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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.”

Prep Tix
 

2008 Boys Basketball Tournaments (Dec. 11-31)

BOYS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS  
Thursday, December 11        
Andalusia Invitational  at  Andalusia HS  
Straughn Christmas Invitational   at  Straughn HS   
Walker County Small  Schools Classic  at  Parrish HS   
         
Friday, December 12        
Andalusia Invitational  at  Andalusia    
Back To Glory Tourney  at  B.C. Rain, Mobile  
Northwest Conference Tourney  at  Hackleburg  
Straughn Christmas Invitational   at  Straughn    
Walker County Small  Schools Classic  at  Parrish    
         
Saturday, December 13        
Andalusia Invitational  at  Andalusia    
Back To Glory Tourney  at  B.C. Rain, Mobile  
Northwest Conference Tourney  at  Hackleburg  
Straughn Christmas Invitational   at  Straughn    
Walker County Small  Schools Classic  at  Parrish    
         
Thursday, December 18        
Autauga County Tournament  at  Autaugaville   
Catholic Invitational  at  Montgomery Catholic   
Clarke County Tournament at  Jackson    
Coosa Christian Invitational  at  Coosa Christian, Gadsden
Wills Valley Shootout at  Fort Payne   
         
Friday, December 19        
American Christian Invitational  at  ACA, Tuscaloosa  
Autauga County Tournament  at  Autaugaville   
Briarwood Christmas Classic at  Briarwood Christian, B'ham
Catholic Invitational  at  Montgomery, Catholic 
Clarke County Tournament at  Jackson    
Coosa Christian Invitational  at  Coosa Christian, Gadsden
Daleville Christmas Tournament at  Daleville     
Hoover Christmas Tourney at  Hoover     
Jaguar Classic at  Spain Park HS, Hoover
Luverne Christmas Tourney at  Luverne     
Marble City Classic  at  Sylacauga   
Mobile Christian Invitational  at  Mobile Christian  
West Alabama Conference Tourney  at  Lamar County, Vernon
Wills Valley Shootout at  Fort Payne  
         
Saturday, December 20        
American Christian Invitational  at  ACA, Tuscaloosa  
Briarwood Christmas Classic at  Briarwood Christian, B'ham
Catholic Invitational  at  Montgomery, Catholic 
Cherokee County Invitational  at  Cedar Bluff   
Clarke County Tournament at  Jackson    
Coosa Christian Invitational  at  Coosa Christian, Gadsden
Daleville Christmas Tournament at  Daleville     
Hoover Christmas Tourney at  Hoover     
Jaguar Classic at  Spain Park HS, Hoover
Livingston Classic  at  Livingston   
Luverne Christmas Tourney at  Luverne     
Marble City Classic  at  Sylacauga   
Mobile Christian Invitational  at  Mobile Christian  
Van Deerman Invitational  at  Jacksonville, Ohatchee 
West Alabama Conference Tourney  at  Lamar County, Vernon
West Point Christmas Tourney  at  West Point   
Wills Valley Shootout at  Fort Payne  
         
Monday, December 22        
Briarwood Christmas Classic at  Briarwood Christian, B'ham
Cherokee County Invitational at Cedar Bluff   
Daleville Christmas Tournament at Daleville     
DAR Christmas Invitational at DAR, Grant   
Hillcrest Invitational  at Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa
Johnson, A.L. Christmas Tournament at A.L. Johnson HS, Thomaston
Keith Christmas Tourney at Keith HS, Orrville  
Marble City Classic at  Sylacauga    
Mountain Brook Christmas Classic at Mountain Brook  
Murphy Christmas Tournament at Murphy HS, Mobile  
Van Deerman Tournament at Jacksonville  
West Point Christmas Tourney  at  West Point   
         
Tuesday, December 23        
Daleville Christmas Tourney at Daleville     
Mountain Brook Christmas Classic at Mountain Brook  
Murphy Christmas Tourney at Murphy HS, Mobile  
         
Friday, December 26        
Brewer Christmas Tournament at Brewer HS, Somerville 
Carver Holiday Bash   at Carver HS, Montgomery 
Deshler Invitational  at Deshler HS, Tuscumbia 
Dothan Eagle/Progress Tourney  at Ozark Civic Center   
Dwight Madison Invitational  at AUM, Montgomery  
Fayette Lions Club Classic at Fayette County HS, Fayette
Georgia Hoopfest   at Thomasville (GA)  
Hamilton Christmas Tournament at Hamilton     
Hoover Big Orange Classic at Hoover HS  
Huntsville Times Classic at Huntsville    
Linden Christmas Classic at Linden    
Oneonta Christmas Tournament at Oneonta     
Springville Christmas Tournament at Springville  
Talladega Round Robin at Talladega     
Burney's Classic at Covenant Christian, Tuscumbia
Meek Christmas Invitational  at Meek HS, Arley  
Red Level Christmas Tournament at Red Level   
Speake Christmas Tournament at Speake     
         
