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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. 16 Lady Roadrunners Set to Host Playoff Opener

Angelina College’s Lady Roadrunner soccer team, ranked No. 16 in the final regular-season polls released on Monday, are about to embark on a journey to previously unexplored territory.

            The Lady ‘Runners are hosting a conference tournament playoff game for the first time in the program’s brief history.

            AC’s ladies on Thursday will host Jacksonville College in the opening round of the Region XIV Conference Tournament. After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-4 – good enough for second place in the conference standings – the Lady Roadrunners earned the right to host the first-round match.

            AC will face Jacksonville College, a team with which the Lady ‘Runners earned a regular-season split. The Lady Roadrunners earned a 3-1 win at home on August 28 behind goals from Emilie Dueck, Liliane Clase and Camila Montero. The Lady Jaguars then shut out the Lady Roadrunners 1-0 on Oct. 2 in Jacksonville.

            Since then, the Lady Roadrunners have won five of six matches, falling only to No. 1-ranked Tyler Junior College. AC has outscored opponents 20-3 in that stretch, with the defense shutting out the opposition in all five of the wins. Goalkeeper Emily Quintanilla is ranked second in the conference in save percentage at .800, and the back line has helped hold opponents to just 12 goals over 14 matches.

In addition, a number of Lady Roadrunners are among league leaders in goals scored, including Dueck with eight and Montero and Tatyanna Guzman with six each.

Thursday’s tournament match against Jacksonville College will kick off at 6 p.m. at Jase Magers Field on the Lufkin High School campus.

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