1996 IHSA State Championship Tournament

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The 1996 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship Tournaments ended the tenth State Championship Series conducted in Scholastic Bowl by the IHSA. It was the fifth season in which there were separate State Championship Tournaments held for small schools (Class A) and large schools (Class AA).

Advancement

In each class, the state was divided into 16 areas, termed in Illinois as Sectionals. Each sectional hosted a tournament, the winner of which advanced to the State Championship Tournament. The determination of these geographic boundaries was arbitrarily decided by the IHSA Office. This would be the final season in which there would be sixteen sectionals per class, and sixteen teams advancing to the State Championship Tournament.

Tournament Format

Each round was comprised of 30 toss-ups and accompanying bonus questions. The sectional tournaments and State Championship Tournament were all single elimination. Teams were randomly assigned to positions in the bracket without regard for record or performance.

The exception to the single elimination format occurred in the semifinals, where the two semifinal losers played a third place match. The top four teams earned trophies and medals for team members, coaches, principals, and activities directors. The trophies were of the design smaller than that of the athletic trophies given out by the IHSA.

CLASS A

1996 Class A IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Niantic-Harristown High School

Runner-Up:

Beardstown High School

Third Place

Peoria Heights High School

Fourth Place

Marquette Catholic High School

The Class A State Championship Tournament was held at Carlinville High School. This would be the third and final time which Carlinville would host the Class A tournament. Starting in 1997, the Class AA and Class A Tournaments would both move to the Peoria Civic Center.

One Sectional Champion did not attend this tournament. Beardstown was thus given a bye to the quarterfinals.

Octafinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Benton 128 Heritage 119
Niantic-Harristown 252 Hillsboro 208
Monmouth 246 Fairfield 73
Marquette 200 Wheaton Academy 146
Latin School 238 Cumberland 112
Peoria Heights 251 Winnebago 53
Sparta 151 Watseka 78

Quarterfinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Niantic-Harristown 295 Benton 163
Marquette 264 Monmouth 215
Peoria Heights 213 Latin School 188
Beardstown 233 Sparta 201

Semifinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Niantic-Harristown 303 Marquette 124
Beardstown 196 Peoria Heights 143

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Peoria Heights 204 Marquette 192

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Niantic-Harristown 254 Beardstown 115

CLASS AA

1996 Class AA IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Illinois Math & Science Academy

Runner-Up:

MacArthur High School

Third Place

Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Fourth Place

Carabondale High School

The Class AA State Championship Tournament was held at Woodruff High School in Peoria. The school had previously hosted the tournament in 1994, and this would be the last time the school would host the tournament. The Class A and Class AA tournaments would move to the Peoria Civic Center for the 2007 Tournaments.


Octafinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Notre Dame (Peoria) 210 Loyola Academy 158
Carbondale 188 Alan B. Shepard 111
Belvidere 269 St. Ignatius 106
IMSA 362 Bloomington 91
Quincy 260 Cary-Grove 195
Wheaton Warrenville South 237 Hinsdale Central 210
MacArthur 263 Libertyville 213
Bradley-Bourbonnais 234 Stevenson 204

Quarterfinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Carbondale 320 Notre Dame (Peoria) 215
IMSA 299 Belvidere 276
Wheaton Warrenville South 320 Quincy 251
MacArthur 263 Bradley-Bourbonnais 243

Semifinals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
IMSA 328 Carbondale 200
MacArthur 263 Bradley-Bourbonnais 243

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Wheaton Warrenville South 278 Carbondale 206

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
IMSA 302 MacArthur 209

Notes

  • The Latin School's quarterfinal loss was the last match in Rob Grierson's coaching career. Grierson would go on to add to his already significant list of accomplishments in Scholastic Bowl. He would soon become a State Official, rising to become Head of Officials at the State Championship Tournament.
  • Illinois' two Jesuit high schools Loyola Academy & St. Ignatius both made their first and appearances in the State Championship Tournament. It would take until 2008 before either team (Loyola) made it back.
  • Wheaton Academy in West Chicago was the first Class A school located in suburban Chicago to advance to the State Championship Tournament, and it would be the last until Lisle advanced in 2010 and 2011. Because of the way the sectional geographic boundaries are drawn, suburban Chicago is almost always entirely in the same sectional as The Latin School.


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