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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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3 Teams Capture First-Ever Wrestling Titles

Thompson, Arab, St.Clair County Emerge Victorious In State Meet

             HUNTSVILLEThompson, Arab and St. Clair County high schools each won their first-ever AHSAA state wrestling championships Saturday at Von Braun Center.

CLASS 6A

            Thompson’s Warriors out-scored runner-up Hoover 154-144 to capture the 6A title. Thompson, which began its current wrestling program just four years ago, took the title with an exciting win by J.A. Jones in the 145-pound finals. He pinned Vestavia Hills’ Jimmy Whitt at 2:42 in the championship match to close out his season at 67-5. The pin also put Hoover’s hopes of winning a second straight crown out of reach.

            Coach Shawn Weltzin’s Warriors finished fourth last season. Only two wrestlers reached the finals, but Jones’ win by pin was all his team needed after finishing strong in consolation rounds.

            Michael Jordan of Auburn (43-0) decisioned Thompson’s other finalist, Reed Jacks (50-6), 3-2 in the 119-pound finals to win his second championship in a row. Buckhorn’s Ben Smith also finished unbeaten at 58-0 after closing the 125-pound championship match with a pin at 3:42 over Josh Brown of Vestavia Hills. Eric Lee  of Oxford (65-0) edged Taylor Garlington of Hoover (45-7) in a tough match, 1-0.

            Jordan Simpson of Oxford also finished at 68-1 at 130 pounds and won his second straight title with a 4-1 decision over Greg Atalona of Huntsville (36-6).

            Most outstanding wrestler honors went to Mountain  Brook  152-pound state champion William Byrd of Mountain Brook. He finished the season 57-2 and beat Hoover’s Rush Hall 9-3 in the finals.

 

CLASS 5A

            Arab, which finished second last season, won its first state title with 137.5 points. Tallassee was a close second at 125.5, followed by defending 5A state champion Southside-Gadsden at 110.

            The Knights were led by Blake Suttles at 171 pounds and Cary Pierce at 215 pounds. Both won state titles with Suttles (39-3) edging Chase Matthews of Southside 3-2 in the finals. Pierce (51-5) won the 215-pound title over Southside’s Davis Sims 6-4 in overtime. Chase Currier was state runner-up at 119 pounds and Levi Harper was runner-up at 285 pounds.

      MVP honors went to Scottsboro freshman Brandon Womack, who set a state record for wins in a season by going 74-0 and extending his current match win streak to 144 with a pin over Pinson Valley’s Morgan Franks (38-5) in the finals.

 

CLASS 1A-4A

            St. Clair County won its first-ever title with 110 points. Runner-up Dora had 97.5 and Oak Grove was third with 86.5.

            The Saints had two individual state champions, Chris Miller (40-4) at 125 pounds and Jerome Jefferson (25-2) at 285 pounds.

            Dillan Campbell of Oak Grove won his second straight state title and had three pins along the way to earn the 215-pound state title and 1A-4A MVP honors.

            Clay Dent of Piedmont finished 41-0 won his second straight championship with a pin over  Oak Grove’s David Harmon in the 171-pound finals.

 

FINAL TEAM SCORING

CLASS 6A

Thompson, 154.0; Hoover, 144.0; Grissom, 127.5; Vestavia Hills, 103.0; Bob Jones, 100.0; Lee-Montgomery, 94.5; Oxford, 84.5; Pell City, 78.5; Opelika, 70.0; Hewitt-Trussville, 63.0; Oak Mountain, 62.0; Central-Phenix City, 55.0; Tuscaloosa County, 54.5; Clay-Chalkville, 54.0; Buckhorn, 52.5; Benjamin Russell, 49.0; Auburn, 46.0; Mountain Brook, 44.5; Smiths Station, 44.0; Spain Park, 38.0; Prattville, 29.0; Huntsville, 28.0; Gardendale, 15.0; Pelham, 7.0; Wetumpka, 6.5; Homewood, 4.0; Carver-Montgomery, 3.0.

CLASS 5A

Arab, 137.5; Tallassee, 125.5; Southside-Gadsden, 110.0; Scottsboro, 101.0; Fort Payne, 100.0; Brookwood, 72.5; Mortimer Jordan, 64.0; Pinson Valley, 38.0; Chilton County, 32.0; McAdory, 24.0; Erwin, 23.0; Hayden, 21.0; Muscle Shoals, 16.0; Athens, 13.0; Moody, 5.0; Madison County, 4.0; Hueytown, 1.0.

CLASS 1A-4A

St. Clair County, 110.0, Dora, 97.5; Oak Grove, 86.5; St, James, 74.0; Susan Moore, 66.0; Piedmont, 63.0; Holtville, 54.0; Fultondale, 50.0; Leeds, 49.5; Deshler, 48.5; Weaver, 46.0; Catholic, 16.0; Saks, 15.0; Lincoln, 13.0; Ashville, 9.0; Cleburne County, 9.0; Corner, 3.0; Ranburne, 3.0; Springville, 3.0; Calera, 2.0; Elmore County, 2.0.

