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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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Jackson coach Steve Burk took several teams to the Christmas tournament championship game, including this team in 1987. The Indians won the tournament the following year. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament history

The College High School Christmas Tournament began with 16 teams in 1945 and has been played every year on the Southeast Missouri State University campus. The event was renamed in 1972 when Southeast became a university, resulting in College High becoming University High. The final year of the U-High Christmas Tournament was in 1986, also its final year at Houck Field House. That year's championship game between Notre Dame (the defending 2A state champion) and Scott County Central (the defending 1A state champion) was so highly anticipated that tournament director Joey Haines appeared on the 6 o'clock news to say that the 2,500-capacity building was already full and that no more fans would be allowed inside.

The event moved from Houck Field House to the new Show Me Center in 1987, and more than 5,000 spectators watched that year's championship game between Scott County Central and Jackson. The Southeast Missourian began sponsorship of the tournament in 2002, leading to its most recent name change.

The tournament has had the same field since 1987. That was the year Oran rejoined the field, replacing University High, which closed the prior school year. Two years earlier, Bell City rejoined the field, replacing Tamms (Ill.) Egyptian.

Among noteworthy records: Jreece Johnson of Scott County Central, most points in a game (49 in 1998); Dominitrix Johnson of Bell City, most points in four games (127 in 2003).

2019-20: Charleston 64, Notre Dame 41
2018: Cape Girardeau Central 57, Jackson 26
2017: Cape Girardeau Central 65, Charleston 56
2016: Charleston 66, Advance 60
2015: Cape Girardeau Central 46, Jackson 44
2014: Notre Dame 60, Jackson 58
2013: Jackson 59, Cape Girardeau Central 55
2012: Charleston 62, Cape Girardeau Central 42
2011: Charleston 58, Notre Dame 50
2010: Scott County Central 75, Jackson 34
2009: Scott County Central 75, Cape Girardeau Central 47
2008: Scott County Central 80, Notre Dame 62
2007: Jackson 61, Notre Dame 53
2006: Bell City 84, Jackson 76
2005: Notre Dame 74, Jackson 65
2004: Jackson 63, Kelly 61
2003: Jackson 63, Cape Girardeau Central 60
2002: Charleston 66, Notre Dame 52
2001: Charleston 54, Jackson 44
2000: Advance 61, Jackson 58
1999: Scott City 48, Advance 45
1998: Charleston 61, Jackson 56
1997: Charleston 70, Kelly 55
1996: Cape Girardeau Central 62, Scott City 56
1995: Charleston 59, Cape Girardeau Central 54
1994: Cape Girardeau Central 68, Charleston 62
1993: Charleston 65, Jackson 36
1992: Charleston 55, Jackson 48
1991: Charleston 61, Jackson 35
1990: Scott County Central 68, Charleston 45
1989: Charleston 60, Scott County Central 58
1988: Jackson 58, Scott County Central 57
1987: Scott County Central 69, Jackson 57
1986: Notre Dame 63, Scott County Central 50
1985: Charleston 47, Notre Dame 45
1984: Charleston 49, Scott County Central 45
1983: Charleston 51, Tamms (Ill.) Egyptian 33
1982: Charleston 45, Delta 36
1981: Cape Girardeau Central 67, Kelly 62
1980: Cape Girardeau Central 60, Charleston 42
1979: Scott County Central 66, Cape Girardeau Central 62
1978: Cape Girardeau Central 52, Notre Dame 45
1977: Cape Girardeau Central 65, Scott City 47
1976: Charleston 65, Woodland 56
1975: Charleston 72, Scott County Central 71
1974: Notre Dame 51, Charleston 49
1973: Kelly 79, Cape Girardeau Central 73
1972: Cape Girardeau Central 58, Kelly 56
1971: Cape Girardeau Central 60, Charleston 57
1970: Notre Dame 77, Charleston 76
1969: Portageville 49, Scott County Central 41
1968: Delta 53, Lilbourn 51
1967: Scott County Central 82, Notre Dame 53
1966: Oran 55, Notre Dame 52
1965: Oran 57, Notre Dame 44
1964: Oran 63, Jackson 59
1963: Illmo-Scott City 79, Anniston 61
1962: Cape Girardeau Central 48, Woodland 47
1961: Cape Girardeau Central 53, Notre Dame 40
1960: Woodland 76, Advance 73
1959: Fredericktown 41, Delta 39
1958: Advance 46, Cape Girardeau Central 44
1957: Puxico 42, Dexter 41
1956: Advance 78, Bernie 51
1955: Fisk Rombauer 75, Dexter 36
1954: Morehouse 60, Fisk Rombauer 52
1953: Morehouse 75, Bell City 43
1952: Morehouse 58, Puxico 54
1951: Puxico 70, Cape Girardeau Central 48
1950: Puxico 71, Morehouse 54
1949: Sikeston 42, Oran 37
1948: University High 28, Cape Girardeau Central 24
1947: Leadwood 38, Illmo 30
1946: Flat River 43, Leadwood 41
1945: Flat River 33, College High 26


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