BLOOMINGTON — Beginning in 2021, the IHSA boys and girls state basketball tournaments will be played in a single-weekend format.

The IHSA Board of Directors approved the change on Monday. The board also voted to seek Request For Proposals to host each of the state finals tournaments from 2021 to 2023.

Under this new format all four classes in the girls state tournament will conduct their semifinals and finals on the weekend of March 4-6, 2021 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday), while all four classes in the boys state tournament will be held on the weekend of March 11-13, 2021 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday).

The exact schedule of each weekend and game times will be finalized in the coming months.

“There has been a great deal of support for this new tournament format over the past few months,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson in a news release from the organization. “We tried to be as transparent as possible, communicating the idea and seeking feedback from basketball coaches and school administrators throughout the state in a variety of ways. It was fairly unanimous that most felt like it was idea worth trying.”

For the upcoming school year, the schedule will remain the same with Class 1A and 2A girls on Feb. 27 and 28, 2020 and the Class 3A and 4A girls on March 6-7. Both of those tournaments will be at Redbird Arena in Normal. While on the boys side the Class 1A and 2A state finals will be on March 13-14 and Class 3A and 4A will be on March 20-21, and those will be held at Carver Arena in Peoria.

“We obviously have great relationships with both venues and host communities,” said Anderson. “We fully expect both to bid once again, but believe it’s only fair to open up the process in conjunction with these format changes so that they can evaluate if and how it impacts them. We are not tied to any host format. We’d be open to having both tournaments at the same venue or continuing to have them in separate venues.”

Gouard earnsMVP honors

PONTIAC — Schlarman Academy graduate Sydney Gouard had 15 points in a losing effort as the South All-Stars defeated the North All-Stars 93-92 in the IBCA Class 1A/2A All-Star game held Saturday at Pontiac High School.

Gouard still collected the MVP honors for the North team. Schlarman teammate Janiah Newell finished with 8 points in the contest, while Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin grad Annie Nelson made a 3-pointer to finish with 3 points.

Sammi Matoush of Hillsboro scored a game-high 28 for the South squad.

In the Class 3A/4A girls game, the North defeated the South 95-83.

On the boys side, Danville grad Sean Houpt scored eight points for his South squad, which was paced by Belleville West standout E.J. Liddell’s 28 but they came up short as the North team had six players in double figures on the its way to a 132-121 triumph.

In Class 1A/2A boys, the North beat the South 92-91.


Covington holdssoccer signups

COVINGTON, Ind. — The Covington Youth Soccer League will have signups for the upcoming season through June and July.

There will be signings at the large pavilion in City Park on June 20 from 6-8 p.m (Eastern); at County Market on June 22 from 10 a.m. to noon; and at the Fourth of July Celebration behind Fulton Pavilion from July 1-3 from 6-8 p.m. on all three nights.

Registration fees which include jersey and socks are $50 for a child, $80 for two children and $105 for three and each additional child is $25 per child. Sample jersey will be provided at signups to ensure correct sizing.

For information and to also sign up for the Wabash College/CYSL soccer camp on Aug. 3, go the the league’s Web site at and also go to the CYSL page on Facebook.

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