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.”


Thompson, Scottsboro, Susan Moore Cop Mat Titles

            Thompson set a Class 6A state record with 231.5 points to claim its second straight state championship, Scottsboro scored 159 points to win its sixth Class 5A title, and Susan Moore won the closest competition of the 2012 AHSAA State Tournament with 91 points to claim its first-ever Class 1A-4A crown Saturday at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.

            Coach Andrew Holland’s Bulldogs edged out Oak Grove for the small-school title. The Tigers managed 86.5 points to take second place ahead of 2011 state champion St. Clair County, which finished with 86.


            Southside-Gadsden finished second to Scottsboro with 131 points and Arab was third with 107.

           Grissom finished second to Thompson with 142 points, an 89-point winning margin for Coach Shawn Weltzin’s Warriors.

            Brandon Womack of Scottsboro earned MVP honors for Coach Daryle Qualls’ Wildcats as he closed out his sophomore year with a state-record 85 wins, which also ranks second nationally according to the NFHS Record Book. He finished 85-2 on the year with 64 pins that set a single-season national mark for falls.

            Senior Dillan Campbell of Oak Grove won MVP honors in the 1A-4A division as the 220-pound division state champ for the third straight year. He finished 68-0 this season and 308-38 for his career.

            Class 6A MVP Brian White of Opelika captured the 113-pound state title to earn MVP honors. The senior finished a perfect 40-0.

            Piedmont’s Clay Dent (76-0), the 1A-4A 182-pound weight division champion, set a state record for most wins in an undefeated season.


Class 1A-4A

Susan Moore 91.0; Oak Grove 86.5; St. Clair County 86.0; Dora 70.0; Piedmont 69.0; Weaver 50.0; Leeds 49.0; Walter Wellborn 49.0; Holtville 45.0; Elmore County 43.0; Saint James 35.0; Deshler 30.0; Calera 28.0; Lincoln 27.5; Ranburne 24.0; Ashville 22.0; Cleburne County 21.0; Fultondale 20.0; Corner 18.0; Montgomery Catholic 18.0; Oneonta 16.0; Springville 10.0; American Christian 6.0; Saks 3.0.

Class 5A

Scottsboro 159.0; Southside-Gadsden 131.0; Arab 107.0; Muscle Shoals 76.0; Hayden 73.0; Tallassee 59.0; Pinson Valley 50.0; Athens 49.0; Mortimer Jordan 41.0; Fort Payne 34.0; McAdory 28.0; Russell County 27.0; Brookwood 19.0; Pleasant Grove 10.0; Shelby County 10.0; Moody 8.0; Center Point; 4.5; Hueytown 4.0; Chelsea 3.0; Hartselle 3.0; Walker 3.0; Lee-Huntsville 2.0.

Class 6A

Thompson 231.5; Grissom 142.0; Vestavia Hills 119.0; Hoover 111.5; Oak Mountain 106.5; Oxford 83.5; Benjamin Russell 83.0; Bob Jones 77.5; Hewitt-Trussville 77.0; Spain Park 64.0; Opelika 54.5; Buckhorn 53.5; Prattville 52; Smiths Station 52.0; Mountain Brook 47.0; Stanhope Elmore 43.0; Huntsville 36.0; Auburn 31.0; Central Phenix City 31.0; Pell City 29.0; Carver Montgomery 23.0; Pelham 23.0; Gardendale 21.0; Homewood 20.0; Clay-Chalkville 13.0; Tuscaloosa County 11.0; Lee-Montgomery 9.5; Minor 7.0; Wetumpka 6.0; Sparkman 4.0; Austin 3.0; Jeff Davis 3.0.


Class 1A-4A

106 pounds: Zachary Van Alst, Montgomery Catholic (41-9) dec. Christian Cortez, Weaver (54-4), 3-2.

113 pounds: Steven Lindsey, St. Clair Co. (52-5) dec. Josh Rodie, Elmore Co. (25-5), 6-2.

120 pounds: Joseph Weaver, St. Clair County (50-10) dec. Stephan Kwan, Saint James (25-6), 9-2.

126 pounds: Jamario Howard, Lincoln (35-10) dec. Austin Goss, Piedmont (55-25), 17-10.

132 pounds: Blake Boshell, Dora (51-1) major dec. Mathew Smith, Walter Wellborn (51-5), 9-1.

138 pounds: Mason Ellis, Dora (49-1) dec. Stephen Haynie, Elmore Co. (21-8), 4-0.

145 pounds: Zachary Cummings, Fultondale (52-19) dec. Dylan Bishop, Susan Moore (36-10), 7-2.

152 pounds: Brian Shockley, Leeds (49-5) dec. Dalton Carroll, Walter Wellborn (54-2), 5-4.

160 pounds: Coby Mize, Calera (52-3) pinned Kory Spivey, Holtville (35-5), 2:39.

170 pounds: Josh Wood, Oak Grove (50-8) dec. Freddie Hernandez, Susan Moore (40-6), 2-1.

182 pounds: Clay Dent, Piedmont (76-0) dec. Robbie Cannon, Oak Grove (59-4), 6-4.

