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September 19, 2012
La Cañada High School water polo parents might have longed to jump in the school pool as temperatures topped 100 degrees on Sept. 15, but instead they dutifully worked a rummage sale nearby that raised nearly $500. Deb Stolmack, mother of an eighth-grade water polo player, Jake, and a high school softball pitcher, Alyssa, was a key organizer of the event and said survival required “a lot of water and a sense of humor.” Water polo parents and members of the community donated items, including a ton of sports equipment, to make the sale a success.
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SPORTS
By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | September 12, 2012
LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE - Every statistic but goals scored was dominated by the La Cañada High boys' water polo team when it hosted Royal Wednesday. It made for a tense match in the final five minutes when it hosted the ninth-ranked squad out of CIF Southern Section Division II. La Cañada rose to the occasion when it had to and as it had all game to get just enough stops to pull off a 12-10 victory and improve to 2-0 this season to help solidify La Cañada's spot atop of the Division III poll.
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From Staff Reports | September 4, 2012
BOYS' WATER POLO Flintridge Prep 8, Arcadia 6: Diego Delgado paced the Rebels with three goals in their nonleague season opener on the road Wednesday. Carlo Sivilotti and Jaime Walker each scored goals within the first two minutes of the fourth period to put Prep up 8-2, which would prove crucial when the apaches (0-1) mounted a 4-0 run to get within two with a minute to play. Brian Kihn had seven saves for the Rebels. GIRLS' GOLF Burroughs 237, La Cañada 248: The Spartans got off to a sloppy start in their season opener at the DeBell Golf Course after their originally scheduled opener with South Pasadena and Crescenta Valley was rained out Aug. 30. La Cañada looked to rebound against Marlborough at the Wilshire Country Club Wednesday and against Bishop Alemany and Saugus Thursday.
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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 Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | August 22, 2012
Expectations are high, as they usually are, for the La Cañada High girls' volleyball and boys' water polo teams this season. They were reinforced when the CIF Southern Section released its preseason rankings Wednesday afternoon. Both the Spartans' water polo and volleyball teams appear poised to make a deep playoff run this year. La Cañada water polo, which is coming off its first trip to the semifinals in five years and has a new coach in Jim Sprague, earned the top ranking in Division III after Laguna Beach and Damien - last year's division finalists - were bumped up to Division II. Spartans volleyball picked up the first runner-up ranking in Division II-AA after its season came to a disappointing end in the second round in 2011.
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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 Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 15, 2012
Todd Sprague has enjoyed plenty of success in the world of high school water polo. Now, the coach with more than 20 years of experience has come to the La Cañada High boys' water polo team in search of a new opportunity. "I have had success everywhere I've gone, but everywhere I've gone didn't have a water polo program with a tradition like La Cañada," said Sprague, who was announced as the Spartans new coach in a press release from La Cañada High Athletic Director Craig Franzen Friday.
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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.
SPORTS
April 7, 2012
Sam Buliavac, Senior, Two-meter, Burroughs All-CIF Southern Section Division V third-team and All-Pacific League first-team selection recorded 137 goals, 40 steals, 26 assists and 52 drawn ejections while leading Indians to 21-5 season, divisional quarterfinals and second-place finish in league. Emma Dodd, Senior, Utility, Pasadena All-CIF Division V second-team and All-Pacific League first-teamer set single-season school record with 116 goals to go along with 56 drawn ejections, while leading Bulldogs to third-place finish in league.
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