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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 Class 1A Football Bracket
 


Home team in CAPITAL LETTERS
         1st Round 2nd Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals           Super 6 Finals
Nov. 4 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Nov. 25             Dec. 1-2
                   
A.L. Johnson  8                
                     

G-1

 Pickens Co.  14            
PICKENS CO.  49                
     

G-17

 Pickens Co.  36        
Loachapoka  0                

  

G-2

 BRANTLEY  12            
BRANTLEY  41                
                   

                          G-25

 Sweet Water  7    
Keith  26                
 

G-3

 Sweet Water  49            
SWEET WATER  48                
     

 G-18

 SWEET WATER  38        
Kinston  20                
 

G-4

 WINTERBORO  0            
WINTERBORO  34                
           

 

G-29

 Linden  12
Notasulga  8                
 

G-5

 Geneva Co.  0            
GENEVA CO.  24                
     

G-19

 Maplesville  7        
McIntosh  0                
 

G-6

 MAPLESVILLE  35            
MAPLESVILLE  47                
              

G-26

 LINDEN  40    
Pleasant Home  15                
 

G-7

 PLEASANT HOME  0            
ST. JUDE  14                
     

G-20

 LINDEN  21        
Autaugaville  6                           

                 G-31

 

G-8

 Linden  41            
LINDEN  40                
             

MARION COUNTY 

Berry  54          

Champion

 

G-9

 BERRY  20            
ADDISON  39                
   

 

G-21

 RAGLAND  28        
Gaylesville  8                
 

G-10

 Ragland  51            
RAGLAND  46                
       

G-27

 Ragland  14    
Hackleburg  18                
 

G-11

 Lynn  22            
LYNN  19                
     

G-22

 Collinsville  7        
Applachian  14                
 

G-12

 COLLINSVILLE  24            
COLLINSVILLE  21                
                   
Gaston  6          

G-30

 MARION CO.  23
 

G-13

 Donoho  28            
DONOHO  28                
     

G-23

 DONOHO  21        
Hubbertville  20                
 

G-14

 SHOALS CHRISTIAN  20            
SHOALS CHRISTIAN  55                
       

G-28

 MARION CO.  35    
Akron  0                
 

G-15

 Cedar Bluff  21            
CEDAR BLUFF  47                
     

G-24

 Marion Co.  42        
R.A. Hubbard  30                
 

G-16

 MARION CO.  41            
MARION CO.  34