 

Class 6A Finals

103 pounds: Brian White, Opelika (43-1) dec. Jake Smith, Pell City (48-1), 2-1 (2 OT)

112 pounds: Jesse Smith, Pell City (39-4) dec. Alec Cohen, Grissom ((56-5), 8-2

119 pounds: Michael Jordan, Auburn (43-0) dec. Reed Jacks, Thompson (50-6), 3-2

125 pounds: Ben Smith, Buckhorn (58-0) pinned Josh Brown, Vestavia Hills (30-17), 3:42
130 pounds: Jordan Simpson, Oxford (68-1) dec. Greg Atalona, Huntsville (36-6), 4-1

135 pounds: Eric Lee, Oxford (65-0) dec. Taylor Garlington, Hoover (45-7), 1-0

140 pounds: Zach Smith, Pell City (48-5) dec. Jackson Poe, Hoover (46-2), 3-2

145 pounds: J.A. Jones, Thompson (67-5) pinned Jimmy Whitt, Vestavia Hills (20-6), 2:42

152 pounds: William Byrd, Mountain Brook (57-2) dec. Rush Hall, Hoover (43-4), 9-3

160 pounds: Harrison Hill, Vestavia Hills (41-5) dec. Marcus Elkins, Hewitt-Trussville (45-8), 6-4

171 pounds: Carl Brown, Hoover (46-1) dec. Ryan Clark, Bob Jones (31-7), 5-4

189 pounds: Terrence Smith, Lee-Montgomery (42-1) dec. Justin Woodall, Oak Mountain (71-3), 6-5
215 pounds: Brian Walker, Grissom (64-3) dec. Luke Wilson, Central-Phenix City (52-3), 2-1
285 pounds: Tyler Ratliff, Bob Jones (50-6) dec. Adam Wright, Clay-Chalkville (48-1), 2-1

 

Class 5A Finals

103 pounds: Chris Jones, Erwin (40-5) pinned Lane Morrow, Arab (55-8), 2:23
112 pounds: Brandon Womack, Scottsboro (74-0) pinned Morgan Franks, Pinson Valley (38-5), 1:40

119 pounds: Haden Ryals, Southside-Gadsden (30-8) dec. Will Stephenson, Arab (51-9), 4-2 in OT

125 pounds: Craig Malone, Scottsboro (52-10) pinned Layton Barker, Fort Payne (38-7), 5:38

130 pounds: Seth Perman, Southside-Gadsden (44-4) maj. dec. Trey Howse, Hayden (39-6), 16-5

135 pounds: Ethyn Holbrook, Fort Payne (40-2) dec. Craton Bush, McAdory (35-8), 5-0

140 pounds: Brandon Brindley, Mortimer Jordan (51-0) dec. Zac West, Southside-Gadsden (40-10), 10-5

145 pounds: Chris Allen, Brookwood (69-3) dec. Josh Highland, Tallassee (37-5), 7-3
152 pounds: Nick Boyett, Scottsboro (62-17) dec. Chase Currier, Arab (47-14), 4-0

160 pounds: Chris Adams, Tallassee (52-2) dec. Colby Bernier, Chilton County (22-6), 12-8

171 pounds: Blake Suttles, Arab (39-3) dec. Chase Mathews, Southside-Gadsden (37-12), 3-2

189 pounds: Alex Whigham, Scottsboro (59-7) dec. Dylan Jackson, Chilton County (40-6), 3-2
215 pounds: Cary Pierce, Arab (51-5) dec. Davis Sims, Southside-Gadsden (39-12), 6-4 in OT

285 pounds: T.C. Robinson, Tallassee (30-2) dec. Levi Harper, Arab (50-8), 5-0

 

Class 1A-4A Finals

103 pounds: Alex Nickell, Leeds (42-8) dec. Christian Cortez, Weaver (45-13), 4-2

112 pounds: Stephen Kwan, St. James (40-5) dec. Steven Lindsey, St. Clair Clounty (35-8), 13-8

119 pounds: Blake Boshell, Dora (59-5) dec. Ty Barnett, American Christian (21-2), 3-2

125 pounds: Chris Miller, St. Clair County (40-4) pinned Matthew Smith, Walter Wellborn (44-6), 5:57

130 pounds: Matt Kwan, St. James (34-2) dec. Juakeem Fuqua, Deshler (28-6), 7-5
135 pounds: Mason Ellis, Dora (56-9) dec. Zach Cummings, Fultondale (54-13), 3-2

140 pounds: Dalton Sanders, Dora (56-8) dec. Jonathan Boston, Holt (27-5), 10-4

145 pounds: Dalton Carroll, Walter Wellborn (45-0) maj. dec. Chandler Sartain, Deshler (27-5), 12-0

152 pounds: Brian Shockley, Leeds (50-6) dec. Hunter Edwards, Dora (38-15), 7-0

160 pounds: Robbie Cannon, Oak Grove (37-14) dc. Trey Carey, Dora (58-8), 6-4 in OT

171 pounds: Clay Dent, Piedmont (41-0) pinned David Harmon, Oak Grove (49-7), 3:20
189 pounds: Cody Self, Susan Moore (30-3) pinned Jeffrey Ingram, Fultondale (68-6), 1:32

215 pounds: Dillan Campbell, Oak Grove (52-4) pinned Stephen Abel, Deshler (28-12),2:47

285 pounds: Jerome Jefferson, St. Clair County (25-2) dec. Antonio Weaver, Ala. School/ Blind (45-4) , 5-4