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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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2012 Girls Basketball Regional Scores


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

CLASS 1A

South Regional

McIntosh (22-1) 58, Brantley (22-8) 55

Geneva County (22-4) 53, Fruitdale (23-7) 49

Finals: McIntosh (23-1) 71, Geneva County (22-5) 49
McIntosh (23-1) is South Qualifier
 

Central Regional

Holy Spirit (30-1) 53, Keith (21-6) 45

Akron (22-10) 47, Winterboro (20-9) 29

Finals: Holy Spirit (31-1) 55, Akron (22-11) 50
Holy Spirit (31-1) is Central Qualifier


Northeast Regional

Gaston (17-7) 47, Woodville (21-9) 31
Ragland (22-10) 47, Collinsville (22-11) 44
Finals: Ragland (23-10) 53, Gaston (17-8) 36
Ragland (23-10) is NE Qualifier 


Northwest Regional

R.A. Hubbard (24-2) 73, Berry (24-6) 56

Lynn (30-1) 44, Tharptown (21-11) 25
Finals: R.A. Hubbard (25-2) 59, Lynn (30-2) 43
R.A. Hubbard (25-2) is NW Qualifier

 

CLASS 2A

South Regional

Barbour County (24-6) 55, Samson (19-11) 39

Providence Christian (22-4) 72, Elba (19-7) 42

Finals: Barbour County (25-6) 46, Providence Christian (22-5) 42

Barbour County (25-6) is South Qualifier
 

Central Regional

R.C. Hatch (15-5) 57, Central-Hayneville (11-11) 53
Lanett (22-9) 69, 
Choctaw County (10-11) 37
Finals: Lanett (23-9) 56, R.C. Hatch (15-6) 24

Lanett (23-9) is Central Qualifier
 

Northeast Regional

Section (22-6) 51, Woodland (32-2) 49

North Sand Mountain (27-6) 59, Altamont (22-5) 41

Finals: Section (23-6) 51, North Sand Mountain (27-7) 41

Section (23-6) is NE Qualifier


Northwest Regional

Mars Hills Bible (27-6) 52, Cold Springs (20-12) 39

Red Bay (29-4) 60, Hatton (12-16) 49
Finals: Red Bay (30-4) 33, Mars Hill Bible (27-7) 25

Red Bay (30-4) is NW Qualifier
 

CLASS 3A

South Regional

LAMP (24-5) 60, Abbeville (17-11) 49

Montgomery Academy (26-4) 64, Opp (16-8) 35

Finals: Montgomery Academy (27-4) 82, LAMP (24-6) 53 

Montgomery Academy (27-4) is South Qualifier
 

Central Regional

Greensboro (29-2) 75, Marbury (25-6) 44

Aliceville (12-8) 46, Leeds (21-6) 42

Finals: Greensboro (30-2) 60, Aliceville (12-9) 42

Greensboro (30-2) is Central Qualifier
 

Northeast Regional

Madison Academy (22-10) 61, Saks (22-10) 57

Pisgah (29-3) 78, Hokes Bluff (28-5) 73 (OT)

Finals: Madison Academy (23-10) 73, Pisgah (29-4) 51
Madison Academy (23-10) is NE Qualifier


Northwest Regional

Lauderdale County (30-5) 63, Winfield (28-3) 49
Holly Pond (23-10) 50, West Morgan (23-11) 47

Finals: Lauderdale County (31-5) 55, Holly Pond (23-11) 43
Lauderdale County (30-5) is NW Qualifier        

 

CLASS 4A

South Regional

UMS-Wright (26-6) 47, Brewbaker Tech (19-12) 38

Andalusia (28-2) 65, Escambia County (21-6) 42

Finals: Andalusia (29-2) 41, UMS-Wright (26-7) 35
Andalusia (29-2) is South Qualifier

 

Central Regional

Midfield (17-13) 49, Dadeville (22-9) 30

Sumter Central (24-5) 53, Southside-Selma (17-9) 40

Finals: Midfield (18-13) 41, Sumter Central (24-6) 40

Midfield (18-13) is Central Qualifier
 

Northeast Regional

Jacksonville (28-4) 71, Springville (21-9) 40

Oneonta (34-0) 43, Anniston (28-2)  37 (OT)

Finals: Jacksonville (29-4) 51, Oneonta (34-1) 44
Jacksonville (29-4) is NE Qualifier

 

Northwest Regional

Priceville (14-17) 64, Brooks (13-18) 57

Good Hope (32-1) 43, West Limestone (23-9) 32

Finals: Good Hope (33-1) 65, Priceville (14-18) 52
Good Hope (33-1) is NW Qualifier

 

CLASS 5A

South Regional

Faith Academy (29-0) 65, Selma (25-5) 48

Demopolis (24-7) 37, LeFlore (11-19) 27

Finals: Faith Academy (30-0) 56, Demopolis (24-8) 36
Faith Academy (30-0) is South Qualifier

 

Central Regional

Valley (24-2) 64, Fairfield (25-7) 55

Central-Tuscaloosa (20-8)  58, Sylacauga (13-16) 55

Finals: Valley (25-2) 55, Central-Tuscaloosa (20-9) 49
Valley (25-2) is Central Qualifier 

 

Northeast Regional

Arab (25-9) 56, Ramsay (18-12) 43

Center Point (24-8) 49, Etowah (19-12) 39

Finals: Center Point (25-8) 44, Arab (25-10) 31

Center Point (25-8) is NE Qualifier

 

Northwest Regional

Cullman (28-6) 71, Athens (23-8) 36 

Brewer (29-3) 59, J.O. Johnson (19-13) 49

Finals: Brewer (30-3) 56, Cullman (28-7) 53 (OT)
Brewer (30-3) is NW Qualifier

 

CLASS 6A

South Regional

Murphy (29-3) 37, McGill-Toolen (18-10) 31

Davidson (26-7) 52, Daphne (23-6) 47

Finals: Davidson (27-7) 51, Murphy (29-4) 46
Davidson (27-7) South Qualifier

 

Central Regional

Opelika (25-5) 48, Carver-Montgomery (13-9) 32

Central-Phenix City (32-1) 53, s. Jeff Davis (21-5) 41

Finals: Central-Phenix City (33-1) 57, Opelika (25-6) 43
Central-Phenix City (33-1) is Central Qualifer
 

Northeast Regional

Hoover (28-3) 60, Gadsden City (18-14) 20

Shades Valley (31-2) 56, Mountain Brook (26-7) 44
Finals: Hoover (29-3) 52, Shades Valley (31-3) 48
Hoover (29-3) is NE Qualifier

 

Northwest Regional

Bessemer City (23-10) 73, Buckhorn (20-12) 70

Bob Jones (34-2) 53, Northridge (25-8) 44
Finals: Bob Jones (35-2) 61, Bessemer City (23-11) 37
Bob Jones (35-2) is Northwest Qualifier