Auburn also hoping to win a state title in Peoria

PEORIA – Auburn’s powerhouse scholastic bowl team will have to get through the defending state champions to get a chance to win the school’s third scholastic bowl state title.

There will be eight teams in Peoria Friday competing for the IHSA Class 2A scholastic bowl title. The schools are broken into two pools. Auburn, which has advanced to the state tournament 18 straight years, got a tough draw.

The Knights are in Pool 1 with the defending state champions, Lincolnshire Stevenson. Stevenson topped Auburn, 430-390, in last year’s title match.

The scholastic bowl tournament is held in the convention part of the Peoria Civic Center. The Knights open with Carbondale at 10 a.m., then face Oak Park-River Forest at 11 a.m. before taking on Stevenson at 1 p.m.

The team that wins Pool 1 advances to the title match at 2 p.m., while the team that finishes second plays in the third-place match.

The Illinois Math & Science Academy, which has won 13 scholastic state titles, is in Pool 2. IMSA won the state 2A title in 2017.

Auburn has won scholastic bowl state titles in 2008 and 2015. The Knights have finished second six times.

About three hours after the scholastic bowl tournament wraps up, East will take to the basketball floor to play in the IHSA Class 4A boys basketball tournament.

Posted on 03.14.19