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MIKE BATTLES Graduated from Sylacauga High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. Beginning his football coaching career as an assistant coach in 1970, he became a head coach in 1973. His teams have compiled a 277-161-2 record (through 2013) in coaching stops at Pell City, Irwin County (Ga.), Walter Wellborn, Hueytown, Pascagoula (Miss.), Gautier (Miss.), Biloxi (Miss.) and Handley. He led Irwin County (Ga.) to a 13-0 record and the Georgia Class 1A state championship in 1975 and directed Handley to a perfect 15-0 record in 2011 to win the AHSAA Class 3A state title. His Wellborn teams had back-to-back 10-win seasons in 1988-89. The winningest coach in school history at Walter Wellborn and Handley, he led his Handley teams from a 1-9 mark in 2006 to 11-2, 10-3, 13-1 and 15-0 records the next four years.

 

RICHARD ‘DICKIE’ BROWN - Graduated from Smiths Station High School and Jacksonville State University. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Troy University and an education specialist degree from Auburn University. Brown began his education career at Cleburne County High School in 1969 where he was head baseball coach for two seasons. He moved to Beauregard High School in 1972 and coached the baseball team to a 66-25 record, the boys’ basketball team to an 84-42 mark and the football team to a 35-15 record. Serving as principal at Beauregard since 1978, he was named Alabama Principal of the Year in 2006. He has served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and was the Class 4A Making A Difference Award winner in 2013.He was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2006 and the football stadium and athletic complex were named in his honor.

 

JIM GARNER - Graduated from Pleasant Home High School and Troy State College. He started his career as a teacher and boys’ basketball coach in 1964 with stints at T.R. Miller, New Hebron (Miss.) and New Brockton before becoming head coach at L.B. Wallace Community College from 1971-84. He then moved to his alma mater, Pleasant Home, and served as principal and athletic director from 1984-2008. Garner oversaw expansion of the athletic program to include softball, volleyball and football. The boys’ basketball program won back-to-back Class 1A state titles in 2001 and 2002. Vast improvements were made in the school’s facilities, including a new field house, new football field and renovation and expansion of the gymnasium. He served on the AHSAA Central Board of Control and District 2 Board from 1997-2010. Garner is currently the mayor of the town of Carolina.

 

MAJOR LANE - Graduated from Montgomery’s Robert E. High School and Alabama State University. He earned his masters and doctorate at Troy University and a second masters in Theology from the Birmingham Theological Seminary. He began his teaching and coaching career in 1982 at Pike County High School as the junior varsity basketball coach where his team went 14-1. He moved to Ariton High School from 1984-87 before returning to Pike County as head boys coach from 1987-93. He also served as the defensive coordinator in football as the Bulldogs won state championships in 1988 and 1989. He became the head basketball coach at Goshen High School in 1993 where his teams compiled a 187-46 record through 2002. He went into administration in 1997 as assistant principal and continues in that role today. Lane currently serves as pastor of Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church.

 

ALVIN MOORE - Graduated from Birmingham’s Carver High School and Alcorn State University. He also earned a master’s degree from Alabama State University. He was the longest tenured coach in the Birmingham City Schools, serving as head basketball coach at Phillips High School and later Carver from 1974-2013. Moore’s teams won more than 600 games and made four appearances in the Final 48. Hundreds of student-athletes he coached received scholarships in basketball, football and track. He coached in the Alabama North-South All-Star Game twice (1975 and 2003) and was named Class 5A Coach of the Year in 1993. He was the Birmingham City Coach of the Year in 1982 and received the Coca-Cola Outstanding Service Award. An All-Conference offensive tackle, he was Inducted into the Alcorn State Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and also was named USA Man of the Year by the National Baptist Convention in 2011.

