“Our continued corporate partnership with Prairie Farms provides an important vehicle by which to recognize our top student-athletes,” said Commissioner Elgin, who is in his 20th year with The Valley. “Our student-athletes are our most visible representatives, and we’re happy to honor Kristi (Cirone) and Rob (Musgrave) for their athletic and academic achievements.”
A guard for the Illinois State women’s basketball team, Cirone, a junior from Chicago, Ill., averaged 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest, as Illinois State defeated Southern Illinois (77-65 on March 14), Creighton (68-60 on March 15) and Drake (70-62 on March 16) to win the 2008 State Farm MVC Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The 2008 Jackie Stiles MVC Player of the Year, Crione, who has a 3.45 cumulative grade-point average in exercise science, scored a game-high 27 points versus Southern Illinois. Versus Drake in the finals, she collected 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals while grabbing tournament Most Outstanding Player honors.
A pitcher for the Wichita State baseball team, Musgrave, a senior from Carbondale, Kan., earned the victory by going 6.1 innings and allowing one run on seven hits in a 5-1 triumph against TCU on Friday, March 14.
Musgrave, who has a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average in accounting, struck out three and walked one while improving his 2008 record to 2-0 and lowering his earned-run average to 2.62.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.