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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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Soccer Teams Named For 2013 All-Star Sports Week

 

        The 2013 North-South all-star girls and boys soccer teams for the 17th annual Alabama All-Star Sports Week competition were announced Monday by Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA).
        The four teams, comprised of current junior student-athletes from across the state, will play at the Emory Folmar Soccer Complex in Montgomery July 16.
        All-Star Sports Week, set for July 15-20, includes in-state all-star games in soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and football in addition to the AHSAA Summer Conference with clinics and other professional development sessions for coaches, principals, athletic directors, cheerleader coaches and contest officials.
        Also an All-Sports Equipment Expo and other related activities are scheduled throughout the week. Two of the highlights will be the Sportsmanship Banquet, which honors all schools that have not had an ejection or fine during the 2012-13 school year, and the Championship Coaches Awards Banquet, which recognizes coaches whose teams won a state championship during the 2012-13 school year as well as the 2013 Making A Difference Award winners.
        The North All-Star girls will be coached by Brigid Littleton of Vestavia Hills and Brad Carwile of East Limestone. George Cavender, retired Butler coach, will serve as administrative coach.
        Coaches for the South All-Star girls are Kacey Ivey of Alabama Christian and Jon Sauers of Faith Academy.  Ken Wright of Alabama Christian will serve as administrative coach.
        Coaching the South boys will be Ruben Risco of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Bo Morrisey of Auburn. Wright will also serve as administrative coach.
        The North boys’ coaching staff includes Joe Webb of Mountain Brook and Sean McBride of Homewood. Cavender is the administrative coach.
        The North holds a 10-2-1 edge over the South in the girls’ competition and the North boys lead the series 7-4-1.
        The AHSADCA operates under the auspices of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Membership includes coaches of all AHSAA sports as well as administrators of member schools.

        The rosters:

 

2013 GIRLS SOCCER 

 
       

NORTH

     

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Claudia Day

Briarwood Christian

MF

5'10

Britne Holderby

Chelsea

MF

5'6

Gabrielle Gilmer

Hoover

D

5'9

Cate Armstrong

Mountain Brook

D

5'7

Amanda Baker

Northridge

F

5'8

Kathleen Dunn

Oak Mountain

D

5'4

Anna Dyess

Vestavia Hills

D

5'4

Alexandra Carroll

Vestavia Hills

GK

5'11

Sydney Nordan

Faith Christian

GK

5'10

Kodi Cooper

Pell City

MF/D

5'4

Beryl Newchurch

Pope John Paul II

MF/F

5'4

Lauren Lackey

Randolph

MF

5'8

Miranda Hudleston

Athens

MF

5'5

Bristol Countess

East Limestone

F

5'2

Mollie Olinger

Austin

D

5'7

Chandler Austin

Bob Jones

D

5'5

Rebecca Copeland

Grissom

F/MF

5'10

Raichele Langford

Sparkman

F

5'7

COACHES

     

Brigid Littleton

Vestavia Hills

   

Brad Carwile

East Limestone

   

George Cavender

Butler (Retired) - Admin.

   
       

SOUTH

     

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Kendall Baker

UMS-Wright

D

5'5

Bronwynn Bunce

Faith Academy

D

5'7

Haley Hrabovsky

Spanish Fort

M

5'0

Cassie Schmitt

Daphne

GK

5'5

Blayne Newsome

Fairhope

M

5'2

Molly Addison

McGill-Toolen

F

5'6

Jennifer Parrish

Enterprise

D

5'2

Darian Heck

Northview

DF/M

5'8

Garrett Barnes

Montgomery Academy

F

5'4

Hampton Brinson

Alabama Christian

F

5'4

Katie Bonner

Saint James

GK

5'6

Kourtney Presor

Prattville

D

5'3

Alexis Goldhagen

Benjamin Russell

M

5'4

Laura Nall

Benjamin Russell

DF/M

5'5

Elizabeth Price

Auburn

DF

5'5

Katelyn Patrick

Auburn

DF

5'7

Janie  Hampton

Trinity Presbyterian

F

5'3

Emily Newell

Trinity Presbyterian

M/DF

5'2

COACHES

     

Kacey Ivey

Alabama Christian

   

Jon Sauers

Faith Academy

   

Ken Wright

Alabama Chr. - Admin.

   
       

2013 BOYS SOCCER 

       

NORTH

     

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

John Mason, IV

Briarwood Christian

D

5'10

Chris  Simpson

Homewood

MF

6'0

Jordan Eppenger

John Carroll

D

5'9

Taylor Martindale

Chelsea

MF

6'0

Austin Garrett

Mountain Brook

F

6'0

Trey O'Bryant

Northridge

F/MF

5'9

Bradley Louis

Oak Mountain

GK

6'1

Miguel Quijada

Pelham

MF

5'4

Steven Breaux

Spain Park

D

5'7

Nate Dauphin

Vestavia Hills

F

5'8

Jackson Laye

Sylacauga

MF

5'8

Ryan Curran

Pell City

D/MF

6'0

Peter Morse

Florence

GK

5'10

Isaac Johnson

Westminster Christian

MF

5'10

Andrew Sunwood

Randolph

MF

5'7

Jake Rufe

Grissom

MF

6'0

Daniel Buchanan

Huntsville

F

6'0

George Achard

Mars Hill Bible

MF

5-9

COACHES

     

Joe Webb

Mountain Brook

   

Sean McBride

Homewood

   

George Cavender

Butler (Retired) -Admin.

   
       

SOUTH

     

Player

School

Pos.

Ht.

Luke Walton

UMS-Wright

D

5'11

Joey Ferguson

Saint Paul's

GK

6'1

Quillan Smith

Baker

D

5'5

Austin Ahern

Daphne

M

5'8

David Valverde

Davidson

MF

5'8

Daniel Meister

Fairhope

D

6'1

Jack Rehm

McGill-Toolen

D

6'2

Erick Risco

McGill-Toolen

MF

6'0

Jack Dailey

Murphy

D

6'0

Luis Pimentel

Dothan

F

5'11

Liam Edens

Enterprise

M

5'7

Michael Miaoulis

Montgomery Academy

M

5'9

Stephen Neu

Trinity Presbyterian

F

6'0

Dashawn Lewis

Saint James

GK

6'2

Weston Wingo

Prattville

M

5'8

Michael Mann, II

Benjamin Russell

M

5'8

Killian Delmore

Auburn

F

5'9

Logan Hill

Auburn

M

5'10

COACHES

     

Ruben Risco

McGill-Toolen

   

Bo Morrissey

Auburn

   

Ken Wright

Alabama Chr. - Admin.