Lady Roadrunner Softball Ranked Nationally in Academics Six Players Named to Scholar Athletes Lis


The season may have ended in May, but the Angelina College’s 2017-2018 Lady Roadrunner softball team continues to earn recognition for its work in the classroom.

On Tuesday, the Lady ‘Runners were named to the 2017-2018 Easton/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Academic Teams after compiling a team-wide 3.230 grade-point average for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters.

AC ranked 13th among the National Junior College Athletics Association’s Division I programs and 30th among all two-year schools.

In addition, six Lady Roadrunners earned their places on the Easton/NFCA Scholar Athletes list: Emilee Cernosek (Katy, TX), Morgan Conner (Groveton, TX), Riley Garrett (Katy, TX ), Megan Kirchhoff (Spring, TX), Taylor Lenggenhager (Austin, TX) and Nikki Whitehead (Kingwood, TX).

Angelina College softball coaches are Mark and Barbi Mattson.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information director is


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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