This year the tournament features some of the premier teams in this part of the state. Per MaxPreps, six of the participating teams are ranked in the top 25 of their respective classes and three are in the top 30 of all teams in the state (regardless of class). There are two undefeated teams coming into the tournament, and three teams with only one or two losses.
For the 8 teams in the tournament, the combined record coming in is 74-23
Charleston (13-0, State Rank: 13, Class 3A Rank: 5)
Effingham (10-1, State Rank: 28, Class 3A Rank: 10)
Paris (13-2, State Rank: 79, Class 3A Rank: 22)
Sacred Heart Griffin (10-3, State Rank: 65, Class 3A Rank: 18)
Teutopolis (12-2, State Rank: 26, Class 2A Rank: 2)
Tri-County (12-0, State Rank: 59, Class 1A Rank: 3)