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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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Gene Steighorst Tournament history

The 63rd annual event (formerly the Hillsboro Invitational) began in 1956 and later was renamed for the longtime Hillsboro coach. The tournament is held each year in early December at Hillsboro.

2019-20: Eureka 54, Hillsboro 53 (OT)
2018: Eureka 57, Hillsboro 54
2017: Hillsboro 74, Park Hills Central 64
2016: Hillsboro 79, Francis Howell Central 66
2015: Francis Howell Central 72, Lindbergh 68
2014: Francis Howell Central 81, Festus 76
2013: Francis Howell Central 56, Seckman 43
2012: DeSoto 43, Lindbergh 36
2011: DeSoto 80, Festus 48
2010: Lindbergh 67, Hillsboro 60
2009 Francis Howell Central 62, Festus 56
2008: Hillsboro 64, Francis Howell Central 59
2007: Francis Howell Central 58, DeSoto 53 (OT)
2006: DeSoto 60, Rockwood Summit 34
2005: Fort Zumwalt West 71, Festus 56
2004: Festus 57, Rockwood Summit 42
2003: DeSoto 53, Hillsboro 26
2002: Hillsboro 58, DeSoto 42
2001: Festus 57, DeSoto 46
2000: DeSoto 59, Festus 53
1999: DeSoto 66, Hillsboro 51
1998: DeSoto 38, Hillsboro 36
1997: Hillsboro 61, Fox 55
1996: Festus 87, Northwest 82
1995: Northwest 78, Festus 60
1994: DeSoto 57, Fox 53
1993: DeSoto 51, Fox 44
1992: DeSoto 50, Fox 41
1991: Hillsboro 60, DeSoto 56
1990: Festus 67, Fox 63
1989: Hillsboro 86, Festus 73
1988: Windsor 60, Fox 57
1987: DeSoto 85, Hillsboro 78
1986: Festus 66, DeSoto 61
1985: Festus 64, Fox 60
1984: Fox 52, Festus 51
1983: Fox 78, Hillsboro 64
1982: DeSoto 57, Fox 56
1981: Hillsboro 61, Fox 48
1980: Hillsboro 76, Herculaneum 66
1979: Fox 75, Hillsboro 47
1978: Festus 72, Fox 48
1977: Fox 75, Hillsboro 62
1976: Northwest 61, Windsor 47
1975: Hillsboro 73, Herculaneum 71
1974: DeSoto 63, Herculaneum 62
1973: Fox 72, Hillsboro 68
1972: Northwest 71, Hillsboro 69
1971: Kinloch 83, Fox 69
1970: Hillsboro 64, DeSoto 59
1969: Festus 67, Hillsboro 60
1968: Hillsboro 65, Festus 56
1967: DeSoto 59, Hillsboro 51
1966: DeSoto 76, Hillsboro 58
1965: DeSoto 50, Saint Charles 43
1964: Hillsboro 65, DeSoto 49
1963: Farmington Saint Joseph 57, DeSoto 41
1962: Farmington Saint Joseph 67, Northwest 50
1961: Hillsboro 68, Farmington Saint Joseph 64
1960: Saint Thomas Aquinas 71, Hillsboro 46
1959: Hillsboro 77, Northwest 69
1958: Kinloch 47, DeSoto 44
1957: Farmington Saint Joseph 59, Hillsboro 46
1956: Farmington Saint Joseph 65, Northwest 38



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