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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 Wenonah Boys Roll To Third Straight Class 5A Title;

Faith Academy Girls Win; Champs Also Crowned in Classes 1A, 2A

     The Wenonah Dragons rolled to their third consecutive Class 5A state championship with a win over Center Point and the Faith Academy Rams claimed the school’s first girls basketball state title, climaxing Friday’s first day of Final 48 championship games at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham.

     Earlier in the day, St. Jude’s boys and Brantley’s girls claimed titles in Class 1A and Woodland’s girls and Tanner’s boys grabbed 2A crowns.


Wenonah 75, Center Point 60
     Wenonah beat Center Point 75-60 and became just the ninth school in state history to win three state titles in a row.
     The tournament, which dates back 90 years to 1923, has seen only one four-time winner (Francis Marion, 1988-91) and seven schools that have won three boys titles in a row prior to Wenonah’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 crowns. The most recent was Pickens County from 2010-12. Wenonah (34-2) became the first big school (5A or 6A) to accomplish the feat since the four or six class system began.
     Tournament MVP Justin Coleman had 17 points and five assists in the finals. He was also 3-of-6 from the 3-point line. Cedrick McGinnis added 12 points, De’Runnya Wilson 11 points and 12 rebounds, Artis Cleveland eight points and 10 rebounds and Juquan Nelson eight points for Coach Cedric Lane’s Dragons.
    Center Point (26-8), coached by Rodney Chatman, was led by senior point guard Jeffrey Hodge, Jr. The son of former University of South Alabama and Woodlawn High School standout Jeff Hodge had 26 points and four rebounds. Vinson Reese added eight points and Montego Hoskins seven and a team-high 11 rebounds.
     The 5A All-Tourney Team included:
     Justin Coleman, Wenonah (MVP); Isaiah Maston, Wenonah; De’ Runnya Wilson, Wenonah; Jeffrey Hodge, Center Point; Montego Hoskins, Center Point; Kevin Holland, Paul Bryant.


Faith Academy 51, Wenonah 50
     Faith Academy of Mobile nipped Wenonah 51-50 to claim the school’s first AHSAA state girls title.
     Senior Sydney Westry nailed a 3-point goal with five seconds left for Faith (30-4) to erase a 50-48 Wenonah lead and secure the win.
     Coach Woodie Head’s Rams got 17 points and nine rebounds from tourney MVP Jasmine Rhodes, an LSU signee. Lakhlian Rankins, a seventh-grade guard, added 12 points and Westry finished with nine. Angel Carthen had seven points, eight rebounds, one assist on her pass to Westry to set up the game-winning shot.
     Coach Emanuel Bell’s Wenonah team was led by Kaitlyn Rogers’ 20 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Jemeka Holmes had 17 points and Shauntece Catlin added seven.
     The Class 5A All-Tourney team included:
     Jasmine Rhodes, Faith Academy (MVP); Angel Carthen, Faith Academy; Lakhlian Rankins, Faith Academy; Kaitlyn Rogers, Wenonah; Jameka Holmes, Wenonah; Riley Northway, Brewer.

St. Jude 57, Brantley 56
St. Jude junior Andrew Rogers sank one of two free throws with 24 seconds remaining to give his team a one-point lead, and the Pirates' defense sealed the 57-56 win over Brantley.
     Brantley junior guard Wesley Person, who had 22 points to lead the Bulldogs (21-6), drove through the St. Jude defense for a short jumper that barely missed. Teammate Terence Bogen got the rebound, but the buzzer sounded before he could get a shot off.
     Rogers was 7-of-10 from the field and 6-of-9 from the foul line to finish with 20 points. The Tourney MVP also had 10 rebounds and two blocked shots as St. Jude (28-6) registered the school’s sixth state boys title. The Pirates last won in 2008.  Freshman Roderic Scott added 12 points on four 3-pointers, Keith Washington had 10 and LaDarius Brinson 11.
     Person was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. Otis Guice added 17 points and Bogen nine points and nine rebounds.
     The one-point win by St. Jude prevented Brantley Coach Andrew Kilcrease from becoming the first coach in AHSAA prep history to win boys and girls state basketball championships in the same season. His girls beat Keith 61-45 in the 1A finals in a contest played prior to the boys’ finals.
     The Class 1A All-Tourney team included:

