For two childhood best friends, Cambria Wierman and Hannah Lawrence have already put together quite the set of memories for a lifetime.
The Delone Catholic girls' volleyball seniors have won a district championship together, played in a state title match together and earned individual all-state honors together. They rarely seem to do big things apart. When the Lawrence family went on vacation last year, Wierman was invited to come along.
The two do not even know what it's like to play volleyball without each other, including the club level, but they are aware change is coming in a year. College looms, and both have their aspirations decided. Volleyball is included, but Lawrence has her sights set on engineering.
"I come from a family of engineers," she said, noting her father and four uncles. "I know it's going to be tough to play volleyball in college, but I really want to try and do both."
Wierman, who's eyeing nursing as a college major, will have a broader set of options for schools to pick. Neither has decided where to go, partly because they want to enjoy this last season; one more ride volleyball ride that began as fifth graders at Sacred Heart and hit a high last fall by going 27-0 until reaching the PIAA Class AA championship match.
"It was one of the best experiences of my life," Wierman said. "We were like a family, it was so much fun."
Replicating such a run could seem reasonable when Wierman, an outside hitter, and Lawrence, a libero, were selected as some of Pennsylvania's top players in Class AA. That gives Squirettes coach Jason Leppo a sense of luxury entering this season, even though he must replace an all-state setter in Allie Mondorff.
"Your setter is always your leader," cautioned Lawrence, who pointed at the position as her No. 1 concern.
Mondorff also was selected as the YAIAA's top player last season in Division III, ahead of Wierman and Lawrence. Her three possible replacements consist of a junior and two sophomores.
Of the sophomores, Sarah Senft transferred in after playing as a freshman last year at Spring Grove, and Katie Laughman was characterized by Leppo as "what you want your setters to look like. She makes it look easy."
The junior, Kelly O'Boyle, just happened to prove her setting ability in a match last season against Trinity that Mondorff missed to attend a wedding. That match also happened to be one Lawrence and Wierman thought set Delone on its way to last year's run.
O'Boyle entered midway through the third game. She served as a calming presence that day, Leppo said, helping them win in five.
"If we can win a match like this without Allie," he said, "it would be a huge momentum boost."
Back then, Leppo worried how he would replace the height that graduated from his previous team. This year, those worries seem miniscule in comparison. Especially when two of his top players do not get caught up in what they did or could accomplish.
"I want to get as far as last year and even further," Lawrence said, "but if we don't, I still want to have a good experience with my team and enjoy it."
Scrimmage glance: Can't wait for Aug. 30 to kick off the high school football season? Here are three scrimmages this Friday that could catch your eye.
--- Bermudian Springs at Spring Grove, 6 p.m.
--- New Oxford at Delone Catholic, 7 p.m.
--- Northern York at Dover, 7 p.m.
Matt Goul is a high school sports reporter for the GameTimePA.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org, 771-2045 or @mgoul on Twitter.