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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 4, 2012
La Cañada High Athletic Director Craig Franzen said it was “shocking” when he learned Todd Sprague, the Spartans boys' water polo team's first-year coach resigned from his position Sunday afternoon just five days before the team's regular season opener. Sprague left La Cañada for a full-time social studies teaching position at Norwalk High, which he says is five miles from his home in Whittier. Devon Borisoff, a former All-Area standout boys' water polo player at La Cañada, replaces Sprague after serving as an assistant coach the past three seasons.
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By Seth Amitin | November 12, 2009
If La Cañada hopes to get to the semifinals again this year, they?re going to have to do it without one of their key goal scorers. Christian Renfro, along with Grahame Rothe, both left the team last week after leading the team in goals. ?I no longer enjoy the sport of water polo as I have in the past,? said Renfro in an e-mail on Tuesday, ?and in preparation for college, I think my time would be better spent on improving my swim times. I am honored to have joined the Rose Bowl swim team with Coach Jeff Julian, and hope to continue to support LCHS Aquatics with some good CIF times this spring.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 29, 2013
Fresh off their finest seasons in recent memory, both the La Cañada High and Flintridge Prep boys' water polo teams are intent on matching that success. The Spartans and Rebels find themselves in very different positions to do so, however. La Cañada graduated five All-Rio Hondo League players and essentially its entire offense from a year ago, while Prep returns everyone except its two goalkeepers. There's plenty of new for the Spartans this year, including new coach Christian Flores, who is La Cañada's fourth coach in three years.
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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 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, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 1, 2012
After its finest season in half a decade, the La Cañada High boys' water polo team is looking for a new leader after first-year Spartans Coach Steven Neville resigned about two weeks ago, citing "personal reasons. " Neville guided La Cañada to the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinals for the first time since 2007 in his first year with the team. "I will tell you what I told my guys, 'I did resign. It was not my choice, but I did resign,'" said Neville, who guided the Spartans to a 22-7, 8-0 in Rio Hondo League record.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | November 4, 2012
La Canada High's boys' water polo team, having been ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section III, was expected to draw the top seed when the playoff pairings were released on Sunday. Flintridge Prep, on the other hand, hadn't been ranked higher than fifth in Division V all season, but was bestowed the No. 4 seed on Sunday. The Rebels, after finishing second in the Prep League, will host Whittier, the second-place squad from the Del Rio League on Wednesday in the first round.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | October 19, 2013
PASADENA - Less than a year ago, the Riverside Martin Luther King High boys' water polo team ended a wonderful season for La Cañada High by virtue of a victory at the CIF Southern Section Division III championships at Irvine's William Woolett Jr. Aquatic Center. This time, with considerably less on the line and a slew of new faces joining members from last November's game, the Division III top-ranked Wolves showed that they're still the team to beat after a 13-10 win over the third-ranked Spartans at Pasadena City College on Saturday afternoon.
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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 Timithie Gould | March 15, 2007
Spartan senior swimming and water polo standout Devon Borishoff signed a letter of intent to University of Southern California last Thursday, pledging to attend the university after his graduation from La Cañada High School this spring. In addition, Borisoff was accepted to the prestigious Gordon S. Marshall School of Business, an honor usually granted during a student's freshman or sophomore year. "I am very excited for Devon," said La Cañada boys' water polo Head Coach Larry Naeve.
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