 

LARRY MORRIS - Graduated from Scottsboro High School and Jacksonville State University. Spending his entire teaching and coaching career in Scottsboro, he served as an assistant football coach from 1974-1991 and became head coach from 1991-2004–the longest tenure in school history. His teams compiled a 90-66 overall record and won five area or region titles. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi football game in 2001 and in the AHSAA North-South game in 1998. He was also head track coach for eight years and assistant wrestling coach for 10. He served as athletic director from 2005 until his retirement in 2012 and was named AHSAA Athletic Director of the Year in 2012. Scottsboro teams captured 17 state titles under his watch. He also served on the AHSAA District 8 Board from 1999-2012 and the Central Board of Control from 2007-12. Scottsboro named its new football field house in his honor in 2013.

DONNIE ROBERTS - Graduated from Tremont High School (Miss.) and Delta State University (Miss). The Mississippi native spent his first 11 years at Tremont, and then moved to Red Bay (Ala.) High School where he has been the girls’ head coach since 1983. His Red Bay teams have posted a 664-224 mark and his overall coaching record is 806-351 (through 2013). Under Roberts, Red Bay won the Class 3A state championship in 1993 and Class 2A titles in 1997 and 2001. He also coached Red Bay to the Class 2A girls’ state track title in 2001 and has coached softball since 1983. He has also served as a football assistant coach. He coached the Alabama team in the 2001 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game and was named Class 2A Coach of the Year in 1987, 1993, 2000 and 2001. He is a member of the Franklin County Sports Hall of Fame

DR. JAMES ROBINSON - A native of New Orleans and a 1985 graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Robinson has been an integral part of the AHSAA’s Medical Advisory Board since 2003. He has played an important role in the AHSAA’s medical health and safety policies and helped write the current concussion law that now governs all athletic events in Alabama. A family practice physician in Tuscaloosa, he serves as the University of Alabama football team physician and provides the same service for many high schools in the Tuscaloosa area. Dr. Robinson also developed the AHSAA pre-participation physical exam form used by all student-athletes since 1993. He has been a leader in developing health and safety practices for Alabama high schools and is an annual clinician at the AHSAA Summer Conference.  He supervises athletic trainers for DCH Health System and has been its Medical Director for Sports Medicine since 1989.

NANCY SHOQUIST - Graduated from Fairhope High School and Troy State University and also holds a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She is one of a handful of state volleyball coaches whose teams have won more than 1,000 matches with a career record of 1,067-386 (through 2013). Shoquist served as volleyball coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 1982-2003 before moving to Murphy High School where she continues to coach. Her St. Paul’s teams won volleyball state titles in 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 and 1995 and were runners-up in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1998. Her Murphy teams have reached the state semi-finals once and the quarter-finals four times. She also coached five St. Paul’s tennis teams to state titles and seven others finished second. She was the first female to be inducted into the Fairhope High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and has received numerous coaching awards for volleyball and tennis.

 

MIKE SMITH - Graduated from Hueytown High School and Jacksonville State University and also holds a master’s degree. He started the girls’ basketball program at Decatur High School and remained for 28 seasons. His teams compiled a 624-225 record with five state championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1995 and 2000) and three runner-up finishes (1987, 1996 and 2001). Smith’s 1992 team was ranked No. 2 in the nation and the 2000 squad finished 34-0. He had three other teams that won 30-plus games and retired as the winningest girls’ basketball coach in AHSAA history. He coached in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Basketball Game three times (1992, 1995, and 2000) and also coached volleyball for six years and softball for nine. An outstanding classroom teacher, he taught advanced placement government and politics for more than 20 years. He is a member of the Morgan County Sports Hall of Fame. 

TONY STALLWORTH - Graduated from J.F. Shields High School in Beatrice and Huntingdon College. He also attended Lomax-Hannon Junior College in Greenville. He began his career as a teacher and coach at Lomax-Hannon and then at Monroe Senior High School. He moved to Brantley High School in 1988 and was the boys’ head basketball coach from 1990-2005 where his teams compiled a 298-47 record and won three straight state championships (1993, 1994 and 1995). He was named 1A Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 and 2A Coach of the Year in 1995. He also coached Brantley’s Junior High team to a perfect 48-0 record from 1988-90. Stallworth served Brantley High School as its principal from 2005-08 and later worked in various roles with the Crenshaw County School System before becoming the Associate Executive Director of the AHSAA in 2011. He was inducted into the Huntingdon College Hall of Fame in 2013. 

