AC Athletics Weekly Update


Greetings from Melbourne, Florida, where the Roadrunner men’s soccer team are participating in the NJCAA Division I National Championship. The soccer tournament uses pool play, so there’s no way yet to predict how long the ‘Runners will be here. Hopefully, they’ll still be here playing for a title on Saturday despite a loss on Sunday.

Here’s a quick rundown of this past week in AC Athletics:

AC Soccer:

The week actually began this past Tuesday, when both AC soccer teams sat in on the NJCAA’s Selection Show watch party held on the AC campus. The Lady Roadrunners received heartbreak news: In the field of 12 teams to play for a title on the women’s side, AC’s ladies were one spot back because of a round of upsets in regional tournaments around the nation. The Lady ‘Runners finish their 2022 season with a ton of team and individual records to go with a 15-3-1 record – with all three losses coming to the No. 1 team in the nation.

The Roadrunners got the good news when the committed flashed the “Angelina” banner as the 10th overall seed. AC landed in Pool C with Jefferson College and Monroe College.

On Sunday, AC’s men kicked off their tournament in Melbourne, Florida – but only after a three-hour storm delay. Then the Roadrunners and Monroe battled to a scoreless draw after regulation play and two full overtime periods, leaving the match to penalty kicks in a shootout.

There, AC’s men fell 3-2 on the PKs.

The Roadrunners face Jefferson College at 3 p.m. on Monday, and Jefferson and Monroe will wrap up Pool C play on Tuesday. That’s when the ‘Runners will learn whether they’re still in the fight or headed back home.

Roadrunner Basketball:

The Roadrunner men hosted Strength ‘N Motion on Wednesday, with AC taking an 82-47 win at Shands Gymnasium. Nehikare Igiehon notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the team. Michael Hogg and Hugi Halgrimsson added 11 points each; Xavier Owens and Daniel Sanchez scored 10 each.

AC then squared off with some tough competition in the East/West Challenge in Plano, with the ‘Runners losing to 76-50 to Western Texas College and 80-45 to Odessa College

The Roadrunners will host Loyola Prep at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Shands Gymnasium.

Lady Roadrunner Basketball:

AC’s ladies still haven’t played at home since the home opener on Nov. 1. The Lady ‘Runners this week participated in the Herb Richardson Classic in Tyler and split their two games: AC beat Baton Rouge Community College 80-48 on Friday but fell 76-56 to Collin County College on Saturday.

The Lady Roadrunners will host the Angelina Classic starting Friday at Shands Gymnasium. AC will play LSU-Eunice at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and McLennan Community College at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The email address for AC’s Sports Information Director is

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.

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