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 Football All-Stars Win 4th Straight Game

MVP Yeldon Scores 3 Touchdowns; Sims Named Mississippi MVP

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               Daphne High School running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 116 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries and caught three passes for 37 yards to lead Alabama to a 31-12 win in the 25th Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game Saturday at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl Saturday.

            Alabama improved its lead to 18-7 in the series that was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010. A strong Montgomery crowd watched as Alabama, coached by Decatur High School’s Jere Adcock, jumped out to a 24-3 lead by halftime, running 40 plays to Mississippi’s 15 and gaining 237 yards to just 14 for Mississippi.

            Mississippi did claw back to within 12 at 24-12 in the second half when Greg Sims of Brookhavn caught a punt on the first bounce and sped 51 yards for a TD midway through the third quarter and A.J. Jefferson tackled an Alabama runner in the end zone for a safety midway through the fourth period.

            Yeldon, who scored on runs of 2 and 9 yards in the first half, sealed the win with 1:37 remaining when he shook loose for a 37-yard TD run. The Auburn commitment was named the Alabama game MVP.  Matt Pensa of Austin booted a 28-yard field goal for Alabama and Mississippi's Devon Bell of Warren Central  kicked a 20-yard field goal following a blocked punt inside the 10-yard line.

            Sims, who had two tackles and also returned one kickoff 33 yards, was chosen the Mississippi MVP.

            Alabama’s game domination included 21 first downs to Mississippi’s three, 69 offensive plays for 334 yards to just 36 plays and 60 total yards for Mississippi. The hosts have now won four in a row and six of the last seven.

            Troymaine Pope of Anniston also rushed for 50 yards on nine carries and Jameis Winston of Hueytown had 36 on four tries. Winston, a Florida State commitment, also completed 17-of-24 passes for 121 yards with two interceptions. His Hueytown teammate Cameron Broadnax caught a game record nine passes for 63 total yards. Yeldon’s three TDs and 18 points scored tied game records..

            Clay-Chalkville’s Justin Burdette also had three receptions for 37 yards for Alabama.

            Mississippi’s All-Stars, coached by Meridian’s Larry Weems, finished with only two yards rushing and 58 passing. Quarterback Anthony Alford of Petal was 5-of-15 for 58 yards with Terrance Barron of Noxubee County the leading receiver with two catches for 32 yards.

            Richie Brown of Long Beach led Mississippi with 12 tackles. Addarrous Perkins of Forrest County an Adarius Barnes of Port Gibson had interceptions.

            Pacing the Alabama defense was Jamichael Winston of Vigor and Ryan Anderson of Daphne with five tackles each. Winston, the cousin of quarterback Jameis Winston, Reggie Ragland of Bob Jones and Terris Lewis of Linden recorded sacks. Vigor’s Jacoby Glenn also had an interception.