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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

      Quarterbacks Jameis Winston of Hueytown and Jonathan Wallace of Central-Phenix City headline the 40-player Alabama All-Star Team selected to face Mississippi in the 25th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Dec. 10.

     The squad, comprised of current high school seniors, was announced Wednesday by Steve Bailey, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association.

     The annual contest, an event of the AHSADCA and the Alabama High School Athletic Association, is moving to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl with the kickoff set for 12:30 p.m. Alabama holds a 17-7 edge in the series played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium every year since its inception in 1988. Alabama won last year’s game 24-17 in two overtimes and currently owns a three-game winning streak in the series.

     Head coach for the Alabama All-Stars is Decatur Coach Jere Adcock. 

     Winston, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior who has guided Hueytown to a 6-0 record this season, is rated the top quarterback prospect in the nation by several recruiting services. He is also projected to be a high draft choice in the Professional Baseball Draft next June. Winston earned North Team MVP honors in the 2011 All-Star Sports Week North-South baseball series.     
     Wallace, a 6-1, 205-pound Southern Miss commitment, has guided Central to a 5-1 record and is also drawing rave reviews from recruiters. Both quarterbacks are strong passers and runners.

     “We think this is one of the most talented teams we’ve had in years,” said AHSADCA Director Steve Bailey. “The selection committee has done another outstanding job as usual in assembling our team.”

     Alabama’s squad features 24 players who have already announced college choices, including five to the University of Alabama and two to Auburn University. Commitments to the Crimson Tide include Prattville offensive lineman Caleb Gulledge, Daphne linebacker Ryan Anderson, Thomasville linebacker Tyler Hayes, Bob Jones linebacker Reggie Ragland and Vigor defensive end Darius Philon. Daphne running back T.J. Yeldon and Escambia County defensive lineman Tyler Nero are committed to Auburn.

    The largest player on the squad is Davidson’s 6-5, 363-pound defensive lineman Alphonse Taylor, who has committed to Florida State. Vanderbilt commitment Torey Agee of Opelika, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, is the son of former Auburn and NFL standout Tommy Agee.

    Purdue, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Troy, Samford, South Alabama and Georgia State also have at least one commitment on the Alabama squad with 16 players still uncommitted.

    The 40-man roster and coaching staff for the 2011 All-Star Game:

2011 Alabama All-Star Roster

Player

School

Pos

Ht.

Wt.

Brandon Burks

Daleville

ATH

5'9

185

Jonathan Wallace

Central -Phenix City

QB

6'1

205

Jameis Winston

Hueytown

QB

6'4

200

Kalif Koen

Foley

RB

5'11

197

DeAnte Lawrence

Prattville

RB

6'1

210

Troymaine Pope

Anniston

RB

5'9

195

Timothy (T.J.) Yeldon

Daphne

RB

6'2

210

Parker Barrineau

American Christian

WR

6'1

185

Cameron Broadnax

Hueytown

WR

6'3

190

Justin Burdette

Clay-Chalkville

WR

6'2

200

Cody Core

Auburn

WR

6'3

190

Bob Pugh

Foley

WR

6'

181

Jonathan Curry

Central -Phenix City

TE

6'3

230

Daniel Aust

Hoover

OL

6'3

265

Michael Flint

Oxford

OL

6'3

290

Steven Foster

Demopolis

OL

6'4

295

Caleb Gulledge

Prattville

OL

6'5

285

Caleb Peterson

Auburn

OL

6'5

300

Kyron Samuels

Fairhope

OL

6'2

290

Ben Tamburello

Spain Park

OL

6'2

285

Aaron Thomas

Dothan

OL

6'3

305

Ryan Anderson

Daphne

LB

6'2

250

Beniquez Brown

Florence

LB

6'2

210

Tyler Hayes

Thomasville

LB

6'3

215

Terris Lewis

Linden

LB

6'2

205

Joseph Peterson

Dothan

LB

6'

210

Larry Pettaway

Mattie T. Blount

LB

6'2

210

Reggie Ragland

Bob Jones

LB

6'3

245

Kelton Brackett

Mattie T. Blount

DB

5'11

185

Kivon Coman

Florence

DB

6'1

195

Trae Elston

Oxford

DB

6'

180

Jacoby Glenn

C. F. Vigor

DB

6'1

175

Chris Humes

Spain Park

DB

6'

195

Derrick Moncrief

Prattville

DB

6'4

175

Jamarlo Alford

Opelika

DL

6'1

270

Tyler Nero

Escambia County

DL

6'2

290

Alphonse Taylor

Davidson

DL

6'5

363

Torey Agee

Opelika

DE

6'4

250

Darius Philon

C. F. Vigor

DE

6'2

270

Matt Pensa

Austin

P/K

5'10

155


COACHING STAFF:
Jere Adcock, Decatur (head coach); Don Jacobs, Oneonta (offensive coordinator); Laron White, Tanner (offensive line); Glenn Vickery, Daphne (receivers); Bob Godsey, Hartselle (defensive coordinator); Jack Hankins, Thomasville (linebackers); Danny Powell, Jackson (defensive line); Lee Cagle, Decatur (scout coach).

 

GAME-BY-GAME HISTORY

Series record: Alabama 17 wins; Mississippi 7.

 

Year-by-Year

2010:  Alabama 24, Mississippi 17 (2 OT)

2009: Alabama 21, Mississippi 13

2008: Alabama 28, Mississippi 3

2007 (December): Mississippi 26, Alabama 7

2007 (June): Alabama 51, Mississippi 14

2006: Alabama 24, Mississippi 3

2005: Mississippi 21, Alabama 18

2004: Alabama 24, Mississippi 22

2003: Alabama 24, Mississippi 16

2002: Alabama 29, Mississippi 17

2001: Alabama 33, Mississippi 14

2000: Alabama 16, Mississippi 9

1999: Alabama 28, Mississippi 24

1998: Mississippi 9, Alabama 0

1997: Alabama 10, Mississippi 6

1996: Alabama 17, Mississippi 14

1995: Mississippi 37, Alabama 9

1994: Mississippi 24, Alabama 10

1993: Mississippi 17, Alabama 6

1992: Mississippi 17, Alabama 14

1991: Alabama 15, Mississippi 13

1990: Alabama 24, Mississippi 14 (OT)

1989: Alabama 24, Mississippi 21 (4 OT)

1988: Alabama 24, Mississippi 21 (3 OT)