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Ralph Young All-Sports Trophy

Mansfield's contributions help Central win award

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Tommy Mansfield left his mark on the athletic programs at Westerville Central High School.

Among his contributions was helping the Warhawks win the Ralph Young All-Sports trophy in the OCC-Cardinal Division for the 2013-14 school year.

The All-Sports award, in its fifth year, goes to the school in each OCC division that performs the best in 16 common team sports over the course of the school year. Eight points are awarded for finishing first, seven for placing second, six for finishing third, and so on.

Central scored 90 points in the OCC-Cardinal to edge runner-up Hilliard Bradley (88.5) for its second All-Sports trophy. Dublin Jerome (84) was third, followed by Westerville South (69), Westerville North (66.5), Dublin Scioto (65.5), Hilliard Darby (61) and Canal Winchester (50.5).

The other All-Sports award winners were Gahanna in the OCC-Ohio, New Albany in the OCC-Capital and Olentangy Liberty in the OCC-Central.

Mansfield, a 2014 graduate, was a member of the football, boys basketball and boys track and field teams that won league titles this past school year. He was a freshman on the first-place boys track team when the Warhawks won the All-Sports trophy in the 2010-11 school year.

"It's a huge deal for our school," Mansfield said. "All the sports at our school support each other. We all love to see each other succeed and win OCC titles, and just seeing so many of the teams win them this year shows that all of our hard work paid off. It's a good feeling for our whole (senior) class to win so many (league titles) and to win the Ralph Young award."

In addition to football, boys basketball and boys track, Central won OCC-Cardinal titles outright in baseball and softball and shared the league championship in girls volleyball with Bradley.

The Warhawks placed second in boys golf and third in girls tennis.

"I'm very proud of it," Central athletics director Andy Ey said of the award. "It's a great reflection on the depth that we have across our athletics, not just one or two sports that are really good. It shows that we're good in everything. The kids and coaches that won it are tremendous and we have great parent support. (Parents) play a role in everything that we do."

The football team went 7-0 in the OCC-Cardinal, ahead of runner-up Darby (6-1).

"I feel good about it," football coach John Magistro said of the award. "Obviously, in the fall, you get to set the pace and set the tone. To win the OCC, especially in the division we're in, we have a lot of respect for our opponents, so it says a little bit about your program."

South won the OCC-Cardinal title in boys tennis, placed second in boys basketball and finished third in boys golf, boys soccer, girls basketball, girls soccer and girls track, while North won league championships in girls basketball and wrestling, was second in boys cross country and finished third in girls cross country.

The All-Sports award is named in honor of Young, a longtime OCC secretary and former athletics director at Delaware who also was a longtime track official and managed basketball tournaments at the sectional, district and regional levels for the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Young also served as treasurer of the OHSAA's Central District.

"I couldn't have asked for a better senior year with all the success our teams had and just the success around our whole (senior) class," said Mansfield, who has committed to playing football at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. "It was definitely an exciting time."

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