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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East Carter County
East Carter County High School, home of the Redbirds, is located in Ellsinore in Ripley County. The school was renamed from Ellsinore High School in 1985; the school grew after it added the former Grandin, Hunter, and Williamsville high schools.
2019-20 | 18-9 | Jordan Penn
2018-19 | 11-15 | Jordan Penn
2017-18 | 7-16 | Brandon Crook
2016-17 | 2-19 | Brandon Crook
2015-16 | 3-19 | Brandon Crook
2014-15 | 11-12 | Brandon Crook
2013-14 | 5-13 | Brandon Crook
2012-13 | 9-16 | Brandon Crook
2011-12 | 8-14 | Brandon Crook
2010-11 | 1-15 | Brandon Crook
2009-10 | 0-18 | Preston Hoagland
2008-09 | 1-17 | Preston Hoagland
2007-08 | 1-18 | Preston Hoagland
2006-07 | 5-17 | Benji Stahl
2005-06 | 10-18 | Benji Stahl
2004-05 | 4-18 | Benji Stahl
2003-04 | 23-5 | Larry Morgan | Lost 67-53 to Senath-Hornersville in C2 sectional
2002-03 | 23-7 | Larry Morgan | Defeated West Platte 77-51 in C2 championship
2001-02 | 17-11 | C.A. Counts
2000-01 | 14-13 | C.A. Counts
1999-00 | 13-12 | C.A. Counts
1998-99 | 16-9 | C.A. Counts
1997-98 | 20-5 | Mike Harlow
1996-97 | 30-2 | Mike Harlow | Won 2A championship by forfeit over Pembroke Hill; in 2000, it was revealed that players JaRon and Kareem Rush received money to play; all Pembroke Hill wins from 1996, 97, 98 and 99 wins were forfeited.
1995-96 | 27-1 | Mike Harlow | Lost to Scott City in 2A sectional
1994-95 | 10-16 | Mike Harlow
1993-94 | 8-14 | Steve Cookson
1992-93 | 22-6 | Steve Cookson | District champion
1991-92 | 16-9 | Steve Cookson
1990-91 | 9-15 | Steve Cookson
1989-90 | 13-12 | Steve Cookson
1988-89 | 11-12 | Steve Cookson
1987-88 | 17-9 | Wendell Copeland
1986-87 | 20-6 | Wendell Copeland
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