High School Sports
Winter weather slows high school basketball postseason play
Wednesday's winter storm continues to slow down the high school basketball postseason, and Missouri State High School Athletics Association communications director Jason West said Saturday's quarterfinals are still scheduled to resume as planned.
Relaxed but focused Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team has special relationship -- and bet -- with coach Sam Sides
While winning the program's first title remains the ultimate goal for Saxony, there are many driving factors that have helped make that goal a very real possibility, including one that will keep the Crusaders both focused and laughing right up until they hoist the state trophy.
Southeast Missourian Athlete of the Week: Scott County Central's Jeffery Porter
Scott County Central's Jeffery Porter scored a game-high 39 points to lead the top-seeded Braves to a 73-63 win over the second-seeded Bernie Mules in the Class 2 District 1 championship Friday in Bloomfield, Missouri. "He's our playmaker," SCC senior forward Matthew Blissett said about Porter. "He's the guy we look to when we need some buckets."...
Winter weather forces changes to basketball playoffs
A winter storm moved through the area Wednesday, forcing schedule and location changes for several high school basketball sectional games.
Jackson boys basketball team routs Fox to advance to district championship
The Jackson boys basketball team arranged a rematch with the top-seeded Poplar Bluff Mules with a 71-36 victory over host Fox in the semifinals of the Class 5 District 1 tournament Tuesday in Arnold, Missouri. Senior Blake Reynolds scored a game-high 21 points for the second-seeded Indians, who improved to 22-6 and will face Poplar Bluff in the championship game at 7 p.m. Thursday...
Advance boys basketball team makes state quarterfinals for second consecutive season
Preston Wuebker scored the go-ahead basket with 31 seconds left, and the Hornets defeated Gideon 53-45 in a Class 1 sectional on Tuesday at Bloomfield High School.
Central girls basketball team's season ends with loss to Dexter
Dexter, the top-seeded team in the district, jumped out to a 26-9 lead after one period and methodically eliminated the fourth-seeded Tigers 66-30 at the Sikeston Field House.
Oran girls basketball team falls to Naylor in sectional play
Oran committed 11 of its 35 turnovers in the second quarter, during which Naylor outscored Oran 18-10 before cruising to a 59-31 win.
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team begins sectional play today
Led by a group of eight juniors, the Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team heads into its Class 3 sectional with three consecutive district crowns.
Sikeston girls basketball team denies Notre Dame's comeback attempt
No. 2 Sikeston defeated No. 3 Notre Dame 58-49 to advance to the Class 4 District 1 championship.
Jackson girls basketball team takes care of Poplar Bluff in overtime
ARNOLD, Mo. -- Cassidi Tomsu saved Jackson's season. The senior sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime and hit the go-ahead basket with 23 seconds left, lifting the Indians to a 53-49 win over Poplar Bluff.
Notre Dame girls basketball team topples Perryville 68-24
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Coming together after a season of struggles, the Notre Dame girls basketball team that demolished Perryville on Monday looked dangerously like the Bulldogs teams of the past few seasons.
Central girls basketball team routs Kennett, advances to district semis
SIKESTON, Mo. -- In a season full of ups and downs, the Central girls basketball team picked a perfect time to put everything together.
Perryville boys basketball team falls to Kennett in district opener
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Heading in to a Class 4 District 1 quarterfinal against Kennett, things looked all too familiar for the Perryville boys basketball team.
Advance boys basketball team preps for sectional contest
Everything for the Advance boys basketball team has built up to this moment. Hornets coach Bubba Wheetley wants his team back in the state quarterfinals.
Notre Dame boys basketball team hoists top seed in balanced district
It's become more of a spectacle than anything else. The Class 4 District 1 boys basketball tournament is notoriously one of the most competitive district tournaments in the state.
Dexter, Sikeston girls basketball teams headline district tourney field
Dexter pulled out a 55-50 victory over Sikeston in a barnburner last week, providing a glimpse at what the top two teams in this week's Class 4 District 1 girls basketball tournament might have to offer.
