Angelina College Hosting Reunion Weekend And Hall Of Fame Inductions Day

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AC’s Lady Roadrunner 2014 National Championship softball team became the college’s first team to earn a national title and the first Texas team to win an NJCAA softball title. The team will be inducted into the new Angelina College Athletics Hall of Fame during Alumni Day ceremonies on Nov. 7. (Photo by: AC News Service)
AC’s Lady Roadrunner 2014 National Championship softball team became the college’s first team to earn a national title and the first Texas team to win an NJCAA softball title. The team will be inducted into the new Angelina College Athletics Hall of Fame during Alumni Day ceremonies on Nov. 7. (Photo by: AC News Service)

The Angelina College Athletics program has a long history of success stories, from the 1998 men’s basketball team

qualifying for the national tournament, to the 2003-2004 women’s team’s long post-season run and on to the 2014 softball national title.

Along the way, the programs have seen their share of All-Americans and other athletes who entered major-college and professional ranks. Roadrunner legends such as Roderick Anderson, Eric Chatfield and Chip Cartwright (men’s basketball); Lesa Jones and Mozell Brooks (women’s basketball); Dennis Cook, Clay Buchholz, Andrew Cashner and Josh Tomlin (baseball); and Kassie James and Gia Johns (softball) left indelible marks in AC sports history, with some of them carrying on at the upper echelons of sport.

On Nov. 7, AC will host an Alumni Day as part of a Roadrunner Reunion Weekend in order to recognize those teams and athletes from the past. A full day of activities will include a basketball Old-Timer’s

Former Lady Roadrunner softball player Kassie James, who led AC to a national title and holds every offensive record for the program’s history, is scheduled for induction into the AC Hall of Fame. (Photo by: AC News Service)
Former Lady Roadrunner softball player Kassie James, who led AC to a national title and holds every offensive record for the program’s history, is scheduled for induction into the AC Hall of Fame. (Photo by: AC News Service)

game inside Shands Gymnasium at 11 a.m.; a baseball/softball Old-Timer’s game (weather permitting) at Roadrunner Field at noon; and regular-season basketball games featuring the 2015-2016 Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners later in the day. AC’s ladies will play McLennan College at 3 p.m. as part of the Angelina Classic (Panola College and Seminole State will play at 1 p.m.), and the Roadrunner men will take on Greater Houston Prep at 5 p.m.

Registration for the events will take place at 9:30 a.m. inside Shands Gymnasium.

In addition, the college will establish a permanent Hall of Fame, with several former ‘Runners scheduled for induction on that day. Baseball players Cashner (San Diego Padres) and Tomlin (Cleveland Indians) will be honored, along with the 1998 men’s basketball and the 2003-2004 women’s basketball teams.

Fans also will have the opportunity to purchase AC merchandise in the campus bookstore.

In addition, former Roadrunner athletes are encouraged to visit the AC web site’s Athletics page and complete the Roadrunner Alumni form by clicking on the link.

For more information, contact the AC Athletics office at 936-633-5282.

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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