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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Parma Christmas Tournament history

The tournament started with eight teams and played the first week of January initially, then moved to the week after Christmas. By 1956 the field expanded to 16 teams and appeared poised for success, but consolidation began to eliminate several schools (including Canalou, Essex, Gray Ridge, Kewanee, and Marston), and others dropped out to join the field in a new Christmas tournament at Bernie.

1960-61: Broseley 54, Gray Ridge 44
1959: Gray Ridge 83, Broseley 60
1958: Risco 52, Bernie 49
1957: Gray Ridge 64, Essex 40
1956: Bernie 71, Matthews 57
1955: Zalma 65, Broseley 63
1954: Lilbourn 50, Bernie 30
1953: Bloomfield 37, Essex 34
1952: Gray Ridge 39, Essex 35
1951: Gray Ridge 55, Essex 52
1950: Bernie 36, Parma 26
1949: Essex 23, Holcomb 18
1948: Parma 36, Morehouse 35
1947: Morehouse 21, Marston 17
1946: No tournament held
1945: No tournament held
1944: No tournament held
1943: No tournament held
1942: Parma 25, Gray Ridge 24
1941: Parma 23, Kewannee 19
1940: Gray Ridge 19, Essex 17
1939: Essex 27, Gray Ridge 22

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