Angelina College athletics programs have produced excitement for sports fans for decades, with numerous Roadrunners and Lady Roadrunners generating All-American status and others moving on to successful professional careers.
Angelina College is member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Region XIV Athletic Conference.
Men's athletic programs include soccer, basketball and baseball. Women's programs include soccer, basketball and softball. All athletic teams are located on the Lufkin campus.
In 2014, the Lady Roadrunner softball team captured the NJCAA Division I national championship after winning the World Series in St. George, Utah, becoming the first Texas team to earn the title since the Series' inception in 1977. Lady Roadrunner Maddie Sumrall was the Most Outstanding Player after batting .561 for the tournament; teammate Samantha Moore was named Most Outstanding Pitcher.
In 1998, the Roadrunner men's basketball team advanced to the national tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, leaving the tourney with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss.
In October of 2016, former Roadrunner baseball teammates Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox and Josh Tomlin of the Cleveland Indians faced one another as the starting pitchers in the American League Division Series. The Elias Sports Bureau reported the event as the first featuring former junior college teammates as mound foes in a playoff game.
On Sept. 1, 2007 against the Baltimore Orioles, Buchholz became just the third pitcher since 1900, and just the 17th Red Sox pitcher overall to throw a no-hitter in his first or second start.
Other notable former Roadrunners who went on to professional careers include Mark Calaway (the WWF "The Undertaker"), who attended Angelina College on a basketball scholarship; Dennis Cook, who won a World Series with Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins; and Andrew Cashner, the 19th overall selection (by the Chicago Cubs) in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT ANGELINA COLLEGE
Main campus: Lufkin, TX
Address: 3500 South First Street, Lufkin, TX 75904
Enrollment : 5,000-plus
College transfer core curriculum & associate degrees
30 occupational programs, certificates and associate of applied sciences degrees
31 programs or classes in Community Services (non-credit) that lead to certifications or licensure
Adult Education, GED and ESL
Over 20 student clubs and organizations
Phi Theta Kappa, National Honor Society & 4 Star Chapter
Fine Arts, Theater, A.C. Singers, Chorale, Jazz Band, Concert Band
Athletics: Men's and women's basketball; baseball, softball, men's & women's soccer, Region 14 of NJCAA
School Colors: Royal Blue, Columbia Blue, Orange, and White
2014 Softball NJCAA Div. I National Champions
12 counties of East Texas, population 335,000 (2012 est.)
10,238 square miles
Off-Campus Teaching Centers:
Crockett Career & Technical Center : 1505 South 4th St., Crockett, TX 75835, 936-633-5392
Jasper Higher Education & Technology Center, 450 Bulldog Ave., Jasper, TX 75951, 409-489-9000
Nacogdoches Career & Technical Center, 6003 North St., Nacogdoches, TX 75965, 936-205-1000
Polk County Center, 1015 U.S. Highway 59 South, Livingston, TX 77351, 1-800-401-0042
Classes also held at other locations:
Hemphill High School
Sabine Area Center Pineland
San Augustine High School
Trinity High School
Woodville High School
On-site businesses and industries