Angelina College’s basketball teams spent November fine tuning their lineups for this very same portion of the season: Conference play.
And while the Roadrunner men got their first taste of league play on Wednesday, the Lady Roadrunners begin their trek on Saturday as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium.
In addition, the teams will recognize students and staff members from Central ISD and Pineywoods Community Academy. Tall Timbers Gymnastics will perform at half time of the Lady Roadrunners’ game.
The red-hot Lady ‘Runners, winners of their first nine games of the season, will face Kilgore College at 2 p.m. in the conference opener for both teams. The Lady Rangers built a 7-2 record to begin the year and boast a team AC head coach Byron Coleman called “one of the more athletic teams we’ll face all season.”
“I think we match up really well, but we want them to have to match up with us,” Coleman said. “We’re shooting the ball extremely well, and we just have to keep doing what we’re doing.”
The Roadrunners, who face Paris College at 4 p.m. on Saturday, got their first taste of conference play Wednesday night in Kilgore, where AC dropped a heartbreaking 70-63 decision in overtime. The ‘Runners look to bounce back against a Paris team coming off a 71-62 loss to Blinn College on Wednesday.
“They’re a well-coached ball club, and they’ve got some great guards on the floor,” AC head coach Nick Wade said. “But like always, we’ll focus on what we can do well and take it one game at a time. As long as our guys keep working toward getting better, I like our chances.”
Both games will be available for viewing via live stream. Fans can log onto angelinaathletics.com for all the action.
The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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