2019 IHSA State Championship Tournament

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The 2019 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Championship Tournaments ended the thirty-third State Championship Series conducted in Scholastic Bowl by the IHSA. It was the twenty-eighth season in which there were separate State Championship Tournaments held for small schools (Class A) and large schools (Class AA). For the twenty-third year, both tournaments were held at the Peoria Civic Center. The tournaments was held on Friday, March 13.

This state series was the second to be written under the guidance of head question editor Brad Fischer.

Advancement

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 (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. Regional tournaments were held on Monday March 2, and Sectional tournaments were held on Saturday March 7.

Tournament Format

Each round was comprised of 24 toss-ups and accompanying bonus questions.

In the State Championship Tournament, teams were randomly assigned to pools of four, and played a three match round robin. The winners of each pool advanced to the Championship Match, and the runners-up in each pool advanced 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.

CLASS A

2014 Class A IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

Chicago Christian

Runner-Up:

Williamsville

Third Place

Southwestern

Fourth Place

Winnebago

POOL #1

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Chicago Christian 420 Winnebago 180
Gibault Catholic 210 Riverdale 180
2 Winnebago 450 Gibault Catholic 170
Chicago Christian 600 Riverdale 60
3 Winnebago 290 Riverdale 110
Chicago Christian 560 Gibault Catholic 90

POOL #2

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Southwestern 350 Robinson 190
Williamsville 420 Tri-Valley 150
2 Tri-Valley 340 Robinson 180
Williamsville 440 Southwestern 200
3 Williamsville 480 Robinson 190
Southwestern 320 Tri-Valley 210

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Southwestern 220 Winnebago 200

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
Chicago Christian 270 Williamsville 260

CLASS AA

2014 Class AA IHSA State Championship Tournament
State Champion:

UIUC Lab

Runner-Up:

Auburn

Third Place

IMSA

Fourth Place

Stevenson

POOL #1

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Stevenson 420 Oak Park-River Forest 360
Auburn 580 Carbondale 210
2 Stevenson 800 Carbondale 60
Auburn 610 Oak Park-River Forest 260
3 Auburn 480 Stevenson 380
Oak Park-River Forest 550 Carbondale 290

POOL #2

Round Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
1 Sandburg 350 Springfield 290
UIUC Lab 460 IMSA 380
2 UIUC Lab 590 Sandburg 290
IMSA 700 Springfield 160
3 IMSA 570 Sandburg 360
UIUC Lab 760 Springfield 80

Third Place

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
IMSA 430 Stevenson 370

Finals

Winning Team Score Losing Team Score
UIUC Lab 430 Auburn 390

Notes

  • Auburn continued its streak of consecutive top-4 finishes to 18 straight years.
  • Stevenson continued its streak of consecutive top-4 to 11 straight years.
  • For the second consecutive year, Auburn lost the AA Championship by the exact score of 430-390.
  • UIUC Lab would follow its IHSA Championship with a 2nd place finish at HSNCT and 3rd place finish at NSC, the best ever combined finish by an Illinois team at nationals.
  • This was the first state championship for Chicago Christian.