AHSAA News - 2010-11 Archive


Red Bay's Roberts Notches 800th Career Victory


                                                           By KEITH LETBETTER
                                              Red Bay News (Special to the AHSAA)

    Red Bay High School girls coach Donnie Roberts notched the 800th win of his long prep basketball coaching career Jan. 25 as the Lady Tigers beat Colbert Heights 64-37. The Lady Tigers improved to 22-2 this season with the win.
    Roberts, who has compiled an 800-346 overall record in his 41-year coaching career, is now the state’s career wins leader for girls basketball and the first in state history to win 800 games.  He will be inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame in March as a member of the Class of 2014.

   “It’s not about me,” he said. “It’s about how fortunate my career has been at Red Bay and the 10 years Icoached at Tremont (Ms.). All I can do is thank the kids that played for me. They had a lot more to do with it than Idid.

   After earning a Master’s Degree from Mississippi State University, he returned to his alma mater, Tremont High School just across the state line from Red Bay and compiled a 142-127 record in the next 10 seasons. Roberts moved to Red Bay in 1983 and began working on the goal of making that first trip to Birmingham for the state playoffs.
    “I came here and took over a team that was 9-11 the year before. We had a real good year that first year and we went 19-5,” Roberts said.

    Roberts, who owns a 658-219 girls coaching record at Red Bay, led the Lady Tigers to state championships in 1987, 1993, 2001 and most recently directed Red Bay to the 2012 Class 2A state finals, a 54-49 loss to Section. Last year Roberts’ team won the Northwest Regional again and lost in the Final 48 semifinals.
     “It takes a combination of things to have a state championship program. It does take coaching, but it also takes pride in our program from our girls.”

      Roberts said that it also takes the involvement of the community.

“Everybody here is involved in it,”said Roberts. They back us and support us. The community likes to see us do well.

      Roberts said that over the years some of the best memories he has is that of having the opportunity to coach both of his daughters, Laura Beth and Leah.

“I think it’s rare to have coached two daughters and to have those two daughters on two different teams win state championships. I can tell you it’s a great experience.”

Prep Tix

(5-27-11) AHSAA's Mitchell To Receive NFHS Citation
(5-23-11) 10 Coaches' Children Scholarship Winners Named
(5-20-11) Ragland, Mortimer Jordan, Pisgah Join Softball Champions List
(5-20-11) Spanish Fort Repeats; Huntsville Claims First State Title
(5-20-11) Rules Violations Result In Fines For Two Schools
(5-19-11) Gordo, American Christian, Shoals Christian, UMS Win State Crowns
(5-10-11) Pinson Valley Removed From Softball Playoffs
(5-10-11) 3 Schools Draw Fines For Rules Violations
(4-29-11) Schedules Revised For Track & Field, Golf, 6A Soccer
(4-29-11) Tornado Relief Fund Established For AHSAA Schools
(4-28-11) Upcoming Playoffs Are Halted Until Monday
(4-20-11) 3 Proposals Pass; Board Elects New Officers
(4-18-11) Baseball, Softball, Soccer All-Star Teams Are Named
(4-14-11) Three Schools Forfeit Baseball Games
(4-11-11) Washington, DeVoe Are Top Bryant-Jordan Winners
(4-10-11) 'Making A Difference' Award To Honor 6 Coaches
(4-8-11) North-South All-Star Football Teams Named
(4-8-11) Baseball Home Run Spree Includes State Record
(4-7-11) Pisgah's Holley Sets State Career Home Run Mark
(4-6-11) Lacey, Hamby Named 2011 Mr. & Miss Basketball
(4-3-11) Central-Hayneville Star Cops Slam Dunk Title
(4-1-11) Free ACT/SAT Prep Courses Are Available
(4-1-11) Elba, Walter Wellborn Forfeit Baseball Games
(3-22-11) North-South Basketball All-Stars Are Named
(3-21-11) Prep Hall Of Fame Inducts 12 As Class Of 2011
(3-19-11) 12 To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame Monday
(3-18-11) Alabama Basketball All-Stars Are Swept Again
(3-10-11) 24 All-Stars Picked For Ala-Miss Basketball Classic
(3-5-11) Erwin, Hillcrest, Bob Jones, Greensboro, Madison Academy Win State Basketball Titles
(3-4-11) Butler, Brewbaker Tech, R.A. Hubbard Win State Crowns
(3-3-11) Pickens County, Both Tanner Teams Win Titles
(3-3-11) Washburn Selected To National Hall Of Fame
(3-2-11) Class 3A And 4A Teams Take Final 48 Center Stage 
1A And 2A Teams Open 2011 Final 48 Action
(3-1-11) Pennsylvania Team, Umpire Win NFHS Spirit Award

(2-19-11) Thompson, Arab, St.Clair Co. Win First Wrestling Titles
(2-18-11) Womack Sets State Wrestling Record For Wins
(2-18-11) Coaches Are Named For North-South Football Game
(2-17-11) Thompson Leads 6A As State Wrestling Meet Opens
(2-16-11) North-South Volleyball All-Stars, Coaches Are Named
(2-16-11) Boaz Girls Team Removed From Basketball Playoffs
(2-14-11) Six Teams Named For Champions Challenge
(2-7-11) Adcock Named Coach For Alabama Football All-Stars
(2-3-11) Licensing Program Nets Funds For Participating Schools
(2-3-11) NFHS Ban On Concept 1 Shoes Is Lifted
(1-27-11) 2011 Volleyball Rules Changes Primarily Administrative
(1-26-11) Board Reinstates Indoor Track For 2012
(1-13-11) Bayside's Schilling Is National Volleyball Coach Of The Year
(1-12-11) Wetumpka's Golden Named 2010 Mr. Football
(1-6-11) NFHS Defeats National Championship Proposal
(1-6-11) March Is Brain Injury Awareness Month
(12-21-10) Rules Violations Result In Fines For 2 Schools

