Athletics director Duane Sheldon calls what Dublin Coffman High School's sports teams have accomplished in recent years part of a "tradition of excellence."

The numbers backed that up during the 2017-18 school year, as the Shamrocks earned their second consecutive Ralph Young All-Sports Award for the OCC-Central Division.

Of the 16 sports in which each of the OCC-Central's six schools competed, Coffman earned six first-place finishes and six runner-up finishes.

"This is an award that goes beyond Coffman High School," Sheldon said. "The success of these athletes and teams can be traced back to the parents coaching and involving their kids in competitive youth programs. Our parents set a high level of expectation at a young age, which sets the table for our coaches. It's always great to see the dedication of the student-athletes and coaches pay off and earn such a great honor."

The All-Sports Award, in its ninth year, goes to the school in each of the OCC's five divisions that performs the best in the conference's common sports over the course of the school year. In the OCC-Central, six points were awarded for finishing first, five for placing second, four for finishing third, and so on.

Coffman totaled 79.5 points to edge runner-up Upper Arlington (74.5) and third-place Hilliard Davidson (72). Marysville (57.5) was fourth, followed by Central Crossing (33.5) and Westland (19).

During the fall season, the Shamrocks captured league championships in football, girls volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer and placed second in girls tennis, boys golf and boys cross country. The Shamrocks also took second in girls golf, but Central Crossing and Westland do not field teams.

Led by league co-Player of the Year Griffin Hoak and Michigan State recruit Jeslord Boateng at linebacker, the football team made the Division I playoffs for the ninth consecutive season and finished 8-3.

The girls volleyball team featured three of central Ohio's top players in Dana Axner (libero), Jennifer Schulze (setter) and Riley Wagoner (outside hitter) and finished 25-3, won its 11th consecutive league title and reached a state semifinal. Coffman has won 135 consecutive league matches.

In boys soccer, Coffman went 19-2-2 and reached a state semifinal as Luke Kiley earned Mr. Soccer and Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year honors.

The girls soccer team bounced back from a four-win season in 2016 to finish 12-2-4 and win the league title.

During the winter season, the Shamrocks captured league championships in girls basketball and wrestling and earned runner-up finishes in boys basketball and girls swimming. Coffman also finished second in boys swimming, but only five schools fielded teams.

The girls basketball team won the league title at 10-0 and finished 24-2 overall, losing in a district final as juniors Jacy Sheldon and Kaitlyn Kopyar and seniors Lilly Edwards and Axner led the way. Sheldon is an Ohio State commit who already holds career program records for points (1,643), steals (372) and field goals (619) and averaged 26.3 points last season.

With two state qualifiers in junior Lennox Wolak (182 pounds) and senior Ben Yost (145) leading the way, the wrestling team beat Davidson 38-29 to wrap up its second consecutive league title.

During the spring season, Coffman's best league finish was second in boys tennis. The boys and girls track and field teams both finished third.

"(Winning the All-Sports Award) means a lot to our school," wrestling coach Chance Van Gundy said. "Coffman is a special place. Our administrators at Coffman are very supportive of all the athletic programs. It makes me very thankful to work at a school that takes so much pride in its academics and athletics. Although (wrestling is) just a piece of the puzzle, we're happy to do our part in achieving this award for the school."

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