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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History of the SEMO Top 25 Basketball Poll
Southeast Missouri's basketball rankings began in 1958 as a coaches poll that included mostly Bootheel teams. Support among coaches dwindled through the 1970s and early 80s and often skipped weeks due to lack of participation. In 1987, the Daily Dunklin Democrat took charge of the poll and invited participation by media and coaches, and in 1990 it was passed to KTEI of Kennett, which continued to oversee the poll for three years. In 1993, Al Jackson took on coordination of the poll for the next 20 years and expanded voting to include 77 high schools.
The boys rankings were divided into a large group and small group from 1996 to 2003, and a girls top 10 poll was added in 1997. The traditional SEMO polls were discontinued in 2006 due to lack of consistent participation among media.
Starting in 2007, SEMOSportsWeb debuted the weekly SEMO Top 25 (for boys) and the SEMO Top 10 (for girls), and for the first time the local polls were expanded to include more than 90 high schools. Polling was conducted with input from Al Jackson, local coaches, media members, and others. Those polls continued until SEMOSportsWeb ended operations in 2012.
2011-12: Charleston (boys), Jackson (girls)
2010-11: Scott County Central (boys), Couch (girls)
2009-10: Scott County Central; no girls poll
2008-09: Sikeston (boys), Dexter (girls)
2007-08: Notre Dame (boys), Poplar Bluff (girls)
2006-07: Charleston (boys), Jackson (girls)
2005-06: Sikeston (boys), Jackson (girls)
2004-05: Poplar Bluff (boys), Poplar Bluff (girls)
2003-04: Poplar Bluff (boys), Poplar Bluff (girls)
2002-03: Charleston and East Carter County (boys), Notre Dame (girls)
2001-02: New Madrid County Central and Bell City (boys), Notre Dame (girls)
2000-01: New Madrid County Central and Portageville (boys), Notre Dame (girls)
1999-00: New Madrid County Central and Portageville (boys), Jackson (girls)
1998-99: Doniphan and Portageville (boys), Jackson (girls)
1997-98: Charleston and Scott City (boys), Jackson (girls)
1996-97: Charleston and East Carter County (boys), Jackson (girls)
1995-96: Charleston and Richland (boys), Jackson (girls)
1990-91: Scott County Central
1987-88: Scott County Central
1986-87: Scott County Central
1983-84: Scott County Central
1981-82: Scott County Central
1980-81: North Pemiscot
1978-79: Scott County Central
1975-76: Scott County Central
1969-70: New Madrid
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