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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 23, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - When the La Cañada High boys' water polo team saw its five-goal lead trimmed to three in about a minute and a half, the Spartans realized it was time to put their Rio Hondo League game with Temple City out of reach. Chase Borisoff led La Cañada in that effort, as he scored three straight goals in a matter of 1:16 to guide the Spartans on a nine-goal run to close out the quarter. Temple City managed to improve on its 15-goal loss to La Cañada earlier this year, but still came nowhere close to a victory on the Spartans' senior day Tuesday, 19-9.
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From Staff Reports | October 24, 2012
La Canada 10, Servite 9: Things haven't come easy for the Spartans at Pasadena City College this season and that continued Wednesday evening in a narrow one-goal victory over the Friars. Symeon Stefan scored a team-high six goals to lead La Cañada, which had a four-goal lead (10-6) with about five minutes to go and were up three with about three minutes left, but nearly saw it slip away. “We had a few bad turnovers and we gave up some counter-attack goals, which you just can't do there,” said La Cañada Coach Devon Borisoff, whose team also just squeaked by Mira Costa, 11-10, at PCC on Oct. 6. Chase Borisoff drew six ejections and had four steals and three assists for the Spartans (15-6)
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Sun | November 1, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Rivalry games create intensity, the final game in league play with finishing position still not set creates intensity and the desire to carry on a legacy creates intensity. All three factors were in play as South Pasadena High went up against host La Cañada in boys water polo Thursday afternoon. It was the final Rio Hondo game for the two rivals, with a victory for the Tigers cementing them into second place, while a win for the already league-champion Spartans meant a third straight undefeated Rio Hondo campaign.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | December 5, 2012
After fighting their way to second place in the Prep League, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team had a nice surprise awaiting them at the conclusion of their CIF Southern Section Division V playoff run - all-league accolades for four of their own. First-teamers Brian Kihn and Ethan Vandeventer and second-team recipients Diego Delgado and Carlo Sivilotti gave the Rebels (17-9, 7-3 in league) a significant presence on the all-league honor roll and further underscored a season of progress in which Prep finished two spots higher in league than the previous year.
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From Staff Reports | October 18, 2012
BOYS' WATER POLO La Cañada 34, San Marino 3: The Spartans weren't lacking any firepower when they traveled to San Marino for a Rio Hondo League game Thursday. They had taken a 20-0 lead by halftime, behind 14 blocks from La Cañada goalkeeper Jeff Lee, who also had two assists. Offensively, Chase Borisoff had nine assists and six goals for the Spartans, who received a game-high seven goals from Alden Geller (four assists) and five from Symeon Stefan (six steals, three assists)
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By Andrew Shortall, Special to the Valley Sun | November 13, 2013
RIVERSIDE - Just when it looked like the story on the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team's season was coming to a close, the Rebels sent in a rewrite. Down four goals on the road in their CIF Southern Section Division V opener to the Riverside Poly team that ended their 2012 season, the Rebels were on the ropes. They climbed back in it, though, boosted by a third-quarter explosion and nine-goal night from Ethan Vandeventer for an 18-14 victory Wednesday. Not only was it win-or-go-home, but win-or-goodbye for 10 senior Rebels who will not be back next season.
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By Seth Amitin | February 19, 2009
La Cañada The only team in the area to make it in water polo, La Cañada boasts a 23-6 record and a perfect 8-0 in Rio Hondo league play. They enter the CIF Division IV playoffs with a strong head and are at least within striking distance of a CIF title. The team, fronted by Berit Kessler and Riley Kaesler and anchored by seniors Shannon Streeter, are ranked fourth in Division IV and have proven they can be, at times, better than that, nearly beating Ayala, ranked top 10 in Division III. In a candid conversation with the Valley Sun on Friday, Spartans Head Coach Steve Silversparre said he believes the Spartans are prepared, and have come a ways since the start of the season.
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By Andrew Shortall and Charles Rich | August 22, 2012
A big step was taken was by both the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep boys' water polo teams last season. While the expectations are different, both squads will look to keep moving forward in 2012. The Rebels are looking to move up the Prep League standings and for more Division V success after they reached the postseason last year. Just across the street, a CIF Southern Section Division III title is the focus for the Spartans, who reached the semifinals for the first time in five years in 2011 and have a new, experienced and decorated coach in Todd Sprague at the helm.
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By Timithie Gould | November 15, 2007
La Cañada water polo charged on toward their second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division III championship on Saturday when the team traveled to Sunny Hills to defeat the Lancers, 14-5, in a second round playoff match. The team got off to a slow start, scoring two unanswered goals in the first quarter, but picked up the pace before the half to outscore the Lancers 8-1. Junior Spencer Borisoff led the effort with six goals, followed by Nate Vail with four and Mike Scott with two. La Cañada remained strong after the break with four goals in the third before letting the Lancers back in the game with four goals to La Cañada’s two in the fourth.
