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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Lesterville and South Iron are no strangers on the basketball court as rivals in the Black River League.

JOHN PAUL HALFORD PHOTO • photos@semosportsone.com


Lesterville High School, home of the Bearcats, is located in Reynolds County.

Boys basketball

2019-20  |   21-8  |   Anthony Caruso
2018-19  |   21-7   |   Anthony Caruso
2017-18  |   15-12    |   Lee Richardson
2016-17  |   5-18   |   Lee Richardson
2015-16  |   2-20   |   Lee Richardson
2014-15  |   5-17   |   John Fox
2013-14  |   6-14   |   John Fox
2012-13  |   9-16   |   John Fox
2011-12  |   14-11   |   Jason St. Gemme
2010-11  |  14-12  |  Jason St. Gemme
2009-10  |  14-11  |  Jason St. Gemme
2008-09  |  20-8  |  Jason St. Gemme
2007-08  |  21-6  |  Jason St. Gemme
2006-07  |  13-13  |  Jason St. Gemme
1976-77  |  30-3  |  Billy Joe Martin  |  Defeated NE Nodaway 45-38 in 1A championship

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