The Angelina College Roadrunner basketball team will open its regular season at home on Thursday, and the players and coaches are asking attending fans to assist in making the holidays better for families in need.
Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items such as canned or boxed goods in lieu of admission fees to Thursday night’s game against Victoria College. Those items then will be distributed to area families in time to ensure they have a Thanksgiving meal.
The drive is one of several community service-driven events the Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners will hold throughout the season.
Game time for Thursday’s matchup is 7 p.m. at Shands Gymnasium.
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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