Pickerington High School Central did not win the most OCC-Ohio Division championships during the 2016-17 school year, but the Tigers' depth across the board put them in uncharted territory.

Four league titles and six runner-up finishes powered Central to its first Ralph Young All-Sports Award.

The 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 a school year. There were 16 common sports in the OCC-Ohio. Eight points were awarded for finishing first, seven for placing second, six for finishing third, and so on.

As far as football coach Jay Sharrett is concerned, athletics director Scott Barrett deserves more than a little credit.

"If a line needs painted on a field, if water needs cleared off a field, he'll do it," Sharrett said. "One of the things that he promotes is cooperation between all coaches, whether they're with boys or girls teams.

"We all work together well and support each other. There are no territorial wars, so to speak, between coaches here. We all want each other to do well."

Central won league championships in boys basketball, girls basketball, football and softball and was runner-up in boys cross country, girls cross country, girls tennis, boys track and field, girls track and girls volleyball.

The Tigers totaled 76 points to edge runner-up Gahanna (75). Pickerington North (63) was third, followed by Grove City (43.5), Lancaster (43) and Reynoldsburg (35.5).

"It's flattering to hear (compliments) from our coaches, but an award like this speaks volumes for our student-athletes and our coaches," Barrett said. "The fact that we won by a point shows how important one game, one win can be.

"A year and a half ago, I didn't know much of anything about this award, but the fact that we earned it here ought to be pretty exciting."

North won the award in the OCC-Ohio four consecutive years from 2010-13 and Gahanna won it each of the past three years. The Lions won seven OCC-Ohio titles this year and had one outright second-place finish, two ties for second and three thirds.

The other All-Sports award winners were Dublin Coffman in the OCC-Central, Hilliard Darby in the OCC-Cardinal, New Albany in the OCC-Capital and Olentangy Liberty in the OCC-Buckeye.

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.

"I've always thought Pickerington had very good athletic programs overall and I'm glad our team was able to play a big part this year," girls basketball coach Johnathan Hedgepeth said. "The culture here has been this way as long as I've been around. I never miss a football game, and we see Jay and his staff at a lot of our games. The (girls) volleyball team has come to a lot of games. We spend a lot of time supporting each other."

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