Semoball Awards keynote speaker set to be announced Wednesday
The last-minute shuffling of last year's Semoball Awards keynote speaker provided a valuable lesson for the organizers of this year's event. Ozzie Smith was originally scheduled to provide the event's first-ever keynote speech, but Smith had to miss the event to attend the funeral of friend and fellow Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn...
Chaffee girls basketball team claims long-awaited district crown
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- The mentality of the Chaffee girls basketball team hasn't changed all season. But as the Red Devils struggled against an aggressive Scott County Central defense for the first 16 minutes of the Class 2 District 1 championship, they needed to be reminded of how much success that mentality had provided them up to that point...
Charleston boys basketball team makes early lead hold to beat Woodland for district championship
Charleston beat Woodland 71-62 to win the Class 3 District 2 championship and set up a sectional rematch with New Madrid County Central.
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team collects district title, stays unbeaten
The Crusaders opened the second half on a 16-0 run and never looked back on their way to a 62-39 victory that sealed their third consecutive district title and kept their perfect season intact.
Advance boys basketball team bests Oran again to win district title
The second-seeded Hornets jumped out to a 20-7 lead in the first eight minutes and never trailed, claiming their second consecutive district crown with a 66-49 win over top-seeded Oran.
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team gains OVC tourney berth through JSU loss
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt sat in the stands at a high school district basketball game at Scott City High School on Thursday night watching his son Logan coach in a semifinal. At halftime a relieved Dickey Nutt gave a thumbs up, smiled and mouthed the words, "We're in."...
Scott County Central boys rally past Bernie to win district title
BLOOMFIELD, Mo. -- In scientific terms, Scott County Central junior Jeffery Porter spent much of the second quarter of the Clas 2 District 1 championship game as potential energy.
High school roundup: SCC boys basketball team advances to district final
All the local high school events reported Thursday to the Southeast Missourian.
Oran girls basketball team wins district title
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Senior Allie Cummins knocked down her first four shots of the game, and the Oran girls basketball team used dominant defense to cruise to a 60-19 victory over the St. Paul Lutheran Giants on Thursday in the Class 1 District 2 championship at Bell City High School.
Garret Reynolds' late free throws, 41 points lead Woodland boys basketball team to district title game
The second-seeded Cardinals defeated No. 3 Arcadia Valley 71-68 to advance to the Class 3 District 2 championship game.
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team topples Kelly, advances to district final
As they've done all season, the Saxony Lutheran Crusaders girls basketball team used an aggressive defense and a team effort on offense to remain perfect and cruise into their fourth consecutive district title game.
Attempt to slow down Valle Catholic boys basketball team fails for Meadow Heights in district semifinal loss
BISMARCK, Mo. -- Meadow Heights boys basketball coach Mark Verticchio knew Valle Catholic would be faster and stronger heading into a Class 2 District 3 semifinal Thursday night. But two days after the Panthers had won their first district game in six years, he felt he had prepared his team to slow things down against the Warriors...
Charleston boys basketball team ends Scott City's season in district semifinal
Scott City junior Trent Pobst was brief with his description of what he and his teammates needed to focus on entering a Class 3 District 2 matchup with the Charleston boys basketball team. "Stop Delfincko," Pobst said. But stopping Charleston's senior standout Delfincko Bogan is something few teams have been able to do, and the Jacksonville State commit scored a game-high 25 points against the Rams...
High school roundup: Notre Dame boys basketball team routs De Soto
All scores were reported to the Southeast Missourian on Wednesday.
St. Vincent girls basketball team falls to Bismarck in district semis
Two days removed from upsetting third-seeded Valley of Caledonia for its first district tournament win in three years, the sixth-seeded St. Vincent girls basketball team found itself on the brink of another upset bid. The Indians came up just short in a back-and-forth affair against No. 2 Bismarck in the final minutes, and St. Vincent dropped a 43-38 decision in a semifinal of the Class 2 District 3 tournament in Bismarck, Missouri...
