North Central Missouri College will once again play host to Holiday Hoops, a showcase of Missouri High School Basketball. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Coordinator Steve Maxey.

Steve Maxey

Press Releases from NCMC and Holiday Hoops Coordinator

December has arrived and that means High School Holiday Hoops is just around the corner.  Now the largest high school holiday basketball event in the entire state, volunteers are still needed to accommodate the thousands who will be in Trenton for over 10 days of basketball.

     A total of 87 teams from across Missouri will converge on the campus of North Central Missouri College for 64 ball games and all will be played at the Ketcham Community Center.   It is estimated that over 250 volunteers will be needed to assist with hosting of teams, operating the game clock, score keeping and manning the admission gate.  Furthermore, volunteers who might assist in an emergency are also being recruited.   Persons wishing to volunteer for any of the duties should contact Hoops Coordinator Steve Maxey at 359-7244 to volunteer.

     A meeting to assist volunteers  –  new or old ones, has been scheduled for Monday night, December 9th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Ketcham Center.  The hour long meeting will prepare volunteers for any and all of the duties required as well as answer questions of the volunteers.

     The 9th annual Holiday Hoops begins on December 20th and concludes on January 4.   With over 1,000 student/athletes on the campus and cheerleaders, coaches, school administrator and fans,  the entire community is encouraged to roll out the red carpet for visitors to Trenton.   Restaurants, motels and service stations are among the businesses expected to see increased traffic as well as retail stores and the general community.    Steve Maxey, coordinator of the 14-member Hoops committee says it is difficult to determine the amount of money that will be spent in Trenton over the 10-day event; not to mention the potential for student recruitment for the local college.


American Family Insurance and High School Holiday Hoops are teaming up this year with hopes of creating some additional excitement at the 11 day event as well as raising money for a very lucky high school.

At the half time of each and every one of the 64 games played during Holiday Hoops, two individuals representing the teams that are currently playing in the respective  Holiday Hoops game will be asked to attempt the most free throws possible in sixty seconds.   The designated shooter can be a school administrator, instructor, coach or fan. The selected participant will be announced prior to the game.  No current high school or college student may be designated in accordance with MSHAA or collegiate/university rules.   At the conclusion of the 9th annual Holiday Hoops event, the individual who scores the most free throws will win the grand prize of  $500 for their respective high school.   Additionally a second place cash prize will also be awarded by American Family Insurance.

“This is the first time the American Family agents from north Missouri have been involved on the corporate sponsorship level and we are excited with the support and the fun we expect this event will generate,” said Hoops Coordinator Steve Maxey.   “Not only will this add to the half-time entertainment schedule but will be a terrific cash award for the winning high schools.”

Maxey went on to say that American Family is just one of the many corporate sponsors this year who are stepping up to make a difference at Holiday Hoops and the support of each and every one is most appreciated.   Other sponsors and special promotions will be announced in the days ahead.

Participating agents in the program are Cara McClellan of Trenton, Sandy Ward of Gallatin, Bina Peace of Princeton/Unionville, Karen Chaney of Cameron, Mack Molloy of Carrollton, Laura Thompson of Maryville, Bradford Doolittle of Albany/Stanberry and Taylor Crouse of Mound City.

High School Holiday Hoops begins on December 20th and concludes on January 4 with all games played on the campus of North Central Missouri College in Trenton.  Holiday Hoops is sponsored by the NCMC Foundation, Inc.

Learn more by logging onto the NCMC website Holiday Hoops Page.