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2017 Eighth Grade IESA Girls Basketball State Finals Begin Saturday

For the second straight week, the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) will crown four girls basketball champions, this time in the 8th grade state series. Competition in the Class 1A, Class 2A, Class 3A and Class 4A State Final Tournaments begins Saturday (December 9) and concludes the following Thursday (December 14) at four sites. This is the 12th year of IESA four-class girls basketball.

Class 1A will be played at Lexington High School, while Class 2A is being played at Macon Meridian High School. The 3A tournament will be held at Germantown Hills Middle School and rounding out the group is Normal Parkside which is the site of Class 4A.

The time schedule for all four tournaments will be the same. Quarterfinals will be played Saturday with the first of four games beginning at 10:00 a.m. The four quarterfinal winners will meet in semifinal games late Saturday afternoon with the first of two games set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Third place and championship games will be played Thursday, December 14 with the third place game set for 6:00 p.m. and the championship game scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Any changes in the playing status of each of the four tournaments will be posted on the IESA Web Site at www.iesa.org as each tournament progresses. Results will be posted on the web site after each game. Should weather become a factor, any change in the status of the tournaments will be posted on the IESA website.

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 8th 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). Children younger than kindergarten are admitted free.

This year marks the 39th year that the IESA has been conducting a girls basketball state series, as the ever-growing activity made its debut within the Association back in 1979. One-class of competition existed from 1979-1985. Beginning in 1986, classification became part of the girls basketball state series. A 7th grade and an 8th grade state tournament was conducted for the teams entering the state series. It was not based on school enrollment. All 7th grade teams that entered the state tournament participated in the 7th grade tournament (regardless of school size) and all 8th grade teams (regardless of school size) participated in the 8th grade tournament. This format was in place through 1989. Starting in 1990 and continuing through 2005, school enrollment became a factor in the classification as a Class A and Class AA state series for both seventh grade and eighth grade began (based on a school's 7-8 enrollment). There were four champions crowned--a 7A champion, a 7AA champion, an 8A champion, and an 8AA champion. As the number of schools entering the state series increased, classification was again changed beginning in 2006. Instead of two classes, the state series was expanded to four classes so there are a total of eight girls basketball champions---Four 7th grade champions (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) and four 8th grade champions, (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A). The four class system remains today.

Complete pairings for each state final, plus the FanZone, can be found at www.iesa.org. Click on the Girls Basketball line in the orange box at the top of the IESA Web Site Home Page.

For additional information, please contact the IESA basketball administrator, Chris Frasco, 309-829-0114.

Here is a look at each of the four 2017 Eighth Grade State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ Lexington High School
Saturday, December 9
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Pana Sacred Heart (24-1) vs. LaSalle Trinity Catholic (18-1)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Hume Shiloh (16-2) vs. Lockport Taft (20-1)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Washington St. Patrick (21-1) vs. Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell (25-0)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Jacksonville Our Saviour (19-5) vs. Cuba (12-11)
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, December 14
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 @ Macon Meridian High School
Saturday, December 9
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Bourbonnais St. George (15-1) vs. Winchester (21-1)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Lewistown Central (23-2) vs. Effingham St. Anthony (21-2)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Champaign St. Matthew (19-6) vs. Decatur Hope (24-1)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Carthage (25-0) vs. Princeville (18-2)
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, December 14
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 @ Germantown Hills Middle School
Saturday, December 9
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   South Holland McKinley (11-5) vs. New Berlin (16-9)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Tolono Unity (15-7) vs. Piasa Southwestern (23-1)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Watseka Glenn Raymond (21-2) vs. Teutopolis (21-2)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Farmington Central (23-3) vs. Germantown Hills (21-2)
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, December 14
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 Parkside JHS
Saturday, December 9
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Effingham JHS (15-7) vs. Shorewood Troy (18-5)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Normal Parkside (24-0) vs. Chatham Glenwood (19-4)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Mokena (23-2) vs. Arlington Hts. South (16-0)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Edwardsville Liberty (23-0) vs. Flossmoor Parker (22-1)
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, December 14
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)
NOTES: Three of the four 2016 7th grade champions are returning this year to the 8th grade finals. Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell won the 7th grade Class 1A title last year; Germantown Hills captured the 7th Grade Class 3A title last year; and Edwardsville Liberty won the 7th grade Class 4A championship last year.

In Class 1A, six of the eight schools that advanced to the finals as 7th graders in 2016 are returning to the finals as 8th graders--Pana Sacred Heart, LaSalle Trinity Catholic, Washington St. Patrick, Lincoln West Lincoln-Broadwell, and Cuba were all in class 1A last year. Lockport Taft advanced to the finals in Class 2A last year and is in the Class 1A finals this year. A potential rematch of last year's 7th grade Class 1A championship looms between Pana Sacred Heart and West Lincoln-Broadwell if both teams win their first two games on Saturday.

In Class 2A, only three of the eight finalists this year advanced to the finals last year as 7th graders--Carthage, Winchester and Effingham St. Anthony. Interestingly, Carthage placed 3rd in last year's 7th grade Class 1A tournament but is in Class 2A this year as they defeated last year's 2A champion, Mendon Unity, in the sectional on Thursday, Dec. 6.

In Class 3A, five of the eight finalists this year advanced last year as 7th graders--Piasa Southwestern, Watseka Glenn Raymond, Teutopolis, Farmington Central, and Germantown Hills. A re-match of last year's 7th grade class 3A championship game will take place in the last quarterfinal game on Saturday as Farmington Central will take on Germantown Hills. In last year's 7th grade Class 3A title game, Germantown Hills defeated Farmington Central, 44-31.

In Class 4A, six of last year's 7th Class 4A finalists are in the 8th grade finals this year: Effingham JHS, Normal Parkside, Chatham Glenwood, Mokena, Edwardsville Liberty, and Flossmoor Parker. A rematch of last year's 7th grade Class 4A title game is a possibility as Edwardsville Liberty and Normal Parkside are in opposite brackets. Liberty defeated Parkside last year 28-23 to capture the 7th grade title.



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