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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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2011 Final 48 Basketball Scores, Statistics

(All games are played at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex, March 1-5.)

 

Tuesday, March 1

Class 2A

Girls

Woodland (30-6) 58, Barbour County (27-3) 41          STATISTICS 

Tanner (31-3)  63, Lanett (18-14) 33          STATISTICS

Boys

Barbour County (30-4) 80, Sand Rock (23-10) 41          STATISTICS

Tanner (26-5) 79, Lanett (19-15) 72          STATISTICS

 

Class 1A

Girls

McIntosh (25-1) 46, Ragland (27-5) 44          STATISTICS

R. A. Hubbard (21-3) 66, Akron (25-5) 57          STATISTICS

Boys

Cedar Bluff (29-3) 89, McIntosh (13-13) 50          STATISTICS 

Pickens County (29-1) 65, Keith (20-11) 57          STATISTICS  

 

Wednesday, March 2

Class 4A

Girls

Brewbaker Tech (28-6) 54, Guntersville (20-11) 34          STATISTICS 

Midfield (21-13) 49, Good Hope (29-5) 27          STATISTICS

Boys

Anniston (21-9) 61, Hillcrest-Evergreen (26-7) 46          STATISTICS

Butler (30-2) 64, Midfield (22-9) 42          STATISTICS  

 

Class 3A

Girls

Madison Academy (35-2) 64, Montgomery Academy (29-2) 46          STATISTICS

Danville (29-5) 56, Sumter County (24-8) 41          STATISTICS

Boys

Clarke County (25-3) 61, Piedmont (27-9) 44          STATISTICS   

Greensboro (27-6) 58, Carbon Hill (30-2) 46          STATISTICS  

 

Thursday, March 3

Class 6A

Girls

Hoover (33-3) 67, Blount (24-8) 38          STATISTICS

Bob Jones (30-7) 62, Jeff Davis (27-4) 25          STATISTICS

Boys

Murphy (25-5) 65, Vestavia Hills (15-18) 59         STATISTICS

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (31-3) 54, Carver-Montgomery (33-2) 50          STATISTICS

 

Class 2A

2A Girls Finals: Tanner (32-3) 71, Woodland (30-7) 53          STATISTICS

2A Boys Finals: Tanner (27-5) 54, Barbour County (30-5) 51          STATISTICS

 

Class 1A

1A Boys Finals:  Pickens County (30-1) 70, Cedar Bluff (29-4) 62          STATISTICS

 

Friday, March 4

Class 5A

Girls

Erwin (28-3) 29, LeFlore (30-2) 27          STATISTICS

Fairfield (26-8) 65, Brewer (23-11) 54          STATISTICS

Boys

Wenonah (30-4) 67, Wilcox Central (24-8) 60          STATISTICS

Lee-Huntsville (27-8) 65, Pleasant Grove (28-6) 62, overtime          STATISTICS        

 

Class 1A

1A Girls Finals: R. A. Hubbard (22-3) 61, McIntosh (25-2) 58          STATISTICS 

Class 4A

4A Girls Finals, Brewbaker Tech (29-6) 59, Midfield (21-14) 39          STATISTICS

4A Boys Finals:  Butler (31-2) 44, Anniston (21-10) 39          STATISTICS         

 

 

Saturday, March 5

Class 3A

3A Girls Finals: Madison Academy (36-2) 63, Danville (29-6) 31          STATISTICS

3A Boys Finals: Greensboro (28-6)  54, Clarke County (25-4) 45          STATISTICS

 

Class 3A

6A Girls Finals: Bob Jones (31-7) 39, Hoover (33-4) 36          STATISTICS

6A Boys Finals:Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (32-3) 48, Murphy (25-6) 46          STATISTICS

 

Class 5A

5A Girls Finals: Erwin (29-3) 48, Fairfield (26-9) 47          STATISTICS

5A Boys Finals: Wenonah (31-4) 89, Lee-Huntsville (27-9) 85          STATISTICS