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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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J.O. Johnson, Madison Co., Oneonta, Clarke Co. Win In 4A

Sparkman, Mountain Brook Boys & Hoover, Blount Girls Advance To 6A Finals

     J.O. Johnson and Madison County moved to the Class 4A boys title game as did the Oneonta and Clarke County 4A girls Thursday in day three of the AHSAA Final 48 Basketball Championships at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham.
    Sparkman, grabbing an overtime victory, moved into the 6A boys finale against Mountain Brook and
Hoover’s exciting semi-final win set up a Class 6A girls title game with Blount.

 

CLASS 4A BOYS
J.O. Johnson 69, Handley 62
    
J.O. Johnson overcame a 10-point halftime deficit with a tenacious defense in the second half to beat Handley 69-62 in Thursday's final game.
    Keon Ray’s 17 points paced Coach Maurice Ford’s Jaguars (22-8). Ray also had three of the 15 steals forced by Johnson’s defense and cleared five rebounds.  Teammates Charles Woodard and Lionel Love added 11 points each.
    Travius Dunson poured in 32 points for Handley (26-8) with 18 coming in the first half as the Tigers built a 34-24 lead.   He also had four assists and three steals.  Semaj Nunn added nine points.
   Handley made just 21-of-39 free throws and had 18 turnovers while Johnson was 20-of-30 at the foul line.
    J.O. Johnson advances to Saturday’s 3 p.m. Class 4A boys state championship game aganst Madison County. 

 

Madison County 71, Escambia County 68
 Madison County senior forward Monterio Burchfield scored 25 points and cleared 22 rebounds to pace the Tigers (28-4) to a 71-68 win over Escambia County (21-8).
Burchfield had 12 offensive rebounds and was a key factor in Madison County’s ability to overcome an 18-for-35 team free-throw shooting performance.
Tyrell Clark added 18 points and Seab Webster scored 15 for Coach Bubba Webster’s Tigers.
Leading Escambia County was Fred Knight with 20 points and Tyrell Ford with 19. The Blue Devils of Coach Earlando Courtney were 17-of-24 at the foul line but were out-rebounded 52-29 on the night.
Madison County takes on the winner of the J.O. Johnson in the finals Saturday at 3 p.m.


CLASS 4A GIRLS
Oneonta 50, Dadeville 34
    
Oneonta junior forward Destiney Elliott scored 23 points and collected 21 rebounds in the and  advances to the Class 4A girls championship game.
     Elliott had 11 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive boards, was 6-of-6 from the foul line and also had three steals for Coach Amber Deline’s team.  Abby Blackwood also had 11 points and Maddie Boyd had seven. Dimonique Sanders also cleared eight rebounds.
    Janeisha Moss had nine points and Rae Williams scored seven to pace Dadeville (20-10), coached by Mitch Joiner.
    Oneonta will now play Clarke County (28-4) Saturday at 1 p.m. in the finals.


Clarke County 55, Madison County 51
     Clarke County outscored Madison County 23-14 in the final period to beat the Tigers 55-51 in the Class 4A semifinals.
     The Bulldogs (28-4), coached by Tori Johnson, were led by Rachel Brownlee and Jordan Hollins with 14 and 13 points, respectively. K’Dejah Arnold had seven points and a game-high eight rebounds.
Hannah Nichols led Madison County (24-7) with 16 points. Madison Baggett added 14 points and four steals and Beth Maples scored 12 points.
     Clarke County now advances to the state finals, set Saturday at 1 p.m., for the first time since winning the 1991 Class 3A state title.


CLASS 6A BOYS
Sparkman 79, Carver-Montgomery 68 (OT)
     Sparkman (29-7) outscored defending state champion Carver-Montgomery 20-9 in overtime Thursday to knock off the Wolverines 79-68 in the Class 6A Boys semifinals.
     The Senators of Coach Jamie Coggins led 59-57 in regulation before Carver senior Jeremy Johnson put back a missed shot just before the buzzer to tie the game. In the extra period, however, Sparkman’s Jason Russell and Lamonte Turner hit back-to-back treys to give the Senators the lead they never relinquished.
     Sparkman was 17-of-24 at the foul line for the game and Carver 8-of-18.
     Pacing the Senators offensively was Turner with 27 points. He was a perfect 6-of-6 at the foul line, had three steals, six rebounds and three treys. Russell added 15 points, Will Crowell 14 and Rakiya Battle 11.
     Johnson led Coach James Jackson’s Wolverines with 22 points, four steals and four rebounds. Demetrius Houston chipped in 12 points.
     Sparkman will face Mountain Brook in the 6A finals Saturday at 7.

Mountain Brook 49, Blount 46
     Mountain Brook advanced to the Class 6A boys’ state finals Thursday with a 49-46 win over Blount.
     The Spartans (29-6) saw a 10-point fourth-quarter lead dissolve as Blount battled back late. Coach Bucky McMillan’s team was 20-of-39 at the foul line for the game but made just enough free throws down the stretch to pull out the win.
     Patrick Keim made two critical free throws in the last 27 seconds for Mountain Brook and finished with five points and three steals. Eric Raszela led the Spartans with 11 points. Brothers Malek Grant and Tawarren Grant added 10 points each. Malek also had a team-leading seven rebounds.
     John Arnold had 12 points, Demetrius Caldwell 11 and Divine Myles 10 for Blount (21-7). JaMarcus King led a strong defensive effort with five steals. Myles also had four as Coach Jeffery Pope’s Leopards forced 31 Mountain Brook turnovers.


CLASS 6A GIRLS
Hoover 37, Carver-Montgomery 35

     Senior Courtney Hunter sank two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give defending state champion Hoover a 37-35 win over Carver-Montgomery.
     The victory sends the Lady Bucs (27-4) into the 6A championship game for the fifth straight year. Coach Tiffany Frederick’s team will face Blount (29-4) Saturday at 5 p.m.
     Hunter finished with five points. Senior Mar’Ques Webb, who set the Final 48 state tournament record for rebounds in a game (30) and a tournament (51) while playing for Brewbaker Tech as a sophomore, pulled down 20 rebounds. She has 16 in two Final 48 games last year and now has 87 in five Final 48 games in her career with one more to play.
     Kendra Fowler, Taja-Wana Russell, Pamela Allen and Tatyana Calhoun each scored seven points for Carver (26-3), coached by Yvonne Simmons. The Wolverines were just 8-of-23 from the foul line and Hoover was 14-of-20.

Blount 50, Huntsville 28
     Blount out-rebounded Huntsville 45-28 in the semifinals to advance to the state finals with a 50-28 win.
     Coach Jarvis Wilson’s Leopards (29-4) had six girls with six rebounds or more and Alexis Smith had a game-high 11. Laporsche Grissett scored 18 points, Whytney Singleton added 10, Cierra Johnson nine and Priscella Hall eight.
     Shaquera Wade led Coach Krystle Johnson’s Panthers (30-7) with 12 points.