Josh Rodriguez

La Cañada falls in overtime against frontrunner South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — Leading up to La Cañada High’s second dip into the pool to face rival South Pasadena in Rio Hondo League boys’ water polo, the Spartans made official a coaching change, welcoming new head coach and Tigers alum Josh Rodriguez, who replaced Christian Flores.

“Monday, I was officially hired. Wednesday I officially started, so yesterday was my first day of practice,” Rodriguez, who graduated South Pasadena High in 2008, said.

On Thursday afternoon, La Cañada went on the road and the Spartans found themselves seconds away from handing the Tigers their first league defeat before South Pasadena forced overtime and then took...