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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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Madison Academy Ends Greensboro Boys’ Title Streak;

 

AHSAA Final 48 Championship Games Set For 5A, 3A Boys And Girls

 

     Day two of the AHSAA Final 48 Basketball Championships ended with a bang Wednesday as Madison Academy’s boys upended two-time defending Class 3A champion Greensboro. The Mustangs will take on Southside-Selma  in the finals and Lauderdale County and Holly Pond will battle for the 3A girls’ crown.

     In 5A, Wenonah’s boys and girls moved into the 5A championship games. The boys meet Center Point and the girls meet Faith Academy. Play continues Thursday as Classes 6A and 4A open play.

 

CLASS 3A BOYS
Madison Academy 65, Greensboro 57
     
Madison Academy freshman Joshua Langford’s 30 points and 16 rebounds lifted the Mustangs to a 65-57 win over Greensboro in the final game of Day 2.
     The loss ended Greensboro’s attempt of a three-peat. The Raiders won the Class 3A state championship in 2011 and 2012.     Langford was 9-of-11 at the foul line and 10-of-19 from the field. Teammate Nick Haas scored 13 points, hitting 3-of-4 from the 3-point line and 4-of-4 at the charity stripe.
     Greensboro (28-3) was led by Donald King’s 15 points. Keimondre Turner added 13 and Jamarcus Gray 12. Jimmie Taylor, the Raiders’ 6-foot-10 senior center who signed last November with Alabama, had six points, hitting 3-of-5 shots from the field. He cleared nine rebounds and blocked seven shots for Coach Marty Everett’s team.

    With the win, Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs (23-12) will face Southside-Selma (24-9) in the finals Saturday at 11 a.m.

Southside-Selma 60, Holly Pond 44
   
Southside-Selma clinched a berth in the state finals for the first time since 1985, beating Holly Pond 60-44.
     Jeffery Mack was one of four players for Southside (24-9) in double figures. He had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Jevon Hall added 13 points, Robert Sullivan 10 and Sammarkus Jones 11. Octavious Gulley also had nine points and 13 rebounds for coach Cedric Brown.
      Holly Pond (25-6), which led 27-23 at the half, got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Gunter Morris. Austin Smith and Colby Smith each added nine points for Coach Mitch Morris.
   Southside plays in the finals Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

CLASS 3A GIRLS
Lauderdale County 71, Midfield 50
     
Lauderdale County downed Midfield 71-50 to the state finals for the 12th time in school history – an AHSAA state record for girls.
     The Tigers (32-5) have won nine state titles in 17 previous trips – both state records. The most recent state title was last year.
     Coach Brant Llewellyn’s team led 35-14 at the half thanks to a dominating inside game against the smaller Patriots (21-11) of Coach Charles Thomas.  Chatara Cox had 18 points and 11 rebounds and Makayla Liles had 10 points in the post.  Freshman guard Ivy Wallen added 16 points.
     Midfield got a big game from junior guard Gabby Nicholson who finished with 26 points. Dionnika Moore also had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
     Lauderdale County will face Holly Pond in the 3A finals Saturday at 9 a.m.

 

Holly Pond 38, Straughn 30
    
Holly Pond (29-5) outscored Straughn 18-6 in the final quarter to clinch the school’s first-ever berth in the state finals with a 38-30 win.
     The Broncos of Coach Scott Adams broke open a 26-26 tie with Meg Gambrill’s short jumper with 3:03 to play. By the time the Bulldogs (32-3) scored again with only 23 seconds remaining, Holly Pond had stretched its lead to 12 at 38-26.
     Gambrill finished with eight points, six steals and three assists. Natasha Holcombe led the Broncos with 12 points and five rebounds.
     Brittany Driver had 12 points for Straughn. Coach Scott Kinsaul’s Bulldogs were 10-of-12 at the foul line with Katelyn Kinsaul going 6-of-8 to finish with eight points and Driver was 4-of-4.
    

CLASS 5A BOYS
Wenonah 61, Paul Bryant 59
    
Wenonah (33-3) held off  a furious fourth-quarter rally by Paul Bryant to nip the Stampede 61-59 Wednesday.
     De’Runnya Wilson led Wenonah with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Justin Coleman added 11 points, three assists and was 8-of-8 at the foul line. Isaiah Maston also had 14 points.
     Dexter Hood and Kevin Holland each had 15 points for Paul Bryant (30-4). James Currington also had seven points and 12 rebounds for Coach Shon Peck-Love’s Stampede. 
     Bryant trailed 45-34 heading into the last quarter but out-scored Wenonah 26-16 in the final period and had a last-second 40-foot shot at the end that bounced off the rim.

     Wenonah will take on Center Point in the championship game Friday at 7 p.m.

                                                                                            

Center Point 56, Faith Academy 39
    
Jeffery Hodge scored 16 points and Montego Hoskins had 15 as Center Point (26-7) downed Faith Academy 56-39.
     Hoskins also had 21 rebounds for Coach Rodney Chatman’s Eagles.
     James Davis had 15 points and Dylan Brown and Shawn Benard had nine each for Faith Academy (20-12).

CLASS 5A GIRLS
Wenonah 55, Valley 46
    
Wenonah scored seven straight points in the fourth quarter to break open a tie game and ease into the Class 5A girls state finals with a 55-46 win over Valley.

     Shauntece Taylor’s 3-pointerl jump-started the late rally. She finished with a game-high 17 points, including three treys. Jemeka Holmes added 15 points and 11 rebounds, Kaitlyn Rogers 11 points and 17 rebounds and Aja Cumbie finished with 10 points and nine boards.
     Valley (29-3) was led by Audrianna Walker’s 13 points. Taylor Miller added nine on three 3-pointers. Diamond Walker also had 12 rebounds.

     The Dragons (29-6) will play Faith Academy (29-4) in the championship game Friday at 5 p.m.

Faith Academy 59, Brewer 43
    
Faith Academy forward Jasmine Rhodes scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lift the Rams to a 59-43 win over defending Class 5A state champion Brewer.
     The Rams (29-4) limited the Patriots (32-2) to just four points in the third quarter to break open a close game.
     Angel Carthen and Sydney Westry added 12 points for Coach Woodie Head’s Rams, and seventh-grader Lakhlian Rankins scored 11. Sierra Pittman also had five assists.
     Brewer center Riley Northway had 20 points and 14 rebounds and Savana Flack added nine points.