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State Farm Holiday Classic pairings announced     Send a link to a friend

[DEC. 16, 2003]  BLOOMINGTON -- The pairings have been announced for the 2003 State Farm Holiday Classic, which will be Dec. 26-27 and 29-30 in Bloomington-Normal.

The top seeds in the tournament are all undefeated: Quincy Notre Dame, the preseason No. 2 Class A team in Illinois, in Boys A; Rockford Boylan, a sectional finalist last year, in Boys AA; Bloomington Central Catholic, a sectional champion last year, in Girls A; and Galesburg, a 2003 state quarterfinalist, in Girls AA.

Quincy Notre Dame, the two-time defending State Farm Holiday Classic champion, will have to navigate an impressive Boys Class A field that includes four undefeated teams. The No. 2 seed in the bracket is Peoria Christian; the No. 3 seed is Lagrange Keystone, Ohio, a team the Cleveland Plain Dealer lists as the No. 1 reason to watch basketball in Northeast Ohio this year; and the No. 4 seed is Mount Pulaski.

In the Boys Class AA division, Rockford Boylan coach Steve Goers will likely be seeking his 700th career win during this year's Holiday Classic. Boylan's conference nemesis, Rockton Hononegah, is the No. 3 seed. Two out-of-state schools grabbed the No. 2 and 4 seeds. No. 2 New Orleans Jesuit, which won a 2001 state title in Louisiana, brings in a 12-2 mark; and No. 4 Clinton, Tenn., features several Division 1 recruits. The Class AA field also includes South Holland Thornwood, the Illinois Class AA runner-up in 2001 and 2003 and four-time defending State Farm Holiday Classic champion.


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On the girls' side, 15 of the 32 teams won regional titles last year. The No. 1 seed on the Class A side is Bloomington Central Catholic, last year's State Farm Holiday Classic runner-up. The Saints will be challenged by No. 2 seed Rock Island Alleman, which lost only two games last year to Class A teams; Corn Belt arch rival and defending State Farm Holiday Classic champion Normal University High, which features Texas A&M signee Ashlee Pistorius; and No. 4 seed Sterling Newman, a newcomer to the Holiday Classic this year.

Galesburg, which has made the championship game on the Class AA side of the holiday tournament every year since it began in 1997, faces an exciting field that includes No. 2 seed Chicago Marshall with Rutgers signee Tudy Reed and legendary coach Dorothy Gaters (774 wins, seven state titles); No. 3 seed Peoria Richwoods, ranked No. 7 in the state in preseason polls; and No. 4 seed Peoria Notre Dame.

Once again, all game scores and boxes will be posted on the official tournament website, The site will also include tournament tidbits, live scoring updates, school information and records.

For a complete schedule of games, ticket and hotel information, visit

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