EUGENE WEATHERLY - After serving in the Army in World War II, Eugene Weatherly returned to Gadsden’s Carver High School and captained the football and basketball teams before graduating in 1948. He graduated from Alabama State in 1952 and earned a master’s degree from Georgia State. He began his teaching and coaching career at Hatcher High School in Cherokee County in 1953. He was the first coach in school history and was the only coach the school ever had. He was named Coach of the Year by the Northeastern Interscholastic Athletic Association twice (1961 and 1968). His 1961 boys’ basketball team was unbeaten until losing in the state finals and his football teams won district titles in 1961 and 1967. He coached Anniston’s Cobb Avenue High School basketball team from 1971-74 and ended his coaching career with 21 years at the Georgia School for the Deaf. His 1990 team won the Mason-Dixon basketball tournament. 

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North-South Football Teams Are Selected


Teams have been selected for the North-South All-Star Football Game scheduled Thursday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl.

            Steve Bailey, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, announced the teams Friday.

            Paul Ellis of Fort Payne and Brent Hubbert of Maplesville will serve as head coaches for the All-Star Classic, which was first played in 1948. The South holds a 28-22-2 edge in the series.

           Hubbert, who coached Maplesville to a 12-1 record and the third round of the Class 1A state football playoffs last season, will head the South squad while Ellis, who guided Fort Payne to a 12-1 record and the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs last season, will be the North head coach.

           All-Star Sports Week, hosted by the AHSADCA, is July 11-15 at Montgomery. In addition to the Coaching School and awards banquets that highlight the week, all-star contests will be held in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, volleyball and boys and girls basketball in addition to football, the oldest of the all-star contests. Other rosters will be announced later.

          The North won last year’s game played at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville 14-7.
         
The complete team rosters, including coaching staffs:

NORTH ROSTER

         

Player

School

Position

Ht.

Wt.

 

Ryan Carter

Hoover

QB

6'3

190

 

William Lang

Hartselle

QB

5'11

173

 

Anthony Gardner

Pleasant Grove

RB

5'8

180

 

Jaabir Stephens

Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

RB

5'10

200

 

Ronald Stewart

Hueytown

RB

5'8

175

 

Steven Stewart

Hamilton

RB

5'9

185

 

Danny Gaines

Tuscaloosa County

WR

6'0

195

 

Montel Hale

North Jackson

WR

5'9

171

 

William Saxton

Hueytown

WR

6'4

215

 

Tyric Scales

Cedar Bluff

WR

6'3

185

 

Jared Appleton

Hartselle

OL

6'6

330

 

Jonathan Cantrell

Gardendale

OL

6'3

270

 

Matthew Humphries

Hueytown

OL

6'1

235

 

Matt Lund

Buckhorn

OL

5'11

235

 

Danny Short

Parrish

OL

6'3

290

 

Michael Speegle

Athens

OL

6'2

285

 

Michael Tortorici

Mountain Brook

OL

6'2

275

 

Bobby McCain

Oxford

TBA

5'11

186

 

Monterice Cosby

Tanner

DB

6'0

175

 

Alex Gilbert

Bob Jones

DB

6'0

175

 

Brett Guzay

Muscle Shoals

DB

6'0

175

 

Khaleem Jones

North Jackson

DB

5'11

182

 

Jodeci Jones

Gordo

DB

6'1

170

 

Malik Chinn

Tuscaloosa County

LB

5'11

210

 

Darrian Graham

Russellville

LB

6'2

210

 

Joey Hamilton

Northridge

LB

6'2

230

 

Quinton Royal

Anniston

LB

5'9

190

 

Chad Adams

Buckhorn

DE

5'11

205

 

