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Another title within Stair’s reach

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JOHN N. BARRY
March 24, 2011
— The majority of high school athletes don’t get the opportunity to even play in a state tournament, let alone win a state championship.

Ashton Stair has a chance to win two state titles in the same school year. Talk about impressive.


The Milton High senior won the WIAA Division 1 individual girls golf title in the fall while leading the Red Hawks to the school’s first state team appearance.


Stair will start at guard Friday afternoon as the Red Hawks make their third appearance at the girls state basketball tournament. Milton (22-3) plays New London


(22-3) in a Division 2 semifinal game at


1:35 p.m. at the Kohl Center in Madison.


“It really hasn’t occurred to me,” Stair said about the possibility of winning back-to-back state titles in the fall and winter sports seasons. “I’m just hoping that we have two more games left.


“Winning state would be awesome, though, because I’ve been playing with Liz (Eide) and Ashley (Roherty) since first grade. We’ve played a lot of games together.”


Stair has boosted her scoring average to 6.8 points a game this season, while continuing to have a heavy presence on the defensive end.


Milton coach Scott Randall says Stair’s solid play is a reflection of her success on the links. She was a three-time state qualifier in golf.


“Ashton is a different player this year and is playing with more confidence, and I know a lot of that comes from winning state,” Randall said. “She’s walking taller, and she knows what to do and how to handle pressure when you get to big venue like state.”


Stair, who will play golf at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, thinks the Red Hawks’ strong postseason run can be attributed to the team’s 55-45 win over Madison Edgewood in the last game of the regular season. That victory clinched the Badger South Conference title for Milton.


“That was a huge win for us because we had never been in that position before, and it proved what we were capable of doing as a team,” Stair said.


“Now we just have to put four good quarters together. We’ve been a second-half team all season, but we can’t afford to not play well the first half.”


Not playing well is something Ashton Stair is not familiar with. Especially at state.



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