AC Basketball Teams Face Tough Tests in Wednesday’s Home Doubleheader

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Angelina College’s Deedy Gauno (5), shown here in a recent game, leads the Roadrunners against No. 23 McLennan College in Wednesday’s women’s/men’s doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium. The Lady Roadrunners face McLennan’s Highlassies at 5:30 p.m., and the Roadrunners follow at 7:30 p.m. (Gary Stallard/AC Press photo)

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners get a rematch in their home opener, while the Roadrunners square off against yet another nationally ranked team as both AC teams host a doubleheader against McLennan College Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium.

The Lady ‘Runners finally get the opportunity to face a home crowd after having opened the season with three straight road games – all against tough competition. AC’s ladies will on Wednesday get a rematch with the 3-0 Highlassies, who handed AC an 88-62 loss in the season opener in Waco back on Nov. 1. Since then, the Lady Roadrunners have beaten No. 17 Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 68-56 and lost a 59-48 battle to No. 7 Tallahassee College.

Wednesday’s game will also serve as a homecoming of sorts for local products Natasha Mack and Diamond Johnson (Lufkin High School) and Mia Williams of Diboll.

The Roadrunners are riding high after Sunday’s 82-69 win over No. 3 South Plains College in the East/West Challenge in Lewisville. Deedy Gauno lit up the scoreboard with 28 points – all in the second half – in the win. Kevin Norman scored 14 points, Isaac Beal added 11 points and Gilbert Thomas just missed out on a double-double with eight points and 13 rebounds.

“This was our first game with Antoine Hailey and Jay Head in the lineup, and they did a great job,” Manary said afterward. “We flat-out guarded well on defense and were patient on offense.

“Hailey and Nylek Cobb really stood out in denying their best player all game long,” Manary added. “Gilbert was a man on the boards and in making all the hustle plays. It was just great team win for our guys.”

On Wednesday, the ‘Runners face yet another highly regarded squad in the No. 23 McLennan College Highlanders, a team averaging 108.7 points over its first four wins.

Game times at Shands Gymnasium are 5:30 p.m. for the Lady Roadrunners and 7:30 p.m. for the Roadrunners.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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Gary Stallard
Gary Stallard

Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games.

Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

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