ore than 90 high schools across the 24-county region compete in more than a dozen sports on a varsity level each year. Most compete under the guidelines of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, and others under the sanction of the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association.
Southeast Missouri schools and athletes have won hundreds of state championships in a variety of athletic competitions, including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling since high school sports first began locally more than 120 years ago.
Much of the historical high school information on this site was gathered by Al Jackson, a longtime Southeast Missouri high school sports advocate and historian whose hard work allows us to share the great teams, athletes and stories of past years. Al died in 2018, and we dedicate these pages to him.
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Valle Catholic's state football championship highlighted a big 2010-11 season for the school's athletic programs, which culminated with the overall SEMO All-Sports Award. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.
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History of the SEMO All-Sports Award
The SEMO All-Sports Award began in the 2007-08 school year as an exclusive feature by SEMOSportsWeb; it used a point system adapted from the Des Moines Register newspaper to recognize the best high school in the region based on varsity-level athletic achievement. Points were awarded using a system of 10 points for a team state championship, eight points for second place, and so on. Events used in the standings were baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The award was the first of its kind in the region and included more than 90 high schools.
1. Valle Catholic, 37 points
2. Notre Dame, 25
3. Festus, 20.5
4. Herculaneum, 20
5. Farmington, 19
1. Notre Dame
1. Notre Dame
1. Notre Dame, 39
2. Herculaneum, 20
3. Potosi, 15
4. Crystal City, 13
5. Festus, 12
6. Farmington, 11
tie. Saxony Lutheran, 11
tie. Scott City, 11
9. Saint Vincent, 9
tie. Winona, 9
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