Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Basketball Classic returns to Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Basketball Classics showcase some of the best high school talent the state has to offer. 

Its latest stop was at Cape Central High School on Saturday, as six boys teams and four girls teams provided about eight hours of hoops highlights. 

Byron Shive, who took over as Hall of Fame CEO in August, said this showcase and other events put on by the Hall of Fame are instrumental in one of his largest goals in his new role. 

“One of my stated goals coming into this role is to broaden the footprint of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame,” he said. “A lot of people are aware that it exists, that it’s in Springfield, but we want to do more events across the state. This is just one example, hosting a Hall of Fame Classic here in Cape Girardeau.” 

This is the second time this showcase has come to Cape Girardeau, and Drew Church, head coach of the Cape Central boys team, was instrumental in bringing it to Cape. 

His Tigers teams had previously competed in two of these same events across the state.

“We enjoyed them and liked the way they were ran, and you get to see teams from around the state, which led us to want to host one, and get to do the same thing,” Church said.

“There’s great basketball being played here, and we want to spread what we’re doing at the Hall of Fame all across the state, and this is a great opportunity to get over here to the bootheel and showcase some basketball,” Shive said.

Aaron Lee, who is in his first year as the head coach of the Cape Central girls team, appreciates the opportunity to participate in this event… 

“I was very excited about the opportunity to participate and have our girls in it,” he said. “It’s a really good opportunity to bring light to Missouri basketball, girls and boys, so I think it’s a great event, and I’m looking forward to next year’s event.” 

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