2012 IHSA State Championship Tournament

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The 2012 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship Tournaments ended the twenty-sixth State Championship Series conducted in Scholastic Bowl by the IHSA. It was the twenty-first season in which there were separate State Championship Tournaments held for small schools (Class A) and large schools (Class AA). For the sixteenth year, both tournaments were held at the Peoria Civic Center. The tournaments were held on a Friday.


Teams were assigned to one of eight sectionals within each class. Coaches then seeded the top 8 teams in their sectional. The IHSA then assigned the seeded teams to one of four regionals (sometimes but not always 1 with 8, 2 with 7, etc), with the remainder of the teams assigned to a regional geographically. 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 24 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 among tied teams (in the event of a three-way tie).

The top four teams earned trophies and medals for team members, coaches, principals, and activities directors.


2012 Class A IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Peoria Christian


Chicago Christian

Third Place

Keith Country Day

Fourth Place



Both Chicago Christian and Carterville finished with 2-1 records. Chicago Christian advanced to the title game based on a head to head win over Cartervile, which played for third place.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Chicago Christian 315 Carterville 180
Litchfield 230 Warrensburg-Latham 170
2 Chicago Christian 360 Litchfield 200
Carterville 335 Warrensburg-Latham 245
3 Warrensburg-Latham 195 Chicago Christian 135
Carterville 205 Litchfield 180


Peoria Christian finished 3-0 to advance to the Finals, while Keith Country Day finished 2-1 and advanced to the 3rd Place Match.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Peoria Christian 400 Cumberland 225
Keith Country Day 390 Athens 160
2 Peoria Christian 285 Athens 205
Keith Country Day 305 Cumberland 245
3 Cumberland 275 Athens 105
Peoria Christian 290 Keith Country Day 185

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Keith Country Day 300 Carterville 240


Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Peoria Christian 320 Chicago Christian 250


2012 Class AA IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:




Third Place


Fourth Place



Macomb swept through their pool with a 3-0 record. Carbondale finished 2-1, advancing to the Third Place Match.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Macomb 365 Champaign Centennial 335
Carbondale 440 Buffalo Grove 320
2 Buffalo Grove 420 Centennial 350
Macomb 410 Carbondale 405
3 Carbondale 515 Centennial 160
Macomb 470 Buffalo Grove 370


IMSA swept through their pool with a 3-0 record. Auburn went 2-1 to advance to the Third Place Match.

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Auburn 660 Providence 70
IMSA 460 New Trier 285
2 IMSA 430 Auburn 415
New Trier 570 Providence 155
3 Auburn 470 New Trier 385
IMSA 650 Providence 50

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Auburn 455 Carbondale 290


Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
IMSA 520 Macomb 250


  • Peoria Christian's 400 points in round 1 marked only the second time in Class A history that a team scored 400 points in a match at the IHSA State Championship Tournament. The only other instance was part of a 442-168 win by Latin over Gibault in the 1994 semifinals.
  • Auburn's 660 points in round 1 were the most scored in a State Championship Tournament match, breaking the record of 656 points set by Quincy in the first state championship back in 1987 (notably, Quincy played 40 question rounds). IMSA's 650 points in the third round marked only the third time any team had reached 600 points in the State Championship Tournament. Providence this became the only team to allow 600 points in two matches during competition. IMSA also set a new record, becoming the first team to post a 600 point margin of victory in the tournament, breaking the 590 point margin set by Auburn two rounds earlier. The record for largest margin of victory had previously been 480, set by Quincy in the same game they scored 656.
  • Depending on one's definition of "South Suburbs", Chicago Christian became the first school from Chicago's South Suburbs to ever place at the State Tournament. Bradley-Bourbonnais had also finished second twice in 1992 and 1994, though Bourbonnais is not universally considered suburban Chicago.
  • The Regional questions were so full of errors, even by IHSA standards, that a fax was sent to all Regional hosts the day of the meet detailing several changes that were supposed to be made to the questions. Because the fax was sent on Casimir Pulaski Day, when many Illinois schools are not in session, most Regionals did not receive it in time. The students, coaches, and moderators at those Regionals had low expectations for the questions anyways, so they just dealt with it.
  • Round 8 (which is the 2nd round at State) did not have the correct number of computational questions according to IHSA policies.
  • IHSA changed its cutoff for Class A for this year. Before this year, there were about 300 Class A teams and 200 Class AA teams. Starting this year, there were about 250 of each.