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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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Unbeaten Hanceville Snaps Cordova Home Streak  


        
Hanceville High School downed Cordova 42-8 Friday night to reach 6-0 on the season for the first time since 1987. In the process the Bulldogs handed Cordova its first regular-season home loss since 2008 and grabbed the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for week six of the 2011 football season.

            Hanceville got a stellar performance from running back Diamond Simmons, who gained 175 yards on 18 rush attempts and scored four touchdowns. Fullback Sheldon Lewis added 124 yards on nine carries with an 82-yard TD run.

            The last time Hanceville started a season with a 6-0 record was in 1987 when it finished with a 10-2 mark, losing to Tarrant in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs.  With the win, Coach Danny Miller’s team improved to 4-0 in Class 3A, Region 5 by outscoring opponents 254-48. Miller is now 14-12 since becoming head coach in 2009. The Bulldogs were just 4-36 in the four previous seasons (2005-2008).
            Cordova had won 20 straight home games since losing to Class 5A Hartselle 42-27 Sept. 26, 2008, and had a stretch from 2007-2011 of winning 30 of 31 games played at home. During that span Cordova won one Class 3A state championship (2007), finished second twice (2008 and 2009) and compiled an overall  62-13 record. In the 20 straight home wins, Cordova averaged 41.5 points per game while giving up 18.4.

            Cordova also hadn’t lost a regular-season game to a 3A team since a setback to Greene County two weeks after the Hartselle loss in 2008. The last home loss to a 3A team came in the second round of the 2006 playoffs to Montgomery Academy.
            Hanceville’s fast start edged out a record-setting performance by Trinity Presbyterian senior receiver Mark White, who caught 7 passes for 49 yards in a 24-3 win over Montgomery Catholic to become the state’s career pass reception leader. He has 47 catches this year after pulling down a state-record 113 last season.

            Other top performances reported include:

Brody Meeks, Lynn: Completed 17-of-26 passes for a school-record 443 yards and had five touchdown passes as the Bears downed Hubbertville 42-13. Meeks has now thrown for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns this season with just two interceptions. His TD connects Friday covered 65, 31, 85 and 10 yards.

Gavin Calder, Ardmore: Rushed for 338 yards with five touchdowns on 36 carries and threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to lead a 47-40 win over Priceville.

Rodney Camp, Phillips: Rushed 13 times for 153 yards and two touchdowns and completed 18-of-35 passes for 358 yards and four scores in a 74-48 win over Vina.  He also ran 2 two-point conversions and passed for five more.  On defense he made seven tackles, caused one fumble and recovered another.

Quinterris Toppings, Blount: The junior QB completed 12 of 21 passes for 363 yards and three TDs in a 47-7 victory over Mary Montgomery. His favorite target was senior Janwaski Davis, who had five receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

Jonathan Wallace, Central-Phenix City: Coming back after being sidelined five quarters with an ankle injury, Wallace was 8-of-12 passing for 181 yards and a TD and also ran three times for 18 yards and two more TDs in a 55-15 win over Northview.
            Ryheem Dixon, Flomaton: The junior QB passed for three TDs and ran 54 yards for another in a 42-0 drubbing of Cottage Hill Christian. His TD passes covered 54, 64 and 68 yards. He has now accounted for 21 TDs this season -- 12 rushing and 9 passing -- for the undefeated Hurricanes.
            Michael Gilmore, Center Point: Completed 12-of-24 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-10 win over Sylacauga.
             DeShawn Moore, Collinsville: The junior wide receiver/defensive back intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and returned it 95 yards to set up the winning touchdown as Collinsville edged Cedar Bluff 26-20 in a matchup of the Class 1A, Region 7 co-leaders. He also caught three passes for 60 yards, including a 39-yard TD in the second half.

             Cody Staten, Dora: Rushed for 223 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries to lead the Bulldogs past Corner 55-10. Staten had touchdown runs of 32 and 50 yards and has now rushed for 438 yards and six TDs in the last two games.

              Brandon Burks, Daleville: Rushed for 259 yards on 25 carries and accounted for all six touchdowns in the Warhawks' 41-23 win over Geneva. Burks had five touchdowns rushing (16, 7, 54, 53, 6) and added an 82-punt return for a touchdown.

              Clayton Daniel, Guntersville: Rushed for 197 yards on 12 carries with TD runs of 54, 51 and 13 yards. He also connected with Will Looney on a 58-yard touchdown strike in a 35-19 win over previously unbeaten Fairview.

Nick Richardson, Bob Jones: Had seven catches for 167 yards with a 35-yard touchdown reception, all in one half, in a 37-15 win over Huntsville.

Corey Perkins, Rehobeth: Rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns (2, 4 and 8 yards) in the Rebels' 34-26 win over Booker T. Washington.

Marquese Banks, W.S. Neal: He scored on runs of 1, 7, 2 and 80 yards to lead Blue Eagles to a 55-14 homecoming victory over Monroe County to snap a 20-game W.S. Neal losing streak.
            Toby Pee, Sardis: Pee rushed nine times for 186 yards and touchdowns of 39, 72 and 29 yards in a 38-7 win over Plainview. Pee helped the Lions break a 10-game losing streak in the series. It was Sardis' first win over Plainview since 1988.

Sean Ward, Fruitdale: Ran for 200 yards and three TDs on 20 carries in a 44-38 victory over Marengo. His TD runs covered 16, 17 and 48 yards. He also caught a 67-yard touchdown pass.
            Garrett Davis, Zach Walker and Stetson Payne, G.W. Long: In the Rebels' 41-14 win over Wicksburg, Davis, 6-foot, 230-pound fullback, rushed for 153 yards and four touchdowns (1, 71, 1, 1). Walker rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown (29) on 15 carries and Payne had two interceptions on defense, threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to his brother Chase and also rushed for 63 yards.

