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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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Weaver Manages To End Saks' Winning Streak

  

             Weaver High School’s Bearcats, riding a three-game hard-luck losing streak, managed only 56 yards total offense Friday night against unbeaten Calhoun County rival Saks.

             But sometimes offensive numbers do not tell the real story. Weaver posted four interceptions--one returned for a touchdown–created a safety and also scored on a 90-yard kickoff return to beat the Wildcats 29-19 and move into the AHSAA Prep Spotlight for Week 7.
             Chris English was one of the defensive and special team stars. He returned one kickoff to the Saks 25 to set up a score, then blocked a kick, made and interception and capped his all-around performance by taking a handoff on a reverse and speeding 90 yards for a touchdown to pace the Bearcats’ offensive effort.

            Teammate Trey Moore also had two interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and Malik Anderson tackled a Saks runner in the end zone for a safety.

            Weaver (4-3) improved to 4-2 in Class 3A, Region 6 and Saks (6-1) fell to 6-1.

             The Bearcats’ surprising victory edged out another Calhoun County performance to grab the AHSAA Spotlight. Wide receiver Coty Spurling converted to running back and responded with a 37-carry, 301-yard rushing effort with three touchdowns as Oxford nipped Hewitt-Trussville 41-27 in a come-from-behind Class 6A, Region 7 win.

            Other top performances reported included:

            Tyler Hayes, Thomasville: Scored on a 2-yard run, had an 88-yard gain to set up another TD and fired a 43-yard touchdown pass--all in the final 5:24 of the game--as the unbeaten Tigers (7-0)  came from behind to beat UMS-Wright 28-24 and extend  their current winning streak to 22 games. The University of Alabama commitment rushed for 144 yards on 11 carries and also had 2½ sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a pass deflection on UMS-Wright’s final play at his primary linebacker position.
            Trent Shoemaker, Holly Pond: Set a school record rushing with 310 yards and scored five touchdowns on 23 carries as the Broncos won 42-28. He also returned a fumble 50 yards for another touchdown. Shoemaker caught two passes for 22 yards and made five tackles from his safety position.

            Nathan Coker, Collinsville: The senior quarterback celebrated his birthday by completing 7-of-12 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns and running 19 times for 112 yards and one TD as Collinsville (7-0) clinched the Class 1A, Region 7 championship with a 28-7 win at Gaylesville. Coker’s scoring passes covered 67 and 46 yards and his rushing TD 11. The 67-yard pass came on the first play of the game.
            Christian Henry, Valley Head: The senior tight end, also playing on his birthday, caught six passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-0 victory over Woodville. Henry scored on passes of 34 and 67 yards in the second quarter and 14 yards in the third period.
            Andy Pappanastos, Trinity Presbyterian: Kicked field goals of 22, 49 and 43 yards in a 42-9 loss to Bayside Academy to move to within one of the AHSAA career state record (43) held by Huffman’s Philip Doyle since 1986. Pappanastos has kicked 11 this season for his 42 career total.. He also is eight field goals away from the NFHS national record (50).
            Hunter Sparks, Kinston: Was credited with 24 solo tackles and three assists in the Bulldogs’ 38-36 overtime win over McKenzie.
            Quay Boyd, LaFayette: The quarterback completed 16-of-22 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 35 yards and added a 3-yard receiving touchdown in a 30-29 upset of fifth-ranked Class 2A Reeltown.
            Demauntey Johnson, Vincent: Completed 9-of-18 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 120 yards on 10 carries and returned an interception for a touchdown to account for 410 total yards in Vincent’s explosive 72-42 win over Isabella. Teammate ShaCorry Lilly also had 212 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the win.
            Jonathan Wallace,  Central-Phenix City: Completed 16-of-24 passes for 218 yards and one touchdown and also ran 15 times for 68 yards and two more touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 43-26 victory over Auburn in a key Class 6A, Region 3 victory that snapped a 23-game Auburn region winning streak dating back to the 2007. The senior Southern Miss commitment  has now rushed for 14 touchdowns this season.
            Zack Crocker, Cullman: Was 18-of-22 passing for 304 yards and five touchdowns as the Bearcats beat Mortimer Jordan 46-27. He also rushed once for three yards and a sixth TD.
            Devlin Hodges, Mortimer Jordan: A backup to start the season, Hodges was 22-for-39 for 329 yards passing with a pair of TDs before leaving the game with a leg injury in the 46-27 loss to Cullman.

