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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Brandon Bourbon of Potosi was the top vote-getter in the five years of the SEMO MVP Award conducted by SEMOSportsWeb from 2007 to 2011. He won the 2008 title in a close contest with Michael Greminger of Valle Catholic. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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History of the SEMO Football MVP Award

The SEMO MVP Award began in 2007 as a fan survey by SEMOSportsWeb and was the first and only fan-voted high school award in Southeast Missouri. That first season, fewer than 300 votes were cast. The next year, more than 3,000 votes were cast for the winner of the award, Brandon Bourbon. The award ended when SEMOSportsWeb ceased operation in 2012.

Elbie Fonda, Caruthersville, 1,894 votes
Nathan Walsh, Hillsboro, 1,596
James Watson, Sikeston
Cody Stevens, Dexter
Brendan Weiler, Sainte Genevieve

Trey Lewis, Sikeston, 3,188 votes
Jacob Farmer, Fredericktown, 2,218
Luke Uding, Valle Catholic
Cameron Carey, Thayer
Keilon Moore, Cape Girardeau Central

Juqualin Wiggins, Sikeston, 1,906 votes
Brandon Bourbon, Potosi, 1,430
Josh Huckabee, Thayer
G'Darius Stevenson, New Madrid County Central
Eli Jackson, Sikeston

Brandon Bourbon, Potosi, 3,251 votes
Michael Greminger, Valle Catholic, 3,202
Kaileb Armbruster, DeSoto
Kory Faulkner, Sainte Genevieve
Joey Lewandowski, Fredericktown

Waylon Sparkman, Perryville, 109 votes
Ryan Sawyer, Fredericktown, 91
Adam Zweigert, Jackson
Aaron Baker, Farmington
Shaun Jones, Hayti

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