Salpointe head coach Brian Peabody talks to his team during their third-place game vs. Sahuaro at the Arizona Daily Star/Salpointe Tip Off Classic held at Salpointe, Nov. 24, 2001. Photo by James S. Wood / Arizona Daily Star

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One of McConnell’s players of the early 1980s, Peabody won 442 high school games at Green Fields, Ironwood Ridge and Salpointe. His ’91 Green Fields and ’08 Ironwood Ridge teams won state championships, but his top clubs might’ve been the ’97 and ’99 Salpointe teams that went a combined 59-8 and reached the big schools state championship games. 

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