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From Staff Reports | January 23, 2014
GIRLS' WATER POLO Temple City 12, La Cañada 5: Heather Connolly finished with two goals Thursday for the host Spartans in a Rio Hondo League match. The Spartans fell to 6-8, 0-3 in league. GIRLS' BASKETBALL Flintridge Prep 50, Westridge 42: Tala Ismail registered a team-high 15 points Thursday to lift the visiting Rebels in a Prep League contest. Maya Okamoto and Lacy Coan finished with 12 and nine points, respectively, for Flintridge Prep (10-2, 3-0 in league)
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By Robert Fulton | January 16, 2014
LA CAÑADA - A loss is a loss. But in defeat, a team going in the right direction can sometimes find silver linings in the clouds of gray. The La Cañada High girls' water polo team fell to San Marino, 8-4, at home in a Rio Hondo League match Thursday, but the game was closer than the final score indicated. Not to mention, the match against the Titans came two days after the Spartans suffered a 22-2 league defeat against South Pasadena. "Coming back from a 22-2 loss, how we lost to South Pas, it's hard to want to play the next day," Spartans Coach Dave Brown said.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | December 11, 2013
A season that already included a Rio Hondo League championship and a run to the quarterfinals of the playoffs for the La Cañada High boys' water polo team added a few more prizes. The Spartans were honored by the Rio Hondo League recently as senior Peter Loakes was named the league's most valuable player, while six teammates were selected to either the first and second teams or honorable mention list. “This is an award I really wanted to win and I knew that it was going to come down to our games against South Pasadena and Pierce Deamer,” Loakes said.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 26, 2013
LA CAÑADA - Growth appears to be the operative word in regards to the city of La Cañada's three girls' water polo teams as the season nears its start. At La Cañada High, the Spartans welcomed a new coach in former assistant Davey Brown, who replaced Kristen Dronberger. “We're going to have a whole new coaching strategy and I really think we can compete in league and finish second or third,” Brown said. “We're trying to give South Pasadena a run for their money this year.” Competitiveness was an issue for the Spartans last season, as the team finished with a 3-12 overall record and was fifth in the Rio Hondo League, off the pace of league champion South Pasadena (13-8, 8-0 in league)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 16, 2013
CORONA - An emotionally-charged boys' water polo match that included several exclusions, two ejections and a yellow card also consisted of two fundamental truths for La Cañada High on Saturday afternoon. The visiting No. 7-ranked Spartans surrendered five straight goals early and never recovered, falling to second-seeded Corona Santiago, 11-6, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs. With the defeat, the Rio Hondo League champion Spartans concluded their season with a 21-10 record, while the Big VIII League champion Sharks (23-8)
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | November 13, 2013
PASADENA - If there had been a glaring weakness for the La Cañada High boys' water polo team this season, perhaps the unanimous answer from the squad would have been second quarters. In losses to divisional foes Mira Costa and Martin Luther King, as well as in other defeats, poor second quarters often segued to setbacks. In keeping with the theme, the second quarter did indeed play another big role for the Spartans. However, in breaking with recent tradition, La Cañada outscored visiting Redondo Union by five goals during the seven-minute frame en route to a 17-12 win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs on Wednesday afternoon at Pasadena City College.
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By Andrew Shortall, Special to the Valley Sun | November 13, 2013
RIVERSIDE - Just when it looked like the story on the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team's season was coming to a close, the Rebels sent in a rewrite. Down four goals on the road in their CIF Southern Section Division V opener to the Riverside Poly team that ended their 2012 season, the Rebels were on the ropes. They climbed back in it, though, boosted by a third-quarter explosion and nine-goal night from Ethan Vandeventer for an 18-14 victory Wednesday. Not only was it win-or-go-home, but win-or-goodbye for 10 senior Rebels who will not be back next season.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com and By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | October 31, 2013
TEMPLE CITY - There wasn't much of a celebration on the pool deck shortly after the La Cañada High boys' water polo team wrapped up the Rio Hondo League championship Thursday. A few greetings took place, but it's become the norm of late for the Spartans to rule the league. La Cañada received four first-half goals from Leo Neat to register a 12-7 road victory against Temple City and clinch the championship outright. “To win league is always good, but it's expected for us,” said La Cañada first-year Coach Christian Flores, who saw his team improve to 18-8, 7-0 in league.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 24, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - While nothing is yet official, the Rio Hondo League boys' water polo race has become a foregone conclusion. That's why there was plenty of hand-slapping and jubilation on the side of La Cañada High and coinciding disappointing for host South Pasadena, as the Spartans rallied from an early three-goal deficit to defeat the Tigers, 13-7, on Thursday afternoon. With the victory, the CIF Southern Section Division III fourth - ranked Spartans (12-7, 5-0) swept the season series, 2-0, against runner-up No. 7 South Pasadena (12-9, 3-2)
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