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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.

Men’s Basketball:

The Roadrunner men’s team – picked by many in the preseason polls to finish last in the conference – qualified for the conference tournament and played Bossier Parish CC in Tuesday’s opening round. Unfortunately, AC’s season ended in a 65-59 loss. The Roadrunners finished with a record of 13-16, 9-10 in J.J. Montgomery’s first year as a head coach.

Women’s Basketball:

The Lady Roadrunners pulled off the tournament’s biggest upset, beating No. 3 seed Tyler Junior College 63-62 on Wednesday. AC’s Aaleyah Jones swiped a steal and then hit a free throw with 2.5 seconds remaining in the game to win it for the Lady ‘Runners.

However, the Lady ‘Runners’ season ended in Friday’s semifinals with a 63-56 loss to No. 2 Trinity Valley CC. AC’s ladies finished the season with a 21-10, 10-8 record. Head coach Byron Coleman has never missed the conference tournament in his 17 years at AC.

Angelina College second baseman MaCrae Kendrick pivots on a double play during Monday’s game against Spartan Post Grad. The Roadrunners split the doubleheader, falling 8-7 before bouncing back for a 15-2 win. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics phot

Roadrunner Baseball:

AC’s baseball team played six games (three doubleheaders) this week. The Roadrunners split with Spartan Post Grad on Monday, dropping the opener 8-7 in eight innings and taking the nightcap 15-2 in five innings. On Wednesday, AC dropped both games in Tyler, losing 6-2 and 12-8. On Saturday, the ‘Runners split with Panola College, winning the opener 2-1 and losing 14-9 in the nightcap.

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

The softball team split Friday’s doubleheader with No. 11 Bossier Parish CC, dropping the opener 4-2 in 12 innings before bouncing back for an 11-4 win in the second game. On Saturday, the Lady Roadrunners swept Northeast Texas CC 11-3 and 13-11 in Mount Pleasant. The Lady ‘Runners’ record currently stands at 16-4, and last week they received some votes for the Top 20. They should enter the national rankings once this week’s polls are released on Monday.

Oh, and the Lady Roadrunners are tied for second in the nation in team homers with 47.

This Week’s Games:

Monday, 3/7: AC Baseball at Alvin College, doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, 3/8: AC Softball hosts Paris College, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Live streaming at

Wednesday, 3/9: AC Baseball at Northeast Texas CC, doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Friday, 3/11: AC Softball hosts Howard College, doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Live streaming at

Saturday, 3/12: AC Softball hosts Howard College for a single game starting at 12 p.m. Live streaming at

Sunday, 3/13: AC Softball hosts Kilgore College in a doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. Live streaming at

*NOTE: We’ve got some bad weather in the forecast this week, so some (if not all) of these games may get rescheduled. I’ll send out updates as soon as I get any.

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