Three Teams, One Cause AC Hosting Coaches vs. Cancer Day on Saturday

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A full day of Angelina College athletics action will go toward a worthy cause, as AC’s basketball and baseball teams will host their annual Coaches vs. Cancer Day on Saturday, February 27.

All proceeds, including those generated through AC’s Relay for Life campaign, will go toward the Lufkin chapter of the American Cancer Society.

The Roadrunner baseball team will off the day’s proceedings with a doubleheader against McLennan College starting at 1 p.m. at Roadrunner Field. The ‘Runners have scored 12 or more runs in three of their past four wins.

At 2 p.m., the Lady Roadrunner basketball team hosts San Jacinto College in the Lady ‘Runners’ regular-season finale. Immediately following, the Roadrunner men’s basketball team caps off its regular season by taking on Lamar State College-Port Arthur, with tip off scheduled for 4 p.m.

The basketball teams will also recognize Sophomore Day for those players moving on next season.

Both the Lady ‘Runners and Roadrunner basketball squads are battling for final seeding in the upcoming Region XIV Conference Championship Tournament scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 1 at Shands Gymnasium. The winner of the tournament advances to the national championships in Lubbock (women) and in Hutchinson, Kansas (men).

The Lady Roadrunners (18-11, 11-8), already have clinched a post-season berth – giving head coach Byron Coleman a 10-year playoff appearance streak. Currently sitting in fifth place in the conference standings, AC’s ladies are just a game behind San Jacinto College (19-10, 12-7).

The Roadrunners (17-11, 10-8) are tied for fourth place in the conference’s South Zone, trailing Jacksonville College by a single game. Lamar State-PA’s Seahawks currently lead the zone with a 13-5 record in league play. Both basketball games will be available via live streaming at roadrunnerslive.com.

AC Hosting Coaches vs Cancer Feb 27 2016 Graphic copyShane Temara Reverse Layup:

Angelina College’s Shane Temara hits a reverse layup during a recent game at Shands Gymnasium. AC’s Roadrunner baseball team (1 p.m.) and Lady Roadrunner (2 p.m.) and Roadrunner (4 p.m.) basketball teams each will play on Saturday as part of the annual Coaches vs. Cancer event. (AC Press photo)

 

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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