Benton basketball star, Miss Maine cast for “Survivor”

Posted Jan. 11, 2011, at 10:23 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.
Ashley Underwood (10) of the University of Maien passes around Vermont defender Brittney Cross during the second half of Tuesday night's America East game at Alfond Arena in Orono. The Catamounts won 80-74.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL YORK)



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vermont's Brittney Cross gets her hand in the face of Maine's Ashley Underwood in the second half of their game in Orono on Tuesday night.  york photo
Ashley Underwood (10) of the University of Maien passes around Vermont defender Brittney Cross during the second half of Tuesday night's America East game at Alfond Arena in Orono. The Catamounts won 80-74. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY MICHAEL YORK) CAPTION vermont's Brittney Cross gets her hand in the face of Maine's Ashley Underwood in the second half of their game in Orono on Tuesday night. york photo

BENTON, Maine — A former high school and college basketball star from Maine is among the participants vying for a $1 million prize in the reality TV show, “Survivor.”

The CBS show on Monday announced that 25-year-old Ashley Underwood, a nurse from Benton, is one of 18 people competing in the upcoming “Survivor: Redemption Island.” The show begins airing Feb. 16.

Underwood was a basketball star at Cony High School and at the University of Maine. She was crowned Miss Maine in 2009.

The last Mainer on the show was Bob Crowley, a bow-tied physics teacher from South Portland who became a statewide celebrity when he emerged as the winner in 2008.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained a photo that identified the wrong person as Underwood.

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