Riley Holladay, Lyndsey Anderson, Brette Lawrence and Kelsey Stroshine sat side by side outside the Spanish Springs gym on Wednesday, like they had so many times before.
The four grew up together, attended elementary, middle and high school together. They all played on the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams at Shaw Middle School.
But Wednesday was about each going her separate way.
Holladay, Anderson, Lawrence and Stroshine each signed their letter of intent at a well-attended ceremony. Each will head off to a different school next year.
"To be here and share this with them is really special. Knowing that each one of us gets to go on and do what we want to do is impressive. I'm thankful to be able to sign with these girls," said Holladay, who signed to play basketball at CSU Stanislaus.
Anderson signed with Nevada for volleyball. Lawrence will pitch for the Villanova softball team and Stroshine signed with the Whitworth College softball program.
"It makes it a lot more special," Lawrence said.
"It's a difficult experience and we got to share it with each other," Anderson said.
While they each play their own sport, they still were able to lean on each other during the recruiting process.
"I talked with Brette and Lyndsey the other day about having to tell coaches you're not going to their school," Holladay said. "That was one of the toughest things for me and to talk about it with those girls helped. But we also shared in the happy times, too."
The happiest time -- putting pen to paper and making their commitments official -- was the foursome's alone on Wednesday. They were the only ones from Spanish Springs to sign on the first day of the early signing period, which runs through Nov. 21. There were no boys to steal any of the spotlight.
"It's like we're more dominant," Lawrence said.
"I think it says something about our girls athletics," Holladay added. "All the coaches work with us and keep the programs in top shape. It speaks a lot about the school, the girls and definitely the coaches."
The gender gap was not exclusive to Spanish Springs. Ten of the region's 18 signees on Wednesday were females, and four more girls than boys are expected to sign before the end of the period.
"It says we have a really athletic class for girls," Anderson said. "Even in middle school we could tell we were going to be good."