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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.”

AHSAA
 
2011 Baseball Playoff - 1st Round Results
 

(All rounds are best-of-3 games series).

Class 1A
St. Luke’s 13-13, Kinston 12-2 (St. Luke’s wins series 2-0)
Geneva County 14-8, Fruitdale 5-3 (Geneva County (16-9) wins series 2-0)
Maplesville 28-32, Edward Bell 0-0 (Maplesville (15-9) wins series 2-0)
Verbena 18-28, Loachapoka 6-5 (Verbena (9-14-1) wins series 2-0)
Brantley 12-21, Georgiana 1-1 (Brantley (14-15) wins series 2-0)
Sweet Water 7-16, Pleasant Home 0-3 (Sweet Water (16-11) wins series 2-0)
Fayetteville 7-17, Shades Mountain 3-4 (Fayetteville (22-5) wins series 2-0)
Holy Spirit 10-13, Wadley 1-5 (Holy Spirit (9-18) wins series 2-0)
Berry 16-4, Faith Christian 1-3 (Berry (17-5) wins series 2-0)
South Lamar 9-10, Donoho 4-2 (South Lamar (13-11) wins series 2-0)
Hackleburg 3-6-3, Spring Garden 2-7-1, (Hackleburg (21-11) wins series 2-1)
Cedar Bluff 12-13, Vina 3-2 (Cedar Bluff (21-13) wins series 2-0)
Ragland 11-13, Marion County 6-4 (Ragland (18-6) wins series 2-0)
Gaston 10-6, Addison 0-4 (Gaston wins series 2-0)
Athens Bible 6-10, Decatur Heritage 5-2 (Athens Bible (21-8) wins series 2-0)
Shoals Christian 15-21, Skyline 0-0 (Shoals Christian (25-21) wins series 2-0)

Class 2A
Flomaton 16-9, Red Level 6-5 (Flomaton (16-10) wins series 2-0)
Mobile Christian 13-11, Samson 2-4 (Mobile Christian (18-14) wins series 2-0)
Millry 8-6-9, Highland Home 0-12-8 (Millry (14-15) wins series 2-1)
Leroy 18-20, Goshen 0-0 (Leroy (26-4) wins series 2-0)
G.W. Long 7-7-13, Providence Christian 4-8-12, 2nd game 9 innings, 3rd game 8 innings (G.W. Long (23-8) wins series 2-1)
Houston Academy 11-5, Wicksburg 7-4, 2nd game 10 innings (Houston Academy (10-15) wins series 2-0)
Thorsby 13-6, Reeltown 2-2 (Thorsby (27-5) wins series 2-0)
Horseshoe Bend 12-17, Isabella 1-2 (Horseshoe Bend (19-12) wins series 2-0)
Lineville 6-5, Fultondale 0-4 (Lineville (19-8) wins series 2-0)
Woodland 16-8, Victory Christian 4-6 (Woodland (14-12) wins series 2-0)
Westbrook Christian 7-13, Section 0-0 (Westbrook wins series 2-0)
Ider 1-7-12, West End 3-4-8 (Ider (21-5) wins series 2-1)
American Christian 7-14, Phil Campbell 2-0 (American Christian (22-9) wins series 2-0)
Sumiton Christian 6-11, Lamar County 0-4 (Sumiton Christian (23-14) wins series 2-0)
Hatton 12-12, Falkville 1-2 (Hatton (27-17) wins series 2-0)
Mars Hill Bible 5-6, Westminster Christian 3-3 (Mars Hill Bible (26-10) wins series 2-0)

Class 3A
Clarke County 9-6, Luverne 2-4 (Clarke County (19-6) wins series 2-0)
Geneva 8-6, Bayside Academy 7-0 (Geneva (17-5) wins series 2-0)
Handley 6-13, Sipsey Valley 5-7 (Handley (17-12) wins series 2-0)
Gordo 4-5, Beulah 3-2 (Gordo (27-7) wins series 2-0)
Lamp 0-3-9, Dale County 9-2-4 (LAMP wins series 2-1)
Slocomb 7-0-9, Trinity Presbyterian 4-16-4, first game 8 innings (Slocomb (22-15) wins series 2-1)
Northside 10-8, B.B. Comer 0-0 (Northside wins series 2-0)
Hale County 13-6-10, Leeds 17-1-9 (Hale County (16-9) wins series 2-1)
White Plains 8-6, Glencoe 1-5 (White Plains (27-5) wins series)
Hokes Bluff 10-15, Piedmont 8-4 (Hokes Bluff (19-5) wins series 2-0)
Plainview 5-20, New Hope 1-3 (Plainview (25-7) wins series 2-0)
Madison Academy 9-9, Sylvania 2-1 (Madison Academy (25-11) wins series 2-0)
Cordova 10-3, Winston County 0-0 (Cordova wins series 2-0)
Winfield 4-10, Vinemont 2-4 (Winfield (21-15) wins series 2-0)
Lauderdale County 8-13-9, Danville 9-3-8 (Lauderdale County (33-16) wins series 2-1)
Sheffield 10-14, Clements 0-0 (Sheffield (30-14) wins series 2-0)

