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.”


 UMS-Wright, St. Paul's Sweep Boys And Girls Titles

Hoover, Spain Park Take 6A Crowns As State Indoor Track Returns

BIRMINGHAM -- Spain Park and Hoover captured the Class 6A boys and girls state championships Saturday, St. Paul’s and UMS-Wright swept the boys and girls Class 5A and 1A-4A state titles, respectively, as the AHSAA Indoor State Track Championships concluded at the Birmingham Metro CrossPlex.

            Spain Park totaled 77 points to edge out city rival Hoover’s 71.50 in the 6A boys division as indoor competition resumed for the first time since the program was discontinued after the 2007 meet. The indoor championships resumed with meet as the headline event in the new CrossPlex that opened in December.

            St. Paul’s outscored runner-up Central-Tuscaloosa 107-84 to claim the 5A boys title. The Saints also scored 149 points to win the girls’ championship. Central’s Falcons were second with 81 points.

            UMS-Wright’s boys scored 83 points and the girls totaled 142 points to grab both 1A-4A titles. Beauregard finished second in the boys’ competition with 62 points and second in the  girls' division with 64 points. Hoover edged Mountain Brook in the 6A girls’ competition, 112-104.

            Several more state records fell Saturday with Tracy McKinney of Smiths Station capturing the much-anticipated 60-meter title with a record time of 6.92 seconds in the exciting finals. Jakaryus Redwine of Oak Mountain was second at 6.93, and Northridge’s Derrick Johnson, who set the state mark in the prelims Friday at 6.96, clocked a 6.93 to finish third.

            Spain Park’s Brandon Hazouri also set a new Class 6A 1,600-meter mark with a 4:21.11 time to better the previous record of 4:21.52 set by Adam Puett of Grissom in 2001. Payton Ballard of Mountain Brook also bettered Puett’s standard with a time of 4:21.52 to finish second to Hazouri.

            Hoover’s boys also won the 1,600-meter relay with a record-setting 3:21.76 time in the final race of the two-day meet to close out the 2012 championships.

            Carmen Carlos of McGill-Toolen continued her domination of 6A girls’ competition by winning the 1,600-meter run in with a personal best time of 4:57.79, just 39/100ths of a second behind the state record set by Catherine Diethelm of Mountain Brook (4:57.42) in 2007. Carlos also helped McGill-Toolen win the 3,200-meter relay with a state-record 9:21.01, which bested the previous record by almost 13 seconds. Carlos totaled 32.5 points for McGill in the competition.

            Several other state meet records also fell.
            Among them in the boys competition were:
            --Class 6A Triple jump: Myles Charley, Spain Park, 47-11.25.
            --Class 5A 60-meter dash: Kylen Towner, St. Paul's, 7.00.
            --Class 5A 60-meter hurdles: Barry Johnson, Wenonah, 8:36.
                         ---Class 5A 400-meter dash: Hunter Hawkins, Walker, 49.97.
                         -- Class 5A 1,600-meter relay: Walker,3:29.23.
             -Class 5A Shot Put: Devon Lockett, Central-Tuscaloosa, 56-09.

State records set in the girls’ competition included:|
             --60-meter dash: Joy Maneice-Marbury, Hoover, 7.65.
             --400-meter dash: Joy Maneice-Marbury, Hoover, 56.18.
             --1,600-meter relay: Hoover, 3:57.7.
             --3,200-meter relay: McGill-Toolen Catholic, 9:26.01.
             --Triple jump:  Simone Charley, Spain Park, 38-09.50.
             --60-meter hurdles: Lacey Dent, St. Paul’s, 9:07.
             --400-meter dash: Iris Robinson, Parker, 57.95.
             --1,600-meter relay: St. Paul’s, 4:09.90.
             --60-meter dash: Katie Brooks Boone, Westminster-Oak Mountain, 7.81.
             --400-meter dash: Katie Brooks Boone, Westminster-Oak Mountain, 59.15.
             --Triple jump: Raven Stewart, Guntersville, 36-07.75.