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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Jefferson won its first boys basketball district championship in the 2018-19 season. The Bluejays lost to Saint James in the sectional round.

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Jefferson High School, home of the Bluejays, is located in Festus in Jefferson County. The school opened in 2009.

Boys basketball

2019-20  |   14-12  |   Sean Breeze
2018-19  |   19-9   |   Sean Breeze   |   Lost 52-37 to Saint James in C3 sectional
2017-18  |   17-8   |   Nic Zenker resigned midseason, replaced by Jason Dreyer
2016-17  |   10-15   |   Nic Zenker
2015-16  |   8-16   |   Nic Zenker
2014-15  |   12-12   |   Nic Zenker
2013-14  |   16-9   |   Nic Zenker
2012-13  |   9-17   |   Nic Zenker
2011-12  |   3-19   |   Chris Foster   |   Played full varsity schedule; Foster resigned in December for job at Northern Illinois University, replaced by Ross Koenig
2010-11  |   0-6   |   Brad Wehlermann   |  Played a limited varsity schedule


2019  |  4-6   |  Alex Rouggly
2018  |  9-2   |  Alex Rouggly
2017  |  7-3   |  Alex Rouggly
2016  |  6-4   |  Alex Rouggly
2015  |  8-4   |  Alex Rouggly
2014  |  4-6   |  Jimmy Tucker
2013  |  6-4   |  Derek Scroggins
2012  |  4-6   |  Derek Scroggins
2011  |  1-5  |  Derek Scroggins  |  Played 6-game schedule in first year of varsity competition; won Week 1 game 50-8 at Metro East Lutheran; did not compete in playoffs

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