Following the conclusion of the boy’s and girl’s basketball state championships this past weekend, that officially put a bow on the 2018-19 winter sports season.

It’s crazy to think that we have already collegiate spring sports underway, and high school spring games going on this week.

We can now turn our attention back outdoors through the remainder of the school year.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the winter that was in a special winter sports edition of Athlete of the Week.

Once the goals are rolled off the turf and the fields are covered with snow, fall gives way to winter.

And with that, fall sports step aside and let the winter student-athletes take over.

From November through mid-March, winter sports are in the fore front.

Whether it be basketball, or hockey, or wrestling, we’re able to take in some top talent no matter where you turn.

On any given night, from the high school to the college level, you could end up seeing a clutch shot, a big-time dunk, or a sensational save.

Players and teams from around the Southern Tier provided us with some incredible moments.

Both high school and collegiate student-athletes put in hard work all year long, and winter athletes are no exceptions.

They show their ability to balance their academics as well as their athletics, and they do it at a very high level.

Like the other sports seasons, there are ups and downs for every team.

Some teams were able to experience the joys of a championship, while others had to feel the stinging pain of a difficult loss.

However, through these moments, all those involved handled it with class and dignity.

On each and every game day, these athletes were asked to do one thing; go out and give it their all.

They played their hearts out, and left everything on the floor or ice.

They entertained us and showed us what hard work and talent can do.

So, for all that and more, I thank you.