A new year is upon us. But before we make this year’s memories, let’s take a look back.
90 years ago: MSHSAA doesn’t exist. The organization starts in 1926 with its first sanctioned championship being boys basketball in 1927. Springfield Central loses in the state championship game 27-17 to KC Northeast.
70 years ago: Still only one division in state basketball. Conway takes 2nd after falling 30-27 to a much larger St. Louis Beaumont team at Springfield Central High. Greenwood wins the Class C state boys track and field championship, its second in a row. The Bluejays also win their first indoor track and field title in class M.
60 years ago: Central’s Joe Underwood is the individual state cross country champion. Greenwood wins its second Class S indoor boys track and field title in a row.
50 years ago: Exeter goes 35-0 to win the Class S boys basketball title with a 54-43 win over South Iron. Republic wins the Class M title by beating Bernie 78-63. Golden City gets a Class C state title in boys track and field, while Parkview finishes second in Class A. Golden City also wins the indoor state title, and would repeat as champions the next year.
45 years ago: The Bradleyville “Hicks from the Sticks” win their third Class S basketball title in seven years with a 76-73 quadruple overtime win over Howardville—still the longest championship game in Missouri history. Parkview takes 3rd-place in the first-ever MSHSAA state boys tennis championships. And Lockwood wins the state indoor track and field event. Lockwood would get a second championship two years later.
40 years ago: Baseball goes to two divisions, A and AA. Forsyth wins the final Class S state basketball title with a 63-60 win over Advance. The Panthers are coached by Charlie Campbell, who turned out to be a somewhat good fisherman. The first girls basketball state championship is played. Parkview wins the state boys tennis championship, one of only two the Ozarks has won. The final MSHSAA indoor track and field championships are held.
35 years ago: Glendale takes its second AA baseball state title in three years by defeating Fox 6-3. Nixa gets a 2A boys basketball title with a 95-56 win over Lilbourn. Greenfield (1A) and Monett (2A) get state football titles, with Monett defeating Louisiana 21-19 at Monett. The Glendale girls win the first of three consecutive state golf championships. The Greenwood girls get their first state track and field title in class A. The Lady Bluejays would win their second one the next season. Kerry Speaker of Lebanon wins the second of her three state golf titles.
30 years ago: Baseball moves to four divisions, classes 1A-4A. Catholic gets the first state girls basketball title for Springfield in Springfield with a 51-44 win over Winston in the 1A championship at Hammons Student Center. Parkview wins Springfield’s fourth girls golf title in six years with a 36-stroke victory over Rock Bridge. The Stockton girls take the 2A state track and field title by 3 points over Smithville.
25 years ago: Hillcrest wins its second state baseball title with a 3-2 win over Blue Springs in the 4A championship. Marshfield wins its first of four consecutive 3A state girls basketball titles with a 59-58 win over Duchesne to finish 32-0. The Lady Jays wouldn’t lose a game again until 1991. Seneca and Camdenton go undefeated to win state football championships in 2A and 4A. West Plains finishes an undefeated season with a straight set win over Kirkwood for the 4A state volleyball title, its fourth in a row. Anthony Peeler of KC Paseo and Todd Day of Memphis Hamilton both put on a show in the 4th Bass Pro Tournament of Champions, as Paseo gets the better of Hamilton in the championship game.
20 years ago: Catholic wins its second consecutive 2A girls basketball title with a 40-31 win over Cole Camp. Sarcoxie wins the 1A-2A boys golf title by six strokes over Versailles. Morrisville wins its second state softball title with a 2-1 extra inning win over Putnam County. Sarcoxie ties for the 2A state boys track and field title with Lexington. Mt. Vernon’s Bruce Dial sets the state pole vault record at 16 feet 9 inches, a mark which still stands.
15 years ago: Fordland wins the 1A boys basketball state title 75-43 over KC Bishop Hogan. West Plains wins the 4A girls basketball title with a 52-36 win over Jackson. Rogersville’s Jason Edwards wins the state 3A cross country title. Callie Sell would make it a clean sweep for Rogersville in 3A by winning the girl’s title. Catholic and Webb City finish 14-0 to win the 2A and 4A state football titles. Parkview junior Jessica Polus wins the state golf title. Ted Dupay of Mariner High and Bolivar’s Scott Brakebill combine to score 100 points in the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions 5th-place game.
10 years ago: Sparta wins the first Class 1 state baseball title 5-2 over Oran. State basketball titles for the Verona, Ozark, and Kickapoo boys, as well as the Skyline, Stockton, and Kickapoo girls. West Plains wins its 11th overall cross country state title, and third in a row. Monett’s Dusty Kime takes his first of two Class 2 cross country state titles. Ken Bowling of Republic takes the Class 3 race. The Lady Zizzers get their sixth state championship. The Mt. Vernon girls golf team wins its first state title. The Greenwood and West Plains boys win state track and field titles in Class 1 and 4, respectively. It’s the tenth title for Greenwood, but first since 1960. For West Plains, it’s the Zizzers’ first track and field title. Brett McCulloch of Lamar takes the 50 and 100 free, Jared Osborne of Carthage the 100 fly, and Kickapoo’s Geoff Doran wins the 1-meter diving at the boys state swimming and diving championships.
5 years ago: Jared Essary of Galena wins the Class 1 boys golf championship at Rivercut. Ash Grove takes the Class 2 team title at Silo Ridge in Bolivar, while the Ozarks make a clean sweep in Class 4 with Glendale winning the team title and Daily Young of Hillcrest individual medalist honors. Bolivar takes the Class 4 state girls basketball championship 47-43 in overtime over Notre Dame de Sion. Skyline wins the Class 3 title 44-43 over South Shelby. Ozark takes the Class 4 baseball title 3-2 over Francis Howell. Webb City takes the Class 3 softball championship 2-1 over North Callaway. T.J. Auner of Greenwood wins two state titles at the state swimming and diving championships by taking both the 100 fly and 100 back finals.
Last year: We all remember this still, right?
Originally published in the Fall I (October) issue of Ozark Preps Illustrated.