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2020 Seventh Grade IESA Boys Basketball State Finals Tip-Off Saturday

For the 14th time in Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) boys' basketball history, four 7th grade champions will be crowned and it all begins this Saturday (Feb. 8) at four sites. Competition in the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A State Final Tournaments begins Saturday and will conclude on Thursday (February 13). This is the 91st year IESA has conducted a state basketball series.

Class 1A will be played at East Peoria Central Jr. High School while Class 2A is set to tip-off at Clinton High School. The 3A tournament will be held at Wenona Fieldcrest Middle School Class 4A will be played at Normal Kingsley Junior High School.

The time schedule for all four tournaments will be the same. Quarterfinals will be played Saturday, February 8 with the first of four games beginning at 10:00 a.m. at each site. The four quarterfinal winners will meet in semifinal games Saturday evening with the first of two games set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Third place and championship games will be played Thursday, February 13 with the third place game set for 6:00 p.m. and the championship game scheduled for 7:30.

Any changes in the playing status of each of the four tournaments will be posted on the IESA Website at www.iesa.org as each tournament progresses. In addition, scores will be updated throughout the day indicating which teams will advance in the tournament.

The price of admission Saturday is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for seniors (62 and over) and students (K-8) and is good for all games Saturday. Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free. Fans attending the games Saturday will receive a wristband that is to be worn all day and will be used for entry into that respective state final site only throughout the day. It will not be honored at any other 7th grade state final site. The price of admission for the third place and championship game session Thursday will be $5.00 for adults and $2.00 for seniors and students (K-8).

IESA boys basketball began in 1930. From 1930 to 1972 there were two classes: Class A (heavyweight) and Class B (lightweight). The lightweight and heavyweight classes were initially based on a student's age, weight, and height. A 7th grade only tournament (called Class C) was added in 1973. The lightweight and heavyweight classes continued until 1984 but from 1977-1984, the heavyweight class was divided into two classes based on school enrollment. Beginning in 1985, the lightweight, heavyweight, and Class C tournaments were all replaced with classes based on school size and grade level. From 1985-2006, there were Class A and Class AA state series based on enrollment for both seventh grade and eighth grade. Classification was changed once again as beginning in 2007, the seventh grade and eighth grade series were split into the present classes of 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A all based on a school’s 7th and 8th grade enrollment.

Complete pairings for each state final, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. Click on the Boys Basketball link at the top of the IESA home page.

The snowstorm on Wednesday caused many of the sectional contests to be postponed. The majority of those that had to be rescheduled were played on Thursday. There are still two sectionals that need to be played. Both of those sectionals involve class 4A teams. Here is a look at the schedule for each of the 2020 IESA 7th Grade State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ East Peoria Central Junior High School
Saturday, February 8
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Royal Prairieview Ogden (20-4) vs. Kewanee Visitation (13-8)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Normal Epiphany (14-11) vs. Pontiac St. Mary’s (16-7)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Pana Sacred Heart (23-0) vs. Hartsburg-Emden (23-4)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell (26-1) vs. Griggsville-Perry (27-0)
Game 5   5:00 p.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   6:30 p.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Thursday, February 13
Game 7   6:00 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   7:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 2A @ Clinton High School
Saturday, February 8
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Ford Heights Cottage Grove (16-1) vs. Effingham St. Anthony (21-5)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Decatur Robertson (18-1) vs. Bloomington Corpus Christi (20-5)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Nauvoo-Colusa (16-4) vs. Peoria Christian (22-4)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Elmwood (24-1) vs. Greenfield (25-0)
Game 5   5:00 p.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   6:30 p.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Thursday, February 13
Game 7   6:00 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   7:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 3A @ Wenona Fieldcrest MS
Saturday, February 8
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Lisle (13-0) vs. Washington Central (22-1)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   South Holland McKinley (15-6) vs. Taylor Ridge Rockridge (19-1)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Williamsville (18-4) vs. Teutopolis (18-7)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   St. Joseph (19-5) vs. Piasa Southwestern (21-4)
Game 5   5:00 p.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   6:30 p.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Thursday, February 13
Game 7   6:00 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   7:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)
 
Class 4A @ Normal Kingsley JHS
Saturday, February 8
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Lemont Old Quarry (13-3) vs. Kankakee JHS (19-0)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Matteson Colin Powell (24-3) vs. Mokena (22-5)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner of East St. Louis Clark/Quincy vs. Mt. Zion (23-1)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Winner of Morton/Pekin Edison (18-3) vs. Rockford Kennedy (14-0)
Game 5   5:00 p.m.   Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
Game 6   6:30 p.m.   Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Thursday, February 13
Game 7   6:00 p.m.   Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Third Place)
Game 8   7:30 p.m.   Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Championship)

For more information, please contact IESA Assistant Executive Director and Basketball Administrator Chris Frasco at chris@iesa.org



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