195 pounds: Cody Self, Susan Moore (40-3) pinned Josh Hardin, St. Clair Co. (44-5), 3:38.

220 pounds: Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove (68-0) pinned Matthew Smith, Ranburne (52-3), 1:21.

285 pounds: Richie Boley, Ashville (28-3) dec. Cody Deason, Corner (31-9), 5-1.

Class 1A-4A MVP: Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove.

Class 1A-4A Most pins: Cody Self, Susan Moore (3 pins, 5:41).

Class 1A-4A Best match: 152-pound finals: Brian Shockley, Leeds vs. Dalton Carroll, Walter Wellborn.

Class 5A

106 pounds: Arick Shankles, Scottsboro (71-15) dec. Kennon Reese, Tallassee (42-9), 7-4.

113 pounds: Titus Worthen, Scottsboro (54-11) pinned Morgan Franks, Pinson Valley (59-5), 0:50.

120 pounds: Josh Epperson, Tallassee (46-1) dec. Joshua Jamieson, Russell Co. (38-6), 7-2.

126 pounds: Brandon Womack, Scottsboro (85-2) dec. Trey Norris, McAdory (51-3), 7-0.

132 pounds: Haden Ryals, Southside-Gadsden (63-6) pinned Elliott Conn, Mortimer Jordan (46-6), 5:33.

138 pounds: Brandon Brindley, Mortimer Jordan (54-0) major dec. Adam Pierce, Southside-Gadsden (43-25), 13-1.

145 pounds: Trey Howse, Hayden (58-5) dec. Brannon Estes, Southside-Gadsden (60-8), 5-4.

152 pounds: Chase McClure, Scottsboro (71-9) maj. dec. Kade Kitchens, Southside-Gadsden (56-8), 12-3.

160 pounds: Chandler Sartain, Muscle Shoals (41-3) dec. Nick Boyett, Scottsboro (71-13), 5-3.

170 pounds: Chase Matthews, Southside-Gadsden (61-10) dec. Chase Johnson, Hayden (53-13), 10-4.

182 pounds: Anthony Scott, Hayden (52-7) pinned Clay Birch, Athens (19-8), 6:45 (OT).

195 pounds: Deven Sullivan, Muscle Shoals (25-5) dec. Trey Fields, Arab (27-6), 12-11.

220 pounds: Cary Pierce, Arab (33-4) pinned Matthew Franko, Scottsboro (52-29), 2:47.

285 pounds: Trey Tidwell, Muscle Shoals (29-2) dec. Jesse Rowlen, Tallassee (37-4), 11-9.

Class 5A MVP: Brandon Womack, Scottsboro.

Class 5A Most pins: Titus Worthen, Scottsboro (3 pins, 4:53).

Class 5A Best match: 195-pound finals: Deven Sullivan, Muscle Shoals vs. Trey Fields, Arab.

Class 6A

106 pounds: John David Henderson, Grissom (60-4) dec. Conner Gilson, Thompson (50-10), 3-0.

113 pounds: Brian White, Opelika (41-0) dec. Payton Garlington, Hoover (53-13), 8-2.

120 pounds: Jake Smith, Pell City (63-3) dec. Tommy Bostany, Spain Park (61-3), 4-3 (ultimate tiebreaker).

126 pounds: Jordan Simpson, Oxford (62-0) major dec. Jared Godfrey, Oak Mountain (43-10), 20-6.

132 pounds: Ben Smith, Buckhorn (64-2) dec. Brewer Gilliland, Thompson (44-4), 11-3.

138 pounds: Mark Garlington, Hoover (51-4) dec. Cody Albarado, Thompson (30-6), 3-1 (2 OT).

145 pounds: Nick Hall, Thompson (49-5) dec. Jackson Poe, Hoover (61-7), 4-2 (OT).

152 pounds: John Austin Jones, Thompson (63-0) dec. Connor Clark, Benjamin Russell (56-4), 5-2.

160 pounds: Josh Gillaspie, Thompson (54-3) pinned Killian Hoyt, Grissom (51-9), 4:20.

170 pounds: Tim Hester, Smiths Station (53-0) dec. Marcus Elkins, Hewitt-Trussville (57-6), 9-6.

182 pounds: Jesse Masters, Thompson (45-4) dec. Hayden Henderson, Grissom (28-2), 9-2.

195 pounds: Brian Walker, Grissom (59-3) dec. Justin Woodall, Oak Mountain (68-1), 9-7 (OT).

220 pounds: Luke Wilson, Central Phenix City (51-0) dec. Ryan Stenger, Bob Jones (35-4), 5-4.

285 pounds: Jameson Hicks, Hewitt-Trussville (53-2) dec. Darius Preyer, Carver-Montgomery (30-5), 4-3.

Class 6A MVP: Brian White, Opelika.

Class 6A Most pins: John Austin Jones, Thompson (3 pins, 3:04).

Class 6A Best match: 138-pound finals: Mark Garlington, Hoover vs. Cody Albarado, Thompson.