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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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Schools Mark 9-11 Anniversary With Salutes To Heroes

 
Many AHSAA member schools are marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy with special salutes honoring the heroes and victims of that horrible event plus the current local community heroes that sacrifice every day for the good of others.
Schools reporting such plans are listed below. Other schools wishing to have their salutes included should email the details to ringram@ahsaa.com.
The AHSAA expresses appreciation to our schools for their outward display of gratitude and to the many heroes who serve our communities and our nation so sacrificially.
 
September 2
Bob Jones High School: We held our military appreciation night Sept. 2 because our football team will be on the road this week. We had fireworks at various times during the game and an Army team parachuted in with the game ball in the pre-game ceremonies. We also had some interactive exhibits set up prior to the game for kids and we had dinner for veterans prior to the game. Veterans also participated with game captains in the coin toss. The band played a military tribute with fireworks at halftime.
Jason Pitts, Assistant Football Coach, Bob Jones High School
 
September 2
Shoals Christian School: Since we were going to be on the road on Sept. 9, we had a program on Sept. 2 at our home game with Vina. Representatives from the Woodmen of the World made a presentation that night. At the conclusion of the third  quarter, new flags were presented  to both schools which are to be flown at their  respective schools .  As the public address announcer explained the significance of the ceremony, spectators stood as two SCS students lowered  the stadium flag which will be retired. It was a memorable event.
Tom Hughes, Shoals Christian School Headmaster
 
September 8
Sweet Water High School: Plans are to honor our local heroes during halftime of Thursday’s home game with St. Luke’s Episcopal.  We are going to have our local heroes on the field during halftime and have a short program to honor them.
Stan Stokley, Principal, Sweet Water High School
 
September 9
Clay County High School: Will honor the nation’s fallen heroes and victims of Sept. 11 with a flag-lowering ceremony at the end of the third quarter of Friday night’s home game with Leeds.
Billy Walker, Principal, Clay County High School 

September 9

Eufaula High School:
Will be honoring all military (active, reserve, retired) personnel and local law enforcement, medics, etc. with our annual Patriot Day Ceremonies.  This day-long recognition begins with a special program in front of Eufaula High School at 7:45 a.m. and concludes with special recognition during our home football game against Tallassee Friday night.
Steve Hawkins, Principal, Eufaula High School

September 9
Kinston High School:
The Kinston football team has been wearing the small decal flags on the back of their helmets since the season started. This is in reference to Sept.11. We also plan to make a Sept. 11 warm-up line with the players during pre-game Friday night (at Pleasant Home). This is a time all of us should show our gratitude and appreciation for the victims and their families during this time. I will also be addressing the team about the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. Some were small children and really might not grasp just how devastating this event was to our great country. 
Jason Wambles, Head Football Coach, Kinston High School

September 9
Glencoe High School:
Glencoe High School will honor and acknowledge the heroes and victims of September 11 prior to kickoff with a few words and a moment of silence.
Charlton Giles, Glencoe High School Principal

September 9
Hoover High School:
 Hoover High School plans to recognize its Fire Department and Police Department personnel. Hoover's Chief of Police and Fire Chief will be part of the ceremonial coin toss prior to Hoover's home game with Oak Mountain. All the city's police and firefighters in attendance will be honored right before the National Anthem.
Myra Miles, Hoover High School Athletic Director

September 9
Guntersville High School: Prior to the kickoff of our Sept. 9 game with Butler, we plan to have a moment of silence in honor of the heroes and victims of September 11, 2001.
John Richey, Guntersville HIgh School Principal
 
September 9
Pleasant Home High School: The student council will be making a presentation prior to the football game at home Friday night against Kinston and will then release some red, white and blue balloons.
Debbie Godwin, Pleasant Home High School Bookkeeper

September 9
Shades Mountain Christian School: We plan to honor our firemen and policemen by having them participate in the lowerinf of the American Flag at the end of the third quarter of our game Sept. 9.
Joel Dunn, Shades Mountain Athletic Director

September 9
Scottsboro High School:
At our first home game on September 9 against Southside-Gadsden we are doing a couple of things. The Scottsboro High School Family and Consumer Sciences group will be having a balloon release for the disaster victims within the state, specifically North Alabama. This was a fundraising event to help “Respond, Rebuild and Recover” from the April 27 tornado devastation. We also will have a brief statement in memory of those who lost their lives, a blessing for those who were injured but survive, and a statement to honor all those firemen, policemen, first responders, EMTs and medical personnel who risked their lives for our fellow citizens and for doing this on a daily basis. We will also honor our military for defense of this great country. These recognitions will be followed by a moment of silence, then a student-lead prayer.
Larry Morris, Scottsboro Athletic Director

                                   

September 9
Mountain Brook High School: Prior to the game we will recognize and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States. There will be a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives on that horrible day and for those who have lost their lives in the defense of our country since that day.  Then we will show our appreciation to those who continue to serve us every day as firefighters, police personnel, emergency medial technicians and current active duty or reserve military as well as any veterans who have recently served in the war on terror. This will be followed by The National Anthem and the school alma mater.

Vic Wilson, Principal, Mountain Brook High School

 
September 12
Alexandria High School: Homecoming is planned the week of the Sept. 12-16, so we will have an assembly on Monday, Sept. 12 (the week before to start our selection process for the Queen and her court). The theme of our homecoming is celebrating our past -- Alexandria High School is 92 years old this year – and at this assembly we will be showing a film about the air planes hitting the Twin Towers, our senior history teacher  will talk about the events of Sept. 11, a local pastor will sing “I’m Proud to be An American (God Bless the USA)” and our school ensemble will sing our National Anthem and lead the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. Flag. This will be in conjunction with the introduction of our candidates for homecoming.
Ronald D.Chambless, Principal, Alexandria High School
 
September 16
Tuscaloosa County High School/Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa High School: Tuscaloosa County High School will be playing at Hillcrest. There will be a combined pregame show with both schools’ bands, color guards, dance lines, majorettes and cheerleaders participating together to remember Sept. 11.
Reba Caldwell, Principal, Tuscaloosa County High School