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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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Kennett won the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament in 1978, the second out of eight times the Indians have won the annual event. Pictured, front row: Jackie Taylor, David Love, John Houard, Delano Jackson; back row: Mike Parr, K. Rebstock. J. Hughes, Mark Parrent, James Madle, Doug Cox.Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Bloomfield Christmas Tournament history

The tournament debuted in 1957 at Bloomfield High School with 16 small-school teams (Bloomfield, Puxico, Clarkton, Gideon, Fisk, Bernie, Lutesville, Quilin, Advance, Broseley, Richland, Matthews, Bell City, Greenville, Parma, and Risco) and has been held every year since then, despite frequent snow delays and postponements.

Larger schools such as Poplar Bluff and Sikeston joined in the 1970s, giving the tournament its largest schools so far. In 1981, the tournament was divided into two divisions: purple for the eight largest schools (Poplar Bluff, Kennett, Malden, Dexter, Sikeston, East Prairie, Twin Rivers, and Puxico), and gold for the smallest schools (Richland, South Pemiscot, Bell City, Neelyville, Oran, Bernie, Bloomfield, and Matthews). The winners of each division would meet for the tournament championship, and runners-up in each division would meet for third place. But that format proved unpopular with the schools — particularly Puxico, which was grouped with much larger schools — and lasted just two seasons. In 1983, the teams were again combined for one 16-team, single-elimination bracket.

By 1985, the advantage of large schools had become so unpopular among the majority of teams that Poplar Bluff and Sikeston were voted out of the 1985 tournament field. But because of its single-elimination format, the tournament struggled to fill those openings and lacked a full field for four straight years. Finally, in 1989, a consolation bracket was added to guarantee every team at least two games, and that change helped the field return to 16 teams the following year as a waiting list developed.

From there, the tournament continued to add small and mid-sized schools, and its popularity surged. In 1992, for the first time in the tournament's history, officials turned away several hundred spectators on the final night of the event. An estimated 3,500 fans filled the Bloomfield gym several hours before the championship game between Bernie and Portageville. The gym's official capacity is 2,500. Tournament director Bill Myers said hundreds of people weren't allowed inside the building because of lack of seating.

Since removing its largest schools in 1986, new tournament entries have almost entirely been Class 1 or 2 schools. They are: Doniphan, East Carter County, Gideon, Greenville, Hayti, Holcomb, Marquand, Saxony Lutheran, and Van Buren.

Noteworthy tournament records include: Aaron Rogers of Bloomfield, most points in a game (57 vs. Zalma in 1988); Brian Blackburn of Puxico, most points in four games (142 in 1989); Puxico, most team points in a game (126 vs. Zalma in 1989); and Puxico, most team points in four games (377 in 1989).

2019-20: Dexter 60, Kennett 37
2018: Hayti 43, Twin Rivers 41
2017: Dexter 54, Hayti 41
2016: Dexter 57, Hayti 34
2015: Kennett 55, Dexter 50
2014: Bernie 49, Kennett 45
2013: Kennett 59, Bernie 27
2012: Holcomb 75, Kennett 71
2011: Kennett 55, Portageville 52
2010: Kennett 58, Dexter 48
2009: Kennett 67, Bernie 47
2008: Bernie 69, Portageville 45
2007: Hayti 51, Doniphan 49
2006: Malden 66, Doniphan 61
2005: Doniphan 55, Malden 48
2004: Dexter 56, Portageville 55
2003: Dexter 67, Twin Rivers 53
2002: Dexter 80, Twin Rivers 37
2001: Dexter 64, Portageville 54
2000: Dexter 75, Doniphan 67
1999: Dexter 67, Portageville 54
1998: Dexter 70, Doniphan 43
1997: Doniphan 52, Portageville 50
1996: East Carter County 70, Bernie 64
1995: East Carter County 82, Doniphan 65
1994: Twin Rivers 66, Portageville 46
1993: Bernie 64, Portageville 59
1992: Portageville 73, Bernie 70
1991: Twin Rivers 59, Kennett 48
1990: Portageville 60, Malden 48
1989: Puxico 66, Malden 65
1988: Malden 77, Bernie 72
1987: Malden 62, Twin Rivers 49
1986: Dexter 69, South Pemiscot 64
1985: Twin Rivers 66, East Prairie 44
1984: Malden 67, Bernie 52
1983: Malden 48, Poplar Bluff 45
1982: South Pemiscot 54, Kennett 46
1981: Kennett 53, South Pemiscot 52
1980: Sikeston 70, Poplar Bluff 61
1979: Sikeston 49, Poplar Bluff 38
1978: Kennett 53, Poplar Bluff 43
1977: Poplar Bluff 70, Richland 51
1976: Richland 95, Matthews 86
1975: Kennett 52, Dexter 46
1974: Kennett 62, Poplar Bluff 54
1973: Neelyville 86, Matthews 75
1972: Advance 69, Kennett 63
1971: Richland 88, Oran 50
1970: Dexter 65, Parma 59
1969: Malden 65, Matthews 61
1968: Oran 79, Malden 53
1967: Matthews 61, Dexter 59
1966: Bloomfield 44, Matthews 42
1965: Bloomfield 45, Dexter 34
1964: Bloomfield 96, Gideon 45
1963: Richland 77, Advance 57
1962: Richland 66, Bernie 52
1961: Advance 58, Puxico 57
1960: Advance 77, Fisk 67
1959: Fisk 66, Bloomfield 53
1958: Bernie 55, Lutesville 42
1957: Puxico 92, Clarkton 62



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