Dublin Jerome High School has proven over the past three school years that its athletic talent extends beyond its tennis and golf programs.
Last fall, the boys golf team won its seventh state championship, the girls golf team placed fourth in the Division I state tournament and the girls tennis team was runner-up in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association state team tournament.
Those three programs also won league titles, as did the boys tennis team this spring, to help the Celtics earn their second Ralph Young All-Sports Award in three years for the OCC-Cardinal Division. However, those programs weren't the only reasons Jerome captured the award.
The Celtics had seven first-place finishes, three runner-up finishes and a second-place tie among the 21 sports in which all of the OCC-Cardinal's seven schools competed during the 2017-18 school year.
"Very excited to win the Ralph Young Award because it recognizes athletic excellence for all of our sports," athletics director Joe Bline said. "Very proud of our student-athletes and outstanding coaching staff."
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-Cardinal, seven points were awarded for finishing first, six for placing second, five for finishing third, and so on.
Jerome totaled 109 points to edge runner-up Hilliard Darby (100). Hilliard Bradley (91.5) was third, followed by Thomas Worthington (84), Worthington Kilbourne (71.5), Scioto (71) and Delaware (61).
The Celtics also won the All-Sports Award for the OCC-Cardinal in 2015-16 and finished second in 2016-17, just 1.5 points behind Darby.
Featuring seniors Davis Root and Blake Solomon, juniors Jackson Chandler and Mason Wagner and sophomore Ethan Snyder, the boys golf team went 23-1 in the OCC-Cardinal tournament to earn its 13th consecutive league championship.
Led by seniors Abby Kiefer and Taby Robinson, the girls golf team won its 10th consecutive league title, and the girls tennis team featured a trio of seniors in Vicki Chang, Neha Dudipala and Jiaqi Liu and finished 17-2 overall and 5-0 in league action.
The boys soccer and girls soccer teams both were regional runners-up and went 5-0-1 to win OCC-Cardinal championships.
The boys team was led by senior Carter Patchett, who was named league Player of the Year, and classmates Chris Dowling and Erik McGwire, while junior Emma Sears was league Player of the Year for the girls team.
Tying for second in the OCC-Cardinal during the fall were the football and boys cross country teams.
During the winter, the gymnastics team finished third and the boys basketball and girls basketball teams both tied for third.
A strong finish to the school year helped the Celtics wrap up the All-Sports Award. In addition to the boys tennis team, the girls lacrosse team won the league title in the spring and the boys lacrosse and boys volleyball teams both placed second.
Led by sophomore Anish Patel at first singles and the first doubles team of seniors Nate Meadors and Pranav Murali, the boys tennis team went 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal to win its fourth consecutive league title.
Gabby Rothermund led a strong junior class for the girls lacrosse team, which had just two seniors but finished 13-5 overall and went 6-0 in the OCC-Cardinal to win its second league title in three seasons.
"It's so exciting to know that I'm able to be part of such a great school academically and athletically," Rothermund said. "To be presented with this award is a huge deal for us, especially because it shows that our hard work pays off. We've always enjoyed going to sporting events, but to know that we're currently the best in our conference makes it so much more fun."