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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 Second Round Football Playoff Scores

Class 1A
Linden 46, St. Jude 0
Brantley 48, Billingsley 0
Maplesville 41, St. Luke’s Episcopal 21
McIntosh 32, Notasulga 16
Marion County 47, R.A. Hubbard 20
Hubbertville 42, Spring Garden 18
Pickens County 34, Cedar Bluff 0

Berry 44, Hackleburg 14

Class 2A
Sweet Water 54, Aliceville 7

Lamar County 41, G.W. Long 19
Washington County 34, Luverne 7
Mobile Christian 28, Oakman 19
Reeltown 35, Sheffield 12
Woodland 18, Red Bay 15
Fultondale 49, Fyffe 28

Tanner 48, Walter Wellborn 0

Class 3A
Midfield 22, T.R. Miller 20
Straughn 21, Trinity Presbyterian 7
Fayette County 34, W.S. Neal 6
Leeds 22, Bayside Academy 21
Deshler 28, Piedmont 6
Lauderdale County 33, Geraldine 10
Colbert County 14, Sylvania 7

Madison Academy 42, Plainview 7

Class 4A
UMS-Wright 38, Dadeville 24
Beauregard 36, Handley 21
Charles Henderson 13, Central of Clay County 0
Dora 41, Tallassee 40
J.O. Johnson 48, St. Clair County 20
Oneonta 48, North Jackson 21
Madison County 55, Lincoln 42

Brooks 45, Munford 35

Class 5A
Spanish Fort 38, Demopolis 14
Benjamin Russell 24, Chilton County 7
Briarwood Christian 14, Vigor 13
St. Paul’s 38, Greenville 12

McAdory 27, Russellville 3
Cullman 30, Walker 0
Hartselle 28, Wenonah 6
Muscle Shoals 22, Pinson Valley 21


Class 6A
Auburn 29, McGill-Toolen 28 (OT)
Opelika 24, Daphne 17
Carver-Montgomery 20, Fairhope 16
Spain Park 39, Foley 21
Hoover 49, Pell City 26
Vestavia Hills 9, Huntsville 0
Clay-Chalkville 47, Tuscaloosa County 24

Mountain Brook 14, Bob Jones 13