When Jay Onken and Justin Olson signed national letters of intent to Division I universities Wednesday, it didn't just mark the start of new paths for each.
It also signaled the pending end of an era for the Pine Creek baseball players.
"We go way back," said Onken, a three-year letter-winner who signed with Utah. "Justin and I have played on the same competitive club team since we were 10 years old. It's kind of cool to see the whole journey through. It's kind of unique that we're both going to Division I schools. It's bittersweet, but we're both excited to be moving on soon."
While Onken signed letter with Utah, Olson, a fellow three-year varsity player and outfielder for the Eagles, put his signature on a letter for Kentucky.
Over the years of traveling, playing in tournaments and later suiting up for the varsity team, the game evolved for Onken.
"I remember when I was just starting out, baseball was just fun," said Onken, who also plays outside linebacker for the top-ranked football team in 4A heading into the postseason. "It became much more, and I never thought I'd be able to achieve something like this, to be a Division 1 athlete."
The two have combined for 25 home runs and 106 RBIs, along with a 13-2 pitching record over the past two seasons.
Eagles track and field athlete Danny Fuhr also signed his letter at the ceremony in the school's presentation room, officially committing to the Colorado School of Mines.