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.”


Trinity's Pappanastos Sets State FG Record


Senior place-kicker Andy Pappanastos kicked four field goals in Trinity Presbyterian’s 40-21 win over Montgomery Academy Friday night to become the AHSAA’s career field goal leader.

Pappanastos had field goals of 24, 37, 41 and 44 yards to give him 14 this season and 46 overall.   

Pappanastos came into the contest with 42 field goals, one behind state leader Philip Doyle of Birmingham’s Huffman High School (1983-86). Doyle’s 43 field goals were a national record at the time, but it has since been surpassed by four others, including current NFHS national record holder Jimmy Stevens of Oklahoma City Heritage Hall (OK) with 50. Pappanastos is now just four away from tying that mark with at least two games remaining in the Wildcats season.

His four field goals in one game is his career high and one shy of the state single game mark (5) set by Ricky Beck of Geneva in 1970 and tied by Tim Rogers of Mountain Brook in 1990 and Josh Woodard of Decatur in 2001.

Trinity (6-3)  travels to Elmore County Friday night for its final game of the regular season and will be on the road in the first round of the AHSAA Class 3A state football playoffs on Nov. 5.