Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update

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We’re back…sort of.
Our East Texas “Snow-pocalypse” hit this week, leading to Tuesday’s campus closure and a slight delay to our first day of the semester.
This is East Texas, however, so by the end of the week, we’ll all be working on our tans.
Here’s a rundown of the past week’s events, along with all events heading our way.

Lady Roadrunner Basketball

The Lady Roadrunner basketball team came out of the holiday break on fire, posting back-to-back blowouts to move to 2-0 in Region XIV conference play.

AC started the new semester with a convincing 83-56 win over Kilgore College Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium. Amyria Walker – who leads Region XIV in scoring at a 19.9 points-per-game clip – led the Lady ‘Runners over the Lady Rangers with an 18-point effort. Marie Kenembeni added 15 points and six rebounds, and Janay Quinn finished with 13 points and five assists.

On Saturday, AC’s ladies traveled to Jacksonville, where the Lady ‘Runners proceeded to blow past the Lady Jaguars by a 71-45 final margin. Team leaders were Kenembeni with 15 points, Quinn and Alicia Rivera-Scott with 12 points each, and Walker and Maria Andrade with 10 points each.

The Lady Roadrunners (10-6, 2-0) host No. 4 Trinity Valley Community College at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday as part of a women’s/men’s doubleheader at Shands Gymnasium. AC caps the week with Saturday’s visit to No. 23 Blinn College in Brenham. That game tips off at 2 p.m.

Roadrunner Basketball

The Roadrunner men experienced a full rollercoaster of a week: The team first pulled off a thrilling 58-55 win over Bossier Parish Community College on Wednesday at Shands Gymnasium but then fell 70-66 in an overtime heartbreaker at Kilgore College on Saturday.

In Wednesday’s win, the ‘Runners showed just how to pull out one of those gritty, make-it-happen types of wins so common in conference play. Just three AC players scored in double figures: Xavier Owens (13 points), Nehikare Igiehon (12 points) and Eddie Evans (10 points). However, the clutch plays down the stretch were enough to hold off the Cavs. Igiehon kept a rebound alive in the final seconds, slapping the ball to a teammate and leading to Keddric Mays’ game-sealing free throws.

In Saturday’s loss at Kilgore, Igiehon posted a season-high 19 points, followed by 13 points from Patrick Johnson and 12 points each from Owens and Mays.

The Roadrunners (11-6, 2-4) host Navarro College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before visiting No. 11 Lee College in Baytown on Saturday. Game time on Saturday is 4 p.m.

Lady Roadrunner Softball Evaluation Session Rescheduled

The Lady Roadrunner Softball program’s scheduled “Recruiting Showcase” has been moved from its original date of Sunday, Jan. 14 to Sunday, Jan. 28. All other information remains the same.

For registration and other information, click the attached link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prospect-softball-camp-january-14-2024-9-am-registration-772282777577?aff=oddtdtcreator

Baseball, Softball Schedules

As announced last week, both the AC baseball and softball schedules are now available online. Visit www.angelinaathletics.com to view those schedules. The Roadrunner baseball team is scheduled to open the season on Friday, Jan. 26 at Galveston. The ‘Runners then host their home opener on Sunday, Jan. 28 starting at 1 p.m.

The Lady Roadrunner softball team opens its season at Tyler Junior College with a Wednesday, Jan. 31 doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. AC’s ladies host their home opener on Sunday, Feb. 4 in a twin bill starting at 1 p.m.

Live Streaming Update

Angelina College Athletics has partnered with TSBN Sports for all live streaming of AC sports events. On the AC Athletics website (www.angelinaathletics.com), one simply has to click the “Video” link under the rolling schedule on the right-hand side of the page.

AC Basketball Teams Cut Lines

Men:

Xavier Owens Dunk

Angelina College’s Xavier Owens finishes off a breakaway dunk during Wednesday’s game against Bossier Parish Community College. The Roadrunners held on for a 58-55 win over the Cavs at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

Patrick Johnson Drive

Angelina College’s Patrick Johnson (1) drives around a defender during Wednesday’s game against Bossier Parish Community College. The Roadrunners held on for a 58-55 win over the Cavs at Shands Gymnasium. (Maria Andrade/AC Athletics photo)

Women:

Maria Andrade Reverse

Angelina College’s Maria Andrade hits a difficult reverse layup during Wednesday’s game against Kilgore College. The Lady Roadrunners rolled to an 83-56 win in their conference opener at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

India McMahon Drive

Angelina College’s India McMahon (4) finishes off a fast break with an open layup during Wednesday’s game against Kilgore College. The Lady Roadrunners rolled to an 83-56 win in their conference opener at Shands Gymnasium. (Gary Stallard/AC Athletics photo)

That’s about it for this week. Baby, it’s cold outside, so please stay safe and warm.

I’ll see you at the games.
Gary Stallard
Email: gstallard@angelina.edu
Phone: (936) 465-4614

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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