Team Illinois

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Illinois sent an all-star team to the Panasonic Academic Challenge from 1997 through 2008. The program was canceled in 2009, but the Illinois High School Scholastic Bowl Coaches Association (IHSSBCA) decided to send a team to the NASAT beginning in 2010.


Selection Process & Preparation

While there have been slight changes from year to year, the overall process of selecting the team is relatively constant. Individual coaches are invited to nominate players of exceptional talent, with an eye for players who tend to excel beyond IHSA format.

Players then attend a tryout in central Illinois where they compete within the format in general rounds as well as subject-specific rounds, while being observed by members of the selection committee, which is chosen by the coaches (who are chosen by the IHSSBCA Steering Committee).

The committee then meets to consider performance during the tryout, as well as statistical and performance achievement throughout the season. The goal is to provide for balance across subjects, as well as producing the overall best team.

The team generally practices several times between the selection and the competition.

2001 at the NSC

In 2001, Team Illinois was permitted to enter the PACE NSC to play exhibition matches. There were complaints regarding the presence of an all-star team, and Team Illinois was never permitted to return, nor has any other all-star team been permitted to participate. Nonetheless, Yogesh Raut was named to the All-Scholar team. Team Illinois' participation coincided with its coach, Rob Grierson, receiving the 2001 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award.


Note: In 2005, 2007, and 2011, Riley was unable to travel. In 2005 and 2007, Tom Egan joined the team at the competition; in 2011, Matt Laird did so.

*Mike Laudermith also was a player on the first Team Illinois, in 1997.

Results at PAC

  • Champions - 2007, 2008
  • 2nd place - 2002
  • 3rd place - 2004, 2005
  • 4th place - 2000
  • 5th place - 1998
  • All-American team: Parag Bhayani, 2002; Ben Taylor, 2003; David Abram, 2004; Greg Gauthier, 2007 and 2008 (only the third player in PAC history to be named All-American twice)

Results at NASAT

  • 2nd place - 2011, 2012, 2014
  • 3rd place - 2010
  • 6th place - 2013


1997 (did not place out of 46 teams at PAC): Tim Werner (Fremd), Kyle McQuisten (Hononegah), Mark Barrett (Libertyville), Mike Laudermith (West Leyden), Jeremy Light (Woodruff), and Jeff Vieregg (Wheaton Warrenville South)

1998 (5th out of 46 teams at PAC): Ben Ricca (Streator), David Coffee (Springfield Southeast), Kory Knous (PORTA), Nicholas Rakes (Wilmington), David Shalowitz (New Trier), and Vagish Hemmige (Fremd)

1999 (did not place out of 44 teams at PAC): Ben Ricca (Streator), Tim Holbrook (University (Normal)), David Shalowitz (New Trier), Peter McFerrin (IMSA), David Barnes (Latin School), and Martin Urban (Moline)

2000 (4th out of 47 teams at PAC): Brad Houston (Stevenson), Stephen Moore (MacArthur), Yogesh Raut (IMSA), David Werner (Lake Zurich), and Stephen Walker (Loyola Academy)

2001 (top 18 out of 39 teams at PAC): Gary Leuty (Salem), Stephen Moore (MacArthur), Yogesh Raut (IMSA), Eric Bellm (Carlinville), David Werner (Lake Zurich), and Jim Davis (Latin School)

2002 (2nd place out of 33 teams at PAC): Lori Sommers (Wheaton North), Mariusz Galczynski (Downers Grove North), Jim Davis (Latin School), Parag Bhayani (Homewood-Flossmoor), Shao-Yun Guo (New Trier), and Mathew Eapen (Sterling)

2003 (top 18 out of 34 teams at PAC): Ben Taylor (Guilford), David Vock (Wheaton North), Paul Gauthier (Wheaton North), Colin Davy (New Trier), Matt Keenan (New Trier), and Kelly Tourdot (Stillman Valley)

2004 (3rd place out of 33 teams at PAC): David Abram (Hoffman Estates), Jaya Kalra (Sterling), Paul Gauthier (Wheaton North), Nik Brendler (Lincoln-Way East), Andy Mathews (Loyola Academy), and Eric Grebing (Bunker Hill)

2005 (3rd place out of 32 teams at PAC): Jordan Silver (Stevenson), Donald Taylor (MacArthur), John Smillie (Morton), Tyler Kerr (Rockford Auburn), Cliff Chang (New Trier), and Michael Bilow (Deerfield)

2006 (top 18 out of 32 teams at PAC): Kristina Warren (Bloomington), Matt McKenna (Loyola Academy), Carlo Angiuli (New Trier), Justin Stoncius (Carbondale), Tyler Kerr (Rockford Auburn), and Greg Gauthier (Wheaton North)

2007 (1st place of 31 teams at PAC): Greg Gauthier (Wheaton North), Carlo Angiuli (New Trier), Greg Peterson (Maine South), Justin Stoncius (Carbondale), and Hunter Fast (Bloomington)

2008 (1st place of 27 teams at PAC): Mike Verity (Loyola Academy), Siva Sundaram (Rockford Auburn), Greg Gauthier (Wheaton North), John Brown (Rockford Auburn), and Curt Peterson (Wheaton Warrenville South)

2009 no team

2010 (3rd place of 16 teams at the first HSAPQ NASAT): Ben Carbery (OPRF), Andrew Deveau (St. Ignatius), Kevin Malis (Stevenson), and Lloyd Sy (Rockford Auburn)

2011 (2nd place of 10 teams at NASAT): same players as 2010

2012 (2nd place out of 13 teams at NASAT): Lloyd Sy (Rockford Auburn), Ben Chametzky (Carbondale), Nolan Winkler (Loyola), Alex Kling (Latin School)

2013 (6th place out of 13 teams at NASAT): Dylan Minarik (Belvidere North), Alex Pandya (Rockford Auburn), Morgan Venkus (Loyola), Tristan Willey (Macomb)

2014 (2nd place out of 17 teams at NASAT): Jason Asher (Stevenson), Anton Karpovich (IMSA), Evan Pandya (Rockford Auburn), Cole Timmerwilke (Rockford Auburn)

See Also

External Links

Panasonic Academic Challenge Champion
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Maryland All-Stars
2007, 2008
Johnson Central