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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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Perennial Powers Set Pace In State Cross Country Meet

    
        MOULTON--Several perennial powers emerged as state champions again to highlight the 2011 state cross country championships here Saturday at the Oakville Museum and Indian Mounds Course.

GIRLS: Scottsboro, Mountain Brook Continue To Set The Pace
            Scottsboro won its 11th straight  Class 5A championship and 17th in the last 18 years, Mountain Brook won its ninth consecutive Class 6A title and  11th  since 2000, UMS-Wright its third straight 4A crown, American Christian its fifth straight 1A-2A title and Montgomery Academy its third Class 3A title in the last four years.

 

Class 6A Girls

             Mountain Brook, coached by Greg Echols, placed four runners in the top seven finishers to take first place with 25 points. McGill-Toolen junior Carmen Carlos ran the 3.1-mile course in 17:19.76 to win the individual championship, her third in a row. McGill finished second with 78 points and Bob Jones third with 112.

             Mary Grace Strozier, a Pelham eighth grader, was second with a time of 18:32.28, moving up two notches from her fourth-place finish as a seventh grader in 2010. Sage Blackwell of McGill-Toolen was third at 18:44.51 followed by Mountain Brook’s top finisher, Ann Sisson (18:56.94).

  

Class 5A Girls

            Coach John Esslinger’s Lady Wildcats scored 33 points to beat runner-up Saint Paul’s, which totaled 68.  Scottsboro, which has won every 5A state championship since 1994 except for the 2000 title, was led by senior Maggie Thompson’s second-place finish at 19:12.30.            

            Winner Rachel Roberts, a John Carroll senior, ran the distance in 18:08.07 to cap her prep career with three state championships in a row. John Carroll was seventh overall.

            Jamie Delay, a Scottsboro junior, was third individually for the second year in a row.

  

Class 4A Girls

            UMS-Wright runners finished 1-2-3 with junior Kathryn Lazarchick capturing the individual Class 4A championship with a winning time of 18:57.22. She finished sixth in 2010.

             Coach Pat Galle also saw Bulldogs runner Ellie Carter, a freshman, take second at 19:42.19 and junior Claire Kennedy third with a 19:46.04 time. Kristen Lazarchick, a junior, finished sixth to round out the top four UMS finishers.
             Pope John Paul II of Huntsville was second in the team standings with 88 points.

   

Class 3A Girls

             Montgomery Academy, the state champs in 2008 and 2009, won its third title in four years with 36 points to edge defending state champion Rogers with 49 points.

            Sophomore Karisa Nelson of T.R. Miller ran the 3.1-mile course in 18:20.07 to cruise to her third straight Class 3A individual title.  Taylor Gerald, a seventh grader, clocked 19:16.93 to finish second overall for Coach Kevin Weatherill’s Eagles.

 

Class 1A-2A Girls

            Coach Charles Tiller’s American Christian Patriots nipped Tuscaloosa rival Holy Spirit in a close two-team race, 50 points  to 58.
            Senior Analisa Patrick of American Christian won the individual championship for the second year in a row with a winning time of 19:12.12. Jordan Richmond, a seventh grader at Holy Spirit, finished second at 19:31.01 and St. Bernard freshman Ayleana Mami third at 19:50.10.  Kaitlin York, another freshman, was fifth as ACA’s second finisher.

 

BOYS: Randolph, Mountain Brook, Cottage Lead The Charge
            In the boys competition, Randolph captured its seventh straight  Class 3A championship, Mountain Brook its fourth straight and Cottage Hill Christian snapped Hatton’s three-year domination in Class 1A-2A.

 

Class 6A Boys

            Mountain Brook made it a complete sweep of boys and girls Class 6A divisions with its fifth title in the last six years. Coach Greg Echols’ Spartans totaled 45 points with Hewitt-Trussville finishing second with 93 points.

            Senior Brandon Hazouri of Spain Park clocked a winning time of 15:45.04 to win the individual title for the second year in a row. The Jaguars were third overall with 119 points.

            Senior Buddy Soto of Baker was second at 16:04.89. Junior Payton Ballard was Mountain Brook’s top finisher with a third-place time of 16:08.05.

    

Class 5A Boys

             Coach John Esslinger’s boys scored 43 points to give Scottsboro a sweep of the Class 5A competition for the third time in the last four years.

              John Carroll junior Griffin Lee, second a year ago, clocked 16:13.11 to win the individual race.

             Senior Dan Drew of Saint Paul’s was second at 16:22.22 and teammate Joe Albrecht-Frueh third at 16:28.09. Scottsboro’s top finisher was Evan McGee with a16:29.72 time in fourth place.        


Class 4A Boys

            UMS-Wright runners Robert Hope and Chase Tan finished 2-3 as the Bulldogs won the Class 4A state championship for the fourth year in a row and completed a sweep of the boys and girls Class 4A divisions.

             It was junior Alex Gilliland of Oneonta that  grabbed the spotlight, however. Gilliland, who finished 28th in 2010, sped the distance in 16:26.56 to take top individual honors. He beat UMS-Wright freshman Robert Hope  (16:43.05) by 27 seconds.

            Pope John Paul II of Huntsville finished second overall with 97 points and Brooks third at 110.

   

Class 3A Boys

            Randolph  senior Leland Collins, who finished second a year ago, clocked 16:45.41 to finish first as Coach James Terwilliger’s Raiders won the 3A crown for the seventh consecutive year. Teammate Eshan King was fourth in 17:00.42 as Randolph posted 24 points ahead of runner-up Montgomery Catholic (84) and third-place Montgomery Academy (94).

             Sophomore Wesley Curles of Trinity Presbyterian was second with a time of 16:51.06 and Catholic’s Jarrett Mason, a junior, third at 16:57.06.

 

Class 1A-2A Boys

            Senior Adam Dunkerley of Westminster-Oak Mountain ran the 3.1-mile distance in 16:55.44 to win the Class 1A-2A individual title after a six-place finish last year.

             Colby Verdin finished sixth to at 17:23.10 lead Cottage Hill Christian to its first state championship. Cottage Hill, coached by Joe Swagart, had 49 points to edge out three-time defending state champion Hatton (86).

             Blake Brackin, a senior, anchored Hatton’s effort with a second-place  finish with a time of 17:02.43. Sophomore Alex Ennis of Holy Spirit was third at 17:04.52.