When they arrived as freshmen four years ago, the incoming class had a chance to be a special one for the girls basketball team at Chartiers Valley.
The first two years of their careers included 40 wins, two section titles and trips to the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals.
Then sophomore captain and leading scorer Alex Coyne moved with her family to Florida.
"When Alex moved, all of us kept hearing, 'You guys had a chance to be good, but you aren't going to be any good now,'" coach Spencer Stefko recalled.
Coyne had a tremendous high school career at Lake Placid High School in Florida where she was also team captain and an all-section player and she went on to sign a letter of intent to play at Southern Mississippi.
The remaining members of the Colts Class of 2013 went on to become the winningest group of seniors in program history.
"They are the winningest class ever and that is special," Stefko said.
In the past four years Chartiers Valley has won 76 games and three section titles. It has reached the WPIAL semifinals three times and PIAA semifinals twice. This season the Colts reached the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game for the first time in school history.
Twenty-win seasons for the girls team around Chartiers Valley are rare with Stefko only recalling one previous to the advent of this group, which has enjoyed three 20-win seasons.
This group of seniors -- 5-foot-9 guard Mariah Wells, 5-8 guard Kassidy O'Keefe and 6-foot forward Kristina Coyne (who is not related to Alex) -- saved their best for last.
After playing in Class AAA the first three seasons of the seniors' high school careers, the team moved up to Class AAAA this season. The Colts did not move into just any section but Section 4, home of traditional big-school powers such as Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park, Baldwin and Upper St. Clair, arguably the toughest section in the WPIAL.
The Colts (21-7) went 8-4 in the section during the regular season but more importantly went 2- 1 against section opponents in the playoffs.
After edging Shaler Area, 31-29, in the first round of the WPIAL tournament, Chartiers Valley beat Upper St. Clair for the third time this season, 55-52, then upset Mt. Lebanon, 31-27, in the semfinals. Mt. Lebanon had swept the regular-season series between the two teams.
In the first WPIAL final appearance in program history, Chartiers Valley fell short against Bethel Park, 48-34.
Chartiers Valley was able to extend its season by blasting City League runner-up Allderdice, 70-41, last Friday in the PIAA first round. The Colts then defeated Gateway, 53-42, in the second round on Tuesday. They advance to the quarterfinals to play Mt. lebanon Friday at a site and time to be determined.
Wells will play at Seton Hill University next season. Kristina Coyne will run track and field at Eastern Michigan University. O'Keefe is drawing interest from Division II and III schools.
"She is going to make some Division II or III school the luckiest school on earth," Stefko said.
No matter where the seniors go next, it is clear where the program is. When the seniors arrived Chartiers Valley was fresh off a trip to the PIAA Western Final. They maintained that standard and even lifted the bar, considering they are now playing at the Class AAAA level.
"They came in with some big expectations," Stefko said. "They left a mark of consistent success.
"I don't know that before these kids, Chartiers Valley had a name in the state at all [for girls basketball]. I would like to think we carved out a little bit of a name."