Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update

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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 Soccer:

AC’s soccer teams were on the road again this past week, and both the women and men picked up big wins to maintain their positions in the Region XIV conference standings.

On Wednesday, the Roadrunners used a Juan Lopez goal to take a 1-0 win over Coastal Bend Community College in Beeville. Then, on Saturday, Lopez notched two more goals in AC’s 3-1 at Paris Junior College. Jaheim Brown added a goal for the No. 7 Roadrunners, now 12-1-1, 10-1-1 on the season.

Lopez extended his single-season program record for goals scored to 14, giving him 27 for his AC career – good enough for the all-time record for career goals scored.

The No. 11 Lady Roadrunners enjoyed a rare night off on Wednesday before embarking to Paris to face Paris Junior College on Saturday. AC’s ladies got goals from Liliane Clase – her 13th of the season, another single-season record for AC soccer. Marlene Flores and Aliyah Bustamante also scored for the Lady ‘Runners, now 11-2-1, 10-1 on the season.

AC’s soccer teams will wrap up the regular season with a pair of home stands this week. AC will host Northeast Texas Community College in a Wednesday doubleheader scheduled for the women’s 5 p.m. kickoff on Wednesday, with the men hosting the NTCC Eagles at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners will close out the regular season with home games against Jacksonville College. The Lady ‘Runners kick off at 5 p.m., and the ‘Runners will follow at 7:30 p.m. The teams will celebrate Sophomore Day during pre-game ceremonies.

The Region XIV conference tournament will open with the women’s quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 28. The men’s quarterfinals will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29. At present, both AC teams are scheduled to host those first-round games. We’ll keep you updated as the dates draw near.

Angelina College Baseball:

Currently, the Roadrunners are scheduled to host Alvin College at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18 at Poland Stadium on the AC campus. Of course, that will depend on the weather. Tuesday will mark the AC baseball team’s final Fall Ball game of the season.

Angelina College Softball:

AC’s softball team also is winding down its fall schedule. The team will host an intrasquad scrimmage starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22 before traveling to Texas A&M Commerce-Corpus Christi on Saturday.

Heads-up:

Believe it or not, basketball season is right on top of us. Both the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners have been busy with scrimmage schedules, and the Roadrunner men’s team will host a home scrimmage against Jarvise College at noon on Friday, Oct. 28. The regular season tips off on Nov. 1, and the Lady Roadrunners will play host to Hill College in the season opener at Shands Gymnasium at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Roadrunners’ season opener will feature a home game against NBL College Select at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2.

This past week, Region XIV held its basketball Media Day at Trinity Valley Community College, with AC coaches Byron Coleman and J.J. Montgomery in attendance. In the annual coaches’ polls, the Roadrunner men were picked to finish fourth in the East Zone, while the Lady Roadrunners were picked to finish third in the conference.

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