Five seventh-grade boys basketball teams from the Journal Star area have advanced to the Illinois Elementary School Association state finals, which begin Saturday in each of the four classes.

Three of the four tournaments are hosted by area schools. East Peoria Central Junior High School is the site for Class 1A, Germantown Hills Middle School for 2A and Wenona Fieldcrest Middle School for 3A.

The 3A tournament includes Washington Middle School (20-4) and Farmington Central (24-1).

Peoria St. Vincent de Paul (20-4) is the lone area quarterfinalist in 2A.

The 1A field has Washington St. Patrick (21-3) and Monmouth ICS (12-8).

There are no area teams in 4A, the IESA's largest enrollment division.

Quarterfinals and semifinals in all classes are Saturday. Third place and championship games are Thursday, Feb. 8.