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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 Football Team Scoring Leaders

(Through Week 5)
OVERALL OFFENSE
School W-L Pts Avg. Cl.
Addison 5-0 264 52.8 1A
Berry  4-1 264 52.8 1A
Marion County 5-0 264 52.8 1A
American Christian 4-1 257 51.4 2A
Pinson Valley 4-1 250 50.0 5A
Ragland  5-0* 194 48.5 1A
Pickens County 5-0 242 48.4 1A
Bibb County 5-0 237 47.4 4A
Linden 5-0 237 47.4 1A
Tanner 5-0 233 46.6 2A
Flomaton 5-0 232 46.4 2A
Brantley 5-0 231 46.2 1A
Winterboro 5-0 231 46.2 1A
St. Jude 3-1 183 45.8 1A
Muscle Shoals 4-1 228 45.6 5A
Collinsville 5-0 226 45.2 1A
Elba 5-0 226 45.2 2A
Jemison 4-1 225 45.0 4A
Sumter Central 4-1 224 44.8 4A
Jackson 5-0 220 44.0 4A
Bob Jones 5-0 219 43.8 6A
Alabama School/Deaf 4-1 216 43.2 1A
Maplesville 5-0 213 42.6 1A
Thomasville  5-0 213 42.6 4A
Hanceville  5-0 212 42.4 3A
Auburn 5-0 211 42.2 6A
Fairhope 4-1 211 42.2 6A
Handley 5-0 210 42.0 3A
Hubbertville 4-1 210 42.0 1A
Hueytown 5-0 209 41.8 5A
Fyffe 5-0 204 40.8 2A
Daphne 5-0 203 40.6 6A
Lynn 5-0 203 40.6 1A
Oneonta 4-1 201 40.2 4A
Eufaula 5-0 199 39.8 5A
North Jackson 5-0 199 39.8 4A
St. Paul's 4-1 199 39.8 5A
Dadeville 5-0 198 39.6 4A
T.R. Miller 3-2 197 39.4 3A
Central-Phenix City 4-1 196 39.2 6A
Shoals Christian 3-2 196 39.2 1A
Fairview 5-0 194 38.8 4A
Oakman 4-1 193 38.6 2A
Prattville 3-2 193 38.6 6A
Walter Wellborn 4-1 192 38.4 3A
Andalusia 5-0 191 38.2 4A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5-0 191 38.2 6A
Dora 4-1 190 38.0 4A
Headland 4-1 190 38.0 4A
         
OVERALL DEFENSE
School W-L Pts Avg. Cl.
Brantley 5-0 13 2.6 1A
Linden 5-0 22 4.4 1A
Maplesville 5-0 22 4.4 1A
Hartselle  5-0 24 4.8 5A
Fyffe 5-0 31 6.2 2A
Piedmont 5-0 31 6.2 3A
Jackson 5-0 33 6.6 4A
Addison 5-0 35 7.0 1A
Vigor 4-1 35 7.0 5A
Washington County 5-0 36 7.2 3A
Flomaton  5-0 39 7.8 2A
Bob Jones  5-0 40 8.0 6A
Hanceville 5-0 40 8.0 3A
Cullman 4-0 41 8.2 5A
Saks 5-0 41 8.2 3A
Guntersville 4-1 43 8.6 4A
Slocomb 5-0 43 8.6 3A
Sumter Central 4-1 44 8.8 4A
Mountain Brook 5-0 45 9.0 6A
Dadeville 5-0 46 9.2 4A
North Jackson 5-0 46 9.2 4A
Autaugaville 3-2 47 9.4 1A
Clay County 4-1 47 9.4 3A
Muscle Shoals 4-1 47 9.4 5A
Sylvania 5-0 47 9.4 3A
Daphne 5-0 48 9.6 6A
Weaver 3-2 48 9.6 3A
Ragland 4-0 39 9.8 1A
Hatton 2-3 49 9.8 2A
Beauregard 5-0 50 10.0 4A
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa  5-0 50 10.0 6A
Fort Payne  4-1 51 10.2 5A
Lineville 4-1 51 10.2 2A
Leeds 4-1 52 10.4 3A
Andalusia 5-0 53 10.6 4A
Collinsville 5-0 53 10.6 1A
Northridge  5-0 53 10.6 6A
Selma 3-1 53 10.6 5A
North Sand Mountain 4-1 54 10.8 2A
Sheffield 4-1 54 10.8 3A
         
