One of Kevin Reed's first functions after he took over as New Albany High School athletics director last fall was accepting an award named after his mentor, Ralph Young.

One of Kevin Reed's first functions after he took over as New Albany High School athletics director last fall was accepting an award named after his mentor, Ralph Young.

He'll be doing the same thing this fall after OCC commissioner Dave Cecutti announced on June 20 that New Albany had won the Ralph Young All-Sports Award for the second year in a row.

The all-sports award goes to the school in each OCC division that had the best overall performance among the league's 16 common sports.

With seven league championships in those sports during this past school year, New Albany tallied 108 points to earn that title for the OCC-Capital Division ahead of runner-up Olentangy Orange (90).

"Ralph was my mentor at Delaware," said Reed, who succeeded Young as athletics director at Delaware before taking the job at New Albany last year. "He was out here last year to present us the award and it's exciting to know that he'll be out here again for the second year in a row. It just shows what all of the hard work that our athletic programs have put into it."

The Eagles won league titles in baseball, boys basketball, boys cross country, boys golf, boys tennis, football and girls soccer.

Eight points are awarded for a first-place finish, seven for second and six for third. Each place thereafter earns one fewer point than the place before.

When New Albany joined the OCC for the 2006-07 season, it did so as a Division III team in football and Division II in every other sport. Now the programs are Division I teams with the exception of football, which is Division II.

"As a coaching staff all the coaches do a nice job of emphasizing conference championships," said cross country and track and field coach Chad Olinger, whose boys cross country team won the OCC-Capital meet on Oct. 16 with 43 points as Watkins Memorial placed second (55). "If you put that as your top goal, you're going to do well in the tournaments because the competition in our league is so tough."

The baseball team's OCC-Capital title was its first outright. The Eagles went 11-3 to finish ahead of runner-up Orange (9-5).

The football team's league championship came during a 10-0 regular season. The Eagles were 7-0 in the OCC-Capital to finish ahead of Orange (5-2).

The boys basketball team won the OCC-Capital at 13-1, finishing ahead of Delaware (11-3). It was New Albany's first league title in boys basketball since winning the MSL-Ohio in 2005-06.

"Maybe five years ago it was a completely different story, but I think (athletics is) definitely becoming a big deal now," said Bryant Bednarek, who started at quarterback in football and catcher in baseball before graduating this spring.

"I think a lot of that is due to the community support. I think people get excited. I don't think we're at the level of some of the other schools out there yet, but we're getting there."

The boys tennis team won the OCC-Capital title at 7-0 with 76 points, beating out Orange (6-1, 52 points). The Eagles won all five courts in the OCC-Capital tournament on May 7. It was the Eagles' sixth consecutive league title.

The boys golf team was 23-1 in the OCC-Capital, finishing ahead of runner-up Mount Vernon (19-5).

The girls soccer team finished 7-0 in the OCC-Capital to win the title ahead of runners-up Hilliard Bradley and Orange, which went 5-1-1.

Young, a retired Delaware athletics director and longtime OCC secretary, was a charter member of the OCC Hall of Fame in 1997. He currently serves as Central District treasurer.