When New Albany High School joined the OCC during the 2006-07 school year, some didn't think much of the Eagles' chances to survive in the Capital Division.

When New Albany High School joined the OCC during the 2006-07 school year, some didn't think much of the Eagles' chances to survive in the Capital Division.

According to athletics director Rex Reeder, New Albany has not only survived but thrived. The Eagles won six OCC-Capital championships last school year and scored 99.5 points to win the inaugural Ralph Young All-Sports trophy in the division.

"I remember when we started in the OCC, a lot of schools didn't think we could compete here," Reeder said. "To be able to win the All-Sports trophy against the caliber of teams here shows the depth of our program."

The All-Sports trophy is named after Young, a former Delaware athletics director. It is based on how a school finishes in the league standings in 16 sports that the division offers conference championships in football, girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, boys cross country and girls cross country in the fall, boys basketball, girls basketball and wrestling in the winter, and baseball, softball, girls track, boys track and boys tennis in the spring. A league champion receives eight points, second place receives seven, third place receives six points, and so on.

The Eagles captured league championships in girls soccer, girls tennis, boys cross country, girls basketball and boys tennis, and tied Orange for first in football with a 5-1 record.

Additionally, New Albany won OCC championships in boys and girls swimming and boys and girls lacrosse, but those sports weren't included in the point total because not every team participates.

The OCC-Capital had the closest race with just 16 points separating the top four teams. The Eagles used strong finishes in the spring sports to finish ahead of Olentangy Orange (92), Mount Vernon (88) and Big Walnut (83.5). Watkins Memorial (68), Hilliard Bradley (68), Delaware (58.5) and Franklin Heights (10.5) rounded the rest of the finishers. The Falcons didn't compete in the fall season after the failure of a school levy led the school to cancel sports.

The Eagles got off to an early lead in the competition by scoring 49.5 of the possible 64 points during the fall. Orange (44.5), Big Walnut (43.5) and Bradley (35.5) were right behind. New Albany placed first in girls basketball and was third in boys basketball and tied Big Walnut and Bradley for third in wrestling.

New Albany won boys tennis and finished second in girls track to seal the championship.

"Our school is growing into being one of the leading schools in our division," said senior Matt Odierno, who wrestled in the 215-pound weight class and played outside linebacker and guard for the football team. "The junior and senior classes were a lot closer (the past school year) than we have been in the past and we used that in every sport."

As far as school populations go, New Albany is in the middle of the pack with 875, behind Delaware (1078), Mount Vernon (1,062), Franklin Heights (1,046) and Watkins Memorial (903), and ahead of Orange (814), Bradley (722) and Big Walnut (712).

But football coach Mark Mueller said the school makes up for its lack of numbers with work ethic and conditioning.

"I wish we had a bunch of Division I athletes walking around here, but that's not the case," Mueller said. "What we do have is a lot of hard-working athletes, and we come to compete week in and week out."