CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It was a memorable Thursday afternoon for four George Washington High School seniors.
Luke Eddy, Will Evans, Hannah Shreve and Jake Smith each signed Division I letters of intent in front of a couple of hundred family and friends in the school's main gym.
But what made the experience even more special was that all four agreed to share the spotlight with their fellow athletes.
"It's very heartwarming for me,'' said Shreve, who signed with West Virginia University for volleyball. "It wasn't just myself. It was three other athletes. It was a great, great thing for the community and George Washington High School. I'm happy to be a part of it.''
"It's an exciting day,'' added Smith, who inked with Cleveland State for wrestling. "It's an amazing feeling. Luke Eddy is one of my best friends. It was kind of cool sitting there and seeing him sign and me doing the same thing.''
"A bunch of the school came to support us,'' said Evans, who will play golf at Marshall. "It means a lot. It makes it even more special with the three other kids beside me.''
Eddy, who averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists last season for GW, signed with Elon for basketball. Eddy has led the Patriots to the Class AAA state championship game the past two seasons, losing by one point to Hedgesville last March and winning it all in 2011 when he was a sophomore.
Shreve capped off an impressive week Thursday. She led GW to the AAA state title in volleyball Saturday and then became the first in-state player to sign with WVU for volleyball since 1999.
The 6-foot-3 middle blocker, who was named to the all-state first team and was an all-tournament selection the past two seasons, finished her career with a school record 1,647 kills and 580 solo blocks.