     Andrew Rogers, St. Jude (MVP); LaDarius Brinson, St. Jude; Keith Washington, St. Jude; Wesley Person, Jr., Brantley; Otis Guice, Brantley; Jimmy  Brock, Ragland; Dorryl “Ready” Swanigan, Marion County.


Brantley 53, Keith 42
Brantley junior guard Raven Davis scored 17 points and sophomore forward Amahni Upshaw added 12 as the Lady Bulldogs (25-6) beat Keith (31-4) 53-42.
    Peyton Hill chipped in 14 points as the Bulldogs erased a four-point deficit at halftime with a 23-point third quarter rally. Upshaw, who also had four assists and four rebounds, was named MVP. 
    Brantley Coach Andrew Kilcrease became the first head coach in AHSAA history to coach a boys and girls team to the state finals in the same year.  His boys team played St. Jude in the 1A championship immediately following  the girls’ finals.
    Keith was led by Harriet Winchester’s 19 points. Zkyia Pettway added 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
    The All-Tourney team included:
    Amahni Upshaw, Brantley (MVP); Raven Davis, Brantley; Erica Daniels, Brantley; Harriet Winchester, Keith; Lyteisha Phillips, Keith; Jackee Dodd, Lynn.


Tanner 61, LaFayette 45
Tanner jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a 61-45 win over LaFayette to claim the state title.
    The Rattlers (30-4), who won the Class 2A state football championship in December and the Class 2A outdoor track corwn last spring, used a balanced attack to claim the school’s second basketball title in the last three years. Tourney MVP Justin Smith scored 14 points, had four steals, three assists and was 7-of-8 at the foul line to pace Coach Chris Whitt’s Rattlers. Fred Rich had 14 points and eight rebounds and Jonathan Fletcher 11 points.
     LaFayette (21-12), coached by Obadiah Threadgill IV, was led by senior Raquazious Boyd’s 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Kaminski Bledsoe and Tyric Davis added six points apiece.

     The All-Tourney team included:
     Justin Smith, Tanner (MVP); Fred Rich, Tanner; Greg Maclin, Tanner; Tyric Davis, LaFayette; Raquazious Boyd, Tanner; DeAnthony Rutledge, Luverne.

Woodland 64, Prattville Christian 53
     Woodland claimed its first girls state basketball championship with a 64-53 win over previously unbeaten Prattville Christian in the Class 2A girls finals.
     The Bobcats (34-2) and Panthers (34-1) were deadlocked 25-25 at intermission, but the quick Woodland press gave the Bobcats a 10-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Coach Larry Strain’s team then pulled the ball out and spent most of the fourth quarter going to the foul line to seal the win.
     Tournament MVP Leah Stain, a junior and the daughter of the head coach, finished with 29 points. She was 13-of-16 on free throws -- 11-of-12 in the second half -- with three assists, four steals and 10 rebounds.
     Her performance was mirrored by All-Tourney member Kristen Emerson of Prattville Christian. Coach Jason Roberson’s senior standout had 37 points – 21 in the second half – and also had 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers. She made 11-of-15 on foul shots, 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, blocked three shots and handed out five assists. Elisabeth Kelley also had six points for PCA.
     Jaide Walker added 16 points and Shalyn Strain, Leah’s first cousin, 10 for Woodland, which finished second in 2011. Elisabeth Kelley also had six points for PCA. 
     The All-Tourney team included:

     Leah Strain, Woodland (MVP); Jaide Walker, Woodland; Shalyn Stain, Woodland; Kristen Emerson, Prattville Christian; Nicole Hoots, Prattville Christian; Elizabeth Dowd , Providence Christian.