Varsity/JV Schedule 2022-2023
|11/18/22||Friday||Jamboree at SJCS||HOME||4pm/6:30pm|
|Week of Nov 28 to Dec 2||Mon-Fri||PVI Tournament||HOME||TBA|
|12/13/22||Tuesday||King City *GRC||Away|
|12/16/22||Friday||Worth County *GRC||HOME|
|12/22/22||Thursday||Stewartsville/Osborn Co-op||CANCELED - Away/Civic Arena Holiday Hoops||12pm - Girls/1:45pm - Boys|
|12/29/22||Thursday||Higbee||Away/HyVee Arena, KC||12pm - Girls
2pm - Boys
|Week of Jan 9th to 14th||Mon-Sat||Fairfax Invitational||at Fairfax||TBD|
|1/17/23||Tuesday||North Harrison *GRC||HOME||5pm/6pm/7:30pm|
|Week of Jan 23 to Jan 28, 2023||Mon-Sat||Gilman City Tournament||Away/Gilman City|
|1/31/23||Tuesday||North Andrew *GRC||Away||5pm/6pm/7:30pm|
|GRC Shootout Games 2-11-23||Saturday||GRC East Opponent||Away/King City? West hosts|
|Basketball Districts 2-19 to 2-25-22||Sat to Sat||TBA||TBD||TBA|
*Please note start times/dates can change throughout the season. Check our google athletics calendar for the most up to date info: https://stjosephchristian.com/athletics/athletics-master-calendar/
Coach Ron Engelken was the first boys basketball coach at SJCS. His early Lions teams were very competitive in the Missouri Christian School Conference. During the 1990-91 season the Lions went 17-7. Since joining MSHSAA in 1994, St. Joseph Christian has had two notable runs of success. Under Head Coach and Superintendent Rich Fox, the 2000-01 Lions were district and regional champions. The injury plagued Lions came 4 points shy of advancing to the quarterfinals that year.
Scott Jenkins was the 6th head coach to lead the Lions; he took over in 2006. The unsuspecting Coach Jenkins was in for quite the roller coaster. District runners-up in 2006-07, the Lions won a combined 30 games in Jenkins’ first two seasons. From 2008 to 2010 SJCS won a grand total of five games. From 2010 to 2012 St. Joseph Christian won 40 games, 2 district championships, and even made a trip to Columbia for the first “final four” appearance in school history. Scott Jenkins retired as the SJCS boys head basketball coach in 2013 after 7 years at the helm with a career record of 90-73. Only Jeff Robertson had coached more seasons at SJCS with 9.
SJCS administrators were thrilled to hire Coach Neal Hook as the boys basketball coach in the summer of 2019.
Coach Neal Hook Bio
Coach Neal Hook was hired as the Operations Manager and high school boys basketball head coach for the 2019-20 school year. Neal has been married to his wife, Diane, for 29 years, and currently attends Grace Evangelical Church. Neal is a native of St. Joseph and played college basketball at Missouri Western State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education. He taught math and coached basketball at Central High School for 22 years, serving 12 years as the head coach. He also coached football, baseball, and tennis during his tenure at Central. After receiving his Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, Secondary School Administration, Neal became an administrator at Central, serving as the Activities Director for two years and as an Assistant Principal for the past five years.
Neal is a past president of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association and was previously recognized as the St. Joseph Sports Foundation Coach of the Year and the National High School Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year from Missouri. Neal was also recently honored as the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Assistant Principal of the Year. Neal is looking forward to his new role at SJCS and states, “I am blessed to be part of such a great school and athletic program. It’s truly an honor and privilege to be the next basketball coach at St. Joseph Christian School.”