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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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The Hayward High School varsity basketball team from the 1952-53 season.

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Hayward

Hayward High School, which did not have a mascot or nickname, was located in New Madrid County. The school played just one varsity season, then discontinued grades 11-12 and assigned those students to Portageville High School.


Boys basketball

1952-53  |  0-4  |  Dale Wilson



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