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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 1971-72 team set a Lilbourn record with 23 wins, but the program reached even bigger heights two years later with its first of two state championships. Front row: coach Larry Warren; standing: Greg Weeks, Grant Dambach, Tommy Wells, David Williams, Ervin Mead, Tommy Maschmeyer, Billy Wheeler, Charles Blair, Eddie McCraney, Warren Freeman, Pat McClarty, Cleo Willis. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Lilbourn

Lilbourn High School, home of the Panthers, was located in New Madrid County. The school closed in 1980 and merged with New Madrid and Parma to form New Madrid County Central.


Boys basketball

1979-80  |  17-7  |  Len Bishop
1978-79  |  20-5  |  Bob Phelps
1977-78  |  25-4  |  Bob Phelps  |  Lost 96-95 to Nixa in 2A championship
1976-77  |  9-17  |  Bob Phelps
1975-76  |  23-6  |  Bob Phelps  |  District champion
1974-75  |  33-0  |  Bob Phelps  |  Defeated Logan-Rogersville 84-66 in 2A championship
1973-74  |  30-2  |  Larry Warren  |  Defeated Nixa 70-64 in 2A championship
1972-73  |  20-6  |  Larry Warren  |  District champion
1971-72  |  23-5  |  Larry Warren
1970-71  |  21-7  |  Larry Warren  |  District champion
1969-70  |  8-15  |  Ted Mauk
1968-69  |  20-6  |  Ted Mauk
1967-68  |  8-16  |  Ted Mauk
1966-67  |  11-11  |  Ted Mauk
1965-67  |  19-9  |  Jim Swink
1964-66  |  19-9  |  Jim Swink
1963-64  |  11-10  |  Jim Swink
1962-63  |  18-7  |  Arnold Ryan
1961-62  |  13-12  |  Arnold Ryan
1960-61  |  13-12  |  Arnold Ryan
1959-60  |  19-8  |  Arnold Ryan
1958-59  |  15-7  |  Bob Edwards
1957-58  |  9-11  |  Bob Edwards
1956-57  |  12-9  |  Floyd Scherer
1955-56  |  11-13  |  Floyd Scherer
1954-55  |  13-10  |  Floyd Scherer
1953-54  |  12-10  |  Floyd Scherer
1952-53  |  10-12  |  Floyd Scherer
1951-52  |  14-11  |  R.C. Jackson
1950-51  |  13-10  |  Durward Terry
1949-50  |  9-14  |  Durward Terry
1948-49  |  8-15  |  Floyd Liley
1947-48  |  12-11  |  Floyd Liley
1946-47  |  12-10  |  Floyd Liley
1945-46  |  16-8  |  Floyd Liley
1944-45  |  11-7  |  Floyd Liley
1943-44  |  9-12  |  Floyd Liley
1942-43  |  8-10  |  Floyd Liley
1941-42  |  9-12  |  Floyd Liley
1940-41  |  13-8  |  Floyd Liley
1939-40  |  12-7  |  Floyd Liley
1938-39  |  11-9  |  Floyd Liley
1937-38  |  10-10  |  Floyd Liley
1936-37  |  22-4  |  Floyd Liley  |  District champion
1935-36  |  20-5  |  Floyd Liley
1934-35  |  7-7  |  Floyd Liley
1933-34  |  15-7  |  Hugh May
1932-33  |  8-6  |  Hugh May
1931-32  |  9-6  |  Hugh May
1930-31  |  5-7  |  Hugh May
1929-30  |  5-8  |  Grover Yates
1928-29  |  6-5  |  Grover Yates
1927-28  |  5-7  |  Grover Yates
1926-27  |  4-8  |  Grover Yates
1925-26  |  3-7  |  Vic Reaves
1924-25  |  3-6  |  Vic Reaves
1923-24  |  3-5  |  James Smith



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