Local cagers ready for State Farm Classic


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Posted Online: Dec. 10, 2012, 11:50 pm
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The State Farm Holiday Classic revealed its brackets on Monday night. The 64-team, four-day, co-ed tournament opens in Bloomington-Normal on Dec. 26.

On the boys' large-school side, Rock Island opens with Springfield at Normal West on Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Rock Island earned a No. 2 seed with U-High earning the top seed. Rocky would meet Thornton Fractional North or Normal Community in its second game.

Alleman opens play in the boys' small-school bracket against Bloomington Central Catholic at the Shirk Center on Dec. 26 at 2:30 p.m. The Pioneers, the second team in the top-half of the bracket, would play defending tournament champion, and top-seeded, Quincy Notre Dame or Macon Meridian in their second game.

On the girls side, Annawan earned the 4th seed in the small school bracket and will face Sterling Newman at Normal Community on Dec. 26 at 6 p.m. Alleman is in the same half of the bracket and will take on Peoria Christian at 1 p.m. on Dec. 26, also at NCHS. Top-seeded St. Thomas More could await Alleman if the Pioneers win.

Rock Island also earned the No. 4 seed in the big school girls bracket, and will take on Normal Community at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 26 at the US Cellular Coliseum. Top-seeded Richwoods could be a semifinal opponent as well as state-ranked Morton in the second round.


- By Dan Makarewicz and Dan Tomlin

















 



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