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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.

No. 18 Lady Roadrunners, No. 7 Roadrunners Host Trinity Valley CC

Angelina College’s soccer teams have gotten off to a running start to the 2022 season, with both squads posting impressive showings since the season opener.

Now, the real season begins.

The No. 7 Roadrunners and No. 18 Lady Roadrunners will open Region XIV conference play against Trinity Valley Community College in a doubleheader on Saturday at the new soccer facility on the AC campus.

The women opened the season with a double-overtime draw on the road against a tough Eastern Oklahoma State College team. The Lady ‘Runners followed with a convincing 10-0 win over North American University in the home opener last Wednesday; and on Saturday, AC’s ladies took a 4-0 win in an exhibition match at St. Thomas University in Houston.

The scoring is coming from all over the Lady ‘Runner roster: In the two official matches, eight different Lady Roadrunners have scored goals. In a testament to the team’s defensive prowess, keeper Alexandra Nunez has notched just six saves in two matches. The back line just isn’t allowing many shots, and Nunez is stopping the ones she sees.

The men are displaying the same approaches, both in the attacks and in the stops. The ‘Runners won 2-1 at Eastern Oklahoma, beat NAU 6-0 and fought St. Thomas to a 1-1 draw in the exhibition match. Officially, Aldair Chaves leads the team with four goals scored, while Brian Obeseki has accounted for two scores. Keepers Jorge Gonzalez and Georgios Theodulidis have teamed up for just one goal allowed, with Gonzalez accounting for 10 saves in two official matches. AC’s defense has limited some high-powered offenses to very few shots on goal, and the keepers are playing a solid game of keep-away to keep defenders’ balls out of the nets.

The Lady Roadrunners are scheduled to kickoff Saturday’s doubleheader at 1 p.m. The men will follow at 3:30 p.m.

Admission to Angelina College athletics events is free.

Photos Captured by Photos Captured by Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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