Angelina College Athletics Weekly Update

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We have legitimate “pennant races” with our Angelina College softball and baseball programs. We had a Lady Roadrunner basketball player named to TWO All-American lists. We’re hosting a reunion for the only national championship team in AC Athletics history.

And, as always, we had student-athletes involved in our community.

We’ve been a little busy around here.

Here’s a recap of the week, along with some upcoming events.      

Lady Roadrunner Softball Stays in Playoff Race with Alvin Sweep

The Lady Roadrunners aren’t finished yet.

AC’s ladies traveled to Alvin on Saturday to face Alvin College in a doubleheader, and the Lady ‘Runners pulled off the upset on the road.

The Lady Roadrunners took both games of the doubleheader, winning 6-2 and 7-5 to stay within striking range of an upcoming post-season berth.

In the opener, a 6-2 AC win, Sandra Quiroz-Catalan doubled twice to drive in three runs, then hit the pitching circle to throw two shutout innings to lift starter Paige Castillo (5 IP, 2 earned runs, 4 Ks) to the win.

The Lady ‘Runners then held off the Dolphins for a 7-5 win in the nightcap, with Riley Davila driving in a pair of runs. AC jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the top of the first, then rode the arms of pitchers Jocelyn Cantu and Madison Johnson to cap the sweep.

AC (15-33, 5-9) hosts Alvin College in a Monday doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field on the AC campus.

Roadrunner Baseball Still Fighting for Postseason Spot

The ‘Runners dropped Wednesday’s opener of the three-game series with Tyler Junior College by a 20-10 score despite three RBIs each from Sam Hardcastle and Christian Letendre.

On Saturday, the Apaches completed the sweep by beating the Roadrunners 4-1 and 8-0 in Tyler.

The Roadrunners (15-27, 6-15) continue fighting for a post-season berth this week. First, AC will host Dallas College-Mountain View in Monday’s non-conference game. The single, nine-inning game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus.

The ‘Runners on Wednesday then host Paris College in the opener of a key division series. AC faces the Dragons at 1 p.m. at Poland Field before traveling to Paris on Saturday for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.

AC currently trails fourth-place Paris College by just two games in the race for a post-season berth.  

Walker Earns Two All-American Nods

Angelina College’s Amyria Walker had herself quite the year in 2023-2024.

The sophomore from Burleson, Texas led all of Region XIV women’s basketball in scoring by dropping 19.8 points per game. She was also first in the league with total points (635 total, with 314 occurring during conference play) and free throws, converting 134 of 189 attempts.

Her efforts earned plenty of notice: Walker was named Region XIV’s Most Valuable Player, and this past week she picked up a couple of national honors.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) named Walker to its 1st Team All-American list. Days later, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) followed suit, placing Walker on its list as well.

For the full story, click the following link: https://angelina.prestosports.com/general/2023-24/releases/aclrbbamyriawalkerallamerican2024

AC’s Coaches Against Cancer Earns Donation to Alliance of Hope

Back in March, Angelina College hosted a “Coaches against Cancer” day that included everything from AC baseball, softball, and basketball games to numerous other activities. The goal: Raising money for cancer awareness.

Cancer survivors Ashley Berry and Daisy Brumley threw out ceremonial first pitches for softball and baseball, and the college hosted several other activities all designed both to honor those affected by the disease and to generate donations from a generous community.

On Tuesday, AC coaches and staff members presented Berry, chairperson of the East Texas Cancer Alliance of Hope, with a check representing those donations.

For the full story, click the link: https://angelina.prestosports.com/general/2023-24/releases/acathleticcanersallianceofhopepresentation2024

Softball National Champions 10-Year Reunion: Yes, 2024 marks the 10th anniversary of Angelina College’s only national title: The Lady Roadrunner Softball team’s 2014 national championship.  

This Saturday (April 20), the program will host a reunion for the champs in a ceremony scheduled to start at noon on the softball field. Should inclement weather wreck the day’s game plans, the ceremony will take place inside Shands Gymnasium.

One way or another, we’re going to honor those national champs.

For the full story, click the following link:

https://angelina.prestosports.com/general/2023-24/releases/acsoftball2014teamreunion2024

Men’s Basketball Celebrates March Madness with Area Students

The Roadrunner men’s basketball team received an invitation to Lufkin Middle School to help celebrate basketball’s “March Madness” events.

Head coach/athletic director J.J. Montgomery said the event takes place every year, and the class showing the most school spirit wins special prizes and recognition. The ‘Runners were there to hand out popcorn and draw the names of the winners.

This Week’s Schedule (NOTE: Baseball and softball are subject to change with pending inclement weather):

Roadrunner Baseball:

Monday, April 15: AC vs. Dallas College-Mountain View, a single 9-inning game starting at 3 p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus.     

Wednesday, April 17: AC vs. Paris College, a single 9-inning game starting at 1 p.m. at Poland Field on the AC campus.

Saturday, April 20: AC at Paris College, doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. in Paris.

Lady Roadrunner Softball:

Monday, April 15: AC vs. Alvin College, DH starting at 2 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field on the AC campus.

Wednesday, April 17: AC at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, DH starting at 1 p.m. in Port Arthur.

Saturday, April 20: AC vs. Blinn College, DH starting at 1 p.m. at Lady Roadrunner Field. A 10th-year reunion for the 2014 National Championship team will start at noon, and the Lady Roadrunners will celebrate Sophomore Day following Saturday’s final game with Blinn College.

For up-to-date information on any potential schedule changes, AC fans can visit the Angelina College Athletics website (www.angelinaathletics.com) or follow on social media (@ACAthletics on X/Twitter, or Angelina College Athletics Facebook page.)

Reminder: Nearly all Angelina College games (even road games) are live-streamed on TSBN Sports. Visit the Angelina College Athletics web site (www.angelinaathletics.com), look for the scrolling schedule on the right, and click the blue “Video” link for the game you’re wanting to watch. (If there’s no blue link, that means TSBN isn’t streaming that particular game.)

For any other information, contact Gary Stallard at gstallard@angelina.edu.

We’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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