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June 29, 2006
Jordan Thompson, a member of the La Cañada High boys varsity water polo team which won the CIF crown last December, has signed a Letter of Intent to play for the mens' water polo team at USC. Thompson, who just graduated from LCHS, is moving onto another championship team as the Trojans won the NCAA title in water polo last year as well. Thompson was recently named to the 2005 All CIF Division III First Team in water polo. A 6 feet, five inch meter player, Thompson also has experience at the national team level as a member of the U.S. Youth National Team.
December 21, 2006
Accolades just keep piling up for the La Cañada High boys' varsity water polo team. Seven members of the squad that just missed winning its second CIF championship in a row last month were named to All-CIF Southern Section Division III teams by the All-Southern California Water Polo Coaches' Association. Spartans selected for the First Team are seniors Devon Borisoff and Wes Lewis and junior Max Scott. Senior Caleb Greig and junior Mike Scott were picked for the Second Team.
January 26, 2006
Scoring four unanswered goals in the first quarter of its Prep League match against the Flintridge Prep girls' varsity water polo team on Jan. 17, visiting Pasadena Poly never looked back and went on to top the Rebels, 13-4. Prep played Pasadena La Salle at the Sierra Madre Pool on Monday and traveled to Mayfield on Tuesday for league matches, but no results were available at press time. The Rebels will take the bus to Pasadena Westridge next Wednesday for a league match and will host Pasadena Poly next Friday in league at 3:15 p.m. Poly increased its lead to 8-2 at the half and led 10-4 after three quarters.
By Timithie Gould | July 12, 2007
Since the La Cañada Water Polo Foundation's official water polo school opening on June 20, the kids and coaches involved in the intense summer program have spent countless hours at the pool training in and out of the water. "These kids, they are swimming 20,000 yards a week," said Coach Istvan Csendes of his boys' under-14 team. "This is the difference between playing pro and social water polo." The three-a-day practice schedule (starting at 6 a.m.) of dry-land workouts, swim coaching and multiple games in the evenings are paying off for many of the young players.
August 3, 2006
The first two weeks of training camp for some members of the 2006 La Canada High varsity water polo team won't be held at the home pool this year. Nor will the team be using a pool in an adjacent community a few miles away. When the players jump into the pool, it will be one several thousands of miles away in an Eastern European city. As they did last season, some Spartans will spend their two-week training camp learning how to play water polo from experienced instructors in Eger, Hungary from Aug. 15 through Aug. 20 and in Budapest, Hungary from Aug. 21 through Aug. 26. Training camp for the rest of the team will begin one week later, Aug. 21, at the LCHS Pool.
December 22, 2005
The honors just keep coming for the CIF Southern Section Division III champion La Cañada High varsity water polo team and coach Larry Naeve. Naeve was named Coach of the Year and junior Devon Borisoff was acknowledged as Player of the Year in All-CIF SS Division III water polo selections released last week by the local CIF office. Other picks were seniors Jordan Thompson, Gamal Rady and Doug McNeese for the All-CIF First Team, sophomores Nathaniel Vail and Max Scott for All-CIF Second Team and goalie John Rowe, a junior, for the All-CIF Third Team.
By Seth Amitin | February 26, 2009
La Cañada girls? water polo has been rolling right along since the start of CIF Division IV playoffs and has found itself in the midst of the semifinals after defeating Burbank and Righetti. The tournament started on Thursday for La Cañada as the Spartans faced off against Righetti, at home, in the first round. By half, the Spartans had a commanding 14-2 lead. La Cañada took the game, 19-5. Shannon Streeter had six goals and Rachel Connolly and Riley Kessler had four each.
By Manouk Akopyan | July 26, 2007
The La Cañada Spartans' 16-and-under varsity B boys' water polo club team lost 4-11 to the Crescenta Valley Falcons in an exhibition game Monday afternoon. "We just want to get [the athletes] playing time and have them better in preparation for the upcoming season," said Assistant Coach Ben Bahrami of the La Cañada club program. Finding scoring opportunities at a rarity in the first quarter, the teams played to a scoreless tie at the quarter break due to tough defensive pressure from both ends of the pool.
By Seth Amitin | June 26, 2008
La Cañada High?s girls? water polo coach Steven Silversparre is just watching. The girls in the pool are swimming back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. They pick their heads out of the water on occasion, he says something to them and they do a few more laps. Silversparre, in addition to being the LCHS girls? water polo and swimming team, is the coach of the La Cañada water polo club, part of the La Cañada Water Polo Foundation. The Foundation sponsors a number of teams, including the varsity and club programs.
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