Abbie Campion and Bailee Collins will be reunited on the basketball court.
The two former Milton High players are set to take to the hardwood together again after Campion announced on Twitter that she will continue her basketball career at UW-Stevens Point, where Collins will be a senior next season.
“Going to the UW-Whitewater games with my basketball team when they would play Stevens Point, I just loved the coaching atmosphere and everyone on the bench too,” Campion said. “You could tell there was so much chemistry.”
Campion led Milton her senior season in points (14.3 per game), rebounds (7.2) and assists (2.8). She also was selected to the Badger South’s first team.
In Collins’ junior season at Stevens Point, she was second on the team in scoring (11.2) and rebounding (5.0).
In Collins’ senior season and Campion’s freshman season at Milton, the Red Hawks advanced to a sectional final. Collins led that Milton team in scoring with 13.5 points per game.
“I can always remember how intimidating she (Collins) was,” Campion said. “She always had everyone’s back, too. It was really cool to have that bulldog kind of feeling I get from her.
“I’m pretty excited to play with her again.”
Campion was already making an impact as a first-year player for Milton.
“It’s so exciting to be able to play with Abbie again,” Collins said. “I remember her coming in as a freshman. Our first workouts were in the morning. All of it was just running and weightlifting. I remember Abbie coming in and keeping up with everybody. Her work ethic was incredible.”
Milton girls basketball coach Stacy Skemp remembers Collins as a dominant force inside and is excited to see that mesh with Campion’s savvy court vision.
“A lot of times when athletes transition to that next level, they leave behind all of their high school teammates,” Skemp said. “It’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I think it will bring a lot of people from Milton out to the games when they get close by.”