Saturday, December 27        
Brewer Christmas Tournament at Brewer HS, Somerville 
Burney's Classic at Covenant Christian, Tuscumbia
Calera Christmas Classic at Calera    
Capital City Christmas Tournament at Trinity HS, Montgomery 
Carver Holiday Bash   at Carver HS, Montgomery 
Clarke County Christmas Tourney  at Clarke County HS, Grove Hill 
Demopolis Invitational  at Demopolis  
Deshler Invitational  at Deshler HS, Tuscumbia 
Dothan Eagle/Progress Tourney  at Ozark Civic Center   
Dwight Madison Invitational  at AUM, Montgomery  
Fayette Lions Club Classic at Fayette County HS, Fayette
Fultondale Christmas Tourney  at Fultondale    
Gaston Christmas Tournament at Gaston HS, Gadsden  
Georgia Hoopfest   at Thomasville (GA)  
Hamilton Christmas Tournament at Hamilton     
Handley Holiday Tourney  at Handley HS, Roanoke 
Hoover Big Orange Classic at Hoover HS  
Huntsville Times Classic at Huntsville    
Linden Christmas Classic at Linden    
Meek Christmas Invitational  at Meek HS, Arley  
Oneonta Christmas Tournament at Oneonta     
Red Level Christmas Tournament at Red Level   
Shoals Invitational Tourney at Rogers HS, Florence  
Speake Christmas Tournament at Speake     
Springville Christmas Tournament at Springville  
Talladega Round Robin at Talladega     
         
Monday, December 29        
Brewer Christmas Tournament at Brewer HS, Somerville 
Burney's Classic at Covenant Christian, Tuscumbia
Calera Christmas Classic at Calera    
Capital City Christmas Tournament at Trinity HS, Montgomery 
Clarke County Christmas Tournament at Clarke County HS, Grove Hill 
Cottage Hill Classic at Cottage Hill Christian HS, Mobile 
Demopolis Invitational  at Demopolis  
Deshler Invitational  at Deshler HS, Tuscumbia 
Dothan Eagle/Progress Classic at Ozark Civic Center   
Dwight Madison Invitational  at AUM, Montgomery  
Fayette Lions Club Classic at Fayette County HS, Fayette
Fultondale Christmas Tourney  at Fultondale    
Gaston Christmas Tournament at Gaston HS, Gadsden  
Georgia Hoopfest   at Thomasville (GA)  
Gulf Coast Holiday Classic at Foley    
Hamilton Christmas Tournament at Hamilton     
Handley Holiday  Tournament at Handley HS, Roanoke 
Hayden Christmas Tourney at Hayden     
Hoover Big Orange Classic at Hoover HS  
Huntsville Times Classic  at Huntsville     
Meek Christmas Invitational  at Meek HS, Arley  
Oneonta Christmas Classic  at Oneonta     
Red Level Christmas Tournament at Red Level   
Sardis Christmas Tournament at Sardis     
Selma Invitational  at Selma    
Shoals Invitational Tourney at Rogers HS, Florence  
Speake Christmas Tournament at Speake     
Springville Christmas Tournament at Springville  
St. Clair County Christmas Tourney at St. Clair Co. HS, Odenville
Talladega Christmas Round-Robin at Talladega     
         
Tuesday, December 30        
Calera Christmas Classic at Calera     
Clarke County Christmas Tournament at Clarke County HS, Grove Hill 
Cottage Hill Classic at Cottage Hill Christian HS, Mobile
Livingston Christmas Classic at Livingston    
Oneonta Christmas Classic  at Oneonta     
Sardis Christmas Tournament at Sardis     
Springville Christmas Tournament at Springville  
St. Clair County Christmas Tournament at St. Clair Co. HS, Odenville
Waterloo Christmas Tournament at Waterloo    
         
Wednesday, December 31        
Cottage Hill Classic at Cottage Hill Christian HS, Mobile 
Holiday of Hoops Tournament at Etowah     
Metro Independent Tournament at Homewood  
Tuscaloosa City/County Tourney at Brookwood