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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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University High's 1979-80 team was the first under coach Jerry Leischner, who two seasons later led the team into the playoffs for the final time. The 1979-80 team also won the Zalma Invitational Tournament, led by John Payne, David Holcomb, Daryl Pannier, John Payne, and Chuck Emerson. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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University High

University High School, home of the Preps, was located in Cape Girardeau on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. The school originally was known as College High but changed its name when Southeast replaced "college" in its name with "university" in 1972. The school's basketball team's home gym was Houck Field House. The school closed in 1986, also the last year its namesake tournament was held at Houck Field House before moving to the new Show Me Center.


Boys basketball

1985-86  |  1-19  |  Bill Jenkerson
1984-85  |  8-16  |  Don Mansfield
1983-84  |  5-15  |  Don Mansfield
1982-83  |  9-15  |  Jerry Leischner
1981-82  |  18-2  |  Jerry Leischner  |  District champion
1980-81  |  17-7  |  Jerry Leischner
1979-80  |  12-12  |  Jerry Leischner
1978-79  |  12-11  |  Jim Shemwell
1977-78  |  6-15  |  Jim Shemwell
1976-77  |  9-13  |  Craig Hiatt
1975-76  |  5-19  |  Tom Thrower
1974-75  |  6-15  |  Tom Thrower
1973-74  |  7-15  |  Tom Thrower
1972-73  |  8-15  |  Tom Thrower
1971-72  |  4-15  |  Tom Thrower
1970-71  |  2-18  |  Tom Thrower
1969-70  |  5-11  |  Tom Thrower
1968-69  |  7-17  |  Carroll Williams
1967-68  |  9-14  |  Carroll Williams
1966-67  |  8-14  |  Carroll Williams
1965-66  |  10-14  |  Carroll Williams
1964-65  |  11-13  |  Carroll Williams
1963-64  |  10-18  |  Carroll Williams
1962-63  |  9-13  |  Carroll Williams
1961-62  |  10-15  |  Carroll Williams
1960-61  |  10-13  |  Carroll Williams
1959-60  |  8-12  |  Bob Nichols
1958-59  |  13-7  |  Joe Uhls
1957-58  |  15-7  |  Joe Uhls
1956-57  |  13-7  |  Joe Uhls
1955-56  |  12-10  |  Joe Uhls
1954-55  |  13-9  |  Joe Uhls
1953-54  |  13-10  |  Joe Uhls
1952-53  |  16-7  |  Joe Uhls
1951-52  |  15-7  |  Joe Uhls
1950-51  |  18-6  |  Joe Uhls
1949-50  |  12-9  |  Irvin Keller
1948-49  |  26-3  |  Irvin Keller
1947-48  |  13-6  |  Irvin Keller
1946-47  |  8-12  |  Irvin Keller
1945-46  |  31-5  |  Irvin Keller  |  Lost 45-37 to Waynesville in state third-place game
1944-45  |  10-11  |  Irvin Keller
1943-44  |  10-7  |  Dewey Kelly
1942-43  |  6-12  |  Dewey Kelly
1941-42  |  7-12  |  Dewey Kelly
1940-41  |  7-13  |  Gene Sides
1939-40  |  14-8  |  Gene Sides
1938-39  |  17-6  |  Gene Sides  |  District champion
1937-38  |  24-3  |  John Adams  |  Lost 34-26 to Houston in state championship
1936-37  |  14-7  |  John Adams
1935-36  |  12-5  |  John Adams
1934-35  |  10-8  |  Billy Tolliver
1933-34  |  19-5  |  Russell Devore  |  District champion
1932-33  |  10-3  |  Russell Devore
1931-32  |  22-5  |  C.P. Harris  |  Lost 21-14 to Fruitland in Class B championship
1930-31  |  18-7  |  C.P. Harris  |  District champion
1929-30  |  11-6  |  C.P. Harris
1928-29  |  9-6  |  C.P. Harris
1927-28  |  11-10  |  C.P. Harris
1926-27  |  9-8  |  C.P. Harris
1925-26  |  11-5  |  C.P. Harris
1924-25  |  11-6  |  C.P. Harris
1923-24  |  8-11  |  C.P. Harris
1922-23  |  10-9  |  C.P. Harris
1921-22  |  9-7  |  C.P. Harris
1920-21  |  6-5  |  C.P. Harris
1919-20  |  6-5  |  C.P. Harris
1918-19  |  8-4  |  C.P. Harris
1917-18  |  5-3  |  C.P. Harris
1916-17  |  2-7  |  C.P. Harris
1915-16  |  3-6  |  C.P. Harris
1914-15  |  5-5  |  C.P. Harris
1913-14  |  3-8  |  C.P. Harris
1912-13  |  4-3  |  C.P. Harris
1911-12  |  3-3  |  C.P. Harris



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