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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.”

AHSAA
 


2011 Class 4A 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
                   
UMS-Wright  63                
                     

G-1

 UMS-Wright  47            
GREENE CO.  16                
     

G-17

 UMS-WRIGHT  28        
Elmore Co.  21                

  

G-2

 ELMORE CO.  25            
ANDALUSIA  15                
                   

                          G-25

 UMS-Wright  14    
West Blocton  6                
 

G-3

 Thomasville  26            
THOMASVILLE  55                
     

 G-18

 Dadeville  21        
Straughn 14                
 

G-4

 DADEVILLE  28            
DADEVILLE  34                
           

 

G-29

 Jackson  42
Lincoln  41                
 

G-5

 LINCOLN  20            
ST. JAMES  21                
     

G-19

 BIBB CO.  28        
Saraland 12                
 

G-6

 Bibb Co.  46            
BIBB CO.  36                
              

G-26

 JACKSON  26    
Headland  8                
 

G-7

 Beauregard  14            
BEAUREGARD  49                
     

G-20

 Jackson  49        
Sumter Central  7                           

                 G-31

 

G-8

 JACKSON  44            
JACKSON  35                
             

 JACKSON

Dora  34          

Champion

 

G-9

 DORA  20            
BROOKS  14                
   

 

G-21

 Anniston  14        
Cherokee Co.  0                
 

G-10

 Anniston  25            
ANNISTON  41                
       

G-27

 ANNISTON  14    
Central-Florence  34                
 

G-11

 Fayette Co.  40            
FAYETTE CO.  42                
     

G-22

 FAYETTE CO.  0        
Cleburne Co. 28                
 

G-12

 NORTH JACKSON  32            
NORTH JACKSON  35                
                   
Fairview  41          

G-30

 ONEONTA  28
 

G-13

 Alexandria  19            
ALEXANDRIA  55                
     

G-23

 Deshler  20        
Corner  10                
 

G-14

 DESHLER  59            
DESHLER  33                
       

G-28

 Oneonta  21    
Oneonta  42                
 

G-15

 Oneonta  35            
GUNTERSVILLE  7                
     

G-24

 ONEONTA  48        
West Limestone  26                
 

G-16

 WEST LIMESTONE  0            
MIDFIELD  25