Ted Boeke and Karlsen Termini set their standards high entering their senior seasons on the baseball diamond.
Boeke of Crescenta Valley High and Termini of Flintridge Prep knew they would each be counted on to lead their respective teams at the plate in a quest to win a league championship.
Boeke and Termini both got the job done and were subsequently rewarded for their hard work, as they each received All-CIF first-team accolades after the CIF Southern Section office unveiled the first teams for the seven divisions on Tuesday afternoon.
Boeke, a shortstop/pitcher, was selected to the Division II first team. Termini, a first baseman, made the Division VI first team. Flintridge Prep junior starting pitcher Brenden McKiernan was named to the second team.
"Getting All-CIF was something I had been striving for since I've played varsity ball," said the Loyola Marymount University-bound Boeke, who was named the Pacific League's Most Valuable Player after helping the Falcons earn a share the league title with Burbank. "A lot of alums from our program have received it, so it's something special.
"Last summer, I set out to help the team win league and get All-CIF. It's a dream to be able to do both of those things."
Boeke batted .378 (34 for 90) with five home runs and 24 runs batted in. He scored 29 runs and registered six doubles and a pair of triples. Boeke finished with a .486 on-base percentage and a .656 slugging percentage.
On the mound, Boeke went 4-1 with 0.98 earned-run average and two complete games. He struck out 53 and walked 22 in 35 2/3 innings covering 11 appearances.
Crescenta Valley Coach Phil Torres said Boeke represented the Falcons well.
"He did so many things well," Torres said. "It's a really cool thing to get.
"He had a great year and did everything we needed. He carried the load. We put him in the leadoff spot so the pitchers had to pitch to him."
Termini played a role in helping the Rebels win a share of the Prep League championship with Pasadena Poly and Webb. The Rebels won a league title for the first time since 1997. In the postseason, Flintridge Prep won its first playoff game since 1999 and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 1960.
Termini set the stage for Flintridge Prep with his bat in the clean-up spot. The All-Prep League first-team pick hit .368 with two home runs, three doubles and 17 runs batted in. He posted a .605 slugging percentage.
"It's an incredible honor and a great way to go out," Termini said. "It took a lot of hard work, but it paid off in the end.
"I worked with my coaches and they helped me out with my swing. The biggest thing was the success that the team had and getting to the semis. We were able to put it all together and go far."
McKiernan, also an all-league first-team honoree, went 6-2 with a 2.76 ERA and struck out 13. He batted .370 and scored 11 runs while holding down the leadoff spot.
Flintridge Prep first-year Coach Guillermo Gonzalez said Termini and McKiernan each provided leadership for the Rebels during their breakout season.
"Karlsen brought the accountability aspect to the team," Gonzalez said. "Without him, we would have been off-balance and we could call on him when we needed a big hit.
"Brenden matured a lot as a pitcher. He jumped right up to the No. 1 spot. Like Karlsen, his leadership was huge."