Southeast Missourian Athlete of the Week: Jackson's Caitlyn Palmer
Jackson junior Caitlyn Palmer was crowned state champion in the 50-yard freestyle Saturday during the Missouri State High School Activities Association Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex pool in St. Peters, Missouri. "It's all very surreal," Palmer said. "It's just amazing that I can come here and represent my team in such a big way and make them proud. Hopefully, swimming will take off now, and they'll realize it's a good sport because it's not very recognized."...
Scott City boys basketball team uses fast start to rout Kelly
The Rams couldn't have planned for a much better first quarter against the Hawks on Tuesday. They used an early 11-0 run to build a big lead and cruise to a 77-49 victory on their home floor.
Advance boys basketball team downs Bell City in district semifinal
BELL CITY, Mo. -- The second-seeded Advance boys basketball team went into Tuesday night's Class 2 District 1 semifinal with one primary goal in mind: get the ball to sophomore Dawson Mayo.
Oran boys basketball team eases into district final
BELL CITY, Mo. -- The top-seeded Oran boys basketball team cruised into the championship of the Class 1 District 2 tournament Tuesday with a 71-42 win over the No. 5 Richland Rebels at Bell City High School.
High school roundup: Notre Dame boys basketball team topples Dexter
All scores were reported to the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday.
Slow start dooms St. Vincent boys basketball team against Valle
BISMARCK, Mo. -- A slow start and failure to regroup ended the St. Vincent boys basketball team's chances of extending its season Tuesday night. The seventh-seeded Indians fell behind by 15 points to second-seeded Valle Catholic in the first quarter before suffering a 71-37 loss in a Class 2 District 3 quarterfinal at Bismarck High School...
Meadow Heights boys basketball team ends district drought, reaches semis
BISMARCK, Mo. -- Solid defense proved to be the difference in the Meadow Heights boys basketball team's win Tuesday night. After shooting 25 percent from the field and clinging to a two-point lead at halftime, the Panthers forced turnovers, came up with rebounds and built a 14-point lead in the second half...
Bell City boys basketball team downs Oak Ridge in first round of district tournament
BELL CITY, Mo. -- Defense proved to be the key in the Bell City boys basketball team's win Monday night.
Meadow Heights girls basketball team's season ends vs. Ellington
BISMARCK, Mo. -- For the entire first quarter, it appeared as though the Meadow Heights girls basketball team was ready to put a tough season behind it and start fresh in postseason play Monday night.
Kelly girls basketball team edges Clearwater in district opener
BENTON, Mo. -- A lot of little things added up to a big victory Monday for the Kelly girls basketball team.
Sixth-seeded St. Vincent girls basketball team upsets No. 3 Valley in district tourney
BISMARCK, Mo. -- Coming in as an underdog didn't scare the St. Vincent girls basketball team or cause it to waiver in any way against Valley on Monday night. The sixth-seeded Indians had a rare height and speed advantage over No. 3 Valley, which led them to a 47-19 upset victory in a Class 2 District 3 quarterfinal...
High school roundup: Jackson girls basketball team turns back Dexter
All scores were reported to the Southeast Missourian on Monday.
Jackson's Palmer wins girls swimming state crown in 50 freestyle
Caitlyn Palmer entered the final as the No. 8 seed and left with the first state title in the history of Jackson girls swimming.
Jackson's Reisenbichler earns all-state wrestling honors for fourth straight year
Jarrett Reisenbichler closed his high school career Saturday with a distinction only one other Indian can boast in the decorated history of Jackson wrestling.
District tournaments set to begin Monday
A snowy and icy week for Southeast Missouri basketball teams ended Saturday with the cancellation of more games, this time claiming the opening round of numerous district tournaments in the area. Classes 1-3 district tournaments that were scheduled to open Saturday were pushed back to Monday after Friday night's ice storm made for hazardous travel conditions. ...
Swimming a tradition for Powell family
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Josey Powell has spent a good majority of her life in a swimming pool.
Jackson wrestlers survive first day of state tournament
The Jackson wrestling team sent seven wrestlers to the Class 4 state tournament, and each wrestler remains in contention at the end of Thursday's action at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. Jarrett Reisenbichler (113) and Clayton Collier (152) are the Indians' two grapplers who remain in the championship bracket...