For most of the school year, Olentangy Liberty High School athletics director Tom Gerhardt kept quiet on where the Patriots stood in the competition for the Ralph Young All-Sports trophy in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

For most of the school year, Olentangy Liberty High School athletics director Tom Gerhardt kept quiet on where the Patriots stood in the competition for the Ralph Young All-Sports trophy in the OCC-Cardinal Division.

But when it came time for the league track meet May 13-15 at Pickerington North, Gerhardt made sure the boys and girls track and field teams knew how much the school needed them.

The boys team won the league title and the girls team was fifth to help Liberty win the inaugural trophy. The Patriots also won outright league titles in girls volleyball and girls soccer, and tied Marysville for first in softball and Dublin Scioto and Dublin Jerome for first in baseball to score 102 of the possible 128 points to easily win the All-Sports trophy.

"I tried to keep it a secret, but as the spring sports season rolled around, people started to realize where we were and got into it," Gerhardt said. "I knew Westerville Central was going to have a very good spring, so I explained to the track team how important it was for them to do the best they could. The coaches did a good job and got the most out of their kids."

As it turned out, the Patriots had plenty of a cushion, finishing well ahead of Central (83), Scioto (78), Jerome (72.5), Westerville North (69), Olentangy (66), Westerville South (56) and Marysville (51.5). The 19-point margin was the largest among all four divisions of the OCC.

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.

Even though the school district added two high schools in the past nine years, all three of the high schools found varying measures of success last year. Olentangy Orange finished second with 92 points behind New Albany (99.5) for the All-Sports trophy in the OCC-Capital Division. The Pioneers won outright titles in boys soccer and wrestling and tied the Eagles for first in football. The Braves tied Scioto for first in girls basketball and were second in wrestling.

Liberty's boys and girls swimming and diving teams also won league championships and was second in gymnastics, but those sports weren't include in the all-sports standings because not all OCC schools offer them. What helped Liberty was being alone in second place in six sports.

The Patriots got off to a strong start in the fall. In addition to the championships in girls volleyball and girls soccer, Liberty was second in boys soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, boys cross country and girls cross country, and tied Scioto for second in football to take a 57.5-46 lead over Jerome. After earning just 11 out of the possible 24 points in the winter, Liberty scored 33.5 of the possible 40 points in the spring.

Ryan Snivley, who coached the boys golf team to a second-place finish and the boys track and field team to its second consecutive league championship, said the school had been gunning for the All-Sports trophy from the get go.

"Like me, Tom's a pretty competitive guy," Snivley said. "He put a lot of emphasis on winning OCC championships.

"Winning the All-Sports trophy is a nice way for all the sports teams to compete (together) and build some sort of camaraderie for the school."