Another big Wednesday night at Shands Gymnasium will get even bigger this week, with the Angelina College basketball teams hosting their annual “Coaches vs. Cancer Night” in aPreviewddition to welcoming area elementary schools.
The Lady Roadrunners will face San Jacinto College at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Roadrunners against Lamar State College-Port Arthur at 7:30 p.m.
All donations and proceeds will go toward the Lufkin Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Schools invited for recognition include Herty Primary, Hackney Primary and Coston Elementary schools. Along with the usual events, teachers from those schools will play one another in a 10-minute basketball game at the half of the men’s contest.
The Roadrunners are on a hot streak, having won five straight to move to 18-6, 10-3 on the season. AC’s men are expected to crack the Top 25 in the NJCAA’s Division I rankings this week, having earned nearly enough votes in last week’s polls.
The Lady Roadrunners, still battling through a rash of injuries, are in the thick of the race for a conference tournament berth. They’ll face a tough San Jacinto squad currently in third place in the league standings with an overall record of 19-6, 11-4.
Both games will be live streamed, and viewers can catch the action by logging onto the Angelina College web site at angelina.edu and clicking on the Athletics link.
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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