For most of the last nine years, the core of what is now the 18-and-under Magic softball team has been playing together.
Each summer, the club has had hopes of winning state and national titles and earning college softball scholarships along the way.
But this summer will be the final time that this version of the team will play as a unit, as 10 of the 14 girls on the team will head to college in August to continue their academic and athletic careers as softball players.
The remaining four still have at least a year to earn their way onto college teams.
"A lot of these girls have been playing softball year-round since they were 5 or 6 years old," said Magic coach and founder Jim Allen, who is also in his first year as Jay M. Robinson's softball coach.
"They've given up a lot - the parties, movies, trips to the mall, vacations - to put themselves in this situation ."
The Magic started in 1996, when Allen founded the club to be able to spend more time with his daughter, Sara, who has grown up to be a star pitcher at North Mecklenburg High.
While the Magic had boasted great teams in the past, the 2002 crop of 10-and-under was even more special.
That group is already reaping the rewards of nearly a decade of practice, games, tournaments and preparation.
Sara Allen, Lauren Beaver (North Davidson), Shelby Holland (West Meck), Megan Mabes (Robert Glenn), Andreya O'Brien (Ashbrook), Daniela Torres (North Meck), Chelsea Varner (Starmount), Camry Wagner (Robinson) and Katie Zavodny (Robinson) will be taking their talents to college.
Sara Allen and Beaver will play at Winthrop, while Torres and Wagner will go to UNC Wilmington. Also playing college ball next season are Holland (Newberry), Mabes (Surry Community College), O'Brien (Lees McRae), Varner (Mars Hill) and Zavodny (Liberty).
Robinson's Megan Crowe, a junior, is also being heavily recruited by schools like Winthrop.
Northwest Cabarrus graduate Alexis Yohe, who's coming off her first season at USC Upstate, is returning to play in the Magic this summer.
Allen said he's been able to develop so much college talent because of how much time they've spent on the softball field during the past 10 years.
"These girls are used to playing about 100 games a summer, and they usually win 70 to 80," said Allen. "I think they had to play all year round to keep up with girls from Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, et cetera that have the climates to play all the time."
This summer, the team will only play about 40 games in order to allows its players to head to their respective colleges.
The Magic has kept pace with teams across the country, winning two state championships and finishing among the best in the world three times in the National Softball Association (NSA) World Series. The Magic finished 4th in 2005 and 7th in 2006.
But no matter what they've accomplished, Allen says he also enjoyed watching them grow as young ladies and softball players.
. "Playing this way has made them all great athletes, and they are all just as good of people. I can't wait to see what they do in the future," said Allen.