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Cesarz signs to play basketball at UNLV

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Gazette staff
November 18, 2010

Alana Cesarz is headed west.


The Delavan-Darien High School senior girls basketball standout signed her national letter of intent with the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels on Monday.


“I like their style of play and the role I’m going to play,” Cesarz said. “They want to turn the program around, and they want me to be an impact player.’’


UNLV coach Kathy Olivier is banking on Cesarz’s versatility to boost the Rebels.


“Alana is one of the most versatile players we have signed at UNLV,” Olivier said. “She can shoot the three, take you off the dribble or post you up and score inside, and is a relentless rebounder with good size and strength. I’ll be very surprised if she doesn’t make an immediate impact in our program.”


Cesarz, a 6-foot-2 center, Cesarz, was the Southern Lakes Conference Player of the Year the last two seasons and Walworth County’s Player of the Year last season. She averaged nearly a double-double last season, with a 20-point scoring average to go along with 9.3 rebounds a game.


An Associated Press first-team all-state player a year ago, Cesarz had a number of Division I schools to choose from, including Gonzaga, Bradley, UW-Green Bay, Harvard and Bowling Green, before deciding on UNLV.


UNLV finished 13-18 last season and plays in the Mountain West Conference. The Rebels last played in the postseason in 2006 as part of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament, losing a first-round game.


“I think Alana will be able to relax a lot more,” said first-year Delavan-Darien coach Hank Johnson, who was a girls varsity assistant at DDHS for four seasons. “She will finally to out and play, and have fun again.’’


Stair headed to SIU-Edwardsville

Milton High senior Ashton Stair, the 2010 WIAA Division 1 girls state golf champion, is headed to the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on a Division 1 women’s golf scholarship.


Stair signed her letter of intent this week. Stair also received a Division 1 offer from UW-Green Bay.


SIE wanted to put Stair on board earlier, but she decided to hold off on her decision. It was a wise decision.


“Edwardsville was very interested in Ashton, but she wanted to wait until after the state tournament and take a visit to UW-Green Bay,” Milton golf coach Andrea Wieland said. “When she won the state tournament, (SIE) was so impressed, they offered her more.”


Who wouldn’t be impressed with Stair’s magnificent 36-hole charge to victory in October at University Ridge in Madison. Stair fired a tournament-record first-round 68 and added a par 72 for a 140 Division 1 tournament-record two-day total.


Stair joins Wieland, Jackie Wagner (University of Missouri-Kansas City) and Ellyn Hansen (UWGB) as Milton golfers to receive scholarships.


“I’ve always called Ashton a diamond in the rough,” Wieland said. “They don’t realize the potential she really has, and she showed it at the state tournament.’’



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