"Dylan represents all that is good about the high school athlete," Boyce said. "He is a hard worker who earned everything he has received. With all his accolades he has never stopped being a good student and devoted to his family and friends. The honor is well deserved."
Garrity ended his four-year varsity career as the boys' program leader in four categories: points (1,729 points), assists (443), games played (114) and career games record (83-31).
Even though he is one of the program's most decorated players, the honor caught Garrity — this year's Sunset League MVP who helped guide the Chargers to a share of their first league title in six years — by total surprise.
Garrity said that Boyce had teased him at the banquet about not turning in his uniform, as his teammates had done following a Feb. 22 CIF Division 1A playoff quarterfinal round loss to Compton. Garrity was still in need of his Edison uniform, which he will wear at the Orange County North-South All-Star Basketball Game on April 16 at Concordia University.
"I was the last player brought up at the banquet," he said. "Coach (Boyce) brought each player up individually and said some things about each player. When it was my turn, he presented me with the team and Sunset League MVP awards. He joked about me not having yet turned in my uniform and then when I was about to go back to my seat to sit down, coach told me to hold on. That's when he made the announcement.
"I was stunned and blown away. I just couldn't believe it. Everyone in the room stood and cheered for me. I almost lost it. I wanted to cry, but didn't. That came later that night, when it all sunk in. For sure, it was a very memorable night for me."