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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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Greene Co., Sumter Co., Clements Cop State Titles

 

BIRMINGHAM—The Green County boys, the Sumter County girls and the Clements girls captured state titles here Friday to highlight the fourth day of the 2010 Final 48 State Basketball Championships at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.
           The Class 6A semifinals took the court for the first session Friday.
 Game summaries:
 
Class 3A Boys Championship
Greene County 61, Madison Academy 44
          Greene County downed Madison Academy 61-44 Friday night to capture the Tigers' second championship in the last six years. Coach Rodney Wesley’s Tigers (23-7) also won the 4A crown in 2005.
            Tournament MVP Neiko Hunter had 13 points, two steals and provided some key team floor leadership as Greene County took the lead early and never let it go.
            Teammate Shawn Carpenter had 18 points on a 7-of-12 shooting performance, Pierre Crawford had 10 points and nine rebounds and Phillip Cherry cleared eight rebounds.
            Madison Academy (21-12), making its fifth straight appearance in the 3A title game, got 21 points from Spencer Palmer. Jordan Matthews added seven points and 10 rebounds for Coach Andy Blackston’s Mustangs.
            The 2A All-Tourney Team: Neiko Hunter, Greene County (MVP); Chandler Mack, Madison Academy; Jordan Matthews, Madison Academy; Spencer Palmer, Greene County; Pierre Crawford, Greene County; Shawn Carpenter, Greene County; and Matthew Craig, Piedmont.


Class 3A Girls Championship
Sumter County 53, Madison Academy 50
            Sumter County clawed back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter Friday night to beat Madison Academy 53-50 and claim the school’s first Class 3A state girls basketball championship since 1978, the first year the AHSAA sponsored a state tournament for girls
            Coach Eddie Jackson’s Wildcats (26-3) had to turn to some strong defensive pressure and clutch free-throw shooting to stage the comeback.
            Madison Academy (35-4) led 43-29 with 7:36 to play and was still up 12 with 4:36 remaining. Tournament MVP KaTia May sparked the rally, sinking 8-of 8 free throws the rest of the way and canning a jumper with 1:32 left to give the Wildcats the lead at 48-47. Her two free throws with 41 seconds left made it 51-48 and the Sumter County defense did the rest.
            Madison Academy was just 7-of-23 at the foul line for the game, a low percentage key that opened the door for the Wildcats in the final period.
            The 5-foot-2 May finished with 23 points, including 9-of-10 free throw shooting, and five rebounds. Jamesha Watkins chipped in 15 points and Juanice Newton had nine rebounds.
            Nyla Johnson had 14 points and 12 boards for Madison Academy. Haley Stewart added 12 points.
            The Class 3A All-Tourney Team: KaTia May, Sumter County (MVP); Nyla Johnson, Madison Academy; Doretha Holloway, Sumter County; Lydia McGee, Madison Academy; Jamesha Watkins, Sumter County; Haley Stewart, Madison Academy.


Class 2A Girls Championship
Clements 57, North Sand Mountain 50
            Freshman Daneshia Malone scored 24 points and collected 15 rebounds Friday night as Clements won its first Class 2A girls state basketball championship with a 57-50 win over North Sand Mountain.
            The Colts (34-3) blocked 14 shots en route to the victory – tourney MVP Malone blocking five and Jordan Beggs swiping away six. Beggs also had eight points. Chelsea Haggermaker added 13 pointd and nine rebounds.
            Clements, coached by Sonya Marks, made 19-of-31 free throws–all but one attempt coming in the second half. Malone was 10-of-12.
            North Sand Mountain (28-7), which set the AHSAA girls state record for 3-point goals attempted this season, spent more time driving the basket but still managed to sink 5-of-13 from beyond the arc. Stella Camp made both of her attempts to finish with 12 points, four steals and 12 rebounds. Lacy Huckabee led the Lady Bison with 16 points and five assists.
            The Class 2A All-Tourney Team: Daneshia Malone, Clements (MVP); Chelsea Haggermaker, Clements; Jordan Beggs, Clements; Lacy Huckabee, North Sand Mountain; Stella Camp, North Sand Mountain; Eboni Smith, R.C. Hatch.
 
 

Class 6A Girls Semifinals
Bob Jones 51, Davidson 4
            Bob Jones High School advanced to the Class 6A girls basketball finals for the third straight year Friday morning with a 51-41 win over Davidson in the semifinals.
            The Patriots (33-2), state champs in 2008 and 2009, will now play in the championship game Saturday night at 5 p.m.
            The Warriors (31-4) jumped out to a 13-2 lead before Coach Tim Miller’s Patriots battled back to take the LEAD 14-13 by the end of the first period and never trailed again.
            Mekena Randall led Bob Jones with 19 points and nine rebounds. Rikeya McKinnon added 11 points and Tierra Jones had seven plus eight rebounds.
            Aundre Adams led Davidson with 16 points. Devina Moulds added 10 points and 11 rebounds.


Hoover 77, Jeff Davis 44

            Top-ranked Hoover High School outscored Jeff Davis 40-16 in the second and third periods Friday and rolled into the Class 6A girls state finals with the decisive 77-44 victory.

            The Lady Bucs (31-1) will face two-time defending state champion Bob Jones in the finals Saturday night at 5 p.m. The Patriots beat Hoover last year in the finals.

            Chardonae Fuqua and Tyrese Tanner each had 12 points as 11 players cracked the scoring column for Coach Donnie Quinn’s Bucs. No player played more than 19 minutes in the contest.

            Jada Williams had 16 points and Jatoria Carter 13 for the Lady Vols (25-11). Carter also had seven steals.



Class 6A Boys Semifinals

Bob Jones 69, Baker 64
            Marquis Lindsey sank three free throws in the final four seconds Friday morning to lift Bob Jones over Baker 69-64 in the Class 6A state tournament semifinals.
            Lindsey finished with a team-high 21 points for Coach Danny Petty’s Patriots (19-14), who now advance to the 6A championship game Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the third straight year. Lindsey nailed five 3-pointers and was 6-of-10 shooting overall.
            Levi Randolph added 19 points and 10 rebounds and Jefferey Moss chipped in 13 points for Bob Jones.
            Jason Holland paced Baker (29-6) with 21 points on the strength of three treys and 8-of-10 at the foul line. Lawyer Lily and Ronnie Martin added 17 points each with Lily also grabbing 11 rebounds.  


Homewood 61, Central-Phenix City 47
            Center Jeremy Watson scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds Friday afternoon to lead Homewood to a 61-47 Class 6A state tournament semifinal win over Central-Phenix City.
            With the win, the Patriots (31-4) moved into Saturday night’s state finals against Bob Jones at 7 p.m. Coach Tim Shepler’s Homewood team played in the finals in 2008.
            Watson, a 6-foot-7 junior, was also 8-of-10 at the foul line in the final 1:06 to seal the win. Junior point guard Marvin Whitt also had a stellar game with 21 points, two steals and 9-of-13 at the charity stripe. He also engineered an offense that had just five turnovers for the entire game.
            Winston Brooks added 12 points and sank both 3-pointers he attempted. Homewood was 8-of-20 from the 3-point line.
            Central (26-4) got 18 points from Darren Daniel.