Pendleton's Alexis Doutre wasn't sure what kind of an impact knee surgery prior to her senior year would have on colleges looking to recruit her.
Turns out the basketball and rodeo standout at Pendleton High didn't have much to worry about as she was given a full scholarship to play both sports at Walla Walla Community College.
"It was one of my top choices because it was one of the only places I?could rodeo and play basketball," Doutre said. "I?would have hoped my senior year would go better but since I?did have get the surgery I?was pretty happy with how I?was recruited."
Doutre got surgery to repair a ligament that she injured during summer basketball.
She said she had other options open for one sport but playing both was very important.
"If it came down to it I?was just going to play basketball,"?she said.
Doutre added Feather River Community College in Quincy, Calif., also offered the opportunnity to play both sport but Walla Walla had them beat in both.
The basketball team finished in fourth place in the Northwest Athletic Asscoiation of Community Colleges and second place in the NWAACC-East.
Doutre, who played a swing guard/forward position for the Bucks and was second team All-Intermountain Conference as a senior, said Warriors head coach Bobbi Hazeltine said she envisions Doutre coming in as a guard and working her way into the lineup from there.
The Warriors return five girls listed as guard or guard/forward from last year's squad including NWAACC-East Most Valuable Player and NWAACC All-Tournament first team member Katie Isham. Isham's sister Shelbi also will be returning for the Warriors, as will first-team All-NWAACC-East forward Nancy Johnson.
The rodeo team is always a contender in a strong Northwest Region and finished seventh in the nation last season after winning the region title.
The Warriors repeated as Northwest Champions this season and are fourth in the nation headed into the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo., June 14-20.
Doutre, who said she has competed with some of the returning members of the team, said she knows it will be tough to crack the points team for the Warriors.
"Hopefully I'll be right up there with the other girls and be on the points team,"?she said.
That could still depend on her knee, which Doutre said has been giving her a little more trouble than expected through the spring high school rodeo season, though she still will compete at the state finals in four events.
"We've still been going to doctors trying to figure out what's going on with my knees, because it's not holding up as well as it should,"?she said.
Doutre said she has narrowed her search for a major to radiology or physical therapy.