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Musgrave signs with Upper Iowa

November 20, 2018
By Allison Graham - Sports Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

By Allison Graham

Sports Editor


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South Tama County senior Jessica Musgrave signed her National Letter of Intent to join NCAA Division II Upper Iowa University on Wednesday. Joining Musgrave at the signing table are, front row: father Chris Musgrave, head coach Todd Dale and assistant coach Chelsea Ahrens; back row: mother Carrie Musgrave, sister Carissa Musgrave, Jose Fonseca, sister Natasha Musgrave and brother Dylan Musgrave.
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Jessica Musgrave will begin her senior basketball season with one major decision off her shoulders. She knows where she's going to college and she knows that she is going to continue her basketball career.

In front of family and her high school coaches, Musgrave signed her National Letter of Intent with Upper Iowa University last Wednesday evening.

"It feels awesome, when I visited the college I knew it was the right place and to finally have the last stepping stone done and to have it all taken care of, it feels really good," Musgrave said in the gym at STC on Wednesday.

Musgrave has played an integral role for the South Tama varsity girls basketball team throughout her high school career.

She saw varsity playing minutes in her freshman year. By her sophomore year, Musgrave's talents helped lead the Trojans to a 13-10 season after going 12-12 in 2015-16.

Musgrave led Class 3A in scoring last season and averages 21.8 ppg. She hit a huge milestone last year scoring over 1000 points. She is the all-time leading Trojan scorer with 1319 points. Last season she also tallied 84 assists and 137 steals.

I'm not surprised that she's going on to the next level, that was an expectation, not a surprise," head varsity coach Todd Dale said. "She will be a great fit at Upper Iowa, she will come in and give them something that we needed here and they are going to need there. Her want for the game of basketball and want to play is contagious."

For Musgrave the choice to go to Upper Iowa was an easy one. The campus felt like home and it's not too far from her actual home.

"They seemed so friendly, it's a pretty big university but it doesn't seem too big," she said. "It's got a very homey feeling and that's exactly what I was looking for."

The Upper Iowa Peacocks are coached by Micha Thompson. They went 2-28 last season and will be looking to improve upon that record moving forward. Musgrave plans to help be a part of the change when she arrives for the 2019-2020 season.

"In the past they haven't had really good seasons but we have a good set of freshmen now and I got to meet most of them too," she said. "Hopefully we can build the program up, I'm excited."

Musgrave led the Trojans to the state tournament last season for the first time since 2011. The Trojans fell in the first round to Crestwood who went on to win the Class 3A State Championship. Last season was the first season for head coach Todd Dale.

"It's been an exciting adventure for me coming in and I think it should be exciting for the community that the girls basketball program is climbing that mountain," he said. "Hopefully we can keep climbing and keep everyone healthy so we can keep the excitement, said Dale."

While basketball and school are some of the most important things in Musgrave's life, it's clear family is at the top of her list. Musgrave was joined by her parents, Chris and Carrie and siblings Natasha, Dylan and Carissa at her National Letter of Intent signing. Carissa, who will be a sophomore this year also plays for the Trojans.

Musgrave said she wouldn't be where she is today without the support of her family.

"They've been to basically every game, to have that good foundational support is just phenomenal and I am so thankful for it," she said.

Musgrave will trade in her Trojan jersey at the end of this season for a Peacock uniform but she will never forget her roots.

"This is my home and I am glad I can represent it in some way," she said.

You can catch Musgrave and the rest of the Trojan basketball team in action starting Tuesday, November 20 at Central DeWitt. The Trojans first home game is on Friday, November 30. They will be hosting Beckman.



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