One day remains before the tip-off of KTRE’s 8th Annual Pineywoods Showdown. The Angelina and Nacogdoches County rivalry will continue to thrive while other rivalries will need to die down.
When it comes to enemies battling on the court in Angelina County, Hudson and Diboll always live up to the hype.
Hornet stand out Javarius Cooper is used to trying to put a winkle in Diboll head coach Kevin Hurley's plans. Now, he'll have to learn to take instruction and play under the Diboll man.
“I’ve always heard he's a pretty good coach. It's kind of different. I'm not going to disrespect him or anything but I'll probably make a few jokes towards it because we beat them in district,” said Cooper. “I'll probably make a couple jokes at him butI think it will be fun and cool.”
There seems to be no hard feels coming from Hurley either.
“It will be great. I love to see all the kids win except when they're playing me, so getting to coach him won't be a problem at all,” said Hurley. “Year in and year out with the kids they have, and I know the other coaches do it when they play us, is they say ‘Boy, you'd like to have that kid on your team. That'd be the guy to put us over the top’ and those kinds of statements. Being able to coach them, that's special.”
The Pineywoods Showdown will be at Central Heights High School. Girls will take the court first at 6 p.m. and then the boys game will follow right after. Admission at the door is $5 but children under five get in free. Profits at the door will go directly to the winning team’s charity.
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