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.”


Seven No. 4 Seeds Move To Football Playoff 2nd Second

            Seven schools qualifying as fourth seeds knocked off region champions in the first round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association state football playoffs and moved into the second round with all games scheduled Friday (Nov. 16) except one. All games are scheduled for 7 p.m.
            Central of Clay County will play Charles Henderson Thursday at
Troy University's Memorial Stadium.
            Class 1A, Region 5 fourth seed Hubbertville (8-3) knocked off unbeaten Region 6 champion Ragland and will host Spring Garden (9-2). In Class 3A, Region 1 fourth seed Straughn (7-3) ousted Region 2 champ Daleville, 10-0 in the regular season. The Tigers will host Trinity Presbyterian (9-2).  
            Region 8 fourth seed Colbert County (7-4) downed unbeaten Hamilton, the Region 7 champs, and will host Sylvania (9-2) in round two. In Class 4A, Region six fourth seed St. Clair County (6-5) hosts J.O. Johnson (10-1) Friday after knocking off Region 5 champion Alexandria.             In Class 5A, three fourth seeds beat region champions as Region 4’s Briarwood Christian (5-6) stopped Region 3 winner and last year’s 4A state champion Jackson; Region 3's Greenville (6-5) topped Region 4 champ Homewood; and Region 8's Hartselle (7-4), the defending 5A state champs, beat Region 7 winner Fort Payne, unbeaten at 10-0 entering the playoffs.
            Briarwood hosts Vigor (9-2), Greenville will be at home against St. Paul’s (9-2) and Hartselle will be at home against Wenonah (10-1).
            In addition to the seven fourth seeds advancing, 23 third seeds knocked off second seeds among the 96 teams advancing to round two. In addition to last year’s 4A champion Jackson falling in round one, defending Class 2A champ Elba lost to Aliceville.
            Along with defending 5A champ Hartselle, 2011 3A state champion Handley (7-4) advanced to round two in Class 4A with a win over Calera and defending 1A state champion Marion County (10-1) beat Meek to move forward in Class 1A.
         A total of 10 unbeaten teams advanced to the second round: Class 1A: Brantley  (11-0) and Cedar Bluff (10-0); Class 2A: Fyffe (11-0) and Tanner (10-0); Class 3A: Piedmont (11-0); Class 4A: Oneonta (11-0); Class 5A: McAdory (11-0), and Muscle Shoals (11-0); Class 6A: McGill-Toolen (11-0) and Hoover (11-0).
            The quarterfinal round playoff games are scheduled Friday, Nov. 23, followed by the semifinals Nov. 30 and the Super 6 state finals Dec. 6-7 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on the campus of Auburn University.

AHSAA Football State Playoff Pairings
Second Round (Nov. 16 unless indicated otherwise)
Class 1A
Linden (10-1) at St. Jude (7-4), Montgomery
Brantley (11-0) at Billingsley (8-3)
St. Luke’s Episcopal (9-2) at Maplesville (10-1)
Notasulga (8-3) at McIntosh (6-5)
Marion County (10-1) at R.A. Hubbard (7-4), Courtland
Spring Garden (9-2) at Hubbertville (8-3)
Pickens County (9-2) at Cedar Bluff (10-0)
Hackleburg (10-1) at Berry (7-4)
Class 2A
Sweet Water (9-2) at Aliceville (7-4)
Lamar County (9-2) at G.W. Long (10-1), Skipperville
Washington County (910-1) at Luverne (8-2)
Oakman (10-1) at Mobile Christian (8-3)
Reeltown (10-1) at Sheffield (6-5)
Red Bay (8-3) at Woodland (9-2)
Fyffe (11-0) at Fultondale (9-2)
Walter Wellborn (9-2) at Tanner (10-0)
Class 3A
T.R. Miller (10-1) at Midfield (7-4)
Trinity Presbyterian (9-2) at Straughn (7-3)
W.S. Neal (9-2) at Fayette County (9-2), Fayette
Leeds (10-1) at Bayside Academy (7-4), Daphne
Piedmont (11-0) at Deshler (8-3), Tuscumbia
Lauderdale County (10-1) at Geraldine (9-2)
Sylvania (9-2) at Colbert County (7-4), Leighton
Plainview (9-2) at Madison Academy (8-2)
Class 4A
Dadeville (10-1) at UMS-Wright (9-2), Mobile
Beauregard (10-1) at Handley (7-4), Roanoke
Central of Clay County (10-1) at Charles Henderson (8-3), Thursday, Troy U. Memorial Stadium, 
Tallassee (9-2) at Dora (10-1)
J.O. Johnson (10-1) at St. Clair County (6-5), Odenville
Oneonta (11-0) at North Jackson (7-4), Stevenson
Lincoln (6-5) at Madison County (10-1), Gurley
Brooks (10-1) at Munford (8-3)
Class 5A
Demopolis (8-2) at Spanish Fort (10-1)
Chilton County (10-1) at Benjamin Russell (10-1), Alexander City
Vigor (9-2) at Briarwood Christian (5-6)
St. Paul’s (9-2) at Greenville (6-5)
McAdory (11-0) at Russellville (9-2)
Cullman (9-2) at Walker (8-3), Jasper
Wenonah (10-1) at Hartselle (7-4)
Pinson Valley (8-3) at
Muscle Shoals (11-0)
Class 6A
Auburn (10-1) at McGill-Toolen (11-0), Mobile
Daphne (9-2) at Opelika (7-4)
Carver-Montgomery (10-1) at Fairhope (8-3)
Foley (8-3) at Spain Park (9-2), Hoover
Pell City (7-4) at Hoover (11-0)
Vestavia Hills (9-2) at Huntsville (7-4), Milton Frank Stadium
Tuscaloosa County (9-2) at Clay-Chalkville (10-1)
Mountain Brook (10-1) at Bob Jones (8-3), Madison