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Glendale High's Michael Davis leads cast of athletes that stood out in 2012-13

Glendale News-Press' top male athletes, minus top selection, each put together dominant efforts.

August 15, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
  • Glendale High's Michael Davis, a football and track star, finished as the No. 2 Male Athlete as was voted by the sports staff of the Glendale News-Press. (Libby Cline/File Art)
Glendale High's Michael Davis, a football and track…

The top-10 male high school athletes from the 2012-13 season were voted on by the Glendale News-Press sports department. These are selections 2-10. See the Aug. 22 edition for the Male Athlete of the Year.

2 Michael Davis, Glendale High track and football, senior — Success began and ended with speed for the two-way sports star.

The area’s fastest sprinter was a do-it-all first-team All-Pacific League and All-Area pick in football, as well as the first All-CIF football selection for the Nitros in roughly two decades. The BYU-bound talent had seven total touchdowns, including a kick return, a passing touchdown, a rushing score and a reception.

Davis finished with 409 yards receiving, 258 yards rushing and also tallied 45 tackles on defense. In the team’s three victories in 2012, Davis shined, including when he hauled in three receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-3 victory over La Cañada on Sept. 7.

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As for track and field, Davis was a member of the Nitros’ Pacific League champion 400-meter relay team, while he individually won 100-meter and 200-meter titles. Davis eventually finished runner-up in the 200 at the CIF Southern Section Division I championships and advanced to the CIF State Finals, where he claimed fifth and a medal.

“Here’s a kid who has lost one league race in his four years and that was at the Pacific League finals his freshman year when he was [just clipped],” Glendale High athletic director Pat Lancaster said during the postseason about Davis’ success in the Pacific League. “He’s helped put Glendale, California, not Glendale, Arizona or anywhere else, but Glendale, California back on the map. He knows how to compete.”

3 Ted Boeke, Crescenta Valley High baseball, senior — The Loyola Marymount-bound infielder/pitcher enjoyed a highly successful 2013 campaign for the Falcons, which included several accolades.

Boeke was named both the Pacific League’s Most Valuable Player and, shortly after receiving that award, also earned an All-CIF Southern Section II first-team pick and, eventually, the All-Area Baseball Player of the Year accolade.

“Getting All-CIF was something I had been striving for since I've played varsity ball,” said Boeke upon finding out he had been selected. “A lot of alums from our program have received it, so it's something special.

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