After each season, the Observer publishes its all-star teams, highlighting the best athletes in the area.
In the community papers, we wanted to do something a little different.
While those top athletes deserve recognition, we decided to highlight a handful performers who are perhaps lesser-known but who also had a significant impact, especially in the biggest moments of the season.
There are sure to be many great sports stories from the winter season that we missed. If you know of one, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Never miss a local story.
There will be a similar feature for the spring sports season. Here’s hoping for more great sports stories.
Click on the images below for more on each of the performers.