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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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Diehlstadt's 1953-54 team was among its final teams and the last team to win more than four games in a season. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Diehlstadt

Diehlstadt High School, home of the Dragons, was located in Scott County. The school closed in 1957 and consolidated with Benton High School to form Kelly High School. Although the school had several strong boys basketball teams, it was most noted for its girls basketball: In the 1940s, following its girls team's loss to East Prairie, the team won 128 straight games before East Prairie ended the streak four years later.


Boys basketball

1956-57  |  4-17  |  Coy Wilson
1955-56  |  0-17  |  Roy Scott
1954-55  |  0-18  |  William Pope
1953-54  |  9-11  |  Leon Brinkoff
1952-53  |  12-10  |  Arvin Roberson
1951-52  |  10-10  |  Arvin Roberson
1950-51  |  12-11  |  Tony Statler
1949-50  |  11-10  |  Tony Statler
1948-49  |  14-7  |  Tony Statler
1947-48  |  12-10  |  Tony Statler
1946-47  |  11-11  |  Tony Statler
1945-46  |  12-12  |  Tony Statler
1944-45  |  13-15  |  Tony Statler
1943-44  |  25-4  |  Zahn Wells  |  Defeated Saint Joseph Central 42-31 in state third-place game
1942-43  |  31-2  |  Zahn Wells
1941-42  |  20-5  |  Zahn Wells
1940-41  |  12-6  |  Zahn Wells
1939-40  |  9-8  |  Zahn Wells
1938-39  |  7-7  |  Zahn Wells
1937-38  |  16-9  |  Zahn Wells
1936-37  |  12-12  |  Zahn Wells
1935-36  |  16-7  |  Jim Miller
1934-35  |  13-8  |  Jim Miller
1933-34  |  13-9  |  Jim Miller
1932-33  |  20-3  |  Jim Miller
1931-32  |  19-4  |  Jim Miller
1930-31  |  16-8  |  Jim Miller
1929-30  |  17-5  |  John Weskitt
1928-29  |  10-8  |  John Weskitt
1927-28  |  12-2  |  John Weskitt
1926-27  |  8-10  |  Cletis Crader
1925-26  |  8-6  |  Cletis Crader
1924-25  |  7-10  |  Cletis Crader
1923-24  |  6-9  |  Cletis Crader



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