Dublin Coffman High School athletics director Tony Pusateri said the Shamrocks strive to be competitive in every sport every season.

Dublin Coffman High School athletics director Tony Pusateri said the Shamrocks strive to be competitive in every sport every season.

Therefore, Pusateri said Coffman's student-athletes, coaches and administrators were thrilled when it was announced that the school had earned the second annual Ralph Young All-Sports Award for the OCC-Central Division.

"We're all very fortunate to be a part of a great school like Dublin Coffman where we have the resources to do well in everything we do," Pusateri said. "When you're at a school that excels academically and then you hear that you're the best in your conference athletically, it makes you really proud because the coaches, kids and their parents all are key parts of us winning this. We've had a lot of success in just about every sport here every school year, and it makes you feel good to win an award that verifies that success."

The Ralph Young All-Sports Award is given annually to the school that performs the best across the OCC's common 16 sports. Eight points are awarded for a first-place finish, seven for a second, six for a third and so on. The award is named in honor of the longtime Ohio Capital Conference secretary. Young also is a former athletics director at Delaware, he has been a track official for 38 years and he manages basketball tournaments at the sectional, district and regional levels for the Ohio High School Athletic Association. He currently serves as treasurer of the OHSAA's Central District.

"Dublin Coffman was in the running for this award last year and their coaches did a great job of getting their student-athletes ready to perform well again this year," OCC commissioner Dave Cecutti said.

After finishing second in the standings behind Upper Arlington last year, Coffman won the award with 110 points, ahead of Hilliard Davidson (95.5), UA (92), Thomas Worthington (78), Hilliard Darby (69), Worthington Kilbourne (68), Central Crossing (41.5) and Westland (21).

The Shamrocks won outright OCC-Central championships in boys cross country, girls cross country, boys golf and girls volleyball in the fall, shared the league title with UA in boys basketball in the winter and won outright league titles in baseball and girls track and field in the spring.

"It's a huge honor to win this because the OCC-Central is extremely competitive in all sports," Coffman boys golf coach David Woodmansee said. "Obviously, our boys golf team is happy to contribute eight points, but the great thing about this award is that every sport matters and (all 16 teams) helped us score enough points whether they won a championship or not. This is reflective of the great support we get from our entire community. The leadership we get from our athletics director and our principal (Mike Ulring) is so positive. They really support what we do. At Coffman, we always get great volunteer support from our parents and we have kids who do well playing multiple sports."

Senior Megan Collins, juniors Clarissa Bons and Mechelle DeNoble, sophomore Rachel Weber and freshman Rachel Bosworth each played key roles in leading the girls cross country and girls track teams to OCC-Central titles in the past school year.

"It's pretty special that our school won an award like this," Bons said. "It's nice to win an individual award, but it's even better when you can share it with your whole team and your whole school."

Weber said the Shamrocks will do their best to win the Ralph Young All-Sports Award again next school year.

"I think we'll have a shot at it again next year because we have some good athletes coming back," Weber said. "Everyone who plays sports in our school just needs to work really hard again and I think more good things will happen for us."