2004 IHSA State Championship Tournament

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The 2004 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship Tournaments ended the eighteenth State Championship Series conducted in Scholastic Bowl by the IHSA. It was the thirteenth season in which there were separate State Championship Tournaments held for small schools (Class A) and large schools (Class AA). For the eighth year, both tournaments were held at the Peoria Civic Center.

Advancement

Teams were assigned to one of eight sectionals within each class. Teams were seeded by the coaches, and teams would then be assigned to one of four Regionals within each Sectional. The winners of the regionals would advance to their respective sectional tournaments, where they would play a three match round robin to determine a winner. The determination of the geographic boundaries of the Sectional was arbitrarily decided by the IHSA Office.


Tournament Format

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

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)

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.

Questions

For the fourth year, the questions were written by a group of retired coaches and person from other states.


CLASS A

2004 Class A IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

The Latin School

Runner-Up:

Carterville High School

Third Place

Rockridge School

Fourth Place

Galena High School


POOL #1

The Latin School swept through their pool with a 3-0 record. Galena went 2-1 to advance to the third place match.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Galena 173 Riverton 163
Latin School 384 Bunker Hill 126
2 Galena 170 Bunker Hill 112
Latin School 278 Riverton 84
3 Latin School 265 Galena 48
Bunker Hill 111 Riverton 88

POOL #2

Carterville swept through their pool with a 3-0 record. Rockridge went 2-1 to advance to the third place match.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Carterville 296 Rockridge 205
Fairfield 218 Illini Bluffs 161
2 Carterville 175 Fairfield 136
Rockridge 165 Illini Bluffs 134
3 Carterville 152 Illini Bluffs 84
Rockridge 205 Fairfield 137

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Rockridge 160 Galena 102

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Latin School 172 Carterville 94


CLASS AA

2004 Class AA IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Wheaton North High School

Runner-Up:

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Third Place

Auburn High School

Fourth Place

Fenwick High School


POOL #1

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

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Wheaton North 362 Deerfield 223
Fenwick 307 Morton 250
2 Wheaton North 373 Morton 80
Fenwick 250 Deerfield 237
3 Wheaton North 269 Fenwick 139
Deerfield 165 Morton 160

POOL #2

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

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Stevenson 283 Auburn 279
Bradley-Bourbonnais 211 MacArthur 159
2 Stevenson 247 Bradley-Bourbonnais 168
Auburn 378 MacArthur 100
3 Stevenson 223 MacArthur 113
Auburn 390 Bradley-Bourbonnais 125

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Auburn 290 Fenwick 132

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Wheaton North 263 Stevenson 84

Notes

  • As Wheaton North capped its third consecutive championship (which Stevenson would end next year), The Latin School was winning the first of what would become a streak of three consecutive state titles.
  • The Wheaton North championship capped what could be considered the best year by any team in Illinois history. Paul Gauthier was the lone All-State player, and led the Falcons to a 95-1 record.
  • The MacArthur Generals were also back in the State Championship Tournament after a five year absence. They were led by their junior phenom Donald Taylor.


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