Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update

Date:

March 19 through March 26, 2023

You had to be there.

That’s about the only way to describe what transpired with the Roadrunner baseball team in Wednesday’s home doubleheader against Bossier Parish Community College.

In addition, both AC basketball teams released their post-season accolades lists, and Lady ‘Runner basketball coach Byron Coleman landed another All-American.

Following is the week that was and the week ahead.

Roadrunner Baseball:

A walk-off win is a pretty big deal in baseball, complete with last-minute drama and crazy celebrations.

The Roadrunners managed to walk it off twice on Wednesday against Bossier Parish CC.

AC trailed 10-3 in its final at-bat in the opener, then proceeded to score eight runs to win in walk-off style. Dalton Mullins’ drive to right field scored Noah Pate with the game winner in the ‘Runners 11-10 win.

As if that weren’t enough, the Roadrunners did it again in the nightcap. With BPCC leading 18-15 in the bottom of the ninth inning, AC’s Heladio Moreno tied the game with a three-run, bases-clearing double. Moreno then won the game with a dusty, head-first slide into home when the ball bounced away from the Cavaliers’ defense. The Roadrunners celebrated yet another walk-off in the 19-18 win.

The ‘Runners would drop a doubleheader at Tyler Junior College on Saturday, falling 12-0 and 7-3 in Tyler.

AC plays a single, nine-inning game at Alvin College on Monday beginning at 2 p.m. The Roadrunners (19-17, 9-11), then host Panola College in a conference doubleheader at Poland Field starting at 1 p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus. AC closes out the week with Saturday’s doubleheader at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant starting at 1 p.m.

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

AC’s ladies hit a rough patch on the road this week, losing 9-4 and 3-2 at Blinn College on Wednesday before dropping identical 11-10 losses Saturday at Coastal Bend Community College.

The Lady ‘Runners (12-16, 3-5) play host to conference-leading Galveston College on Wednesday in a home doubleheader scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. AC then travels to Houston on Saturday for a doubleheader against San Jacinto College starting at 4 p.m.

Basketball Postseason Accolades:

Lady Roadrunner head basketball coach Byron Coleman now can boast yet another All-American.

AC’s Marie Kenembeni, a freshman from Cameroon, recently earned First-Team All-American honors according to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Kenembeni, who averaged a double-double (12.6 points per game, 12.9 rebounds per game) also earned First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference honors.

Teammate Shanbriah Rule (10.6 points per game) was named Honorable Mention All-Region.

On the men’s side, Patrick Johnson (9.9 points per game, 3.7 assists per game) earned 2nd Team All-Region and 2nd Team South Zone honors, while teammate Xavier Owens (9.2 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game) was named to the All-Conference Honorable Mention list

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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