Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update May 14, 2023

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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.

Angelina College closed out its 2022-2023 academic year this past week, culminating in Saturday’s two Commencement ceremonies.

However, the Lady Roadrunner softball team isn’t ready to shut down just yet.

The Lady ‘Runners won their first two games of the Region XIV Conference Tournament in Shreveport, setting the team up for a shot at a berth in the upcoming NJCAA Division I National Tournament taking place later this month.

AC’s ladies now have two shots to win one game for a national tourney slot. The Lady Roadrunners face Bossier Parish Community College Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Bossier City, La. (The game originally was scheduled for noon.) An AC win sends the Lady ‘Runners to Oxford, Al., the site of the national tournament.

A loss on Monday pushes AC to Tuesday’s final game, with game time set for noon.

Softball Games Recap:
What an opening round for the conference tournament. Three of the four games played on Friday went extra innings – including the Lady Roadrunners’ thrilling 4-3 win over Paris College in eight innings.

Bailey Frenzel blasted a solo homer, Hailey Fuentes doubled home Brynn Davis and Kaetlyn Dunbar drove home Fuentes in the fifth inning and the Lady ‘Runners pushed across a run in the top of the eighth on a Paris College error for the final 4-3 margin. AC pitcher Mia Gilmore then struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth to preserve the win.

Storms in the Shreveport area knocked out Saturday night’s action, but the Lady ‘Runners didn’t let the weather phase them at all. AC jumped all over No. 16 Galveston College, beating the Whitecaps 11-4 on Sunday. Haley Primrose rocked a two-run homer, and Lace Tangianau, Kaetlyn Dunbar, and Bailey Frenzel each drove in two runs in the big win. Morgan Louviere, Mia Gilmore, and Gianna Wade teamed up to hold the high-powered Whitecaps to just four runs.

Should the Lady Roadrunners qualify for the national tournament, it will mark the program’s third appearance at nationals, with the last trip occurring in 2019, when Angelina College finished as National Runners-up. AC won the national title back in 2014.

Summer Camps for Athletics:

Any youngster looking for something fun and productive to do this summer (and any parent looking to get the kids out of the house for a few hours) can look to Camp Roadrunner to come to the rescue. Camp Roadrunner and the athletics camps offer kids a full day of fun and instruction in numerous areas, guaranteeing no one is going to feel bored. (And parents, they’re going to come home tired. You win!)

The Athletics youth camps dates are as follows:

Baseball: June 5-7, Poland Field on the AC Campus

Softball: June 12-15, Lady Roadrunner Softball Field on the AC Campus

Basketball: June 12-15 and July 10-13, Shands Gymnasium on the AC Campus

Soccer: June 12-15 and July 24-27, the Angelina College Soccer Complex

Full registration and other information are located at

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