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MIKE BATTLES Graduated from Sylacauga High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. Beginning his football coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970, he became a head coach in 1973. His teams have compiled a 277-161-2 record (through 2013) in coaching stops at Pell City, Irwin County (Ga.), Walter Wellborn, Hueytown, Pascagoula (Miss.), Gautier (Miss.), Biloxi (Miss.) and Handley. He led Irwin County (Ga.) to a 13-0 record and the Georgia Class 1A state championship in 1975 and directed Handley to a perfect 15-0 record in 2011 to win the AHSAA Class 3A state title. His Wellborn teams had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1988-89. The winningest coach in school history at Walter Wellborn and Handley, he led his Handley teams from a 1-9 mark in 2006 to 11-2, 10-3, 13-1 and 15-0 records the next four years.

 

RICHARD ‘DICKIE’ BROWN - Graduated from Smiths Station High School and Jacksonville State University. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Troy University and an education specialist degree from Auburn University. Brown began his education career at Cleburne County High School in 1969 where he was head baseball coach for two seasons. He moved to Beauregard High School in 1972 and coached the baseball team to a 66-25 record, the boys’ basketball team to an 84-42 mark and the football team to a 35-15 record. Serving as principal at Beauregard since 1978, he was named Alabama Principal of the Year in 2006. He has served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was the Class 4A Making A Difference Award winner in 2013.He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and the football stadium and athletic complex were named in his honor.

 

JIM GARNER - Graduated from Pleasant Home High School and Troy State College. He started his career as a teacher and boys’ basketball coach in 1964 with stints at T.R. Miller, New Hebron (Miss.) and New Brockton before becoming head coach at L.B. Wallace Community College from 1971-84. He then moved to his alma mater, Pleasant Home, and served as principal and athletic director from 1984-2008. Garner oversaw expansion of the athletic program to include softball, volleyball and football. The boys’ basketball program won back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. Vast improvements were made in the school’s facilities, including a new field house, new football field and renovation and expansion of the gymnasium. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and District 2 Board from 1997-2010. Garner is currently the mayor of the town of Carolina.

 

MAJOR LANE - Graduated from Montgomery’s Robert E. High School and Alabama State University. He earned his masters and doctorate at Troy University and a second masters in Theology from the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1982 at Pike County High School as the junior varsity basketball coach where his team went 14-1. He moved to Ariton High School from 1984-87 before returning to Pike County as head boys coach from 1987-93. He also served as the defensive coordinator in football as the Bulldogs won state championships in 1988 and 1989. He became the head basketball coach at Goshen High School in 1993 where his teams compiled a 187-46 record through 2002. He went into administration in 1997 as assistant principal and continues in that role today. Lane currently serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

 

ALVIN MOORE - Graduated from Birmingham’s Carver High School and Alcorn State University. He also earned a master’s degree from Alabama State University. He was the longest tenured coach in the Birmingham City Schools, serving as head basketball coach at Phillips High School and later Carver from 1974-2013. Moore’s teams won more than 600 games and made four appearances in the Final 48. Hundreds of student-athletes he coached received scholarships in basketball, football and track. He coached in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game twice (1975 and 2003) and was named Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1993. He was the Birmingham City Coach of the Year in 1982 and received the Coca-Cola Outstanding Service Award. An All-Conference offensive tackle, he was Inducted into the Alcorn State Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and also was named USA Man of the Year by the National Baptist Convention in 2011.

 

LARRY MORRIS - Graduated from Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville State University. Spending his entire teaching and coaching career in Scottsboro, he served as an assistant football coach from 1974-1991 and became head coach from 1991-2004–the longest tenure in school history. His teams compiled a 90-66 overall record and won five area or region titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi football game in 2001 and in the AHSAA North-South game in 1998. He was also head track coach for eight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10. He served as athletic director from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 and was named AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012. Scottsboro teams captured 17 state titles under his watch. He also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board from 1999-2012 and the Central Board of Control from 2007-12. Scottsboro named its new football field house in his honor in 2013.

DONNIE ROBERTS - Graduated from Tremont High School (Miss.) and Delta State University (Miss). The Mississippi native spent his first 11 years at Tremont, and then moved to Red Bay (Ala.) High School where he has been the girls’ head coach since 1983. His Red Bay teams have posted a 664-224 mark and his overall coaching record is 806-351 (through 2013). Under Roberts, Red Bay won the Class 3A state championship in 1993 and Class 2A titles in 1997 and 2001. He also coached Red Bay to the Class 2A girls’ state track title in 2001 and has coached softball since 1983. He has also served as a football assistant coach. He coached the Alabama team in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game and was named Class 2A Coach of the Year in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2001. He is a member of the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame

DR. JAMES ROBINSON - A native of New Orleans and a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Robinson has been an integral part of the AHSAA’s Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He has played an important role in the AHSAA’s medical health and safety policies and helped write the current concussion law that now governs all athletic events in Alabama. A family practice physician in Tuscaloosa, he serves as the University of Alabama football team physician and provides the same service for many high schools in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Robinson also developed the AHSAA pre-participation physical exam form used by all student-athletes since 1993. He has been a leader in developing health and safety practices for Alabama high schools and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA Summer Conference.  He supervises athletic trainers for DCH Health System and has been its Medical Director for Sports Medicine since 1989.

