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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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Leadwood's 1970-71 team topped the 20-win mark for the first time in more than 20 years. Front row: Gary Yount, Mike Province, Pat Hurley, Bill Link; back row: Don Price, David Stevens, Greg Lashley, Van Yount, Charlie Penberthy, Gary Snead, Jeff Rasnic, coach Jerry Barton. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Leadwood

Leadwood High School, home of the Purple Pups, was located in Saint Francois County. The school became West County in 1976.


Boys basketball

1975-76  |  9-15  |  Larry Morgan
1974-75  |  5-19  |  Jerry Barton
1973-74  |  7-11  |  Russell Since
1972-73  |  21-7  |  Jerry Barton
1971-72  |  11-12  |  Jerry Barton
1970-71  |  24-5  |  Jerry Barton
1969-70  |  14-9  |  Jerry Barton
1968-69  |  15-12  |  Ivan Wood
1967-68  |  10-13  |  Arthur Rowden
1966-67  |  5-15  |  Arthur Rowden
1965-66  |  9-12  |  Arthur Rowden
1964-65  |  3-16  |  Jake Norton
1963-64  |  9-14  |  Jake Norton
1962-63  |  14-9  |  Jake Norton
1961-62  |  12-10  |  Jake Norton
1960-61  |  10-12  |  Jake Norton
1959-60  |  10-14  |  Bud Long
1958-59  |  6-13  |  Bud Long
1957-58  |  13-13  |  Ivan Oliver
1956-57  |  8-14  |  Ivan Oliver
1955-56  |  14-10  |  Ivan Oliver
1954-55  |  11-16  |  Ivan Oliver
1953-54  |  14-9  |  Ivan Oliver
1952-53  |  14-12  |  Ivan Oliver
1951-52  |  18-9  |  Chuck Smith
1950-51  |  14-12  |  Chuck Smith
1949-50  |  17-12  |  Ivan Oliver
1948-49  |  5-16  |  Ivan Oliver
1947-48  |  28-6  |  Ivan Oliver
1946-47  |  22-3  |  Ivan Oliver
1945-46  |  12-12  |  George Englehardt
1944-45  |  13-10  |  George Englehardt
1943-44  |  12-9  |  George Englehardt
1942-43  |  7-12  |  Raymond Barrow
1941-42  |  5-18  |  Raymond Barrow
1940-41  |  7-14  |  Clarence Dalton
1939-40  |  18-10  |  Clarence Dalton
1938-39  |  21-3  |  Clarence Dalton
1937-38  |  20-4  |  Clarence Dalton  |  Lost 26-25 to Maryville in state third-place game
1936-37  |  14-3  |  Clarence Dalton
1935-36  |  9-2  |  Clarence Dalton
1934-35  |  9-6  |  Bryan Caviness
1933-34  |  8-7  |  Bryan Caviness
1932-33  |  8-7  |  Bryan Caviness
1931-32  |  7-11  |  Shelby Norris
1930-31  |  6-10  |  Shelby Norris
1929-30  |  9-7  |  Shelby Norris
1928-29  |  6-9  |  Shelby Norris
1927-28  |  7-8  |  Shelby Norris
1926-27  |  9-5  |  Shelby Norris
1925-26  |  1-4  |  R.H. Barnett
1924-25  |  4-5  |  R.H. Barnett
1923-24  |  3-7  |  R.H. Barnett
1922-23  |  7-5  |  R.H. Barnett
1921-22  |  8-5  |  R.H. Barnett
1920-21  |  6-9  |  M.W. Baker
1919-20  |  5-6  |  M.W. Baker
1918-19  |  3-7  |  M.W. Baker



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