July 18, 2014
Five months from today, the tenth annual High School Holiday Hoops will tip off on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton. “Not only is celebrating the tenth anniversary a big deal, but in honor of the tenth year, a total of 100 teams will take to the court of the Ketcham Community Center,” said Hoops Director Steve Maxey. “This was a goal of the steering committee as we began planning the tenth annual event, and even with the largest number of teams ever, we still have a waiting list of teams wanting to participate.”
Maxey credits the interest in participation to a quality, well organized event and one that is supported so graciously by the entire community, even beyond Trenton. “Over 250 volunteers from Trenton and many surrounding communities will assist in many different aspects of the event and that adds to the effectiveness of Holiday Hoops,” he said.
Several new teams from new schools will participate this year including teams from Iowa and Nebraska with a Kansas entry yet to be confirmed. The remaining teams come from all over Missouri.
Twelve days of outstanding basketball will begin on December 18 with the final games played on January 3, 2015. Holidays and Sundays will be open dates with eight games played on many days and four games on others.
“A special commemorative program book will be offered this year and again, businesses and individuals from all over the state are committing to promoting Holiday Hoops,” said Maxey. “Lots of other special efforts are being planned - a special commemorative shirt and hat, special entertainment and even some physical improvements being planned for the Ketcham Center to assist with the increased crowds this year. The steering committee was even expanded to help support the planning and hosting,” Maxey reported.
Sanctioned by the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the neighboring state associations, Holiday Hoops is sponsored by the North Central Missouri College Foundation and still holds the record for the largest high school holiday shoot-out in Missouri with all games played on the NCMC campus.