(12-17-10) Two Schools Fined For Rules Violations
(12-11-10) Alabama All-Stars Clip Mississippi In 2 OT
(12-10-10) Three Schools Draw Fines For Rules Violations
(12-7-10) Four Schools Receive Fines For Rules Violations
(12-7-10) Alabama Football All-Stars Replace Two Players
(12-4-10) Bob Jones Boys, Hoover Girls Win Swim Titles
(12-3-10) Daphne, Leroy, Thomasville, Spanish Fort, Sweet Water, Leeds Win Grid Titles
(12-2-10) Leeds Wins 3A Crown To Open Super 6

(11-30-10) New Mentoring Program Is Expanding
(11-27-10) Hoover, Reeltown Defend Titles In Super 6
(11-24-10) Reeltown Coach Notches 200th Career Win
(11-22-10) 8 Varsity Squads Win In State Cheer Competition
(11-21-10) 12 Selected To Hall Of Fame Class Of 2011
(11-20-10) 3 Defending Champions Make Football Playoff Semis
(11-13-10) Mountain Brook, Scottsboro Continue Cross Country Domination
(11-13-10) Seven Region Champions Make Football Quarterfinals
(11-9-10) State Golf Tournament Set In Mobile
(11-6-10) 4 Defending Champs Alive In Football Playoff
(11-6-10) Handley Win Is 250th Of Battles' Career
(10-30-10) Football Playoffs Open With 6 Defending Champs
(10-28-10) St. Paul's, Bayside, Cottage Hill, Guntersville, Huntsville, Addison Cop Titles

(10-26-10) Wenonah Forfeits Two Football Games
(10-20-10) Ainsworth Joins AD/Coaches Association Staff
(10-26-10) Pleasant Home Back 'Rushes' Into Spotlight
(10-26-10) Wenonah Forfeits Two Football Games
(10-20-10) Ainsworth Joins AD/Coaches Association Staff
(10-20-10) Mayes Wins No. 1,000, Joins Elite Group
(10-19-10) 'Role Of Parent In Sports' Course Is Available
(10-19-10) Two Unbeaten Teams Live Up To Expectations
(10-19-10) Fruitdale Forfeits Three Football Games
(10-13-10) 7 AHSAA Coaches To Speak At ASAHPERD Conference
Record-Setting Receivers Enter Weekly Spotlight
(10-5-10) Alabama Squad Selected For Ala-Miss Classic

(10-5-10) Austin Wins Marathon Game At Shades Valley
(9-27-10) Horton Sparks Etowah To Remarkable Finish

(9-23-10) NFHS Coaching Basketball Course Is  Now Available
(9-21-10) Kickers Take Center Stage In Weekly Spotlight
(9-18-10) Tucker Now State's Winningest Prep Football Coach
(9-13-10) Linden Back Scores 7 TDs In Single Quarter
(9-6-10) Gardendale Back Ties Record With 6 TD Catches
(8-28-10) Fayette County Back Goes Into First Spotlight
(8-28-10) Tucker Reaches Milestone Coaching Victory

(8-26-10) AHSAA Mourns Death Of Hall Of Famer Ed Bruce
(8-21-10) Jackson, Opelika Post Champions Challenge Wins

(8-20-10) Young Coaches Featured In Champions Challenge

(8-17-10) 5th Champions Challenge Is Tripleheader
(8-12-10) AHSAA Mourns Death Of T.R. Miller Principal
(8-3-10) Eight Service Awards Highlight Officials Banquet
(8-2-10) AHSAA Will Mandate Heat Timeouts In Early Football Games
(7-21-10) Board Approves $1.2 Million Under Revenue Sharing Plan
(7-16-10) North Wins All-Star Football Classic

(7-16-10) Waivers On Composite Bat Ban Is Being Considered

(7-15-10) Saban Addresses Large Crowd; Coaches Honored

(7-15-10) North Stars Continue Basketball Success
(7-15-10) North Sweeps All-Star Volleyball Series
(7-15-10) Baseball Rules Change Puts Moratorium On Composite Bats

(7-14-10) North All-Stars Sweep Softball Doubleheader
(7-14-10) 132 High Schools Recognized For Sportsmanship
(7-12-10) North Boys, South Girls Open All-Star Sports Week With Soccer Wins

(7-11-10) Soccer All-Stars Open Sports Week Contests

(7-9-10) Alabama's Young Receives NFHS National NFHS Citation
(7-2-10) Some Track & Field Rules Changes Have More Lenient Penalties

(6-29-10) Penalty Created For Incorrect Softball Lineup Cards
(6-28-10) Spirit Rules Clarify Use Of Assisted Stunts
(6-6-10) Fairhope's Norris Selected 2010 Mr. Baseball

(6-5-10) Hueytown's Streetman Named 2010 Miss Softball