NANCY SHOQUIST - Graduated from Fairhope High School and Troy State University and also holds a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She is one of a handful of state volleyball coaches whose teams have won more than 1,000 matches with a career record of 1,067-386 (through 2013). Shoquist served as volleyball coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 1982-2003 before moving to Murphy High School where she continues to coach. Her St. Paul’s teams won volleyball state titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995 and were runners-up in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Her Murphy teams have reached the state semi-finals once and the quarter-finals four times. She also coached five St. Paul’s tennis teams to state titles and seven others finished second. She was the first female to be inducted into the Fairhope High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and has received numerous coaching awards for volleyball and tennis.

 

MIKE SMITH - Graduated from Hueytown High School and Jacksonville State University and also holds a master’s degree. He started the girls’ basketball program at Decatur High School and remained for 28 seasons. His teams compiled a 624-225 record with five state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000) and three runner-up finishes (1987, 1996 and 2001). Smith’s 1992 team was ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 2000 squad finished 34-0. He had three other teams that won 30-plus games and retired as the winningest girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game three times (1992, 1995, and 2000) and also coached volleyball for six years and softball for nine. An outstanding classroom teacher, he taught advanced placement government and politics for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame. 

TONY STALLWORTH - Graduated from J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice and Huntingdon College. He also attended Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lomax-Hannon and then at Monroe Senior High School. He moved to Brantley High School in 1988 and was the boys’ head basketball coach from 1990-2005 where his teams compiled a 298-47 record and won three straight state championships (1993, 1994 and 1995). He was named 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. He also coached Brantley’s Junior High team to a perfect 48-0 record from 1988-90. Stallworth served Brantley High School as its principal from 2005-08 and later worked in various roles with the Crenshaw County School System before becoming the Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA in 2011. He was inducted into the Huntingdon College Hall of Fame in 2013. 

EUGENE WEATHERLY - After serving in the Army in World War II, Eugene Weatherly returned to Gadsden’s Carver High School and captained the football and basketball teams before graduating in 1948. He graduated from Alabama State in 1952 and earned a master’s degree from Georgia State. He began his teaching and coaching career at Hatcher High School in Cherokee County in 1953. He was the first coach in school history and was the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961 and 1968). His 1961 boys’ basketball team was unbeaten until losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in 1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston’s Cobb Avenue High School basketball team from 1971-74 and ended his coaching career with 21 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament. 

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Perennial Powers Set Pace In State Cross Country Meet

     MOULTON--Several perennial powers emerged as state champions again to highlight the 2012 state cross country championships here Saturday at the Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds Course.

GIRLS: Scottsboro, Mountain Brook, UMS-Wright, Montgomery Academy Set Pace 
     Scottsboro won its 12th straight Class 5A championship and 13th in the last 14 years, Mountain Brook its 10th consecutive Class 6A title and an AHSAA-record 20th overall, UMS-Wright its fourth straight 4A crown, and Montgomery Academy its fourth in a row with the Class 1A-2A title following three straight in Class 3A.

Montgomery Academy Drops To 1A-2A And Wins

    Montgomery Academy’s girls, who won three of the last four Class 3A championships, dropped to Class 2A this school year, but the results were much the same, however. The Lady Eagles totaled 41 points to capture the Class 1A-2A title, its fifth girls state crown overall.
    Taylor Gerard, a junior, finished third to lead the Eagles. Her time of 19:54.78 was 12 seconds behind individual winner Amy McKelvey of Shoals Christian. McKelvey, a junior, won with a time of 19:42.50. Ayleana Mami of St. Bernard finished second (19:46.66) to help her team capture second place overall with 57 points. Westminster of Oak Mountain was third with 88 points.

T.R. Miller’s Karisa Nelson Cops 4th Straight 3A Crown, Bayside Wins Team Title

    Junior Karisa Nelson clocked 18:47.42 to win the Class 3A individual state championship.
    With a chance to become just the third girls runner to win five titles in state history next year, Nelson cruised to the win by finishing 32 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger Kaitlin York of American Christian.  Bayside Academy’s Mary Catherine Branyon was third, helping the Lady Admirals win the 3A team championship.
    Bayside had 66 points to edge out Nelson and her T.R. Miller teammates, who had 71 points.


Kathryn Lazarchick Sparks UMS-Wright To 4A Win

    Senior Kathryn Lazarchick of UMS-Wright won her second straight Class 4A individual title and sparked the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive team title in the process.
   Lazarchick recorded a winning time of 18:52.29 to win easily in the individual competition. Teammates Claire Kennedy and Ellie Carter finished third and fourth, respectively. Beauregard’s Kalynn Simpson was second with a time of 20:10.16.
    UMS-Wright, coached by Pat Galle, finished with a meet low 26 points. Randolph  was second with 67.


