College Heights Christian

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College Heights Christian Cougars
Joplin, MO
Coaches Jean Miller
State Championships 2019 MSHSAA Class 2,
2021 MSHSAA Class 4
Program Status Active
School Size 113 (grades 9-11)

152 (2019 MSHSAA adjusted enrollment)

NAQT Page link

College Heights Christian is a private school in Joplin, Missouri. The school won MSHSAA State Championship titles in 2019 and 2021.


Through 2018, College Heights qualified for the Class 2 MSHSAA state championship twelve times, advancing to the playoffs 7 times and finishing second in 2007 and 2018.

In 2019, College Heights won their district with a 580-360 win over Thomas Jefferson Independent, a school that had advanced to twenty straight Class 1 state tournaments before being reclassified into Class 2. This gave College Heights the longest active state appearance streak in all classes (entering the 2019 tournament) with 10 straight appearances from 2010-2019. After winning their sectional, they went undefeated in the preliminary rounds of the state tournament, including a 420-330 win over defending champion Louisiana. College Heights Christian earned their first MSHSAA state championship with a 450-340 win over Thayer.

In the 2019–20 season, College Heights emerged as one of the best teams in Missouri, led by sophomore Gabe Forrest. College Heights swept the field at the 2019 MOQBA Fall Championship, where Gabe was the top overall scorer in the tournament. The team also finished 6th at the 2020 NAQT Missouri Qualifier, and were favorites to win the Class 2 MSHSAA state championship before it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

In 2020–21, College Heights was widely recognized as a state powerhouse, winning their division of MOQBA Winter and placing 2nd at MOQBA Spring. Due to that year's MSHSAA realignment, the team was moved up to Class 4, where they once again won the state title. Though they were unable to attend nationals, the team was ranked 3rd in the Missouri post-season team poll.

MSHSAA Class 2 State Champion
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