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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.

AC Soccer:

Last year, Angelina College soccer celebrated its very first All-American in team history when Juan Lopez earned 2nd Team All-American honors following the 2021 season.

Lopez opened the floodgates for 2022, as the All-American Roadrunners list expanded significantly.

Lopez upgraded his resume to First-Team All-American this time, with teammate Jaheim Brown earning Third-Team honors.

The women then notched their very first All-Americans in program history: Liliane Clase earned 2nd Team All-American honors, while Camila Montero earned Honorable Mention All-American honors.

To top off the week of honors, AC’s Aldair Chavez was named to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament All-Tournament Team – meaning he was one of the 11 best out of the more than 300 athletes competing in the tournament.

AC Men’s Basketball:

In their first conference game of the season Wednesday at Navarro College, a young Roadrunner team learned just how quickly things can change directions in Region XIV basketball.

After fighting back from a double-digit deficit and closing to within three points late in Corsicana on Wednesday, AC watched the Bulldogs capitalize on two small Roadrunner errors to close out the game on a big run and an eventual 67-55 Navarro win.

Clearly, the ‘Runners learned a lesson, as was evident in Saturday’s thrilling 65-62 overtime win over Trinity Valley Community College at Shands Gymnasium. Once again, AC saw a super-fast momentum change with the Cardinals erasing a nine-point Roadrunner lead in the waning moments of regulation and eventually forcing overtime.

This time, the young ‘Runners held fast. Leading by a single point with fewer than 20 seconds to play in the extra period, AC got a steal from Patrick Johnson leading to Nehikare Igiehon’s game-sealing dunk in a 65-62 win.

Markell McClain led the Roadrunners with 17 points, followed by Igiehon’s 14 points and 10 rebounds. Johnson finished with 12 points, 9 rebounds and four assists.

Earlier in the week, AC hammered Lone Star College-Tomball in a non-conference matchup, beating the Timberwolves behind 13 points and 10 rebounds from Xavier Owens, 12 points from Terius Maxie and 11 points each from Daniel Sanchez and Cade Holzman.

The Roadrunners (6-4, 1-1) travel to Paris College on Wednesday before hosting Bossier Parish Community College at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

AC Women’s Basketball:

The Lady Roadrunners were forced to postpone this past week’s trip to Hill College because of illness among a few players. AC’s ladies (6-5) will host Jacksonville College in the team’s conference opener at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Shands Gymnasium. The team will close out the week with a road trip to Kilgore College on Saturday, Dec. 10. That game tips off at 2 p.m.

AC Baseball:

AC Baseball will host its annual winter evaluation showcase starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. for prospective players ages 16 and older. The session will take place at Poland Field on the Angelina College campus. Visit for the full details regarding the event.

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