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The 10th annual Holiday Hoops at North Central Missouri College in Trenton has been labeled an overwhelming success. Director Steve Maxey said the event brought approximately 1800 students to their campus. “Then you add to that the excitement of good high school basketball where we showcased the best of the best from throughout Missouri and, this year, the inclusion of schools from Iowa and Nebraska which adds to the excitement,” said Maxey, “We also had great crowds and favorable weather.”
The event saw a total of 65 games over a ten day period. Maxey said the American Family “Shoot Sixty Seconds for Your School” was also a crowd-favorite this year. “We allowed someone to shoot for 60 seconds from the free-throw line and the winner of that contest could take home $500 for their school’s athletic department,” said Maxey, “Then, for the first time, that shooter moved to the half-court line and launched a shot. The winner there could claim an additional $100.”
Dalton Workman sank 26 free three shots in the 60-second time to claim the $500 prize for King City. At the halfcourt mark, five individuals were able to make the shot and collect $100 for their school. They included: Mitch Hundley of Carrollton, Nick Wilson of Gilman City, Jordan Ewigman Beck of Linn County, Prent Eaton of Mound City, and Jordan Williams of Pilot Grove.
With 2014 in the books, the committee is already looking ahead to the 11th annual event. “We had six to eight schools from other high schools also on campus during holiday hoops who had never participated, but primarily wanted to see how the event works, “said Maxey, “Every single one of those, that I’m aware of, came up and asked for additional information and were interested in participating. Furthermore, we’ve had a pretty sizeable number of schools contact us for information and they have included schools from Illinois, Kansas, and Arkansas.”