If you take a close look at the KTRE Pineywood Showdown trophies, you will find that the Angelina teams have plaques of their teams winning every year.
Nacogdoches has been on the heels of Angelina County though, as the Nacogdoches boys lost by 6 points in last year's showdown, while the girls lost by just two points. With, that the Nacogdoches girls feel this is their year.
"There's going to be a lot of people going for Angelina County, but we're going to shut them down," Emauzja Johnson, from the Nacogdoches girls team.
The confidence of the Nacogdoches girls teams seems to be contagious, as the Nacogdoches boys have the same frame of mind.
"We want to come out and beat them," said Brandon Alvis, from the Nacogdoches boys team. "We just want to come out, and prove everybody wrong."
"We're out there to prove we can play with the big dogs and we're not there to mess around. We're out there to get a 'W'" said Bryce Westbrook, from the Nacogdoches boys team.
No matter what Nacogdoches has said about tomorrow's game, Angelina says things won't change and that history is just bound to repeat itself.
"I have no doubt with our guys we will win," said Chase Ponson, from the Angelina boys team. "I'm pushing more our way. I have confidence in our team. We're going to win."
"I think it's going to be really competitive and the fans are going to be loud and full," said Jessica Gillespie, from the Nacogdoches girls team. "Everybody is going to be there as always, but I think we can pull it out again and continue the tradition."
These teams are playing for charity, but that doesn't at all take away from the tension that has built up between the Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties over the course of 6 years.
"If someone makes a shot on me from Nacogdoches County, I'm not going to tell them good shot. I'm going to get the shot he just got on me," said Ponson.
"There might be a little trash talking," said Kwa Jones, from the Nacogdoches boys team. "I'll just try to see how it plays out first before I start talking."
"We'll feel the rivalry and tension when we get there to play them," said Sara Gunter, from the Angelina girls team.
At this point is won't matter what you say, but how you play.
"We're going to win this game, and take it home for Nacogdoches and the Class of '14," said Johnson.
The Pineywood Showdown will be this Thursday. The girls play at 6 p.m. and the boys game will start immediately after. Admission is $5 at the door. Children ages 5 and under get in free.
Below are the coaches, charities and rosters for the game:
Coached by Laura Jones of Diboll
Playing for Boys & Girls Club of Diboll and Lufkin
2 Sara Gunter, Central
3 Lexxus Hamilton, Diboll
4 Katie Davis, Huntington
10 Paige Funderburk, Hudson
12 Tiara Robinson Lufkin
14 Ciara Harrison, Lufkin
20 Latisha Collins, Lufkin
22 Madison Selman, Hudson
23 Maddison Graham, Huntington
24 Jessica Gillespie, Huntington
25 Shelby Finch, Central
33 Caitlyn Lamber, Zavalla
Coached by JT McManus of Lufkin
Playing for Harold's House
2 Brandon Mitchell, Diboll
3 Logan Nerren, Huntington
4 JaMarcus Horace, Lufkin
10 Sammy Scott, Diboll
11 Davis Robinson, Lufkin
12 Jalil Jones, Pineywoods Academy
13 Michael Day, Zavalla
15 DJ Gibson, Lufkin
23 Mitchell England, Hudson
24 Chase Ponson, Central
25 George Brown, Central
32 Brandon Carver, Central
Coached by Ashley Brown of Central Heights
Playing for Godtel
1 Nacogoches Emauzja Johnson
2 Jasia Berry, Garrison
3 Christy Whitaker, Nacogdoches
5 Hannah Kimbrough, Garrison
20 Kasha Grigsby, Nacogdoches
23 Mackenzie Tucker, Cushing
24 Claire Pinkston, Woden
32 Justice Lockett, Chireno
45 Lauren Lee, Chireno
Coached by Dayna Westbrook, Douglass
Playing for Glory Gang Ministries
3 Kwa Jones, Nacogdoches
5 Patrick Sanders, Nacogdoches
10 Lane Williams, Cushing
11 William Rogers, Garrison
12 Bryce Westbrook, Douglass
13 Josh Johnson, Woden
22 LJ Barnes, Nacogdoches
23 Tanner Garner, Central Heights
25 Keaton Foteno, Central Heights
33 Brandon Alvis, Chireno
34 Tim Ham, Douglass
50 James Hill, Martinsville
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