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2019 Seventh Grade IESA Boys Basketball State Finals Tip-Off Saturday

For the 13th time in Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) boys' basketball history, four 7th grade champions will be crowned and it all begins this Saturday (Feb. 2) at four sites. Competition in the Class 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A State Final Tournaments begins Saturday and will conclude on Thursday (February 7). This is the 90th 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 Bartonville Limestone High School. Wenona Fieldcrest Middle School will host the Class 3A tournament and 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 2 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 7 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). Class C (7th grade) was added in 1973. From 1977-1984, only the heavyweight class was divided into two classes based on enrollment. From 1985-2006, there were Class A and Class AA state series for both seventh grade and eighth grade based on enrollment. Beginning in 2007, the seventh grade and eighth grade series have four classes each.

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 winter weather has delayed several of the sectional games to Friday, February 1. Brackets will be updated online as soon as sectional games are completed. Here is a look at the schedule for each of the 2019 7th Grade State Final Tournaments:

Class 1A @ East Peoria Central Junior High School
Saturday, February 2
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Newton St. Thomas (18-0) vs. Griggsville-Perry (26-0)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Oglesby Holy Family (19-0) vs. Pontiac St. Mary’s (15-5)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner of Kewanee Visitation/Peoria Limestone Walters vs. Washington St. Patrick (22-3)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Lincoln Carroll Catholic (18-3) vs. Royal Prairieview Ogden (19-6)
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 7
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 @ Bartonville Limestone High School
Saturday, February 2
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Effingham St. Anthony (16-10) vs. Winner of Bushnell Prairie City/Princeville
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Carthage (18-4) vs. Decatur Robertson (19-1)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner of Burr Ridge MS/Seneca vs. Lexington (15-11)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Springfield Christ the King (17-9) vs. Peoria St. Vincent de Paul (25-1)
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, February 7
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 2
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Eureka (21-3) vs. Litchfield (23-0)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Winner of Glasford Illini Bluffs/Taylor Ridge Rockridge vs. Athens (24-2)
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Forrest Prairie Central (20-5) vs. St. Joseph (18-8)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   Winner of Chicago Frances Xavier Warde/South Holland McKinley vs. Teutopolis (24-0)
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 7
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 2
Game 1   10:00 a.m.   Morton JHS (24-2) vs. Batavia Rotolo (17-4)
Game 2   11:30 a.m.   Winner of Bolingbrook Brooks/Markham Prairie Hills vs. Winner of Frankfort Summit Hill/Phoenix Coolidge
Game 3   1:00 p.m.   Winner of New Lenox Liberty/Yorkville vs. Rochester (19-3)
Game 4   2:30 p.m.   East St. Louis Lincoln (18-3) vs. Kankakee JHS (20-0)
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 7
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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