2003 IHSA State Championship Tournament

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The 2003 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship Tournaments ended the seventeenth State Championship Series conducted in Scholastic Bowl by the IHSA. It was the twelfth season in which there were separate State Championship Tournaments held for small schools (Class A) and large schools (Class AA). For the seventh year, both tournaments were held at the Peoria Civic Center.


There was another change to the terms of advancement for teams through the State Series. Teams were assigned to one of eight sectionals within each class. Teams were seeded by the coaches, and teams would be assigned to one of four Regionals within each Sectional. Starting this year, only the winners of the regionals would advance to their respective sectional tournaments. However, the sectional tournaments wer changed to allow for a round robin tournament, instead of the single elimination. The determination of the geographic boundaries of the Sectional was arbitrarily decided by the IHSA Office.

This change was prompted to prevent more than the regional champions from advancing (which was not done in other team competitions. As a compromise to avoid returning to the "long travel and only one match to play", the IHSA extended the round robin format being used at the State Championship Tournament to the sectional tournaments.

In the State Championship Tournament, teams would be randomly assigned to pools of four, and play a three match round robin. The winners of each pool would advance to the Championship Match, and the runners-up in each pool would advance to play for third place. Ties were broken by head-to-head results or total points scored (in the event of a three way tie)

Tournament Format

Each round was comprised of 30 toss-ups and accompanying bonus questions.

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.


For the third year, the questions were written by a group of retired coaches and person from other states. Tom Egan served his third and final year as chief editor, before moving on to become the head coach at Maine South.


2003 Class A IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Stillman Valley High School


Carlinville High School

Third Place

The Latin School

Fourth Place

Gibault Catholic High School


Carlinville swept through their pool with a 3-0 record. Gibault, [[Mt.Carmel], & PORTA were all tied with 1-2 records,. with Gibault advancing to the third place game based on total points (360, 355, 332). It was the closest tiebreaker since pool play had been instituted.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Carlinville 156 Mt. Carmel 94
Gibault 126 PORTA 95
2 Carlinville 268 PORTA 124
Mt. Carmel 172 Gibault 120
3 Carlinville 133 Gibault 114
PORTA 113 Mt. Carmel 89


Stillman Valley advanced with a 3-0 record in the pool. Dunlap, The Latin School, & University were all tied with 1-2 records. The Latin School advanced on total points (425, 482, 400).

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Stillman Valley 181 University 60
Dunlap 204 Latin School 162
2 Stillman Valley 194 Dunlap 184
Latin School 191 University 157
3 Stillman Valley 136 Latin School 129
University 183 Dunlap 37

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Latin School 165 Gibault 60


Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Stillman Valley 172 Carlinville 142


2003 Class AA IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Wheaton North High School


Auburn High School

Third Place

New Trier High School

Fourth Place

Lyons High School


Wheaton North swept the pool to advance to the Championship Match. New Trier went 2-1 and advance to play for third place.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Mahomet-Seymour 180 Stevenson 179
Wheaton North 217 New Trier 162
2 New Trier 263 Mahomet-Seymour 124
Wheaton North 348 Stevenson 166
3 Wheaton North 321 Mahomet-Seymour 78
New Trier 225 Stevenson 145


Auburn swept the pool to advance to the Championship Match. Lyons went 2-1 and advance to play for third place.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Auburn 165 Lincoln-Way East 149
Lyons 211 Sacred Heart-Griffin 96
2 Auburn 270 Sacred Heart-Griffin 179
Lyons 268 Lincoln-Way East 186
3 Auburn 246 Lyons 157
Lincoln-Way East 188 Sacred Heart-Griffin 115

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
New Trier 192 Lyons 130


Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Wheaton North 248 Auburn 135


  • Stillman Valley, the odds on favorite, completed their quest for a championship behind the excellent play of Kelly Tourdot.
  • This was the second of what would be Wheaton North's three consecutive IHSA state titles.
  • The Class AA Tournament would be mired in a rare controversy. Mahomet-Seymour was embroiled in a protest with the IHSSBCA when one of their players was left off of Team Illinois. The player and coach had gone so far as to involve their principal, and attempt to involve the IHSA. In the end, the IHSA chose not to get involved. After several posts on the internet berating several coaches, the team had its day at the finals, and did not perform well enough to place.
  • This was also the tournament in which Fenwick qualified, but was denied advancement by the sectional host when it made up rules in what is now known as The Screwup on Western. As a result, Lyons' placing in this tournament is not universally recognized.