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SIJHSAA GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF FRIDAY AT RLC

SIJHSAA GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT TIPS OFF FRIDAY AT RLC

INA, Ill. (Jan. 22, 2020) — The best teams from Southern Illinois will battle it out in Waugh Gymnasium over the next couple of weeks to see who takes the top prize in the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association.

The SIJHSAA girls basketball tournament tips off at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 with ­Smithton taking on Aviston Elementary. Games will be played on Jan. 24, 25, 27, 28 and Feb. 1. There are three different brackets for Class S, Class M and Class L. A total of 24 teams from around the region will participate.

For more than four decades, RLC has been host to both the girls and boys SIJHSAA championships — a tournament that dates back to 1928. The tournament first came to RLC after a snowstorm forced organizers to look for a centralized location to host in 1978. The SIJHSAA tournament has remained at the college ever since.

“We had to play games wherever we could and Rend Lake College bailed us out,” said former SIJHSAA Executive Director Jim Burnes. “I guess everyone liked what they saw.”

Tournament scores and results can be found at www.sijhsaa.com. For live streams of each game, visit rlc.edu/sijhsaa

Class S

All first-round games will be played Saturday, Jan. 25.

2:30 p.m. — New Simpson Hill vs. Sandoval Junior High

3:45 p.m. — Trinity St. John-Immanuel Lutheran Co-op vs. Bartelso Elementary

5 p.m. — Jasper-Geff Co-op vs. Century Junior High

6:15 p.m. — Okawville Junior High vs. Summersville Grade School

Winners of the first-round games will advance to the semi-final round, which will take place Thursday, Jan. 30. Then the championship and third place games will be played Saturday, Feb. 1.

Class M

All first-round games will be played Friday, Jan. 24.

3:30 p.m. — Smithton vs. Aviston Elementary

4:45 p.m. — Trico Junio High vs. Shiloh Middle School

6 p.m. — Unity Point School vs. Christopher Elementary

7:15 p.m. — Vienna vs. Rome Community Consolidated School

The round one winners will go on to play in the semifinal games on Monday, Jan. 27. The Class M bracket championship game and third place game will take place Friday, Jan. 31.

Class L

All first-round games will be played Saturday, Jan. 25.

9:30 a.m. — Carterville Junior High vs. Hamilton County Junior High

10:45 a.m. — Centralia Junior High vs. Olney Richland County Middle School

Noon — Waterloo Junior High vs. Fulton Junior High

1:15 p.m. — Massac Junior High vs. Mascoutah Middle School

The semifinal games will take place Tuesday, Jan. 28, and the championship and third place games will be played Saturday, Feb. 1.