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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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2013 NORTHEAST REGIONAL BASKETBALL (Girls)
At Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville
Semi-Finals
Finals
To Final 48
 
 
 
 
2/18
Spring Garden  41
Spring Garden  43
 
 3 pm
Ragland  32
 
 
CLASS 1A
Feb. 22, 12:30 pm
Cedar Bluff 
2/18
Cedar Bluff  73
 Cedar Bluff  47
1A-NE Qualifier
6 pm
Skyline  57
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/19
Center Point  43
 Brewer 69
 
9 am
Brewer  68
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CLASS 5A
Feb. 22, 4 pm
Brewer
2/19
Ramsay  26
 Columbia 39
5A-NE Qualifier
12 noon
Columbia  36
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/18
Woodland  63
 Woodland  69
 
9 am
N. Sand Mountain  53
 
 
CLASS 2A
Feb. 21, 3 pm
Woodland 
2/18
Lanett  45
 Lanett  43
2A-NE Qualifier
12 noon
Sand Rock  39
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/20
Huntsville  60
 Huntsville  60
 
9 am
Mountain Brook  45
 
 
CLASS 6A
Feb. 22, 9 am
Huntsville 
2/20
Gadsden City  54
 Shades Valley  46
6A-NE Qualifier
12 noon
Shades Valley  59
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/19
Randolph  26
 Cherokee Co.  44
 
3 pm
Cherokee Co.  37
 
 
CLASS 4A
Feb. 23, 9 am
Madison County 
2/19
Madison Co.  49
 Madison Co.  54
4A-NE Qualifier
6 pm
Anniston  43
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/21
Piedmont  34
 Holly Pond  55
 
9 am
Holly Pond  41
 
 
CLASS 3A
Feb. 23, 12:30 pm
Holly Pond 
2/21
Ashville  69
 Ashville  39
 3A-NE Qualifier
12 noon
Pisgah  50