They’ve resided in the memories of anyone who saw those men and women play, but now groups of former Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners will have a permanent presence on the campus where they began their collegiate careers.
Angelina College on Saturday inducted several teams and players into the college’s new Hall of Fame now in place inside Shands Gymnasium.
In addition to the HOF inductions, AC recognized two long-standing members of the athletic programs, including Cecil Ferguson, the first basketball coach at AC, and Ken Roland, who was the team’s official bus driver, scorebook keeper and scoreboard operator for more than 20 years.
With ceremonies taking place throughout the entire Roadrunner Reunion/Alumni Day, the inaugural inductees included the following:
Kassie James, Lady Roadrunner Softball (2014-2015)
James was a two-time NFCA All-American who led the AC softball team to the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Championship – AC’s first national title in any sport. James also ended her AC career having set six school records for batting.
Lesa Jones, Lady Roadrunner Basketball (1979-1981)
An NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American, Jones still holds the school record for most points scored in a season (666) and most points over a two-year career (1,267). Jones continued her career at the University of Texas.
Mozell Brooks, Lady Roadrunner Basketball (1985-1986)
Named to the Kodak All-American 1st Team (which then encompassed both two- and four-year collegiate programs) and the NJCAA 1st Team All-American lists. Brooks holds the school record for most points in a single game (48) and most free throws in a game (17). Brooks continued her collegiate career at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she is also a member of the Lumberjack Hall of Fame.
The Lady Roadrunner 2003-2004 Basketball Team
Under then-head coach Dwan Coleman, the team advanced to the conference championship game in 2004. The team holds the school record for most three pointers in a game with 15. Team member Trish Phillips that year established a school record with 12 three pointers in a single game. The team finished with a record of 22-9, the school record until 2009. Members of the team were Dustin Jones, Katrina Hackett, Trish Phillips, Crystal Rome, Cassidy Chretien and Alicia Hawkins, Brandi Ross, Andrea Lewis, Aishie Banks, Ebony Williams, LaToya Levine and Ashley Robertson.
The Lady Roadrunner Softball 2014 National Championship team
The team became the first AC team to win a national title in any sport and the first team from Texas to win the NJCAA Division I World Series in St. George, Utah. The team featured two NFCA All-Americans (Gia Johns and Kassie James), and holds a permanent place in the Congressional Record of the United States. Members of the team were Sage Martinez, Madalyn Sumrall (the World Series MVP), Tessa Thomas, Melissa Boland, Kaylon Morvant, Sidney Allen, Shelby Bruner, Kristen Boulware, Trina Deyo, Meranda Rodriguez, Kassie James, Samantha Moore (the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the World Series), Gia Johns, Katelyn Barker, Taylor Harper, Kayleigh Roy, Ashley Ingle and coaches Barbi and Mark Mattson.
Andrew Cashner, Roadrunner Baseball (2006, 2007)
Cashner, who continued his collegiate career at TCU following his time with AC, was the 19th overall pick (Chicago Cubs) in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Cashner is currently a member of MLB’s San Diego Padres, where he was a unanimous winner of the Clyde McCullough Pitcher of the Year Award from the San Diego chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Josh Tomlin, Roadrunner Baseball (2004, 2005)
Tomlin, who continued his collegiate career at Texas Tech University, was a Cleveland Indians draft pick in 2006 and is still a member of the Tribe’s pitching staff. In his major-league debut, Tomlin outdueled C.C. Sabathia and the New York Yankees in a 4-1 win. In 2014, Tomlin just missed tossing a perfect game, striking out 11 and allowing just one hit against the Seattle Mariners.
Chip Cartwright, Roadrunner Basketball (2005-2006)
An NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention in 2006, Cartwright was a vital component of the Roadrunner basketball team that advanced to the finals of the Region XIV Conference tournament that year. The team finished the season with an overall record of 26-6, and Cartwright continued his collegiate career with the University of Central Florida.
Roderick Anderson, Roadrunner Basketball (1991-1993)
Anderson was the school’s first All-American and only two-time 1st Team All-American, winning the honors in ’92 and ’93. Anderson holds individual school records for points in a game with 47, and the single-game record for free throws in a game (25). Anderson continued his collegiate career at the University of Texas, where he is still ranked among the Top 50 Longhorn basketball players of all time.
J.J. Montgomery, Roadrunner Basketball (2002-2003)
Montgomery, who played at Lufkin High School, was a 1st Team All-American for the Roadrunners in 2003. Montgomery holds the school records for most points in a single season (897) and most points over a two-year career (1,799). Montgomery continued his collegiate career with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Eric Chatfield, Roadrunner Basketball (1997-1999)
A 1st Team All-American selection in 1999, Chatfield was a key member of the 1997-1998 team – the first AC team to qualify for a national tournament. Chatfield was named to the national All-Tournament team following his performance in Hutchinson, KS. He continued his collegiate career at the University of New Mexico.
The Roadrunner 1997-1998 Basketball Team
The first Angelina College team to qualify for a national tournament, with the Roadrunners under head coach Guy Davis earning a trip to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, where the team went 3-1. That team consisted of Antareous Thornton, Harland Burgess, Donald Hamilton, Andre Jackson, Robin Sneed, Eric Chatfield, Damon Green, Dedrick McGee, Larry Beard, Kareem Bartlett, Julius Renfro, Brandon Bailey, Sean Wade and Oskar Skaer.