Class A was interesting, to say the least, as Mooseheart took down Heyworth 63-47.
Sesser-Valier, beaten in the semis by Heyworth, finished fourth.
The Mooseheart story is something to read about.
Mooseheart School is an orphanage of sorts, run by the Order of the Moose. It’s mission is to remove children from unstable environments and provide them safety and an education.
Mooseheart Children’s City and School was begun in 1913 and has since served approximately 11,000 children. The campus is located about 40 miles west of Chicago on the banks of the Fox River.
The school was investigated by the Illinois High School Association last year for recruiting children for their athletic ability.
This year’s state champion team has three South Sudanese boys — who just happen to be very tall — on the team. But eligibility issues were cleared up, and the Red Ramblers brought a state championship back to Mooseheart’s Child City School.
Class 2A didn’t have all the sidebar interest of the Mooseheart story, but the Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference was once again well represented as Nashville played their hearts out for 32 full minutes and three overtime periods before giving way to Bloomington Central Catholic (BCC) 76-62.
BCC outscored the Hornets 14-0 in the final OT to secure the big trophy.
In Class 3A, Cahokia was just too long and too quick for Marion and sent them home with a 49-41 loss.
The Comanches faced Lincoln Tuesday night at Springfield for a chance to advance to the Final Four.