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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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Van Buren

Van Buren High School, home of the Bulldogs, is located in Carter County. The original nickname Bucks was replaced by Bulldogs in 1940.



Boys basketball

2019-20  |   20-6  |   Jacob Black
2018-19  |   17-9  |   Jacob Black
2017-18  |   11-11  |   Adam Epps
2016-17  |   13-12  |   Adam Epps
2015-16  |   14-13  |   Adam Epps
2014-15  |   0-19  |   Adam Epps
2013-14  |   11-13  |   Adam Epps
2012-13  |   12-12  |   Adam Epps
2011-12  |   9-15  |   Dustin Weiskopf
2010-11  |  16-10  |  Dustin Weiskopf
2009-10  |  21-8  |  Wayne Jessen  |  Lost 64-23 to Bernie in C2 sectional
2008-09  |  16-11  |  Wayne Jessen
2007-08  |  19-9  |  Paul Lynch
2006-07  |  8-16  |  Paul Lynch
2005-06  |  17-11  |  Dustin Hicks
2004-05  |  22-6  |  Dustin Hicks  |  Lost 67-63 to South Pemiscot in C2 sectional
2003-04  |  15-11  |  Dustin Hicks
2002-03  |  6-16  |  Randal Jenkins
2001-02  |  15-11  |  Randal Jenkins
2000-01  |  5-16  |  Randal Jenkins
1999-00  |  19-9  |  Randal Jenkins
1998-99  |  13-12  |  Randal Jenkins
1997-98  |  9-14  |  Randal Jenkins
1996-97  |  10-16  |  Randal Jenkins
1995-96  |  10-12  |  Randal Jenkins
1994-95  |  14-13  |  Randal Jenkins  |  District champion
1993-94  |  14-15  |  Randal Jenkins  |  District champion
1992-93  |  16-11  |  Randal Jenkins  |  District champion
1991-92  |  29-5  |  Randal Jenkins  |  Defeated New Bloomfield 68-60 in 1A championship
1990-91  |  17-9  |  Randal Jenkins
1989-90  |  10-14  |  Randal Jenkins
1988-89  |  11-11  |  Franklin Smith
1987-88  |  15-11  |  Franklin Smith
1986-87  |  26-3  |  Franklin Smith  |  Lost 61-58 to Scott County Central in 1A sectional
1985-86  |  24-4  |  Franklin Smith  |  Lost 63-50 to South Iron in 1A regional
1984-85  |  22-7  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1983-84  |  15-10  |  Franklin Smith
1982-83  |  22-5  |  Franklin Smith
1981-82  |  24-3  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1980-81  |  22-6  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1979-80  |  18-9  |  Franklin Smith
1978-79  |  17-9  |  Franklin Smith
1977-78  |  27-1  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1976-77  |  14-12  |  Ron Littles
1975-76  |  2-19  |  Ron Littles
1974-75  |  15-13  |  Ron Littles
1973-74  |  19-8  |  Ron Littles
1972-73  |  12-13  |  Ron Littles
1971-72  |  19-7  |  Ron Littles
1970-71  |  26-1  |  Franklin Smith
1969-70  |  19-8  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1968-69  |  24-6  |  Franklin Smith  |  District champion
1967-68  |  24-4  |  Franklin Smith
1966-67  |  22-6  |  Franklin Smith
1965-66  |  20-9  |  Franklin Smith
1964-65  |  13-13  |  Franklin Smith
1963-64  |  1-22  |  Dean Sandefor
1962-63  |  1-21  |  A.W. Wright
1961-62  |  2-23  |  Dennis Argo
1960-61  |  8-14  |  Dennis Argo
1959-60  |  33-3  |  Hoyle Massey  |  Defeated Madison 76-74 in Class S championship
1958-59  |  13-9  |  Hoyle Massey
1957-58  |  17-12  |  Hoyle Massey
1956-57  |  15-9  |  Bob Smith
1955-56  |  13-12  |  Wayne Seigler
1954-55  |  27-6  |  Bob Sechrist
1953-54  |  21-10  |  Bob Sechrist
1952-53  |  13-16  |  Bob Sechrist
1951-52  |  18-10  |  Bob Sechrist
1950-51  |  22-10  |  Oral Batterson
1949-50  |  14-12  |  Oral Batterson
1948-49  |  20-8  |  William Marsh
1947-48  |  24-6  |  Bob Pribble
1946-47  |  32-6  |  Denny Burrows
1945-46  |  30-6  |  Denny Burrows  |  District champion
1944-45  |  18-9  |  A.W. Wright
1943-44  |  12-8  |  A.W. Wright
1942-43  |  10-6  |  Denny Burrows
1941-42  |  24-7  |  Denny Burrows
1940-41  |  18-7  |  A.W. Wright
1939-40  |  16-9  |  A.W. Wright
1938-39  |  16-7  |  A.W. Wright
1937-38  |  13-8  |  A.W. Wright
1936-37  |  10-6  |  A.W. Wright
1935-36  |  10-9  |  A.W. Wright
1934-35  |  9-6  |  A.W. Wright
1933-34  |  8-5  |  Louis Geiger
1932-33  |  5-12  |  Marin Duewer
1931-32  |  4-10  |  Lon Kinder
1930-31  |  2-11  |  Lon Kinder
1929-30  |  10-6  |  Lon Kinder
1928-29  |  3-11  |  Homer Smith
1927-28  |  10-4  |  A.W. Wright
1926-27  |  8-7  |  A.W. Wright
1925-26  |  9-4  |  Walter Webb
1924-25  |  6-5  |  Eric Palmer
1923-24  |  6-5  |  Bob Edwards
1922-23  |  7-4  |  L.L. Cage
1921-22  |  9-3  |  L.L. Cage
1920-21  |  11-2  |  L.L. Cage
1919-20  |  6-3  |  L.L. Cage
1918-19  |  5-3  |  George Wattles
1917-18  |  4-3  |  George Wattles
1916-17  |  3-6  |  L.L. Cage
1915-16  |  5-2  |  L.L. Cage



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