THOMAS — On the afternoon of her final day as a high school student Snake River senior Madison Pilster finalized her pans for the future.
The two-year starter for the Panthers signed her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, WA. Wednesday afternoon at Snake River High School
"Peninsula just felt right to me," Pilster said. "I really liked the coach, she was really nice. She told me her whole goal is to get me to play on to the next level and that is something that is very important to me. I also really liked the girls and felt comfortable around them."
It also helps that the Peninsula team Pilster will be joining runs a similar offense to what she ran at Snake River.
During her senior season Pilster helped lead the Panthers to a 23-2 record and the 3A state basketball championship, the first in the programs history.
The 5-foot-9 guard averaged nearly a triple-double during her final season, averaging 14 points points nine rebounds and seven assists while making opposing defenses game plan to find ways to stop her.
But even with the success on both the basketball court and the soccer pitch the road to choosing a college was not one that did not come without a lot of nerves.
"At first I was kind of stressed because I did not know where I was going and I had some colleges that were looking me. I did not know which one I should chose," Pilster said. "Then when I went on my first visit and I was nervous because I did not know what to expect. But after I had made a couple more visits I wasn't as nervous, instead I was comfortable with going in and playing with the girls and talking to coaches and trying to figure out where was the best fit for me."
While many athletes like to have a college picked out before the end of the school year, Pilster took a little more time to make sure she made the right choice.
"I am glad I waited to make a decision," Pilster said. "I wanted time to weigh the pros and cons of each school and make sure I made the right choice for me and my future,"
Pilster said she spent most of her time looking at junior colleges because she felt that was the best road for her if she wanted to continue playing in the future.
While at Peninsula she plans on majoring in Dental Hygiene.
Pilster will see quite a few familiar faces when she takes the floor next fall as many players from Eastern Idaho are on the rosters of other schools in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
One of those is her Snake River teammate Kylie Coby who signed to play at Highline Community College.
"I played against Kylie when she was at Blackfoot, but I think it will really be fun to play against her again," Pilster said. "When we play against her I am going to tell my coach I want to guard her."
Peninsula College went 14-12 last season and finished 9-5 in conference play which was good enough for a fourth place finish in the north division of the NWAACC.
The camps is located in Port Angeles which is 82 miles northwest of Seattle.