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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Saint Joseph finished its 1957-58 season 28-1, owing its only loss to Elvins in the district championship. Front row: Tom Van Doren, J.B. Ryan, Richard Thurman, Bob Walton, John Govro; back row: Jerry Marler, Glenn Van Doren, Jim Aubuchon, Sid Christopher, John Romas, Morgan Smith, Larry Kast. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Saint Joseph

Saint Joseph Regional High School, home of the Hornets, was located in Farmington. The school competed on the varsity level for several years and reached the state playoffs for the first time in 1963; its junior high now competes as an affiliate member of the MSHSAA.

Boys basketball

1968-69  |  n/a  |  Terry Walton
1967-68  |  n/a  |  LeRoy Webb
1966-67  |  15-12  |  Cyrus Bradley
1965-66  |  26-8  |  Cyrus Bradley  |  Lost 46-45 to Drexel in Class S third-place game
1964-65  |  n/a  |  Cyrus Bradley
1963-64  |  31-2  |  Cyrus Bradley  |  Lost 67-54 to Richland in Class M sectional
1962-63  |  25-6  |  Cyrus Bradley  |  Lost 71-57 to Bernie in Class M sectional
1961-62  |  n/a  |  Jim Mullens
1960-61  |  18-6  |  Jim Mullens
1959-60  |  10-13  |  Jim Mullens
1958-59  |  7-15  |  Richard Suren
1957-58  |  28-1  |  Richard Suren
1956-57  |  23-2  |  A.J. Vessell

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