Roadrunners Open Conference Tourney Friday


AC Looking for One Win Better than 2015 Result

The Angelina College Roadrunners surprised plenty of teams in their 2015 conference tournament run. The team is hoping to add at least one more win to pull off an even bigger surprise in 2016.

AC in 2015 advanced to the tournament championship game, falling one win short of making the trip to the national finals. Some of the players from that squad are on-hand as the ‘Runners open the tournament’s 2016 version Friday in Sugar Land.

Sophomores Chris Estrada, Mitch Henshaw, Carson Lance, Daniel Lingua, Dustin West, Elijah Rodriguez, Zach Rome and Kevin Roe were on the field or in the dugout in ‘15 as head coach Jeff Livin received the trophy for the tournament runners-up.

AC earned the third seed in the conference’s East Zone and will face Wharton College at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Roadrunners took two out of three games in the two teams’ only meetings this season.

Friday’s schedule includes the following games: #2 Panola vs. #3 Alvin, 10 a.m.; #3 Angelina College vs. #2 Wharton, 1 p.m.; #4 Bossier Parish vs. #1 San Jacinto, 5 p.m.; and #1 Navarro vs. #4 Galveston, 8 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule includes The San Jacinto/Bossier Parish loser vs. the Alvin/Panola loser at 10 a.m.; the AC/Wharton loser vs. the Navarro/Galveston loser at 1 p.m.; the San Jacinto/Bossier Parish winner vs. Alvin/Panola winner at 5 p.m.; and the Navarro/Galveston winner vs. the AC/Wharton winner at 8 p.m.

The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, May 17, with the winner advancing to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

All conference tournament games will take place at Skeeter Park (Constellation Field) in Sugar Land. TSRN Sports will live stream the entire tournament at

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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