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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Central Christmas Tournament winners
The Central Christmas Tournament launched in 1956, and for its first 42 years the event featured only a boys bracket. Eventually, Central's traditional January girls tournament was moved back a couple of weeks to be a part of the Christmas tournament, adding that 8-team bracket to the existing 16-team boys bracket. The tournament has grown to feature 37 games over a span of five days each year.
In 2000, the event was renamed Bob Sechrest Jr. Central Christmas Tournament to honor former school board member and longtime tournament supporter Bob Sechrest Jr.
2019-20: South Iron 73, Park Hills Central 57
2018: Farmington 66, South Iron 62
2017: Hillsboro 65, Farmington 54
2016: Farmington 48, Hillsboro 45
2015: Park Hills Central 70, North County 52
2014: Park Hills Central 60, Potosi 54
2013: Farmington 56, South Iron 56
2012: Park Hills Central 64, Farmington 58
2011: DeSoto, 66, Farmington 61
2010: Farmington, 56, DeSoto 55
2009: Arcadia Valley 63, Potosi 48
2008: Farmington 55, DeSoto 51
2007: South Iron 67, Saint Clair 60
2006: North County 72, Farmington 59
2005: Farmington 54, Festus 53
2003: DeSoto 53, Farmington 43
2001: Park Hills Central 89, DeSoto 68
2000: South Iron
1999: Arcadia Valley
1997: Park Hills Central
1994: North County
1993: North County
1991: Arcadia Valley
1990: South Iron
1986: South Iron
1983: Flat River Central
1979: South Iron
1978: Crystal City
1977: Crystal City
1976: Flat River Central
1975: Flat River Central
1967: Saint Pius X
1965: Farmington Saint Joseph
1963: Farmington Saint Joseph
1962: South Iron
1956: Flat River
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