On June 2, the final day of the 2017-18 high school sports year, junior Mitchell Okuley helped Olentangy Liberty capture its first Division I state championship in baseball.
An Ohio State recruit and outfielder for the Patriots, Okuley also started at quarterback as the football team reached a state semifinal last fall and was a contributor to the boys basketball team during the winter.
According to athletics director Darin Meeker, having athletes like Okuley who compete in multiple sports is one of the reasons Liberty earned its seventh consecutive Ralph Young All-Sports Award, including its second in a row as a member of the OCC-Buckeye Division.
The Patriots won 11 outright league titles and a share of another championship out of the 24 sports in which all of the OCC-Buckeye's six schools competed during the 2017-18 school year.
"With our student-athletes, it's just year-round," Meeker said. "We do have a lot of multi-sport athletes like Mitchell Okuley."
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-Buckeye, six points were awarded for finishing first, five for placing second, four for finishing third, and so on.
Liberty totaled 116.5 points to finish ahead of Olentangy (100), Orange (98), Westerville Central (82), Westerville North (56.5) and Westerville South (51).
During the fall, the Patriots won league titles in football, boys soccer, girls tennis, boys golf, boys cross country and girls cross country, tied for first in girls volleyball and placed second in girls golf.
Senior Johnny Wiseman, an Ohio State recruit for lacrosse who was named OCC-Buckeye co-Offensive Player of the Year at wide receiver, and senior linebacker Edward Warinner, a Michigan State recruit, led the football team to a 13-1 overall record and a 5-0 league mark.
Seniors Colin McCort, Wesley Collins and Derek Rubadeux were first-team all-league for the boys soccer team, which went 14-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the OCC-Buckeye and was a district runner-up.
Freshmen Maddie Atway and Dani Schoenly of the girls tennis team won the state championship in doubles after leading the Patriots to records of 15-5 overall and 5-0 in the league.
Senior Trey Rath, who tied for second at the state boys golf tournament as Liberty also earned a runner-up finish, and senior Cole Corder, who was named league Player of the Year, helped the Patriots finish 20-0 in the OCC-Buckeye.
The girls cross country team finished third in the state meet as junior Gracie Sprankle placed fourth and senior Emma Bower placed ninth, and that duo also helped the Patriots win the league title.
With senior setter Maddie Fogg leading the way, the girls volleyball team went 23-2 overall and shared the league title with Orange at 9-1.
Also in the fall, the field hockey team was runner-up in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division, but that didn't count toward the All-Sports Award.
During the winter, the wrestling and boys and girls swimming and diving teams all won OCC-Buckeye titles and the girls basketball team tied for second in the league.
In addition, the hockey team finished second in the Capital Hockey Conference-Red Division, but that didn't count toward the award.
The wrestling team went 5-0 in the OCC-Buckeye and was led by junior Carson Kharchla, who won the state title at 170 pounds, and senior Trevor Lawson, who was the state runner-up at 182.
In swimming, senior Rachel Peroni and sophomore Kate Saczawa helped the girls team score 279 points to edge Olentangy (273.5) in the league meet, while sophomores John Bently and Eli Grubbs led the boys team to the league title.
In the spring, Liberty won league titles in baseball and girls track and field and was runner-up in girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse and boys volleyball.
Senior pitcher and Ohio State recruit Mitch Milheim went 10-0 and was named league Player of the Year as the baseball team finished 30-4 overall and 14-1 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Bower and Sprankle also were key contributors to the girls track team, along with senior Sydney Englehart, junior Carrie Lawal and freshman Nicole Tonetti.
"It's pretty awesome to be at a school with so many great coaches and trainers with so many people committed to helping athletes perform their best," Bower said.