The ninth annual High School Holiday Hoops tips off Friday night with the first two games of a 62-game schedule.
The Albany Warriors will meet the Mound City Panthers in both girls and boys action at the Ketcham Community Center on the NCMC campus. Games are scheduled for 6 and 7:30 pm.
In addition to the ball games with teams from northwest Missouri, special entertainment will be a part of the opening night activities. The North Mercer Glimmer Girls under the direction of Angie Couchman will perform at the half-time of both games with holiday dances. The troupe performs regularly at North Mercer and for the HDC conference and entertained at last yearâ€™s Missouri State High School Basketball Finals in Columbia.
Another North Mercer representative, Janet Searcy will sing the National Anthem before the start of the nightâ€™s games. Miss Searcy is a graduate of Mercer High School and North Central Missouri College and is now an elementary instructor in the North Mercer School System.
The first four participants in the â€śShoot Sixty Seconds for Your Schoolâ€ť will also compete at half-times as representatives of the Albany and Mound City schools competing for a $500 cash prize offered by American Family Insurance.
Play resumes on Saturday night with three more games on tap as the Trenton squads take on the Lathrop Mulesâ€™ and the Penney High of Hamilton Lady Hornets battle the Salisbury Lady Panthers. Games begin at 5:00 on Saturday with the Hamilton-Salisbury match-up followed by the Trenton-Lathrop girls at 6:30 and their counterparts facing off at 8:00. The Trenton-Lathrop games will both be broadcast on Z 101.7 FM and www.kgozfm.com!