            Courtney Downing, Charles Henderson: Rushed for 269 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns (29, 3, 6 yards) in the Trojans’ 42-14 win over Rehobeth. 
            Chase Domino, Fairhope: Threw for 224 yards and two TDs and ran for 120 yards and a score in Fairhope's 45-34 win over Foley. Maison Taylor passed for 267 passing yards and two TDs for Foley.
            Brandon Burks, Daleville: The Warhawks running back had 202 yards rushing and five touchdowns in a 41-7 rout of Pike County.

            Ben Thomas, Eufaula: Completed 6-of-8 passes with four touchdowns as the Tigers scored on all 10 of their possessions in setting a Tiger Stadium record 69 points in a 69-42 victory over Carroll.

            DeVante Marshall, Smiths Station: The sophomore defensive back made his first start on offense and responded with 172 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 28-21 win over Northview. He was pressed into the offensive backfield when starting running back Jomarco McCants was sidelined for the game due to a shoulder injury.

            Georgie Salem, Vestavia Hills: Rushed for 219 yards and all three Rebels TDs on 20 carries as Vestavia nipped Spain Park 20-14.

            Austin Johnson, Elba: The unbeaten Tigers’ quarterback completed 7-of-10 passes for 225 yards and five touchdowns in a 65-0 win over Zion Chapel. He also rushed for 60 yards on eight carries.

            Diamond Simmons, Hanceville: The Bulldogs runner piled up 272 yards rushing on eight carries with three touchdowns in a 55-13 win over Winfield. Hanceville improved to 7-0 with the win.
            David Johnson, Shades Valley: Had 217 yards rushing on 33 carries and scored one TD in the Mounties’ 26-24 win over Huffman.

            Karon White, Geneva County: Had three touchdowns of more than 60 yards--one on a punt return, one on a carry and one on a pass play–in the Bulldogs’ 41-19 win over Florala.

            Brandon Holland, Boaz: The sophomore linebacker recorded 10 tackles in the Pirates’ 20-0 win over Southside-Gadsden. Among his tackles were one sack, two tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. He also returned an interception 24 yards for a touchdown. Teammate Tyler Martin, who rushed for 170 yards and two scores (80 and 4 yards), added 10 tackles.

            Tyler Wellington, Fyffe: The senior quarterback/linebacker completed 4-of-6 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns and also ran seven times for 81 yards, including a 1-yard TD, in a 42-0 win at Pleasant Valley. His scoring passes covered 21 and 57 yards. On defense he contributed nine tackles (six solo) and a sack.
            Thomas Ham, Fort Payne: The senior outside linebacker had two key fumble recoveries in a 31-14 victory over Albertville. Ham’s first recovery ended an Albertville drive in Fort Payne territory in the first half. He also recovered a fumbled kickoff on the Albertville 2, setting up a touchdown that pushed Fort Payne’s lead to 24-7 in the third quarter. He closed with four tackles (three solos), one pass broken up and one quarterback pressure.

            Sterling Gatlin, Providence Christian: Had 12 tackles and two interceptions and also added 96 yards rushing on 22 carries with two touchdowns in a 28-19 win over Houston County.
            Brian Barnett, Wenonah: Had 16 tackles including 7 ½ sacks in a 16-2 Dragons win over Parker.
            Daniel Bostick, John Carroll Catholic: Picked up 11 tackles and two sacks in a 20-11 loss to Woodlawn.
            Javiere Mitchell, Leeds: Recorded nine tackles with four for losses in a 51-0 win over Beulah.
            J.R. Peterson, Gardendale: Made 14 tackles in a 21-13 loss to Tuscaloosa County.