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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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Scott County Central rolled to a lopsided Christmas tournament championship in 2010 (pictured), then went on to win the C1 state championship less than three months later under coach Kenyon Wright.

KEITH HENTE PHOTO • photos@semosportsone.com







Scott County Central

Central High School, home of the Braves and Bravettes, is located near Morley in rural Scott County. The school formed in 1957 with the merger of the Blodgett, Haywood City, Morley, and Vanduser high schools; its colors (orange and black) were adopted from Vanduser.



Boys basketball

2019-20  |   2-21  |   Tim Carlisle
2018-19  |   15-13   |   Matt Cline
2017-18  |   12-18   |   Matt Cline   |   Lost 91-81 (OT) to Advance in C1 sectional
2016-17  |   23-7   |   Matt Cline  |  Lost to Advance 79-60 in C1 sectional
2015-16  |   20-9   |   Matt Cline
2014-15  |   27-4    |   Frank Staple   |   Defeated Mid-Buchanan 53-48 in C2 championship
2013-14  |   26-5   |   Frank Staple  |  Defeated Meadville 69-39 in C1 championship
2012-13  |   16-14   |   Kenyon Wright  |  Lost 65-55 to Eminence in C1 quarterfinal
2011-12  |   22-10  |   Kenyon Wright   |   Defeated Drexel 79-72 in C1 championship
2010-11  |  29-2  |  Kenyon Wright  |  Defeated Dadeville 69-54 in C1 championship
2009-10  |  29-2  |  Kenyon Wright  |  Defeated Pilton Grove 96-47 in C1 championship
2008-09  |  29-2  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Newtown-Harris 98-63 in C1 championship
2007-08  |  28-3  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Fair Play 83-58 in C1 third-place game
2006-07  |  25-5  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Lost 65-63 to Bell City in C1 sectional
2005-06  |  15-14  |  David Heeb  |  Lost 82-51 to Bell City in C1 sectional
2004-05  |  20-9  |  Melvin Porter suspended in early December, replaced by Delane Beckwith  |  Lost 67-58 to Bell City in C1 sectional
2003-04  |  16-13  |  Melvin Porter  |  Lost 59-52 to Bell City in C1 sectional
2002-03  |  11-15  |  Melvin Porter
2001-02  |  14-11  |  Steve Wells
2000-01  |  12-14  |  Steve Wells
1999-00  |  17-10  |  Steve Wells
1998-99  |  18-10  |  Todd Porter
1997-98  |  14-13  |  Todd Porter
1996-97  |  18-7  |  Todd Porter
1995-96  |  15-13  |  Todd Porter
1994-95  |  23-7  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Lost to South Iron in 1A sectional
1993-94  |  27-7  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Lost 64-60 to Lockwood in 1A championship
1992-93  |  27-5  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Green City 72-51 in 1A championship
1991-92  |  24-6  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Lost 53-52 to Van Buren in 1A sectional
1990-91  |  33-0  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Greenwood 56-48 in 1A championship
1989-90  |  32-1  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated New Franklin 71-45 in championship
1988-89  |  31-2  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Clopton 63-53 in 1A championship
1987-88  |  34-0  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Walnut Grove 78-53 in 1A championship
1986-87  |  28-5  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Wellsville 85-69 in 1A championship
1985-86  |  28-6  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Wellsville 84-76 in 1A championship
1984-85  |  29-1  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated NE Nodaway 73-58 in 1A championship
1983-84  |  29-2  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  District champion
1982-83  |  29-4  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Clopton 89-71 in 1A championship
1981-82  |  17-6  |  Ronnie Cookson
1980-81  |  24-8  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  District champion
1979-80  |  32-1  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Slater 94-52 in 2A championship
1978-79  |  31-3  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Sparta 75-51 in 1A championship
1977-78  |  20-7  |  Ronnie Cookson
1976-77  |  10-15  |  Ronnie Cookson
1975-76  |  32-1  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  Defeated Glasgow 82-71 in 1A championship
1974-75  |  22-7  |  Ronnie Cookson
1973-74  |  10-15  |  Ronnie Cookson
1972-73  |  20-8  |  Ronnie Cookson
1971-72  |  17-9  |  Ronnie Cookson
1970-71  |  21-8  |  Ronnie Cookson  |  District champion
1969-70  |  12-13  |  Earl Richmond
1968-69  |  15-9  |  Ken Wages
1967-68  |  26-3  |  Ken Wages
1966-67  |  14-10  |  Ken Wages  |  District champion
1965-66  |  24-8  |  Charles Parton
1964-65  |  14-13  |  Charles Parton
1963-64  |  3-19  |  Lewis Watkins
1962-63  |  14-10  |  Lewis Watkins
1961-62  |  13-13  |  Dean Traw
1960-61  |  17-12  |  Dean Traw
1959-60  |  16-10  |  Bob Berting
1958-59  |  14-10  |  Troy Stevens
1957-58  |  13-12  |  Troy Stevens



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