vandeventer tallied 64 goals to go along with 37 assists and 58 steals. Khin was also a first-team all-league pick after recording 151 saves, 11 assists and 35 steals. Delgado, a second-team all-league selection, had 54 goals, 30 assists and 47 steals.

“We’re just excited to have our players honored, and they worked hard for this,” Hare said. “And it’s also nice that we will have six of seven starters returning next year.”

In a program that has a long tradition of success in league and in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, La Cañada wrote another impressive chapter this past season. Along with capturing the Rio Hondo League championship under first-year coach Devon Borisoff, the Spartans (23-9) also advanced to their first CIF title match since 2008, where they lost to Martin Luther King.

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