Rosters finalized for 9th KTRE Pineywoods Showdown

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The 9th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, which pits high-school basketball seniors from both counties of Angelina and Nacogdoches, will be held Thursday, April 20, at Lufkin Panther Gym.

The girls' game starts at 6 p.m. and the boys will follow after.

Admission is $5 at the door. Children under the age of 5 can get in free.

The eighth year saw the Angelina County girls win 66-52 and the Angelina County boys win 69-57.

As always, every team has chosen a charity to play for. The winning teams' charities take the profits from the gate.

The Nacogdoches boys' team will be looking to avenge their loss last year to Angelina County. They said they're looking forward to the heated exchanges between familiar foes.

"I grew up playing with the players from Lufkin in AAU ball," said Garrison basketball player Daylon Bell. "They're going to know us and how we play. I think we're probably going to talk some smack in the games so I'm looking forward to that."

"They have bigger schools over there and have a lot more people to chose from, but I think we have a good chance because we work well together based on these couple practices we've had. They've been pretty good," said Woden basketball player Jackson Linam.

Douglass head coach, Vance Dallas, will be coaching this year's Nacogdoches County boys' team. Dallas said it's been a smooth transition of making the guys who once played against each other, play with each other as teammates.

"That's what's neat about these games is you have a lot of rivals playing and also coaching wise. There's a lot of guys you've coached against and once you get to meet them, you realize they're really good kids," said Dallas. "They're fun kids to be around and they feel the same way about each other. Sometimes they may not like each other during district or during the season, but once these all-star games come around they get to meet each other. They really enjoy each others company and playing together."

"It's really beneficial for us to be playing different people from different schools. You get different looks and it's just beneficial. I think we're going to be a real good team," said Chireno basketball player Jeffrey Cleveland.

The Nacogdoches girls enter this year's game looking for revenge. The girls lost last year at Central Heights after winning the previous two games. The girls are fully aware that Angelina holds the lead but are not letting it stop them.

"Angelina County has won almost every year for the past eight years," Cushing's

"It's real different but there is a lot of talent so it is exciting to team up with a lot of different people to do something different," Nacogdoches' Cierra Rodrigues said.

"We know we are up against some stiff competition from Angelina County and we respect that," Coach Dayna Westbrook said. "We just want to go out and enjoy the game of basketball."

Below are rosters for each team:

Nacogdoches County girls, coached by Dayna Westbrook of Douglass. Playing for Glory Gang.

Kaylee Bennett, Chireno

Kensi Bowlin, Central Heights

Jolynn Blackwell, Central Heights

Erica Daniels, Nacogdoches

Alanna Fontenot, Woden

Rosie Guaddarrama, Cushing

Ladetriss Hunt, Nacogdoches

Samantha Lowery, Woden

Bug McElroy, Martinsville

Cierra Rodrigues, Nacogdoches

Haylie Vallery, Douglass

Abby Weems, Garrison

Chloe Woodson, Chireno

Angelina County girls, coached by Andre Emmons of Diboll. Playing for Diboll Housing Authority Summer Enrichment Program.

Kayla Box, Diboll

Baleigh Hudman, Hudson

Diamond Johnson, Lufkin

Kayla Lee, PCA

Grace Martin, Huntington

Ivey Massie, Lufkin

Shelby Owens, Central

Maddison Peeples, Zavalla

Jakayla Suell, Lufkin

Mya Ward, Diboll

Mia Williams, Diboll

Cassidy Willmon, Hudson

Nacogdoches County boys, coached by Vance Dallas of Douglass. Playing for Helping House.

Braden Austin, Cushing

Daylon Bell, Garrison

Hank Burks, Chireno

Jeffrey Cleveland, Chireno

Connor Gallier, Douglass

Kase Hooper, Martinsville

Jackson Linam, Woden

Bubba Moore, Central Heights

Mason Shaw, Chireno

Luke Spivey, Garrison

Blake Upshaw, Nacogdoches

Jordan Upshaw, Nacogdoches

Angelina County boys, coached by Brian Kruk of PCA. Playing for CISC.

Chris Berry, Diboll

Justin Butler, Huntington

Courtnee Garcia, Lufkin

Jacob Huffstetler, Hudson

Aaron Minkner, Hudson

Kyle Nerren, Huntington

Jacob Pierce, Hudson

Dalton Renfro, Zavalla

Kordell Rodgers, Lufkin

Jucory West, Diboll

Blane Wilson, Huntington

Nick Wilson, Lufkin

The following are scores from the previous six years:


Nacogdoches girls 49, Angelina girls 61

Nacogdoches boys 66, Angelina boys 72


Nacogdoches girls 36, Angelina girls 48

Nacogdoches boys 51, Angelina boys 72


Angelina girls 65, Nacogdoches girls 31

Angelina boys 84, Nacogdoches boys 53


Nacogdoches girls 28, Angelina girls 48

Nacogdoches boys 62, Angelina boys 73


Nacogdoches girls 72, Angelina girls 74

Nacogdoches boys 72, Angelina boys 78


Nacogdoches girls 67, Angelina girls 36

Nacogdoches boys 61, Angelina boys 54


Angelina girls 40, Nacogdoches girls 44

Angelina boys 70, Nacogdoches boys 66


Angelina girls 66, Nacogdoches girls 52

Angelina boys 69, Nacogdoches boys 57

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