OFFENSE (By Class)      
Class 1A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Addison 5-0 264 52.8  
Berry  4-1 264 52.8  
Marion County 5-0 264 52.8  
Ragland  5-0* 194 48.5  
Pickens County 5-0 242 48.4  
Linden 5-0 237 47.4  
Brantley 5-0 231 46.2  
Winterboro 5-0 231 46.2  
St. Jude 3-1 183 45.8  
Collinsville 5-0 226 45.2  
Alabama School/Deaf 4-1 216 43.2  
Maplesville 5-0 213 42.6  
Hubbertville 4-1 210 42.0  
Lynn 5-0 203 40.6  
Shoals Christian 3-2 196 39.2  
Phillips 3-2 178 35.6  
Wadley 3-2 177 35.4  
Appalachian 3-2 170 34.0  
Donoho 4-1 170 34.0  
Marengo 3-2 161 32.2  
Parrish 2-3 159 31.8  
Autaugaville 3-2 157 31.4  
Cedar Bluff  2-3 157 31.4  
*-Includes forfeit win over Parkway Christian  
         
Class 2A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
American Christian 4-1 257 51.4  
Tanner 5-0 233 46.6  
Flomaton 5-0 232 46.4  
Elba 5-0 226 45.2  
Fyffe 5-0 204 40.8  
Oakman 4-1 193 38.6  
Woodland 4-1 182 36.4  
Fultondale 3-2 179 35.8  
Westminster Chr. 4-1 174 34.8  
Ider 4-1 172 34.4  
Highland Home 4-1 169 33.8  
Vincent 4-1 162 32.4  
Colbert Heights 3-2 155 31.0  
Red Bay 5-0 150 30.0  
Isabella 2-3 149 29.8  
G.W. Long 4-1 148 29.6  
Leroy 3-2 148 29.6  
Reeltown  4-1 148 29.6  
         
Class 3A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Hanceville  5-0 212 42.4  
Handley 5-0 210 42.0  
T.R. Miller 3-2 197 39.4  
Walter Wellborn 4-1 192 38.4  
Bayside Academy 5-0 183 36.6  
Hamilton 5-0 183 36.6  
Sardis 5-0 183 36.6  
Greensboro  4-1 178 35.6  
Madison Academy 3-2 177 35.4  
Piedmont 5-0 174 34.8  
Saks  5-0 173 34.6  
Gordo  3-2 162 32.4  
Lauderdale County 4-1 158 31.6  
Leeds 4-1 158 31.6  
Washington County 5-0 158 31.6  
Marbury  4-1 157 31.4  
Sylvania 5-0 146 29.2  
         
Class 4A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Bibb County 5-0 237 47.4  
Jemison 4-1 225 45.0  
Sumter Central 4-1 224 44.8  
Jackson 5-0 220 44.0  
Thomasville  5-0 213 42.6  
Oneonta 4-1 201 40.2  
North Jackson 5-0 199 39.8  
Dadeville 5-0 198 39.6  
Fairview 5-0 194 38.8  
Andalusia 5-0 191 38.2  
Dora 4-1 190 38.0  
Headland 4-1 190 38.0  
West Blocton 2-3 184 36.8  
Deshler  5-0 177 35.4  
Brooks 4-1 173 34.6  
Central-Florence  3-2 170 34.0  
Beauregard 5-0 169 33.8  
West Limestone  4-1 168 33.6  
Greene County 4-1 160 32.0  
Guntersville 4-1 158 31.6  
Ashford 4-1 154 30.8  
         
Class 5A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Pinson Valley 4-1 250 50.0  
Muscle Shoals 4-1 228 45.6  
Hueytown 5-0 209 41.8  
Eufaula 5-0 199 39.8  
St. Paul's 4-1 199 39.8  
Fort Payne 4-1 188 37.6  
Mortimer Jordan 2-3 186 37.2  
Chelsea 4-1 185 37.0  
Hartselle 5-0 179 35.8  
Cullman 4-1 168 33.6  
Valley 4-1 168 33.6  
Demopolis 3-2 166 33.2  
Albertville 3-2 164 32.8  
Center Point 4-1 149 29.8  
Selma 3-2 149 29.8  
John Carroll 2-3 148 29.6  
Vigor 4-1 148 29.6  
         
