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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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Matthews finished 26-4 and reached the playoffs for the final time with its 1976-77 team, which lost to eventual state champion Lesterville. Front row: Lee Cammon, Larry Robinson, Bill Sexton, Gerald Davis, Norman Webb; back row: David Hart, Terry Blankenship, Doug Friend, Kevin Raper.Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Matthews

Matthews High School, home of the Pirates, was located in New Madrid County. The school was the final school to close (in 1983, following Lilbourn, Parma, and New Madrid high schools) as part of a consolidation into New Madrid County Central.


Boys basketball

1982-83  |  3-18  |  Eddie Hillis
1981-82  |  6-15  |  Eddie Hillis
1980-81  |  6-14  |  Randy Smith
1979-80  |  4-17  |  Randy Smith
1978-79  |  14-11  |  Dale Sexton
1977-78  |  16-9  |  Dale Sexton
1976-77  |  26-4  |  Dale Sexton  |  Lost to Lesterville in Class M quarterfinal
1975-76  |  12-10  |  Dale Sexton
1974-75  |  11-14  |  Carl Ritter
1973-74  |  15-10  |  Carl Ritter
1972-73  |  15-10  |  Carl Ritter
1971-72  |  18-10  |  Sam Wiggins
1970-71  |  6-11  |  Jim Gilliam
1969-70  |  19-10  |  Jim Hart  |  District champion
1968-69  |  28-4  |  Jim Hart  |  District champion
1967-68  |  34-1  |  Jim Hart  |  Defeated Boonville 70-61 in Class M championship
1966-67  |  30-2  |  Jim Hart
1965-66  |  14-12  |  Jim Hart
1964-65  |  13-8  |  Jim Hart
1963-64  |  11-10  |  Jim Hart
1962-63  |  7-15  |  Jim Hart
1961-62  |  14-10  |  N.P. McDaniel
1960-61  |  14-9  |  N.P. McDaniel
1959-60  |  11-13  |  N.P. McDaniel
1958-59  |  6-10  |  Roger Sherman
1957-58  |  14-9  |  Lester King
1956-57  |  12-9  |  Lester King
1955-56  |  14-6  |  Lester King
1954-55  |  12-11  |  Lester King
1953-54  |  13-12  |  Lester King
1952-53  |  14-9  |  Lester King
1951-52  |  12-10  |  Lester King
1950-51  |  2-17  |  Lester King
1949-50  |  9-14  |  Lester King
1948-49  |  10-14  |  Lester King
1947-48  |  14-6  |  Lester King
1946-47  |  10-13  |  Lester King
1945-46  |  11-11  |  Lester King
1944-45  |  2-17  |  Lester King
1943-44  |  11-9  |  Lester King
1942-43  |  12-8  |  Lester King
1941-42  |  11-7  |  Lester King
1940-41  |  12-5  |  Lester King
1939-40  |  8-13  |  Lester King
1938-39  |  8-10  |  Lester King
1937-38  |  10-8  |  Lester King
1936-37  |  6-10  |  Lester King
1935-36  |  5-11  |  Hugh May
1934-35  |  10-2  |  Hugh May
1933-34  |  15-3  |  Hugh May
1932-33  |  11-6  |  Hugh May
1931-32  |  10-5  |  Hugh May
1930-31  |  11-4  |  Hugh May
1929-30  |  13-3  |  Hugh May
1928-29  |  5-8  |  Hugh May
1927-28  |  5-9  |  Hugh May
1926-27  |  4-5  |  Hugh May



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