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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.”

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Alabama Squad Named For Ala-Miss Football Game

        Jeremy Johnson of Carver-Montgomery and Nick Mullens of Spain Park have been selected as the quarterbacks for the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team that will face Mississippi in the 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 15.

        The squad, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Tuesday by Alvin Briggs,  Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).

        The annual contest, an event of the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and the AHSADCA, will be played for the second straight year at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. Kickoff for the afternoon contest has not been set. Alabama holds an 18-7 edge in the series played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010. Alabama won last year’s game 31-12 with current University of Alabama freshman running back T.J. Yeldon earning MVP honors for Alabama.  Alabama has won the last four in a row.
        The head coach for the Alabama All-Stars is Mountain Brook’s Chris Yeager. 

        The  6-foot-6 Johnson, an early Auburn commitment, has led the Wolverines to a 5-1 record this season while completing 88-of-133 passes for 1,600 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s thrown only four interceptions and has a completion rate of 66.2 percent. A strong runner who has good speed, Johnson has rushed for 447 yards and four touchdowns and is averaging 10.4 yards per carry. He is fast emerging as one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation in the Class of 2013.
        Mullens, who is averaging well over 200 yards passing per game this season, passed for 2,877 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. He’s on a pace to go over 3,000 yards this year. Still undecided, the 6-2 quarterback is being recruited by several Division I schools from the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA.
        “Once again I think the selection committee has chosen an outstanding group of players,” said Briggs. Several have already committed to Auburn and Alabama as well as Florida State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Nebraska.
        Running backs selected are Foley’s Cedrix Reed, Clark Quisenberry of Enterprise, Joshua Walker of Austin and Johnathan Ford of New Hope. Ford, a Vanderbilt commitment, has rushed for over 1,000 yards this season.
        Alabama’s squad features at least 20 players who have already announced college choices, including six to the Auburn University and three to the University of Alabama. Verbal commits for the Tigers include highly touted linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn High School, defensive lineman Dee Liner of Muscle Shoals, wide receivers Earnest Robinson of Pinson Valley and Jason Smith of McGill-Toolen, defensive back Kamryn Melton of Dothan and Johnson.

        Crimson Tide commitments include defensive back/athlete ArDarius Stewart of Fultondale, defensive lineman Darius Paige of Foley and offensive lineman Grant Hill of Huntsville.

        Florida State commitments selected include defensive back Marquez White of Northview and Prattville offensive lineman Austin Golson. Wide receiver Cameron Echols-Luper of Auburn has already committed to Texas A&M, Oxford defensive lineman Trent Simpson to Mississippi State, linebackers Finesse Middleton of Gadsden City and Rashawn Smith of Florence to Ole Miss, and defensive back Jonathan Cook of Spanish Fort has announced plans to sign with Nebraska.
        Half the squad (20) is still currently uncommitted.

 
        The 40-man roster and coaching staff for
the 2012 All-Star Game:

Alabama 2012 All-Star Football Roster

Pos.

First

Last

School

Coach

HT.

WT.

QB

Jeremy

Johnson

Carver-Montgomery

Billy Gresham

6-6

220

QB

Nick

Mullens

Spain Park

Chip Lindsey

6-2

185

RB

Cedrix

Reed

Foley

Todd Watson

5-10

185

RB

Clark

Quisenberry

Enterprise

David Faulkner

6-3

190

RB

Joshua

Walker

Austin

Jeremy Perkins

5-11

200

RB

Johnathan

Ford

New Hope

Randall Taylor

6-'0

191

TE

Alontai

Adams

Foley

Todd Watson

6-3

201

WR

Jarren

Johnson

Jackson

Danny Powell

5-11

190

WR

Earnest

Robinson

Pinson Valley

Matt Glover

6-2

205

WR

Cameron

Echols-Luper

Auburn

Tim Carter

6-0

190

WR

Jason

Smith

McGill-Toolen

Bart Sessions

6-2

175

OL

Forrest

Garner

Baldwin County

Bobby Moore

6-2

265

OL

Wilson

Bell

Blount

Mark Hurt

6-4

295

OL

Cameron

Fraser

Central-Phenix City

Woodrow Lowe, Sr.

6-0

287

OL

Austin

Golson

Prattville

Chad Anderson

6-6

290

OL

Jess

Cooper

Tuscaloosa Co.

Lee Gibson

6-3

290

OL

Grant

Hill

Huntsville

Scott Sharp

6-6

290

OL

Zachary

Sims

Homewood

Doug Goodwin

6-2

286

OL

Jonathan

Raudales

Enterprise

David Faulkner

6-2

280

P/K

Thomas

Hamlin

McGill-Toolen

Bart Sessions

6-2

176

Ath

Anthony

Johnson

Maplesville

Brent Hubbert

6-5

205

DL

Rodney

Edwards

Gadsden City

Joe Billingsley

6-3

265

DL

Darius

Paige

Foley

Todd Watson

6-4

310

DL

Rod

Crayton

Dadeville

Richard White

6-1

310

DL

Trent

Simpson

Oxford

John Grass

6-4

245

DL

Dee

Liner

Muscle Shoals

Scott Basden

6-4

285

LB

Derek

King

Central-Phenix City

Woodrow Lowe, Sr.

6-0

295

LB

Finesse

Middleton

Gadsden City

Joe Billingsley

6-2

240

LB

Reuben

Foster

Auburn

Tim Carter

6-2

249

LB

Brandon

Fuller

Clay-Chalkville

Jerry Hood

6-0

215

LB

Rashawn

Smith

Florence

Jamey DuBose

6-3

215

LB

John Patrick

Sherling

Fairhope

Adam Winegarden

6-0

215

DB

Alfred

Jenkins

Daphne

Glenn Vickery

6-1

210

DB

Marquez

White

Northview

LaBrian Stewart

6-1

175

DB

Shaun

Rupert

Carver-Montgomery

Billy Gresham

6-1

200

DB

Kamryn

Melton

Dothan

Kelvis White

5-11

175

DB

ArDarius

Stewart

Fultondale

Keith Register

6-1

195

DB

Jonathan

Cook

Spanish Fort

Mark Freeman

6-0

180

DB

Nate

Andrews

Fairhope

Adam Winegarden

6-1

190

DB

Devon

Earl

Hoover

Josh Niblett

5-11

190

Coaching staff: Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook (head coach); Scott Rials, Elba; Mike Battles, Sr., Handley; Woodrow Lowe, Sr., Central-Phenix City; Rusty Funk, Marion County; Todd Watson, Foley; David Faulkner, Enterprise; Marty Rozell, Mountain Brook (Alabama scout coach).