Individual awards often are the reflection of a successful season by the entire team.
So it should come as little surprise that six Sailors garnered post-season recognition after the Steamboat Springs girls soccer team went on to finish 12-3 and win the Western Slope league title this spring.
As voted on by league coaches, Nikki Garth, Kelly Labor, Anya Allen, Kirsten Ryan, Melissa White and Tracy Lucas all were named to one of two all-league teams.
Garth and Allen, both seniors, and Labor, a freshman, were named to the all-league team.
Garth was named the Western Slope League Player of the Year.
"With the very consistent, complete performances game in and game out that Nikki had in league play this year, in my mind, it was a deserving selection for her," coach Rob Bohlmann said. "Obviously, the rest of the league coaches thought the same."
Lucas, a senior, White, a junior and Ryan, a freshman goalie, earned honorable mention all-league recognition.
Ryan was arguably the league's best netminder this year, helping her team cap off a perfect league season. But all-league selections are not based position by position, Bohlmann said.
A major reason the Sailors captured the league title was because of the relationships formed between the team members. Many players, including Garth, said it was the closest team they had ever played on during soccer season.
Bohlmann believed the unselfish attitude displayed by his seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen this year is a direct reflection of the awards he handed out at Monday's end-of-season banquet.
"My belief with these awards, especially this year with the tremendous team environment we had, is that these six players are deserving of their awards, but they represent the group," Bohlmann said. "These players couldn't be selected without the effort of the group."
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