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