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.”



Huntsville's Koger Selected 2011 Mr. Baseball

Daniel Koger, whose consistent pitching led Huntsville High School to the state Class 6A championship, has been selected the 2011 Mr. Baseball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association.


The senior won all five starts during the playoffs, including the title-clinching victory over Baldwin County, as the Panthers of Coach Mark Mincher captured the school’s first Class 6A baseball title.

Koger, who is bound for Auburn, was 11-3 this season while recording a state-leading 138 strikeouts and fashioning a 1.61 ERA in 87 innings pitched. He struck out 51 in his five outings in the state playoffs.


The ASWA also selected a coach, pitcher, hitter and player of the year in each of the AHSAA’s six classifications.


Class 6A

Player of the Year: Daniel Koger, Huntsville

Pitcher of the Year: Daniel Koger, Huntsville

Hitter of the Year: Mathew Goodson, Oxford

Coach of the Year: Peter Bezeredi, Baldwin County


Class 5A

Player of the Year: Justin Kamplain, Walker

Pitcher of the Year: Justin Kamplain, Walker

Hitter of the Year: Ben Moore, Cullman

Coach of the Year: Thad Prater, Athens


Class 4A

Player of the Year: Nick Masonia, Brooks

Pitcher of the Year: Josh Dewrell, Straughn

Hitter of the Year: Nick Masonia, Brooks

Coach of the Year: Marco Valenzuela, Saraland


Class 3A

Player of the Year: Izaac Yarbrough, Vinemont

Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Davis, T.R. Miller

Hitter of the Year: Izaac Yarbrough, Vinemont

Coach of the Year: Jonathan Pate, Gordo


Class 2A

Player of the Year: Ajay Snow, Leroy, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Dillon Williams, American Christian, Sr.

Hitter of the Year: Ajay Snow, Leroy, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Ab Argent, Thorsby


Class 1A

Player of the Year: Jeremy Melton, Fayetteville, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Devan Traglia, Shoals Christian, Jr.

Hitter of the Year: Jeremy Melton, Fayetteville, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Morris Phillips, Fayetteville