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La Cañada High's Boys' Water Polo Player Chase Borisoff was a facilitator of success in the pool

Much more than a scorer, La Canada's Chase Borisoff was an all-around talent whose abilities translated into success for himself, as well as for the Spartans

December 29, 2012|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
(Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

Accomplished water polo player Chase Borisoff admits there's nothing like getting the ball a few meters away from an opponent's goal, working for a shot and finally firing a laser that makes its way past a flailing goalkeeper and into the cage for a score.

"Everybody likes to score," said Borisoff, who just completed his senior season with the La Cañada High boys' team. "But there's a lot more to water polo than scoring."

There's probably not a truer statement that can be uttered that more encapsulates Borisoff's performance, and his worth to the Spartans, during the 2012 season than the words that came out of his own mouth.

When Borisoff wanted to, he could score goals in bunches, his powerful shot and pool savvy perfected by spending thousands of hours and nearly a decade toiling in a chlorine-induced environment that became his second home.

"Scoring goals gets you most of the glory and you definitely get noticed more when you're scoring a lot," Borisoff said. "But what I like more than that is setting up my teammates and giving them a chance, as well. When you make a good pass and your teammate gets a goal, it's nice to know that you set him up for that goal. It's kind of like operating behind the scenes."

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Borisoff's worth to La Cañada proved to be infinitely more than how many times he could put goals on the scoreboard. On the offensive end, the senior was a master facilitator, continually looking for ways to work the ball to his teammates and getting them involved with pin-point passes. On defense, Borisoff was a ball hawk, hounding the opponent's best player and drawing ejections at a frenzied pace to give his team an added advantage.

"For the most part, Chase and I play on the same side," Spartans senior utility Symeon Stefan said. "It was really nice to have him there because he is very, very steady and I was completely confident that he was going to make the right decision, whether it was passing it to me or a teammate or taking it himself.

"What's great about Chase is that he seems to have the ability to make the right decision at the right time. When we were involved in a tight game, it was always comforting to know that we had someone like that on our side."

Borisoff's talents weren't lost on the coaches of the Rio Hondo League and the coaches in CIF Southern Section Division III. Along with being voted the Rio Hondo League co-Player of the Year, an award he shared with Stefan, he also was an All-CIF first-team selection.

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