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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

2013 NORTHWEST REGIONAL BASKETBALL (Girls)
At Wallace State Community College, Hanceville
Semi-Finals
Finals
To Final 48
 
 
 
 
2/19
Wenonah  48
 Wenonah  46
 
 9 am
Lawrence Co.  36
 
 
CLASS 5A
Feb. 22, 9 am
Wenonah 
2/19
Fairfield  57
 Fairfield  36
5A-NW Qualifier
12 noon
Athens  49
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/19
Cold Springs  41
 Cold Springs 39
 
3 pm
Red Bay  40
 
 
CLASS 2A
Feb. 22, 3:40 pm
Tanner
2/19
Sulligent  36
 Tanner 46
2A-NW Qualifier
6 pm
Tanner  75
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/20
Hoover  59
 Hoover 47
 
9 am
Austin  35
 
 
CLASS 6A
Feb. 22, 12:20 pm
Hoover
2/20
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa  25
 Sparkman 33
6A-NW Qualifier
12 noon
Sparkman  55
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/20
R.A. Hubbard  61
 R.A. Hubbard  43
 
3 pm
Falkville  51
 
 
CLASS 1A
Feb. 23, 9 am
Lynn 
2/20
Lynn  52
 Lynn  53
1A-NW Qualifier
6 pm
Shoals Christian  26
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/21
J.O. Johnson  44
 West Limestone  34
 
9 am
West Limestone  53
 
 
CLASS 4A
Feb. 23, 12:20 pm
Oneonta 
2/21
Oneonta  39
Oneonta  53
4A-NW Qualifier
12 noon
Brooks  24
 
 
 
 
 
 
2/21
Winfield  41
 Lauderdale Co.  54
 
3 pm
Lauderdale Co.  68
 
 
CLASS 3A
Feb. 23, 3:40 pm
Lauderdale County 
2/21
Danville  26
 Madison Acad.  45
 3A-NW Qualifier
6 pm
Madison  Acad. 46