When plans were being made to split the former Pickerington High School into Pickerington North and Central seven years ago, North athletic director Mark Aprile said the schools wanted to make sure they stayed strong.

When plans were being made to split the former Pickerington High School into Pickerington North and Central seven years ago, North athletic director Mark Aprile said the schools wanted to make sure they stayed strong.

That proved the case as North earned the inaugural Ralph Young All-Sports trophy in the OCC-Ohio Division by scoring 112.5 of the possible 128 points to place ahead of Gahanna (101) and Central (91.5).

The Panthers had the most points out of any school in all four of the league's divisions and won seven outright OCC-Ohio titles last year.

"We're the youngest school in the Ohio Division, but the plans (to make North a strong school) started way before the split," Aprile said. "This award speaks volumes to the work that we've done."

The All-Sports trophy is named after Young, a former Delaware athletic 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.

Reynoldsburg (73), Lancaster (67), Newark (44.5), Groveport (43) and Grove City (33.5) rounded out the rest of the league. Grove City was at a disadvantage after failing to score in the fall. After the school levy failed, the district decided to drop sports in the fall.

North dominated the fall season. The Panthers captured 60 of the 64 possible points, winning league championships in girls volleyball, girls soccer, boys golf, boys cross country and girls cross country.

That pushed the Panthers ahead of the Tigers (47.5) and Lions (47).

"To be honest, we talked about winning the Ralph Young in the coaches meetings before the season started," Aprile said. "We didn't want to be known as a school that had one or two strong programs, but one where all of our programs compete well in the division."

The fall showed how far the Panthers have come in football and girls volleyball. After finishing 7-13 in 2005 and 2006, the football team experienced its second winning season last fall. North was 7-4 overall and placed third in the OCC-Ohio with a 4-2 record behind Central and Lancaster, which tied for first at 5-1.

The girls volleyball team went 22-26 in its first two years, but earned its fourth consecutive league title last fall with a 12-0 record.

"(Winning the All-Sports trophy) is quite a feather in the school's cap," girls volleyball coach Kris Kern said.

"Winning this speaks volumes about the athletic department and the quality of coaching we have here."

The Panthers expanded their advantage in the All-Sports standings during the winter season by registering 22.5 of the possible 24 points. The girls basketball team won the league championship, the wrestling team tied Gahanna for first and the boys basketball team was second.

North had only one league title in the spring, boys track, but finished high enough in the standings to hold off Gahanna.

"Our school takes a lot of pride in winning league championships. We talk about winning the OCC on the first day of practice," said senior Jordan Householder, a middle hitter and blocker for the girls volleyball team and a forward/center for the girls basketball team. "All of the athletes work hard for our school to get the banner on the wall."