The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team makes a big deal with its signing ceremonies.
This past Wednesday, the program offered three great reasons to celebrate.
The Lady Roadrunners received letters of intent from three players expected to make immediate impacts upon their arrival in 2018: Lufkin’s Sara Mayes, Orangefield’s Kaylee Ancelot and Huntsville’s Makayla Rodger.
Mayes was an All-Angelina Offensive Player of the Year in 2017. The catcher belted the ball at a .545 clip with three homers, 20 RBI, eight doubles, a triple and an .886 slugging percentage.
Ancelot, an All-Orange Leader Offensive Player of the Year and an All-District selection, hit .405 with seven homers and 37 RBI while pitching in every game for the Lady Bobcats.
Rodger, whose nickname “Hacksaw” stems from a moniker received from her 10-under select coach, is a three-year letterman, having started for the Lady Hornets at catcher since her freshman season. Named Newcomer of the Year following her freshman campaign, Rodger also earned 1st Team All-District, Academic All-District honors in both her 9th and 10th grade years and finished last season as the Lady Hornet MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.
The Lady Roadrunners open the regular season on Feb. 25.
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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