A sense of competitiveness between the Upper Arlington High School boys and girls basketball teams helped the Golden Bears earn the inaugural Ralph Young All-Sports Trophy for the OCC-Central Division.

A sense of competitiveness between the Upper Arlington High School boys and girls basketball teams helped the Golden Bears earn the inaugural Ralph Young All-Sports Trophy for the OCC-Central Division.

"We were all very competitive with each other, but it was a good type of competitiveness," said Ashley Stuart, a 2010 graduate who played basketball. "We were very happy to see them have the kind of season they had. We really encouraged each other."

UA finished with 108 of the maximum 128 points, edging Dublin Coffman (102.5) by 5.5 points for the trophy, which is named after former Delaware athletics director Ralph Young. Hilliard Davidson (99), Thomas Worthington (75), Hilliard Darby (70), Worthington Kilbourne (66.5), Central Crossing (21) and Westland (10) rounded out the division. Central Crossing and Westland didn't score any points in the fall after a levy failure canceled fall sports.

Upper Arlington won outright titles in boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls cross country in the fall, boys basketball and girls basketball in the winter, and softball and boys tennis in the spring. The Bears also earned league championships in boys and girls swimming and lacrosse, but those sports were among the sports that weren't calculated in the All-Sports standings because not every OCC school offers those sports.

"(Winning the Ralph Young award) speaks volumes about our players and our coaches. It shows how much time and effort goes into each sport," said Greg Sullivan, the interim athletics director with Michael Schaefer. "Our kids have great coaches and winning is the byproduct of all the hard work, time and dedication the kids put into it."

Upper Arlington trailed Coffman 57-56 after the fall season but used a strong winter and spring to overtake the Shamrocks. UA earned 20 of the possible 24 points in the winter and outscored Coffman 32-24 in the spring.

The basketball teams, which were a combined 40-3 overall and 27-1 in the OCC-Central, were unlikely flagships for Upper Arlington. Before this season, the boys basketball team hadn't won a league championship since the 1995-96 season. The Bears went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since the 1946-47 season and finished 20-1 overall after losing to Dublin Coffman 50-48 in a district semifinal March 11.

The girls basketball team won the OCC-Central with a 13-1 record for the first time since the 2003-04 team, and finished 20-2 overall.

"Everyone encourages us to become better athletes," Stuart said. "UA has a lot of different things to be involved in and every one of them is good."

"When you walk around here, you see the number of the kids out in the field or the weight room working," Sullivan said. "They've seen that success comes through hard work and they're just as successful in the class room. That's really rewarding."