AC Athletics Weekly Update


Sept. 19-25, 2022


The new national rankings came out last Monday, and the polls showed the Roadrunners moving up to No. 5 and the Lady Roadrunners climbing to No. 14.

On Wednesday, the Lady ‘Runners upset No. 9 Navarro College in a 4-0 rout. Liliane Clase scored a pair of goals, and Abi Hearn and Marlene Flores added a score each. In the men’s match, the No. 5 Roadrunners – missing several key players out with injuries – fought to a 1-1 draw in double overtime with Coastal Bend Community College.

Saturday, both AC teams scored wins over Paris College, with the Roadrunners beating the Dragons 1-0 on a Juan Lopez penalty kick. The Lady Roadrunners followed with a 3-0 shutout over Paris, with Clase, Julia Tamasy and Alexa Ramirez accounting for the AC goals.

Both AC teams now embark on a long road-trip spell: The teams play a doubleheader at Northeast Texas Community College on Wednesday starting with the women at 2 p.m. On Saturday, AC’s teams are at Jacksonville College, with the Lady ‘Runners kicking off at 4 p.m.

The next home stand takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 against Tyler Junior College’s teams.


AC Softball will host Mojo 18-U Gold on Saturday starting at noon.

Roadrunner Baseball doesn’t play again until Sept. 29. (other than those participating in the upcoming All-Star Game; see below).


A total of seven Angelina College Roadrunner baseball players have earned the honor of participating in the upcoming Texas-New Mexico Junior College Baseball Coaches Association All-Star game taking place September 23-24 at Dallas Baptist University.

Roadrunners Mason Swidersky, Peyton Fosher, Heladio Moreno, Tyler Ward, Matthew Tippie, Elian Balmaceda and Jaxon Hansen will participate in the annual showcase.

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Here’s a reminder that the annual Dinner at the Diamond event will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Poland Field on the AC campus. There’ll be live music, games and other forms of entertainment in what has become one of the area’s “must-see” events. For further information, contact Dana Smithhart at or visit

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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.