November 17, 2005

Past Gorin Standout Inducted Into C-SC Hall of Fame

Meleia Musgrove Niemann, daughter of Joy Peck Musgrove and the late Harvey Lee Musgrove of Gorin, was recently enshrined into the 2005 Culver-Stockton College Athletic Hall of Fame during the 2005 homecoming activities.

Meleia was a 1978 graduate of the Gorin R-III Senior High School in Gorin, and a 1982 graduate of Culver -Stockton College in Canton. She presently resides in Canton with her husband, Tom, and 2 children, daughter Tori and son Tyler. She is the bookkeeper for her husband in their construction business.

Meleia was honored by Culver as being a pioneer in the womenís athletic programs at CSC. She was a 4-year letter winner in both basketball and softball for the Lady Wildcats during the infancy of both programs at CSC. During her basketball career, Meleia was the first member of the 1,000-point club, finishing with 1,177 career points. As a freshman, Meleia tied the school record for points in a game with 30 against MacMurray College. The next season she broke the record with a 40-point outburst against Quincy College, a record that still stands today.

During her senior season, she led the nation in the free-throw percentage, connecting on 58 of her 65 free-throw attempts for a percentage of 89.2. She also led the Lady Wildcats in field goal percentage for that season, draining 42.6 percent of her attempts, and made 31 consecutive free throws.

For her efforts, she was named to the All-Conference Heart of America Athletic Conference First Team as well as a member of the All-District First Team. She averaged 18.1 points per game her senior season and averaged 15.1 points per game in her career.

Meleiaís other accomplishments while at CSC, which helped her gain entry into the Hall of Fame, included being named an Academic All-American in 1982, a Missouri Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Woman All-State Player in 1981, and the team captain for both basketball and softball. Following graduation, Meleia assisted the womenís basketball program at CSC for 5 seasons (1982-86 and again in 1992-93). During this time the Lady Wildcats won the HAAC title for 4 of those 5 years. Meleia was named an Athletic Great in 1983. Meleia also taught and coached the Lady Cougar basketball team at the Highland Senior High School at rural Ewing, following graduation from CSC.

Meleia was inducted and honored at the Sixth Annual Hall of Fame Banquet held in the Meaderís Lounge in the Gladys Crown Center on the Culver-Stockton College Campus on Friday evening, Oct. 14. Joining her at this special event were her husband and children, her mother, Joy and sister, Dana Musgrove Glascock both of Gorin, a second sister, Carleen Musgrove Orton of Quincy, IL, and Nancy Tague Platz of Brashear, along with several of Meleiaís basketball players from the CSC teams she had previously coached. Meleia was honored with the announcing of the details of her CSC career and she was presented a plaque, certificate, and large photo. She gave a speech of acceptance and thanks following the meal.

Meleia was also honored and recognized by riding in a convertible in the homecoming parade on Saturday morning and again during the Saturday afternoon pre-game activities of the homecoming football game against Missouri Valley College. During the pre-game she was introduced to the crowd and the emcee read all of Meleiaís honors. Nancy Platz and her son, Trent, a senior at CSC, were present for these activities.

A special aspect for Meleia during her induction was that one of her former basketball standouts, from her days of coaching at the Highland Senior High School, Linda Logsdon Wallingford, who went on to become an outstanding basketball player for CSC following her days at Highland, and became a graduate of CSC in 1995, was also inducted into the CSC Hall of Fame, along with Melia. It was very meaningful to Meleia to be inducted in the Hall of Fame along with one of her former high school students and ballplayers, who just happened to travel the same college route as Meleia. Linda felt the same honor as it was special to her to be honored along with her former high school coach.

Both families have been dear friends over the years and it was a nice evening to share with both families.

Submitted by Nancy Platz

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