Class 6A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Bob Jones 5-0 219 43.8  
Auburn 5-0 211 42.2  
Fairhope 4-1 211 42.2  
Daphne 5-0 203 40.6  
Central-Phenix City 4-1 196 39.2  
Prattville 3-2 193 38.6  
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5-0 191 38.2  
Austin  4-1 189 37.8  
Clay-Chalkville 5-0 178 35.6  
Blount 5-0 166 33.2  
Pell City 4-1 164 32.8  
Huntsville 3-2 163 32.6  
Northridge 5-0 154 30.8  
McGill-Toolen 5-0 153 30.6  
Mountain Brook 5-0 153 30.6  
Dothan 4-1 145 29.0  
Oxford  3-2 143 28.6  
Murphy 2-3 142 28.4  
Hoover 5-0 141 28.2  
         
DEFENSE (By Class)      
Class 1A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Brantley 5-0 13 2.6  
Linden 5-0 22 4.4  
Maplesville 5-0 22 4.4  
Addison 5-0 35 7.0  
Autaugaville 3-2 47 9.4  
Ragland 4-0 39 9.8  
Collinsville 5-0 53 10.6  
McIntosh 3-1 45 11.3  
St. Jude 3-1 47 11.8  
Akron 4-1 60 12.0  
Pickens County 5-0 69 13.8  
Donoho 4-1 72 14.4  
Notasulga 4-1 72 14.4  
         
Class 2A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Fyffe 5-0 31 6.2  
Flomaton  5-0 39 7.8  
Hatton 2-3 49 9.8  
Lineville 4-1 51 10.2  
North Sand Mountain 4-1 54 10.8  
Reeltown  4-1 60 12.0  
Tanner 5-0 60 12.0  
Southern Choctaw 3-2 62 12.4  
Zion Chapel  4-1 64 12.8  
Red Bay 5-0 66 13.2  
Elba 5-0 68 13.6  
Sand Rock 2-3 70 14.0  
Ider 4-1 72 14.4  
         
Class 3A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Piedmont 5-0 31 6.2  
Washington County 5-0 36 7.2  
Hanceville 5-0 40 8.0  
Saks 5-0 41 8.2  
Slocomb 5-0 43 8.6  
Clay County 4-1 47 9.4  
Sylvania 5-0 47 9.4  
Weaver 3-2 48 9.6  
Leeds 4-1 52 10.4  
Sheffield 4-1 54 10.8  
Hamilton 5-0 59 11.8  
Rogers 4-1 61 12.2  
Plainview 2-3 62 12.4  
Glencoe  4-1 65 13.0  
Madison Academy 3-2 65 13.0  
Walter Wellborn 4-1 69 13.8  
Trinity Presbyterian 4-1 71 14.2  
         
Class 4A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Jackson 5-0 33 6.6  
Guntersville 4-1 43 8.6  
Sumter Central 4-1 44 8.8  
Dadeville 5-0 46 9.2  
North Jackson 5-0 46 9.2  
Beauregard 5-0 50 10.0  
Andalusia 5-0 53 10.6  
Thomasville 5-0 62 12.4  
Dora 4-1 64 12.8  
Bibb County 5-0 65 13.0  
Deshler  5-0 67 13.4  
Midfield  3-2 69 13.8  
Ashford 4-1 75 15.0  
Oneonta 4-1 75 15.0  
         
Class 5A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Hartselle  5-0 24 4.8  
Vigor 4-1 35 7.0  
Cullman 4-0 41 8.2  
Muscle Shoals 4-1 47 9.4  
Fort Payne  4-1 51 10.2  
Selma 3-1 53 10.6  
Sylacauga 4-1 55 11.0  
Eufaula 5-0 57 11.4  
Fairfield 5-0 57 11.4  
Hueytown 5-0 58 11.6  
Woodlawn 4-1 66 13.2  
Lee-Huntsville 3-2 70 14.0  
St. Paul's 4-1 78 15.6  
McAdory  4-1 79 15.8  
         
Class 6A        
School W-L Pts Avg.  
Bob Jones  5-0 40 8.0  
Mountain Brook 5-0 45 9.0  
Daphne 5-0 48 9.6  
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa  5-0 50 10.0  
Northridge  5-0 53 10.6  
Benjamin Russell 4-1 61 12.2  
Hoover 5-0 63 12.6  
Baker 4-1 67 13.4  
Gadsden City 3-2 67 13.4  
Clay-Chalkville  5-0 68 13.6  
Florence  3-2 69 13.8  
McGill-Toolen 5-0 70 14.0  
Prattville 3-2 76 15.2  
Tuscaloosa County 2-3 76 15.2  
Davidson 3-2 84 16.8