Scottsboro Rolls Again In 5A
     Senior Alana Babington of Mobile’s Saint Paul’s Episcopal clocked 19:08.49 to claim the individual Class 5A title.
    Scottsboro runners placed second through sixth, however, to total 20 points and capture the Wildcats’ 19th state title since winning their first championship in 1992.  It was also Scottsboro’s 12th  championship in a row and 13th in the last 14 years.
    Senior Savannah Roland finished second behind Babington to lead the Scottsboro contingent. She ran the 5,000-meter distance in 10:30.37.   Sophomore Alicia Atilano was third for the Wildcats, followed by teammates Olivia Thompson, Hailey Altonji and Jamey Delay.
   Homewood was second with 97 points and Briarwood third with 114.
    

McGill-Toolen’s Carmen Carlos Sets Course Record In 6A, Mountain Brook Wins Again

    Senior Carmen Carlos became just the second Class 6A girls runner to claim four AHSAA individual championships..
    In the process, Carlos set a new girls state meet course record with a winning time of 17:20.34. Sophomore Jessica Molloy of Mountain Brook also broke the previous state meet course record with a time of 17:29.59 and helped the Spartans claim their 20th state championship – a new AHSAA state record – and their 10th 6A title in a row.
    Coach Greg Echols’ Spartans finished with 28 points and runner-up Hoover had 84. McGill-Toolen was third with 127.
    Carlos broke the record set by Jennifer Dunn of Austin in 2007. Magaret Robinson of Huntsville was the first 6A girls runner to win four titles from 1989-92.

 

BOYS: Randolph, Hatton And Mountain Brook Lead The Charge
     Randolph captured its eighth straight Class 3A championship, Hatton won its fourth 1A-2A crown in five years and Vestavia Hills snapped Mountain Brook's streak in 6A.

Hatton Wins 1A-2A Crown

    Hatton scored 58 points Saturday to claim the Class 1A-2A Boys state championship.  It was the Hornets’ fourth state title in five years and fifth overall.
     Senior Reid Harrison was Hatton’s top finisher with a time of 18:04.14. He was 10th to cross the finish line.  The individual champion was Alex Enns, a Holy Spirit Catholic junior who clocked the course in 16:51.66. Montgomery Academy’s Jack Barganier was second at 17:12.76.
    St. Bernard of Cullman was runner-up in the team competition with 77 points.

Montgomery Catholic Claims First-Ever Title In 3A

    Montgomery runners Wesley Curles of Trinity Presbyterian and Jarrett Mason of Catholic finished one-two in the Class 3A championship race.
    Curles, a junior, clocked 16:41.21 to win the individual championship while Mason, a senior, was close behind at 16:53.84 and propelled his team to the school’s first ever boys state cross country title.
    Montgomery Catholic totaled 54 points and runner-up Westminster Christian of Huntsville had 68.  Cottage Hill Christian was third and Trinity finished fourth.


Randolph Wins 4A Championship

    Randolph School of Huntsville placed four runners in the top nine finishers to total 41 points on the way to capturing the Class 4A championship. It was Randolph’s eighth straight state title.
    Sophomore Grant Ginsburg led the strong contingent of Randolph runners with a third-place finish behind individual champion Alex Gilliland of Oneonta and Robert Hope of UMS-Wright.  Gilliland clocked 16:23.98 to capture his second straight individual title. He beat his 2011 time by three seconds. Hope crossed the finish at 16:29.39 and Ginsburg at 16:36.09.
    Loveless Academic Magnet School (LAMP) of Montgomery was second with 59 points and UMS-Wright third with 93.

 

Homewood Grabs First 5A Title

    Homewood runners Alex Ngei, Mike Rhody and Logan Sadler were among the top seven finishers in Class 5A to spark the Patriots to the school’s first boys state title with 49 points.
   John Carroll Catholic senior Griffin Lee ran the 5,000-meter distance in 16:18.37 to win his second straight 5A individual state crown. Cavaliers teammate John Gardner, a junior,  was second (16:29.77). Athens’ Tate Carden was third (16:31.05) and Ngei fourth with a 16:32.08 clocking.
    Lawrence County finished second overall with 67 points. Senior Justus Montgomery  led the Red Devils with a sixth-place finish.

Vestavia Hills Gets First 6A Crown In 25 Years

    Vestavia Hills edged  runner-up Mountain Brook 67 points to 77 to capture the Class 6A  title.
    Junior Mac Macoy led the Rebels with his first-place finish. His winning time of 15:37.30 beat runner-up Payton Ballard, a Mountain Brook senior, by seven seconds.
    The Spartans won the previous four 6A boys titles (2008-2011). It marked  Vestavia Hills's first state crown in 25 years – the last coming in 1987.
   Senior Reid McClenny of Smiths Station was third. The Panthers also finished third in the team standings with 85 points.