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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
     
 

2012 Boys Basketball Regional Scores


(South, Central and Northwest regional tournaments are Feb. 21-25. Northeast is Feb. 20-25.
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CLASS 1A

South Sub-Regional

McIntosh (20-5) 66, J.F. Shields (20-10) 60

Georgiana (23-7) 60, Linden (19-8) 56

Finals:  Georgiana (24-7) 70, McIntosh (20-6) 58
Georgiana (24-7) is South Qualifier


Central Sub-Regional

Parkway Christian (17-15) 46, Autaugaville (19-11) 37

St. Jude (23-3) 51, Shades Mountain Christian (19-10) 47

Finals: St. Jude (24-3) 55, Parkway Christian (17-16) 46
St. Jude (24-3) is Central Qualifier


Northeast Sub-Regional

Cedar Bluff (18-14) 69, Gaston (11-16) 45

Ragland (20-8) 64, Collinsville (22-7) 44

Finals: Cedar Bluff (19-14) 52, Ragland (20-9) 41
Cedar Bluff (19-14) is NE Qualifier


Northwest Sub-Regional

Pickens County (26-5) 88, R.A. Hubbard (22-5) 46

Marion County (29-1) 69, Decatur Heritage (21-9) 59

Finals: Pickens County (27-5) 89, Marion County (29-2) 67

Pickens County (27-5) is NW Qualifier
 

CLASS 2A

South Sub-Regional

Barbour County (31-0) 76, Elba (18-8) 53

Red Level (23-8) 65, Wicksburg (25-7) 63

Finals: Barbour County (32-0) 68, Red Level (23-9) 46
Barbour County (32-0) is South Qualifier


Central Sub-Regional

Central-Hayneville (26-4) v62, R.C. Hatch (17-6) 49

Lanett (24-5) 69, Francis Marion (19-6) 60

Finals: Lanett (25-5) 54, Central-Hayneville (26-5) 45
Lanett (25-5) is Central Qualifier

Northeast Sub-Regional

Holy Family (18-11) 64, Section (24-7) 50

Vincent (25-6) 67, North Sand Mountain (23-8) 45

Finals: Vincent (26-6) 67, Holy Family (18-12) 45
Vincent (26-6) is NE Qualifier

Northwest Sub-Regional

Mars Hill Bible (26-6) 56, American Christian (26-6) 43
Tanner (29-1) 71, Cold Springs (18-12) 41
Finals: Mars Hill Bible (27-6) 57, Tanner (29-2) 43

Mars Hill Bible (27-6) is NW Qualifier
 

CLASS 3A

South Sub-Regional

Daleville (25-5) 47, Trinity (21-9) 38

Montgomery Academy (23-8) 57, Luverne (24-6) 52

Finals: Montgomery Academy (24-8) 64, Daleville (25-6) 52
Montgomery Academy (24-8) is South Qualifier


Central Sub-Regional

Greensboro (25-6) 61, Handley (23-5) 56

Hale County (17-10) 47, Central-Coosa (14-17) 39
Finals: Greensboro (26-6) 62, Hale County (17-11) 46
Greensboro (26-6) is Central Qualifier


Northeast Regional

Madison Academy (20-11) 57, Piedmont (20-12) 56

Sylvania (21-11) 61, Glencoe (21-9) 45

Finals: Madison Academy (21-11) 56, Sylvania (21-12) 43
Madison Academy (21-11) is NW Qualifier


Northwest Regional

Carbon Hill (25-7) 46, Sheffield (20-8) 43 (OT)

Elkmont (22-7) 72, Holly Pond (23-8) 62

Finals: Carbon Hill (26-7) 50, Elkmont (22-8) 36
Carbon Hill (26-7) is NW Qualifier


CLASS 4A

South Sub-Regional

Escambia County (26-4) 65, Brewbaker Tech (18-10) 59

Monroe County (19-9) 63, Andalusia (19-14) 51

Finals: Escambia County (27-4) 67, Monroe County (19-10) 64
Escambia County (27-4) is South Qualifier

Central Sub-Regional

Midfield (12-21) 54, Dadeville (20-6) 48

Sumter Central (15-11) 78, Dallas County (20-5) 53

Finals: Midfield (13-21) 54, Sumter Central (15-12) 52
Midfield (13-21) is Central Qualifier

Northeast Sub-Regional

Childersburg (22-10) 74, Guntersville (19-11) 56

Oneonta (26-5) 68, Munford (9-17) 51

Finals: Oneonta (27-5) 69, Childersburg (22-11) 45
Oneonta (27-5) is NE Qualifier


Northwest Sub-Regional

Butler (23-6) 58, Dora (17-13) 32

Priceville (28-3) 40 vs. West Limestone (22-9) 49

Finals: Butler (24-6) 43, West Limestone (22-10) 36

Butler (24-6) is NW Qualifier
 

CLASS 5A

South Sub-Regional

Faith Academy (23-6) 69, Selma (21-12) 54

Vigor (15-8) 75, Wilcox Central (16-16) 56

Finals: Faith Academy (24-6) 53, Vigor (15-89 48
Faith Academy (24-6) is South Qualifier


Central Sub-Regional

Sylacauga (25-9) 60, Central-Tuscaloosa (21-11) 53

Paul Bryant (26-6) 53, Talladega (30-3) 39

Finals: Sylacauga (26-9) 62, Paul Bryant (26-7) 49 
Sylacauga (25-9) is Central Qualifier


Northeast Sub-Regional

Wenonah (28-6) 56, Madison County (25-5) 47

Albertville (27-7) 64, Ramsay (17-12) 48

Finals: Wenonah (29-6) 61, Albertville (27-8) 51

Wenonah (29-7) is NE Qualifier

 

Northwest Sub-Regional

Athens (18-9)74, Mortimer Jordan (18-13) 48 

Lee-Huntsville (24-10) 60, Cullman (20-10) 50

Finals: Lee-Huntsville (25-10) 66, Athens (18-10) 56
Lee-Huntsville (25-10) is NW Qualifier

 

CLASS 6A

South Sub-Regional

Murphy (25-5) 60, McGill-Toolen (25-7) 56

Davidson (15-11) 66, Baldwin County (21-12) 63

Finals: Murphy (26-5) 47, Davidson (15-12) 41
Murphy (26-5) is South Qualifier


Central Sub-Regional

Enterprise (23-6) 58, Sidney Lanier (21-9) 50

Carver-Montgomery (26-3) 67, Auburn (20-13) 47

Finals: Carver-Montgomery (27-3) 68, Enterprise (23-7) 43
Carver-Montgomery (27-3) is Central Qualifier


Northeast Sub-Regional

Hoover (30-4) 53, Shades Valley (15-15) 41

Hewitt-Trussville (19-14) 61, Mountain Brook (24-10) 58

Finals: Hoover (31-4) 65, Hewitt-Trussville (19-15) 38
Hoover (31-4) is NE Qualifier


Northwest Sub-Regional

Hazel Green (20-12) 53, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (24-7) 52

Austin (23-7) 42, Minor (24-12) 37

Finals: Hazel Green (21-12) 71, Austin (23-8) 66
Hazel Green (21-12) is NW Qualifier