Jomarco McCants, Smiths Station: Ran for 240 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in the Panthers’ 34-28 double-overtime victory over Enterprise.

Ty Proctor, Shelby County: Needed only 10 rushes to pile up 254 yards and three touchdowns (17, 38, 50 yards) as the Wildcats topped Moody 44-14.
          ArDarius Stewart, Fultondale: Carried 15 times for 232 yards with touchdown runs covering  35, 54 and 74 yards and also had a 9-yard scoring pass and a 75-yard kickoff return as the Wildcats beat Westminster Christian 54-13.

Darrean Burks and Michael Lindsey, Elba: Burks accounted for 218 yards on just seven touches (rushing and receiving) with two touchdowns and Lindsey accounted for five touchdowns in the Tigers' 39-14 win over Highland Home. Burks caught four passes for 141 yards with a score and rushed only three times for 77 yards and a score. Lindsey rushed for four touchdowns (3, 40, 2, 11) and had an 78-yard interception return for a TD. He finished with 126 yards rushing on 13 carries and had one reception for 15 yards on offense. The duo had four other touchdowns totaling 279 yards (74-yard kickoff return, 83-punt return, 56-yard run, 56-yard pass) called back on penalties.

             Ben Johnson, Marion County: Intercepted three passes and had five tackles as the Raiders beat Parrish 35-13. Three teammates each rushed more than 100 yards as Marion County piled up 465 yards on the ground. Sean Wallace was the leader with 142 yards and one TD on 12 carries, Justin Sanderson added 129 yards and two scores on 23 carries, and Dorryl Swanigan added 101 yards and two TDs on 13 tries. DeShawn Reibesehl was right behind with 93 yards on 15 attempts.
            Terrance Hollingsworth, Berry: The sophomore ran for 259 yards and five touchdowns on 21 carries as the Wildcats beat South Lamar 66-8. He also scored twice on 2-point conversion runs.
           Tyler Wellington, Fyffe: The senior quarterback/linebacker finished with 15 tackles and set up a touchdown by forcing a fumble early in the second half as the Red Devils downed Geraldine 32-10. Wellington also carried 15 times for 72 yards and two TDs (3 and 1 yards) and completed 5 of 7 passes for 61 yards.
            J.P. Curren, Shades Mountain Christian: Had TD runs of 32 and 35 yards to go with a 70-yard interception return as the Eagles won their first game of the season with a 41-19 win over  Holy Spirit Catholic.
            Lamarcus Adair, Zion Chapel: Scored on a 10-yard run and threw a 46-yard touchdown pass, both in the fourth quarter, to rally the Rebels from 14-6 down to a 19-14 win over New Brockton. Adair also threw a 43-yard touchdown pass in the game and the quarterback also rushed for 112 yards on 18 carries, while earning seven tackles on defense.
            Zack Magnusson, Fort Payne: The junior safety finished with nine tackles (five solo), intercepted two passes and had a key kickoff return as the Wildcats downed Boaz 45-6. Magnusson returned a kickoff 39 yards to the Boaz 39, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.
           Reid Brooks, Brother Yelverton, Hunter McEntire, Houston Academy: The trio combined on 38 tackles, including eight for losses plus a caused fumble in the Raiders' 38-14 win over Cottonwood. Brooks had 14 tackles, including 10 solos, and three tackles for losses. Yelverton had 15 tackles, nine solos, a tackle for a loss and a caused fumble that was returned for a touchdown by a teammate. McEntire had eight tackles, four for losses.
            Chris Harris, East Limestone: Returned one of his two interceptions for a 31-yard touchdown and also scored rushing touchdowns of 6 and 19 yards in a 34-13 win over Lee-Huntsville.
            Zac Sanders, Providence Christian: Caught a game-winning 24-yard touchdown pass with 2:09 left then caused a fumble on the ensuing kickoff which Providence recovered, helping the Eagles rally for a 19-18 win over Barbour County. Sanders also caught one other pass for 10 yards and had six tackles on defense.
             Martin Henderson, Elba: The Tiger linebacker was in on 14 tackles, including nine solos, and had a quarterback sack in Elba's 39-14 win over Highland Home.
             Yannick Wildraut, St. Paul's: The sophomore kicker nailed a 35-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to lift the Saints to a 10-8 victory over Vigor.
             Andy Pappanastos, Trinity Presbyterian: Kicked three field goals, one extra point and passed for a 2-point conversion in the Wildcats’ 24-3 win over Montgomery Catholic to become just the second place-kicker in AHSAA history to make 40 field goals in a prep career. He is three shy of the state career record set by Philip Doyle of Huffman in 1986.
             Greg Parker, Bayside Academy: Returned a kickoff 95 yards for momentum-stealing TD in the third quarter, pushing the Admirals to a 35-28 victory over Washington County in a battle of 3A unbeatens.
             Keion Smith, T.R. Miller: Intercepted a pass with 8 seconds to go at his own 3 to preserve a 14-6 victory over Clarke County.
             Greg Jones, Murphy: The senior linebacker intercepted a pass in the final minute to stop Baker's comeback bid in a 14-7 win over Baker.
             Beau Hankins, Jackson-Olin: Had 10 tackles and blocked two punts in a 13-10 loss to Minor.
             Chris Rabb, Hueytown: Had eight tackles and three sacks in a 54-8 win over Parker.
             Tywuan Ward, Homewood: Had 14 tackles and two sacks in a 17-14 loss to Vestavia Hills.