Big Week Pushes Lady Roadrunners up the Polls AC Ranked No. 15 Nationally

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The Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team used a big week to climb another notch in the national rankings.

The Lady ‘Runners moved to No. 15 in the NJCAA Division I polls after sweeping Kilgore College on the road on April 12 and Trinity Valley Community College at home on April 19. AC beat Kilgore 10-2 and 6-1, getting a homer from Kaylee Ancelot in the opener, and followed up with wins of 12-8 and 4-0 over TVCC behind homers from Ancelot and Rachel Agnello.

Although Monday’s games didn’t factor into the recent polls, the Lady ‘Runners can expect another jump in next week’s rankings after earning a road split at No. 5 Tyler Junior College on Monday. AC took the first game by an 8-3 final behind a complete game from pitcher Shelby Mixon and led most of the nightcap before falling 5-4 on a Lady Apache two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh.

AC’s ladies will play three consecutive road doubleheaders at Northeast Texas Community College, Navarro College and Paris College before returning home on Wednesday to face Kilgore College starting at 1 p.m. Following the Kilgore games, the team will hold its Sophomore Night ceremonies.

The Lady Roadrunners close out the regular season at home on Friday in a doubleheader against Bossier Parish Community College. Game time for the opener is 3 p.m.

The e-mail address for AC’s Sports Information Director is gstallard@angelina.edu.

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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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