Boston High School: ESPN Boston Defensive Player of the Year

Denis is ESPN Boston Defensive Player of the Year

December, 9, 2014
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ESPNBoston.com and its high schools section today announce that Lukas Denis, senior defensive back of the Everett High School Crimson Tide, is the recipient of this year's Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Brendan Hall Everett's Lukas Denis was named ESPN Boston's Defensive Player of the Year after recording eight interceptions -- three of which were returned for touchdowns.
The Defensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Denis will be presented the award at a later date. He joins Chelmsford's Tim Joy (2011), Duxbury's Marshall McCarthy (2012) and this year's ESPN Boston Mr. Football winner, Xaverian's Joe Gaziano (2013) among past recipients in the award's four-year history.

In his fourth year with the Tide's varsity, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Denis turned in one of the most explosive seasons by an Everett play in recent memory, finishing the season with 52 tackles, two forced fumbles and eight interceptions -- three of them getting returned for touchdowns -- from the cornerback position. Counting his touches on offense as both a receiver and running back, Denis accounted for a total of 17 touchdowns through the air, ground and on defense.

Last month, Denis was named one of five finalists for ESPN Boston's fifth annual "Mr. Football" award, which was won yesterday by Gaziano. He earned ESPN Boston All-State honors last season after registering 32 tackles and an interception.

Denis will continue his career next year at Boston College, where he will become the fourth Tide defensive back to make the Eagles' roster in the last eight seasons.

Gaziano is ESPN Boston Defensive Player of Year

December, 13, 2013
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ESPNBoston.com and its high schools section announce that Joe Gaziano, junior defensive end of the Xaverian Brothers High School Hawks, is the recipient of this year's Defensive Player of the Year award.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comXaverian defensive end Joe Gaziano was honored as ESPN Boston's Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday.
The Defensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Gaziano was honored Thursday afternoon on Xaverian's campus in Westwood, where editors Brendan Hall and Scott Barboza presented him with a custom-made jersey. Gaziano joins Chelmsford's Tim Joy (2011) and Duxbury's Marshall McCarthy (2012) among past recipients in the award's three-year history.

In his second year with the Hawks' varsity, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gaziano was an integral force on defense, as they won the Catholic Conference outright and Division 1 South district title, before falling in the D1 state final at Gillette Stadium. In all, Gaziano recorded 53 tackles and nearly a dozen sacks, three blocked punts and an interception. He also set the edge as a blocking tight end on offense, and handled kicking responsibilities on special teams. Gaziano was also named to ESPN Boston's fourth annual MIAA All-State Team on Friday afternoon.

Recently, Gaziano picked up his second offer, from Boston College, joining UMass among the Division 1 FBS suitors.

Chelmsford's Joy is Defensive Player of the Year

December, 7, 2011
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ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Tim Joy, senior linebacker of the Chelmsford High Lions, is the recipient of its inaugural Defensive Player of the Year award, to be presented annually to the top high school defensive player in Massachusetts.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNBoston.com From L-R: Chelmsford head coach Bruce Rich, LB Tim Joy, ESPNBoston.com's Brendall Hall and Chelmsford athletic director Scott Moreau on Wednesday, when Joy was named defensive player of the year.
The Defensive Player of the Year award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Joy was honored this afternoon during a presentation at the school, where ESPN Boston co-editors Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall presented Joy with a custom-made jersey.

"We are excited that Tim Joy will forever be associated with the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year," Hall said. "Over the past two seasons, Tim has been one of the state's elite middle linebackers. His physical prowess is evident, but he took a step forward mentally at one of the most demanding such positions in the game. The team's success this year is proof of that. We are honored to present Tim with this award."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior has been one of the most dominant linebackers in the state this season, and an integral piece of the Lions' 10-2 season, which ended in a playoff loss to eventual Division 1 Super Bowl champion Boston College High. This fall, from his middle linebacker spot, he recorded 155 tackles (eight for loss) and three sacks. Over the past two seasons, the three-time Merrimack Valley Conference All-Star has recorded 286 tackles (21 for loss), five sacks and three interceptions.

Joy will continue his career next fall at Boston College.

"The mark of a great player is consistency and Tim has proven himself one of the state's most steady performer week and week out in the last couple of year," Barboza said. "He is about as sure-handed a tackler as you will ever see at the high school level and his contributions to the Chelmsford defense haven't been just that. Joy has been the quarterback of the defense, one of the best units in the state."

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