Class 4A
Saraland 3-6, Thomasville 2-2 (Saraland (20-13) wins series 2-0)
UMS-Wright 6-5-13, W.S. Neal 14-3-0 (UMS (16-15) wins series 2-1)
Dadeville 10-10, Jemison 0-0 (Dadeville (20-17) wins series)
Bibb County 4-5-5, Holtville 7-1-1 (Bibb County (24-10) wins series 2-1)
Straughn 5-11-15, St. James 10-1-4 (Straughn wins series 2-1)
Headland 6-14, Alabama Christian 4-13 (Headland (18-10) wins series 2-0)
Holt 5-3-7, Calera 3-13-6 (Holt wins series 2-1)
Oak Grove 8-4, West Blocton 3-2 (Oak Grove (19-10) wins series 2-0)
Childersburg 11-2-11, Cleburne County 1-3-8 (Childersburg (25-8) wins series 2-1)
Alexandria 11-12, Munford 1-2 (Alexandria wins series 2-0)
North Jackson 10-7, Priceville 3-1 (North Jackson wins series 2-0)
Guntersville 10-15, East Lawrence 9-0 (Guntersville (17-9) wins series 2-0)
Fayette County 10-1-15, Springville 4-8-5 (Fayette County (22-12) wins series 2-1)
Haleyville 4-5, Oneonta 2-4 (Haleyville (14-18) wins series 2-0)
Brooks 24-13, West Limestone 4-3 (Brooks wins series 2-0)
Ardmore 8-4-5, Deshler 11-3-4 (Ardmore wins series 3-0)

Class 5A
St. Paul’s 1-14, Gulf Shores 0-1 (St. Paul’s wins series 2-0)
Spanish Fort 5-7, Faith Academy 1-5 (Spanish Fort (28-6) wins series 2-0)
Chilton County 0-7-18, Greenville 4-4-1 (Chilton County wins series 2-1)
Demopolis 2-4-6, Brookwood 0-6-3 (Demopolis wins series 2-1)
Tallassee 11-8, Rehobeth 8-5 (Tallassee wins series 2-0)
Russell County 14-15, Charles Henderson 3-3 (Russell County (30-7) wins series)
Briarwood Christian 10-7-11, Pleasant Grove (1-8-4 (Briarwood Christian (17-9) wins series 2-1)
Hueytown 1-4-11, Sylacauga 4-1-1 (Hueytown (32-7) wins series 2-1)
John Carroll 0-15-12, Moody 11-5-7 (John Carroll (19-6) wins series 2-1)
Pinson Valley 10-15, Parker 0-1 (Pinson Valley (26-12) wins series 2-0)
Cullman 13-22, Madison County 11-0 (Cullman wins series 2-0)
Fort Payne 16-11, Hartselle 6-9 (Fort Payne (31-8) wins series 2-0)
Walker 0-8-9, Southside-Gadsden 6-7-8 (Walker wins series 2-1)
Boaz 5-5, Mortimer Jordan 4-1 (Boaz (25-7) wins series 2-0)
Russellville 11-9, Lee-Huntsville 1-8 (Russellville (34-7) wins series 2-0)
Athens 12-16, East Limestone 1-3 (Athens (32-4) wins series 2-0)

Class 6A
Alma Bryant 8-5, Mary Montgomery 1-1 (Alma Bryant (28-6) wins series 2-0)
Baker 12-9, Davidson 1-8 (Baker wins series 2-0)
Northview 12-6, Lee-Montgomery 0-1 (Northview (30-8) wins series 2-0)
Enterprise 3-6, Jeff Davis 2-4 (Enterprise (13-19) wins series)
Baldwin County 7-6, Daphne 2-4 (Baldwin County wins series 2-0)
McGill-Toolen 7-14, Fairhope 3-14 (McGill-Toolen (24-10) wins series 2-0)
Auburn 11-11, Wetumpka 1-1 (Auburn (26-8) wins series 2-0)
Prattville 4-7, Central-Phenix City 3-1 (Prattville wins series 2-0)
Oak Mountain 7-3-11, Tuscaloosa County 4-6-7 (Oak Mountain wins series 2-1)
Hoover 4-8, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 1-1 (Hoover (23-16) wins series 2-0)
Pell City 2-6-4, Clay-Chalkville 5-2-2 (Pell City (24-15) wins series 2-1)
Grissom 9-6, Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 (Grissom (28-15) wins series 2-0)
Vestavia Hills 8-3, Gardendale 1-2 (Vestavia Hills (22-12) wins series 2-0)
Spain Park 17-15, Minor 2-3 (Spain Park (34-11) wins series 2-0
Bob Jones 9-5, Sparkman 8-2, first game 17 innings (Bob Jones (22-10) wins series 2-0)
Huntsville 4-10, Florence 0-0 (Huntsville (27-8) wins series 2-0)