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La Canada water polo teammates split Rio Hondo League honor

Chase Borisoff, Symeon Stefan of La Canada named league co-most valuable players.

December 10, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com

A team built around either Chase Borisoff or Symeon Stefan likely would have been a favorite to capture the Rio Hondo League boys' water polo crown this season. The fact that La Canada High had both talented senior utilities in the same lineup made it practically a foregone conclusion that the Spartans would capture their league crown.

That was acknowledged in the all-league voting, which elected Borisoff and Stefan as co-most valuable players while tabbing an overall total of seven members of the Spartans that ran the table in league at 8-0 and finished 23-9, one win shy of the CIF Southern Section Division III title.

“Chase and Symeon were our best two offensive players, by far,” Spartans Coach Devin Borisoff said. “Symeon is an unbelievable shooter, if you leave him open he will score on you. He had a great season and he’s a great kid. We would not have been in the position we were without Symeon.

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“Symeon was our best shooter, but Chase was our best player and the stats kind of back it up. He didn’t have as many goals, but where Chase really shines are the other statistics. He’s one of those players that do all the little things that it takes to win a game.”

Borisoff’s numbers were impressive across the spectrum, as he finished the season with 108 goals, a team-high 135 assists, 47 steals and 78 ejections drawn, which also led the team.

“That’s a goal of mine for as long as I’ve been playing water polo and I’m glad I could end my career like that,” Chase Borisoff said of getting co-MVP. “I’ve always prided myself on my ability to pass the ball because in my mind setting someone up for a goal is just as good as scoring a goal.”

Stefan led the Spartans in scoring with 142 goals and notched 51 steals, which was second most on the team.

“It’s quite flattering,” Stefan said of the recognition. “It’s been a great season and our whole team put in a lot of work throughout the season and we obviously had a good amount of success. It’s just been a really great year.”

Another key to the Spartans’ rousing success was the strong supporting cast around Borisoff and Stefan, which included senior first-team picks Alden Geller and Bryce Hopkins.

Geller, a left-handed driver, notched 77 goals and 42 steals.

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