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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Longtime Advance coach Carroll Cookson was among the earliest local coaches to be added to the MBCA Hall of Fame; he was added in 1997. Pictured: Cookson's final two seasons as a head coach came at Twin Rivers, where he led the team to a 29-1 record in 1994-95, his final season as a head coach.

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Local members of the MBCA Hall of Fame

Several Southeast Missouri high school and collegiate basketball coaches have been chosen for inclusion in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. These are those who have been chosen from the 24-county area, listed with the school most commonly associated (or, in some cases, their most local connection).

Class of 2020: Gary Koch, Sainte Genevieve; Pete McBride, Eminence
2018: Brad Conway, Salem
2016: Steve Burk, Jackson; Steve Scholfield, West County; Sam Sides, Jackson
2014: Gregg Holifield, Sikeston
2013: Rod Gorman, Festus; Joe McCraith, Hillsboro; Jeff Walk, Twin Rivers; Randall White, Scott City
2012: Ron Cook, Jackson
2011: Allen Davis, DeSoto; Bill Martin, North County
2010: Danny Farmer, Charleston
2007: Jerry Grim, Notre Dame
2006: Jim Bidewell, Portageville; Don Maurer, Notre Dame
2005: Paul Hale, Notre Dame
2003: Kirk Chronister, Poplar Bluff; Mitch Wilkins, Kelly and Charleston; Jim Hall, Dexter; David Porter, Poplar Bluff
2000: Lennies McFerren, Charleston
1997: Carroll Cookson, Advance
1991: Ronnie Cookson, Scott County Central
1990: Erv Leimer, Bismarck; Arvel Popp, Crystal City; Bob Sechrest, MAC and Flat River
1988: Gene Steighorst, Hillsboro; Ronald Jones, Eminence; Franklin Smith, Van Buren; Gene Bess, TRCC and Oran

Gary Gilbert Life Achievement Award: Gene Bess, 2015

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