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NACOGDOCHES — Today could be a day of monumental decisions concerning the fall student-athletes in the Southland Conference and their fans as the universities’ presidents meet to hear recommendations that were decided Tuesday from the league’s athletic directors.

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President Donald Trump on Monday joined a U.S. senator and a number of coaches calling to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown as supporters pushed the premise that the players are safer because of their sport.

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NACOGDOCHES — The COVID-19 pandemic forced a serious southern turn in college sports in mid-March when the NCAA made a nation-wide decision to cancel the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships and then the championships of all spring sports.

SFA men’s basketball assistant coaches Jeremy Cox and Wade Mason were recognized as two of the Southland Conference’s Top Five Assistants by Jeff Goodman, a national basketball analyst and insider for Watchstadium.com.

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The current pandemic may have put a damper on Angelina College athletics programs for the next full academic season, but supporters are already gearing up and preparing for the teams’ returns in the fall of 2021.

NACOGDOCHES — Colby Carthel is a planner. He doesn’t go for the ‘get rich quick’ schemes. He plans for the long haul. He knows what it takes to build a winner and he has the patience to get it done. He’s proven he can do it.

FRISCO — Defending Southland Conference football co-champion Central Arkansas is the choice of the league’s coaches and sports information directors to again finish atop the SLC standings this season as the Bears received 12 of a possible 22 first-place votes and 190 points to win the league…

FRISCO — The Southland Conference has decided to push back the start date for the fall sports season of competition to Sept. 1, effective immediately. This includes all soccer and volleyball competitions, including scrimmages, exhibitions and countable matches. Beginning Sept. 1, each instit…

As several Angelina College athletes search for new places to continue their playing careers, one Roadrunner is set to take his next step at one of the most prestigious baseball programs in the nation.

NACOGDOCHES — The Stephen F. Austin football program has become one of many that has been hit hard because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Southland Conference Football Media Day proceeded as planned — although virtual — and Commissioner Tom Burnett emphasized in his opening statement that plans are to have a fall intercollegiate football schedule for 2020 as well.

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FRISCO — Defending Southland Conference football co-champion Central Arkansas is the choice of the league’s coaches and sports information directors to again finish atop the SLC standings this season.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) recently announced the seventh annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the top performing basketball teams in the realm of academics.

NACOGDOCHES — Stephen F. Austin sophomore Xavier Gipson was the lone Lumberjack to represent the football team when the 2020 Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference teams were announced on Wednesday.

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Angelina College officials announced on Monday that all intercollegiate athletic programs are suspended for the upcoming 2020-21 seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association voted on Monday afternoon to move the fall sports schedule to the spring.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) on Friday released its list All-Academic honors, and once again the Angelina College softball team landed among those mentioned.

Angelina College has announced the suspension of the fall 2020 soccer season because of the ongoing risks associated with COVID-19. The announcement includes both the women’s and men’s programs, with hopes of resuming action in the fall of 2021.

NACOGDOCHES — SFA baseball and director of athletics Ryan Ivey recently announced the addition of an indoor pitching lab to the SFA Baseball facility. The 4,800-square-foot indoor space will provide a space for SFA pitchers to improve their craft and is set to be ready in time for the 2021 season.

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NACOGDOCHES — With the 2020 college football season still very much in question because of the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, Stephen F. Austin athletes returned to campus on Monday to begin summer voluntary workouts.

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A pair of Angelina College Lady Runners were rewarded for tremendous seasons as they were named to the 2020 NJCAA Women’s Basketball All-Star team.

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NACOGDOCHES — A total of 143 SFA student-athletes were recognized as part of the Southland Conference Spring 2020 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, according to a release from the conference office on Monday.

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The Angelina College Roadrunner baseball program has established itself as a pipeline for players seeking to advance to the next level, including those at the university levels and the major leagues. With several former Roadrunners on current MLB rosters, AC Baseball is a proven source of lo…

NACOGDOCHES —The 2020-21 athletic year will be remembered as the start of a new era at SFA Athletics. In the spirit of launching a refreshed identity, the Purple Lights Fund is excited to announce the 110% PLF Renewal Campaign.

Former Lufkin Panthers’ standout Haylen Green continued to make waves at the next level as he was named a second-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball earlier this week.

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NACOGDOCHES — Countless women’s basketball teams all across the country were deeply frustrated and saddened in mid-March when the NCAA called a halt to their 2020 search for a title and/or long playoff run. No team felt that disappointment more than the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks.

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FRISCO — Nathan Bain has been chosen as the male recipient of the 2020 Steve McCarty Citizenship Awards, as awarded by the Southland Conference.

NACOGDOCHES — After a change in athletic department personnel, an alert intern initiated a self investigation by Stephen F. Austin that resulted in the NCAA handing down serious penalties against the university this week.

New York Jets defensive end John Franklin-Myers has known his share of struggles, from his high school playing days at Greenville, to his collegiate football career at Stephen F. Austin and now professionally in the Big Apple.

NACOGDOCHES — History has a way of changing when you least expect it. And for the SFA Lumberjacks basketball team and Nathan Bain, that came on the evening of Nov. 26, 2019.

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The Angelina College soccer program has added Paul Murillo to serve as an assistant coach, with Murillo joining first-year head coach Nataki Stewart to guide both the women’s and men’s teams.

NACOGDOCHES — Even elite athletes have their share of disappointments at some point in their careers. But the great ones overcome obstacles and continue to achieve greatness.

A trio of SFA coaches and one player were recognized by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches in a regional release this week, which recognizes the best coaches in the state of Texas.

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From Lufkin High School to Angelina College, Cameron Hart has left his mark on the area basketball scene over the past several years.

For the second time this week, an Angelina College basketball player was named to the NJCAA All-America Team.

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The Angelina College Roadrunners’ basketball season came to a premature end as the NJCAA elected to cancel all spring sports and championships due to the COVID-19 situation.

Both Angelina College basketball teams exceeded expectations in 2019-20, with both the Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners advancing to their respective Region XIV Conference Tournament Championship games — and the Roadrunners winning the title.

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FRISCO — The Southland Conference announced Saturday that the league will cancel all remaining spring sports competitions and championship events, effective immediately.

The Angelina College Lady Roadrunners were swept in a doubleheader by Kilgore on Saturday afternoon, dropping 8-4 and 1-0 decisions.

Bad weather forecasts for areas north of Lufkin have forced some scheduling changes for the Angelina College softball and baseball teams, leaving both teams playing at home for the weekend.

It didn’t take Natasha Mack long to make a big-time impact on the Oklahoma State basketball program. In her first year on the Stillwater campus, the former Lufkin Lady Panther and Angelina College Lady Roadrunner star made her mark for the Cowgirls on a nightly basis.

Karlus Flanagan and Sawyre Thornhill had big days at the plate and three Angelina College pitchers combined on a one-hitter as the Roadrunners stayed hot with a 9-3 win over the Joliet Wolves in non-district baseball action at the Larry Phillips Family Sports Complex Monday afternoon.

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