Lopez Named AC Soccer’s First All-American

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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.

Colombian Freshman Caps Record-Setting Season

The still-young Angelina College soccer program now can boast of its first NJCAA All-American.

Juan Lopez, a freshman forward from Instituto Inte in Palmira, Colombia recently was named to the Third Team All-American list following his record-setting 2021 season.

Lopez’ combination of pitch savvy, a nose for the ball and a perpetual full head of steam led to his establishing a new team single-season scoring record with 13 goals, including hat tricks in matches against Northeast Texas Community College and Trinity Valley Community College. He added four assists and finished with 30 total points, hitting his shot attempts at a .929 shot percentage while adding two game-winning goals. Lopez finished in the nation’s top 20 in both goals and points.

The Roadrunners compiled a 13-4 record with a two-deep run into the postseason, finishing the year ranked No. 12 in the nation.

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

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