A total of 106 high school basketball teams from Missouri and Iowa will converge on Trenton and the North Central Missouri campus over the holiday break as a part of the 11th annual High School Holiday Hoops. Sponsored by the North Central Missouri College Foundation, this year’s event brings the most schools ever to the annual event and continues to grow as the largest high school holiday basketball shoot-out in the entire state.
All games will be played on the campus of NCMC, and over 300 community volunteers will provide the necessary manpower to support the event in addition to a 17 member committee that meets almost monthly to organize the outstanding program. Many teams will spend the night in Trenton whil others will be driving in and out allowing for local businesses to benefit from the event with lodging, meals, fuel and shopping. Steve Maxey, director of Holiday Hoops says this program is not only a hugh marketing opportunity for NCMC but benefits the entire region from an economc standpoint so he encourages everyone to attend the ballgames as well as roll out the red carpet to hundreds and hundreds of visitors; many of them first time.
It is estiamated that over 1,800 students/athlets will participate in Holiday Hoops 2015 and literally
hundres of others will accompany the teams as family, school personnel and fans. "This event ranks right up there with the Missouri Day Festival," says Maxey, "as one of the two largest events in the community, only this spans over an 11 day period with many folks returning more than one day to enjoy outstanding high school basketball at its best."
Teams from as far as Des Moines, Iowa to the north and Pilot Grove, Warrensburg and Knob Noster, Missouri to the south will make the trip to Trenton...a total of 58 different high schools will be represented.
Tip off for the event is December 18th with games continuing up through January 2, 2016 allowing for breaks for the holidays and no play on Sundays. For event questions, contact Maxey at 359-7244 or call the College Foundation office at 359-3948 ext. 1403.