By GARY STALLARD
Saturday afternoon’s Angelina College basketball game will have both a sentimental and surreal quality to it in addition to all the action on the floor.
The Roadrunners (13-9, 5-6) host San Jacinto College in an all-important conference tilt – and the two are squaring off in the regular season for the final time. San Jacinto trustees in 2016 voted to eliminate four athletic programs, including men’s and women’s basketball. Roadrunner and Raven teams have locked up in memorable battles throughout the years, and even long-time San Jacinto rivals have expressed disbelief in the program’s exit from the conference.
The Ravens, currently 3-7 in conference play, are fighting for a final appearance in the league tournament in March, while the Roadrunners are back in first place in Region XIV’s South Division, tied with the Blinn team they beat 77-75 on Wednesday.
At half time, AC will honor long-time head coach and current athletic director Guy Davis – the Roadrunners’ head coach for 31 years – and his wife Dorothy, who taught elementary school in the area for 42 years. The college will name the court at Shands Gymnasium for the couple.
Game time is 4 p.m. Fans can view the action via live streaming at angelinaathletics.com.
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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