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After eight years leading the Schlarman girls' basketball team and winning a pair of state championships, Keith Peoples has stepped aside in order to take a job with the Schlarman boys' junior high squad.

When we have local prep athletes fill out All-Area first-team surveys throughout a given academic year, they're asked, among other things, to provide three items on their bucket list.One thing that comes up many times is visiting another country, or traveling the world in some fashion.

Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.

St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be a great place to catch boys' basketball this upcoming winter.Spartans athletic director Justin Franzen on Friday announced both matchups for the 2019 Toyota of Danville Classic — formerly the Leader Classic — and the field for the 2020 Christie Clinic SJ-O Shootout.

PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.

CHAMPAIGN — Scott Easton is aware of his reputation as a high school basketball coach."Typically what's happened ... the school needed somebody that was knowledgeable that they could put in there right away," Easton said, "and lead the group and not have a whole lot of concerns."The 62-year-old's latest project is one with which he's very familiar.

St. Thomas More is going back to its roots with its latest girls' basketball coaching hire, as the school announced Friday that Scott Easton will take over the program.Easton replaces Ashley VanEtten, who is not returning to the squad after one campaign in charge.

FIRST TEAMPLAYER SCHOOL HT. YR. POS. SCOTT RICHEY'S COMMENTMaggie Bair | Glenbard South, 6-3, Sr., F Bair is headed to Drake after capping Raiders career with 3A runner-up finish and averaging 16.4 points, 13.7 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.2 blocks.Brea Beal | Rock Island, 6-1, Sr., G