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La Cañada High quartet represents historic two-year run

Devon Borisoff, Adam Malik, Jordan Thompson and Spencer Tompkins enshrined in Spartans' hallowed hall.

June 02, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Jordan Thompson was one of four La Cañada High athletes to be inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame Sunday.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Jordan Thompson was one of four La Cañada… (Roger Wilson/Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — In 2006 and 2007, La Cañada High athletics created an awful lot of history in the pool and gym that are still talked about and used as comparisons for today’s Spartans teams.

A quartet of former Spartans largely responsible for creating those memories were inducted in the school’s athletic hall of fame Sunday during the La Cañada Thursday Club’s first annual “Honor the Spartan” program put on by the school’s athletic leadership council.

A trio of 2007 graduates from La Cañada — Devon Borisoff, Spencer Tompkins and Adam Malik — and 2006 alumni Jordan Thompson were all added to the list of the school’s greatest athletes.

The elite Spartans foursome had a hand in a host of Rio Hondo League championships and a number of CIF Southern Section Division championship runs, and each looked back fondly on the two-year run the Spartans put together in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons.

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“I thought it was pretty cool at the time,” Borisoff said. “I don’t think La Cañada has seen any amount of success like that since 2007. It was a lot of fun.”

Thompson and Borisoff provided the La Cañada boys’ water polo program with some of its best years, as they led the Spartans to a CIF title in 2005 and earned co-Rio Hondo League MVP awards, along with teammate Gamal Rady, in the process.

“We had an incredible team that year,” said Borisoff, recalling Rady and Doug McNeese. “I think we were easily one of the top five teams in high school water polo that season. … That’s the only CIF championship I’ve ever won in water polo at La Cañada. It’s probably the most special championship I’ve ever won in my entire career, including the ones I won at USC.”

Thompson swam and played water polo all four years at La Cañada and was a three-sport athlete when he wrestled in his junior year. He was at least an All-Rio Hondo League first-team and an All-CIF selection from 2004-2006 and an All-American as a junior and senior under former La Cañada water polo coach Larry Naeve. He was also an All-Area Boys’ Water Polo Player of the Year.

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