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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Jamie Booker of Portageville won the SEMO Basketball MVP award as the region's top boys basketball player in the 1992-93 season. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.
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History of the SEMO Basketball MVP Award
The SEMO Basketball MVP Award began in 1990 in a coordinated effort by basketball historian Al Jackson, local coaches, and media. Awards were expanded to small schools, large schools, and a girls category in 1998. The awards were dropped after 1999 because of lack of participation.
1998-99: Jon Beck, Scott City (small schools); Nic Wilson, Doniphan (large schools); Shayla Day, New Madrid County Central (girls)
1997-98: Maurice Harris, Clarkton (small schools); Ed Farr, New Madrid County Central (large schools); Christa Millham, Jackson (girls)
1996-97: Benji Stahl, East Carter County
1995-96: Shaun Cole, Richland
1994-95: Antonio Sykes, Portageville
1993-94: Brock Littles, Doniphan
1992-93: Jamie Booker, Portageville
1991-92: Carlos McCauley, Charleston
1990-91: Marcus Timmons, Scott County Central
1989-90: Brian Blackburn, Puxico
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