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By Andrew J. Campa, | 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.
By Andrew Shortall, | October 12, 2013
MANHATTAN BEACH - With all the postseason implications, it made sense there was a playoff feel to a La Cañada and Mira Costa high boys' water polo matchup Saturday. Playoff positioning was on the line when two of the top three teams in CIF Southern Section Division III met at Mira Costa. For the third-ranked Spartans, there was a chance to take back the No. 2 seat it held in the preseason division rankings with a win over the Mustangs, the current No. 2 team. Plenty of chances were there for La Cañada, but three-goal outbursts from a pair of Mira Costa players and an inability to cash in on its man advantage proved the difference in the Mustangs' 12-6 win. In total, the Spartans shot 30 percent (three of-10)
By Nathan Cambridge | October 8, 2013
LA CAÑADA - To begin league play in boys' water polo, La Cañada High jumped straight into the deep end of the Rio Hondo League pool. In the league opener for both schools, the Spartans, ranked No. 3 in Division III, hosted rival South Pasadena, which came in ranked No. 8 and looks to be the chief competitor for the league title this season. PHOTOS: La Cañada vs. South Pasadena boys' water polo "South Pasadena is tough. I think we got started with one of the tougher teams, but I think we should win [league]
By Andrew Shortall, | September 11, 2013
LA CAÑADA - Peter Loakes was delegated primarily a defensive role as a junior and sophomore on the La Cañada High boys' water polo team. After the sea change the Spartans endured last season, graduating five All-Rio Hondo League players who all happened to be offensive leaders, Loakes has stepped into a much bigger role as a senior in 2013. By the looks of La Cañada's 10-6 victory over Royal at home Tuesday, Loakes has embraced it. Not only did Loakes post three goals and five steals in the first half to help put the Spartans up, 7-2, at halftime, but he scored arguably the biggest goal of the game.
By Andrew Shortall, | 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.
By Andrew Shortall, | June 2, 2013
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.
From Staff Reports | February 7, 2013
BOYS' BASKETBALL La Canada 40, South Pasadena 21 : Koko Kurdoghlian and Jacob Brown gave the Spartans a lift off the bench Thursday night, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively, in La Cañada's final Rio Hondo League game. The win locked up second place in league for the Spartans and stopped a two-game skid. “It was a good win, we needed a win going into the playoffs,” La Cañada Coach Tom Hofman said. Ranked 12th in CIF Southern Section Division III-AA, the Spartans (15-12, 7-3 in league)
From Staff Reports | January 25, 2013
GIRLS' BASKETBALL Flintridge Prep 47, Mayfield 46 : Fouled with .1 second to go, Tala Ismail needed to make just on free throw to keep the Rebels perfect in the Prep League at home Friday. The freshman missed the first, but made the second, as Prep improved to 13-3, 6-0 in league on its home floor after it trailed by two with 1:29 left. Ismail finished tied with Lacy Coan for a team-high 14 points in the victory. “All along we wanted to be one of the top two teams in the league,” Prep Coach Kevin Kiyomura said.
By Andrew Shortall, | January 21, 2013
It was a 2012 boys' water polo season packed with success from a number of area teams with three squads  -  Pasadena Poly, La Cañada and Glendale high  -  reaching their respective CIF Southern Section division championship games. Only the Panthers realized their dream and won the Division V title with a 12-10 win over the Nitros after having reached the final stage and coming up empty the two previous years. Players from Poly, Glendale and La Cañada, which fell to M.L. King in the Division III final, 14-9, were recognized when the All-Southern California and California-Hawaii All-American water polo teams were unveiled on Jan. 13. Spencer Rogers of the Panthers, Chase Borisoff and Symeon Stefan of the Spartans were both named All-American, while the Nitros' Arman Momdzhyan was an All-American honorable mention.
From Staff Reports | January 11, 2013
GIRLS' BASKETBALL La Cañada 69, Blair 30 : Courtney Chen had 15 points to pace the Spartans in Friday's Rio Hondo League victory. She also had six steals, four assists and three rebounds. Sarah Borland and Keilee Bessho had 11 points each for the Spartans (10-7, 2-0 in league), with Bessho adding six rebounds, three steals and three assists. Lauren Barsamian had 10 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Flintridge Prep 31, Webb 21 : The Rebels improved to 9-3 and 2-0 in the Prep League Friday, despite not scoring in the fourth quarter at home.
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