Jeffrey Milner

Vestavia Hills

DE

5'11

230

 

Michael Nysewander

Hoover

DE

6'2

230

 

Caleb Ward

Briarwood Christian

DE

6'0

220

 

Hudson Grimes

Cherokee County

DT

6'0

275

 

Vodrick Lucious

Tuscaloosa County

DT

6'4

250

 

Dustin Sanders

R.A. Hubbard

DT

6'3

250

 

Guy Vansant

Gardendale

DT

5'10

252

 

Seth Dodd

Fort Payne

P

5'11

200

 

Justin Lasagna

Hewitt-Trussville

P/K

6'1

160

 

Coaches

         

Paul Ellis (Head Coach)

Fort Payne

       

Mitch Grissett

American Christian Academy

     

Eddie Bullock

Anniston

       

Andy Keith

Parrish

       

Nicholas Vinson

R. A. Hubbard

       

David McKinney

Gordo

       

Shawn Peek

North Jackson

       

Kyle Dawkins (Administrative)

Stanhope Elmore

       
           

SOUTH ROSTER

         

Player

School

Position

Ht.

Wt.

 

Mathew Hamner

Maplesville

QB

6'5

185

 

Michael Nolin

Smiths Station

QB

5'9

170

 

Kendarius Fritts

Linden

RB

5'11

195

 

Hunter McCay

Maplesville

RB

5'10

175

 

Michael Risper

Blount

RB

5'9

190

 

Michael Thornton

Thomasville

RB

6'3

215

 

Ardarius Dawsey

Cottonwood

WR

6'1

187

 

Jevon Dixon

LeFlore

WR

6'0

170

 

Antonio Pitts

Carver-Montgomery

WR

5'11

182

 

Calvin Rogers

Prattville

WR

6'1

175

 

Antwan Brunner

Vigor

OL

6'1

285

 

Jody Halford

McKenzie

OL

6'2

290

 

Kamron Higgins

Dothan

OL

6'1

290

 

Denzell Lott

Vigor

OL

6'3

300

 

Anthony McMeans

Greenville

OL

6'3

260

 

Matthew Robinson

Foley

OL

6'4

270

 

Ramon Wilson

Foley

OL

6'2

314

 

Bryant Mitchell

Satsuma

TBA

5'10

170

 

Quintus Moss

Charles Henderson

TBA

5'9

185

 

Tocorian Brown

Escambia County

DB

5'9

170

 

Andre Kincey

Abbeville

DB

5'11

188

 

Tyrell Kinder

Jackson

DB

5'10

180

 

Patrick Milliner

Stanhope Elmore

DB

6'2

192

 

Terry Westmoreland

Davidson

DB

5'8

170

 

John Atchison

Maplesville

LB

6'1

225

 

Carl Binder

Blount

LB

6'2

200

 

Weston Epperson

Trinity

LB

5'9

185

 

James Jones

Thomasville

LB

5'10

205

 

Christopher Payton

Saint Jude

LB

6'2

250

 

Andrew Philon

Southern Choctaw

LB

6'0

190

 

Thaddeus Robinson

Tallassee

LB

6'0

235

 

Chris Boudreaux

Saint Paul's

DL

6'1

260

 

Dreshun Buford

UMS-Wright

DL

6'3

245

 

Antonio Humphrey

Carver-Montgomery

DL

6'3

234

 

Terrence Jennings

Stanhope Elmore

DL

6'3

305

 

Candreyas Williams

Beauregard

DL

5'11

270

 

Kyle Caldwell

Dadeville

P/K

5'8

160

 

Coaches

         

Brent Hubbert (Head Coach)

Maplesville

       

Mark Heaton

Escambia County

       

Toby Greene

Cottonwood

       

Miles Brown

McKenzie

       

Wade Manora

Saint Jude

       

Jeremy Noland

Southern Choctaw

       

Smitty Grider

Beauregard

       

Mike Glisson (Administrative)

Auburn