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2015 IESA Scholastic Bowl State Finals to be Held at Peoria Civic Center on Friday, May 8; Championship Matches to be Webcast

For the fourth consecutive year the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) Scholastic Bowl State Finals will be held in Peoria at the Civic Center this Friday (May 8). The IESA state series in Scholastic Bowl began in 1988 although a state final was not held the first year. There was one-class competition from 1989-1996, and in 1997 the state series was divided into Class A and Class AA based on school size. This is the 27th year of state series competition in Scholastic Bowl and the 19th year for Class A and Class AA competition.

A total of 16 teams will play in Peoria--eight teams in Class A and eight teams in Class AA. All teams participating will play three rounds. Each class is divided into two pools of four teams. The winners of each pool will meet for the championship of their respective class while the runners-up in each pool will play for 3rd place honors in round 4. Assignment to each pool was done by a blind draw. Competition gets underway at 1:00 p.m. in both classes. Subsequent matches are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. After an hour break for dinner, the third place and championship matches will be played at 5:00 p.m. The awards assembly will begin immediately after the conclusion of the final round.

The Peoria Civic Center is hosting the IESA state finals for the fourth time. Prior to the move to the Civic Center, the IESA state finals were held at Heartland Community College in Normal for a total of six years. The Civic Center provides a beautiful venue for the finals and all matches will be conducted in the 4th floor ballroom.

The price of admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors (62 and over) and students (K-8), and is good for the entire tournament. Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free. Fans attending the matches will receive a wristband that is to be worn all day and will be used for entry into the facility throughout the day.

This year, 364 member schools entered the state series in Scholastic Bowl. Questions used throughout the state series are provided by Questions Galore, while the lockout systems are provided by Slammer Systems.

Complete pairings for each state final, the results after the competition on Friday, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. Click on the Scholastic Bowl line in the orange box at the top of the IESA Web Site Home Page.

Here is a look at each of the two 2015 State Final Tournaments:

Class A Tournament

POOL A TEAMS---Palatine Quest, Peoria Christian, Quincy St. Peter, Springfield Our Savior's
POOL B TEAMS---Elmwood, Champaign Next Generation, Normal Metcalf, Effingham St. Anthony

Pool A
1:00 p.m. - Palatine Quest vs. Peoria Christian
1:00 p.m. - Quincy St. Peter vs. Springfield Our Savior's

2:00 p.m. -Palatine Quest vs. Quincy St. Peter
2:00 p.m. - Peoria Christian vs. Springfield Our Savior's

3:00 p.m. - Palatine Quest vs. Springfield Our Savior's
3:00 p.m. - Peoria Christian vs. Quincy St. Peter

Pool B
1:00 p.m. - Elmwood vs. Champaign Next Generation
1:00 p.m. - Normal Metcalf vs. Effingham St. Anthony

2:00 p.m. - Elmwood vs. Normal Metcalf
2:00 p.m. - Champaign Next Generation vs. Effingham St. Anthony

3:00 p.m. - Elmwood vs. Effingham St. Anthony
3:00 p.m. - Champaign Next Generation vs. Normal Metcalf

5:00 p.m. - Pool A runner-up vs. Pool B runner-up (third place)
5:00 p.m. - Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner (championship)


Class AA Tournament

POOL A TEAMS---Mokena, Morton JHS, Mahomet-Seymour, Danville North Ridge
POOL B TEAMS---Barrington Station, Buffalo Grove Aptakisic, Bourbonnais UGC, Springfield Franklin

Pool A
1:00 p.m. - Mokena vs. Morton
1:00 p.m. - Mahomet-Seymour vs. Danville North Ridge

2:00 p.m. - Mokena vs. Mahomet-Seymour
2:00 p.m. - Morton vs. Danville North Ridge

3:00 p.m. - Mokena vs. Danville North Ridge
3:00 p.m. - Morton vs. Mahomet-Seymour

Pool B
1:00 p.m. - Barrington Station vs. Buffalo Grove Aptakisic
1:00 p.m. - Bourbonnais UGC vs. Springfield Franklin

2:00 p.m. - Barrington Station vs. Bourbonnais UGC
2:00 p.m. - Buffalo Grove Aptakisic vs. Springfield Franklin

3:00 p.m. - Barrington Station vs. Springfield Franklin
3:00 p.m. - Buffalo Grove Aptakisic vs. Bourbonnais UGC

5:00 p.m. - Pool A runner-up vs. Pool B runner-up (third place)
5:00 p.m. - Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner (championship)

For the fourth straight year, the lock-out systems that will be used at the IESA state finals will be provided by Slammer Systems. Slammer Systems automatically keeps score, manages time, controls the ring-in process, and produces detailed statistic spreadsheets for every match.

In addition, the IESA and Slammer Systems will be broadcasting the Class A and AA Championship matches online. Fans can click on one of the links below and register to listen to the championship match. If you are interested in listening to either the Class A or Class AA championship match, simply click one of the links below. There is no charge to listen to the match.

For Class A click on: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2527438948993834498

For Class AA click on: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3613921363980451330

Note: Only the Class A and AA Championship matches will be broadcast.

For more information, please contact IESA Associate Executive Director and Scholastic Bowl Administrator Nicole Schaefbauer at nicole@iesa.org

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