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Tourtillott to sign letter, commit to UTEP on Friday

Future plans set for Hawk

Bree Tourtilott played her first game of the basketball season with the Oregon Hawks on Wednesday night with one less thing weighing on her mind. 

Tourtillott, a senior, has already made up her mind on where she'll be taking her talents next school year. 

The two-sport athlete will sign a national letter of intent on Friday to play softball at the University of Texas at El Paso. 

"I am really glad to have it off my mind already," Tourtilott said, after helping the Hawks to a 55-37 win over Polo in their opening game of the Oregon tournament at the Blackhawk Center.  "That way I can focus on our team this year." 

Tourtillott compiled impressive stats as the Hawks' starting catcher last season. She had .436 batting average with a .509 on-base percentage and a .812 slugging percentage. She also had 42 RBIs, 12 triples and 21 stolen bases, and scored 33 runs. 

She was also named to the SVM All-Area first team and the Big Northern West All-Conference first team. 

Tourtillott was unable to reveal the extent of her scholarship, but said that it was substantial. She'll likely stay behind the plate at UTEP. 

"One of the coaches wants me to stay at catcher, and another one said something about playing shortstop," Tourtillott said. "So I will probably be in a utility role to start with." 

Tourtillott, who also looked at Eastern Illinois University and Augustana, attended a camp in Sterling put on by the UTEP coaching staff in July and then visited the campus in September. 

"I really liked working with the coaches at the camp," Tourtillott said. "Then I went down to visit, and I really liked the campus and the academics fit with what I wanted." 

Tourtillott said she is leaning toward studying physical therapy with a minor in education. 

Toutillott file

High School: Oregon

Year: Senior

Name on the line: She'll sign with the University of Texas at El Paso on Friday to play softball

2012 stats: .436 BA, .509 on-base, .812 slugging, 42 RBIs, 12 triples, 21 SB, 33 runs as starting catcher for Hawks 

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