The library inside Seymour High School was packed to its last bookshelf on Wednesday night as two of the school’s most heralded seniors had important pieces of paper to sign.
Seymour’s Olivia Fish, volleyball, and Charlie Longmeier, baseball, both signed their national letters of intent to go play their respective sports at the Division I level next year.
Fish is going to Wake Forest, and Longmeier is going Evansville. Both had already verbally committed to their school, but Wednesday night marked it official.
Family members, friends, teammates and coaches were all in attendance to support the two Owls. Athletic Director Kirk Manns began by congratulating the two athletes for their accomplishments, and baseball coach Jeremy Richey and volleyball coach Angie Lucas each said some words about each player.
Longmeier and Fish both thanked everyone in attendance before signing their NLI.
“It’s a big relief, for sure,” Longmeier said. “You don’t know until you sign those papers. I got emotional up there. I just put a lot work into this, and it just feels good that it’s paying off.”
“It makes me feel relaxed a little bit,” Fish said. “I’m excited for next year, and it’s cool to put my name on the paper and make it official.”
The reason Wednesday’s celebration was a joint signing was because Fish and Longmeier have been friends since they can remember.
They were framed photos spread around the library of the two of them together at their kindergarten graduation and their graduation from Immanuel Lutheran School.
The two battled one another on the Wii growing up, and their friendship has remained strong all through high school, where both have inked their names in the Seymour record book.
Longmeier holds the triples record for baseball, and Fish is the all-time leader in career kills for volleyball.
Since 2012, Longmeier is the 23rd player from Owls baseball to go play collegiately, but he’s just the second to go DI. Zack Brown did it in 2012.
Richey mentioned how Longmeier has the chance to be the leadoff hitter for the Aces when he gets on campus next year.
“I‘ve just got to keep working, but that was one of the main reasons I wanted to go there because they gave me an opportunity to go play,” Longmeier said.
Fish is the first volleyball player from Seymour to go DI since 2014. She believes there’s a spot for her in the Demon Deacon lineup next fall, but she knows she has a long way to go to get prepared for that moment.
“My vertical definitely has to get better,” she said. “When you get to those upper levels, you have 6’5 or whatever against you. It’s a lot of height. I think just my power could get better, too.”
Both seniors were amazed at everyone who chose to come out Wednesday night to support them.
It was almost like they were celebrities at a meet-and-greet and everyone was in line to get a photo with them.
“It was great,” Longmeier said. “Everyone has been my friend for a long time, it’s just great that they support me, and I just think it’s great to have support like that. That’s why I love Seymour a lot. Everyone knows everyone.”
“It was really awesome,” Fish said. “Looking out and seeing everyone I see at games, see at school, see in the community, I think it was a really big impact on me because it showed that they had my back. It was very heartwarming to see everyone here.”
Fish was planning to go to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this weekend to watch her future team play, but earlier this week, she was selected to the IHSVCA 4A All-State second team. That means this Saturday, Fish is going to have a tryout to see if she can make the all-star volleyball team.
Fish helped the Owls go 28-5 this season and win 18 straight matches. She also will play club volleyball starting in January.
Longmeier has his senior baseball campaign coming up this spring, and he and the whole team are motivated to get a sectional championship.
“We’re not over that Bedford sectional game last year,” Longmeier said. “We’ve got a lot of fuel to the fire, and I think we’re going to be really good next year.”
But first, Longmeier has basketball season to worry about. The Owls just started practice this week and begin the season Nov. 22 at Corydon Central.
“Three good days (so far),” Longmeier said. “I think we should be good this year.”