By ending a 17-year league title drought in boys track and field May 11 and 13, Dublin Coffman High School took a big step toward locking up another piece of hardware as well.

The Shamrocks got three OCC-Central Division championships from Lucas Bons and two apiece from Alex Barber and Noah Carpenter and scored 160 points in the league meet to finish first, ahead of runner-up Hilliard Davidson (133).

That championship helped Coffman earn the Ralph Young All-Sports Award.

The Shamrocks also won outright league titles in girls volleyball, boys soccer and girls tennis during the fall and in girls basketball and wrestling during the winter.

"Winning the OCC title this year was really special for us because we haven't done so in more than a decade," boys track coach Kathryn Slaven said. "The boys worked really hard this season and we had several individual and relay performances that made the Coffman top five all-time list. Knowing that our win helped secure the Ralph Young trophy makes it even more special.

"Many of our athletes, especially our top kids, participate in multiple sports at Coffman. They are part of the larger school community, and it's nice to see all of their hard work in athletics across multiple seasons pay off for them."

The All-Sports award, in its eighth 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. There were 16 common sports in the OCC-Central. Six points were awarded for finishing first, five for placing second, four for finishing third, and so on.

The Shamrocks totaled 76.5 points to edge Davidson (75.5) for the award. Upper Arlington (67) was third, followed by Marysville (61.5), Central Crossing (38.5) and Westland (17).

Last year, Coffman was runner-up to Olentangy Liberty for the award in the OCC-Central. The Patriots won the award in the OCC-Buckeye this year.

"I feel like it means a lot to our school," wrestling coach Chance Van Gundy said. "Our administration, coaches, support staff, parents and athletes take a lot of pride in Coffman athletics and the school. I'm proud to be part of that."

The girls volleyball team had just two seniors but went 10-0 in the OCC-Central to capture its 10th consecutive league title. Led by Dana Axner, Riley Wagoner and Jacy Sheldon, the Shamrocks went on to reach a Division I state semifinal.

The boys soccer team went 5-0 in the league as brothers Matt Kiley and Luke Kiley led the way.

"Coffman has so much talent across all sports," boys soccer coach Brian Stoddard said. "I'm elated we could contribute to the overall success of the school and community. Certainly the accomplishment is a direct representation of the type of student-athletes that boys soccer and the school as a whole have."

The girls tennis team went 5-0 in the league as singles player Nethra Thenappan and the doubles team of Victoria Fan and Skylar Moore led the way.

"It just goes to show how competitive Coffman is across the board," said Brett Hundertpfund, who coaches the girls and boys tennis teams. "Winning the conference is something we haven't done in several years, and the boys tennis team getting second also was a really good accomplishment."

Coffman also won the OCC-Capital title in the girls golf, but that sport wasn't included in the all-sports award calculation.

During the winter season, the girls basketball team went 10-0 to win the OCC-Central as Sheldon earned league and Division I district Player of the Year honors. The Shamrocks went on to reach a regional final.

"Our program is one of many tremendous athletic programs at Coffman," girls basketball coach Bryan Patton said. "We've been blessed to have not only great players, but great kids. Our school is made up of so many good kids and outstanding student-athletes. I think the award embodies what we as teachers and coaches see every day at school. I feel fortunate to be a part of it."

The wrestling team went 5-0 in the OCC-Central as Dom Demas (145 pounds) went on to earn the state championship and Ben Frye (heavyweight) was the eventual state runner-up.

"(The wrestling program is) always happy to do (its) part," Van Gundy said. "Winning the OCC was one of our most important team goals, and it feels great to have helped the school win the Ralph Young all-sports trophy."

During the spring season, Coffman's only league title came in boys track.

In addition, the football, boys cross country, girls track and boys tennis teams earned league runner-up finishes, the boys basketball team tied for second, the girls soccer and boys golf teams placed third and the baseball team tied for third.

The other All-Sports award winners were Hilliard Darby in the OCC-Cardinal, New Albany in the OCC-Capital and Pickerington Central in the OCC-Ohio.

The award is named in honor of Young, who was a longtime OCC secretary and 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 athletics director at Delaware and treasurer of the OHSAA's Central District.

"Anytime an athletic program wins an all-sports award, we immediately think of our young people and coaches that have put in the hard work and commitment it takes to succeed," athletics director Duane Sheldon said. "These kind of accomplishments just add to the excitement of being a 'Rock."

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