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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.”

Pisgah's Holley Named 2011 Miss Softball


Pisgah High School catcher Shelby Holley has been named by the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2011 Miss Softball.

Holley set the single-season and career national home run records this season en route to leading Coach Billy Duncan’s Eagles to the Class 3A state championship.

 

Holley belted 35 home runs as a senior to beat the state and national record held by former Pisgah standout Holly Currie, who was named the ASWA’s inaugural Miss Softball in 2003. Currie also held the national and state career records with 61 homers from 2000-03 and still holds several national and state pitching records.

 

The slugger finished with 78 homers in her five-year career to set the state record, but since national records include only freshman through senior year totals, her new national record is officially 72 home runs.

 

Class 4A Hitter of the Year Kaitlyn Griffith of Cherokee County moved into second-place in state and national single-season totals with 27 home runs during the 2011 season.

 

The ASWA also chose a player, pitcher, hitter and coach of the year in each of the AHSAA classifications:

 

Class 6A

Player of the Year: Marcy Harper, Hoover, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year: Marcy Harper, Hoover, Jr.

Hitter of the Year: Peyton Grantham, Daphne, So.

Coach of the Year: Patricia Ball, Dothan

 

Class 5A

Player of the Year: Blair Johnson, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Blair Johnson, Mortimer Jordan, Sr.

Hitter of the Year: Whitney Jordan, Athens, So.

Coach of the Year: Amanda Ellis, Moody

 

Class 4A

Player of the Year: Cassie Daniels, Dallas County, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Cassie Daniels, Dallas County, Sr.

Hitter of the Year: Kaitlyn Griffith, Cherokee County, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Ed Miller, Dallas County

 

Class 3A

Player of the Year: Shelby Holley, Pisgah, Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Anna Snider, White Plains, 8th

Hitter of the Year: Shelby Holley, Pisgah, Sr.

Coach of the Year: Shane Sanderson, Sardis

 

Class 2A

Player of the Year: Hillary Carpenter, Hatton, So.

Pitcher of the Year: Hillary Carpenter, Hatton, So.

Hitter of the Year: Cadi Oliver, Sumiton, Jr.

Coach of the Year: Dee Hughes, Goshen

 

Class 1A

Player of the Year: Emily Church, Ragland, Jr.

Pitcher of the Year: Sara Mock, Kinston, Sr.

Hitter of the Year: Emily Church, Ragland, Jr.

Coach of the Year: Franklin Pritchett, Woodville