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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Bootheel Conference Tournament history
The Bootheel Conference Tournament is among the oldest high school basketball tournaments in the state, although it was known as the Pemiscot County High School Athletic Association (PCHSAA) Tournament for its first 32 years. The PCHSAA was an expansion of the original South Pemiscot Athletic Association, which formed in 1921 and featured Braggadocio, Cooter, Holland, and Steele, in an effort to help coordinate schedules among local athletic and academic teams.
By the mid 1920s, more schools were eager to join the conference. As result, in 1924 the PCHSAA was formed with 10 member schools (Bragg City, Braggadocio, Caruthersville, Cooter, Cottonwood Point, Gibson, Hayti, Hayward, Holland, and Steele), and the league voted in 1925 to add a conference tournament.
In 1958, the PCHSAA was approached by Washington an all-black, pre-segregation high school in Caruthersville with a request for membership. The PCHSAA member schools rejected Washington's request by a 10-0 vote, and when Washington and the county's other all-black school (Hayti Central) contended that the PCHSAA violated its own bylaws by not including all eligible Pemiscot County schools, the league changed its name to the Bootheel Conference and adjusted its conference membership policy.
Consolidation throughout the Bootheel shuffled students and schools in the 1960s, although the conference remained a Pemiscot County-only league until 1982 when Senath-Hornersville joined to represent Dunklin County. Among other team changes to the conference: Cooter left the league in 1980, Portageville joined in 1988, Kennett joined in 1993, North Pemiscot dropped out in 1994, Delta C-7 dropped out in 1996, Malden joined in 2001, and Holcomb joined most recently as the final change.
2018-19: Hayti 74, Caruthersville 67
2017: Malden 65, Portageville 31
2016: Caruthersville 61, Hayti 54
2015: Hayti 71, South Pemiscot 66
2014: Hayti 61, Malden 55
2013: Caruthersville 88, South Pemiscot 66
2012: Kennett 91, Caruthersville 64
2011: Hayti 53, Kennett 51
2010: Kennett 73, Caruthersville 58
2009 Kennett 81, Caruthersville 77
2008: Kennett 71, Malden 66
1996: South Pemiscot
1995: South Pemiscot
1992: Caruthersville 100, Delta C-7 72
1981: North Pemiscot
1980: South Pemiscot
1978: North Pemiscot
1977: Delta C-7
1975: North Pemiscot
1974: Delta C-7
1970: North Pemiscot
1969: Delta C-7
1965: Bragg City
1964: Bragg City
1956: Bragg City
1955: Bragg City
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