NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There is a reason that Glory Gang Ministries has become one of the go-to-charities for Nacogdoches All-Star teams at the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown.
The reason - love for a community. For 20 years, Glory Gang Ministries has worked with children all over the Nacogdoches County area.
We have like a giant Sunday school," Pastor Richard Konderla said. “We have different teams that go out and visit the children and bring them to the service and build a relationship with the children. We call it organized chaos.”
Each week an average of 400 students step through the doors of the church that is loud, filled with crazy lights and offers a place of refuge from everyday life.
“At Christmas we try to give the kids presents and sometimes bikes,” Konderla said. “One time we had a parent get their kid off of the bus and we had the bike and she broke down and cried. She said, ‘I didn’t think you were serious. '"
“Richard Konderla could have made a fortune doing many different things,” Nacogdoches All-Star coach Lance Butler said. “He is a brilliant man but his calling to the Lord and Kids took precedent over all of that.”
When the all-stars for Nacogdoches take the floor they are very much aware of Glory Gang. Cushing senior Madison Wright has done school community service with the group.
“I remember how they don’t have what everyone else has but they are very grateful for the community giving back to them,” Wright said.
Her teammate for the night, Martinsville senior Kaitlyn Revill, once was a part of the group with her stepdad while he drove buses to pick up kids.
“All of them are excited to be there and learn about God. They were just thankful that Glory Gang gave them the opportunity.”
The ministry teaches the bible but they also want the kids to be kids.
“When they come in here they will experience an atmosphere that will take them away from their problems for a little bit and helps them feel loved,” Konderla said. "You would think that after 20 years people would know us but we are still getting our name out there to new people. This event has helped with that. This is an event that really helps us.
he 11th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, which pits high-school basketball seniors from both counties of Angelina and Nacogdoches, will be held Thursday, April 25, at the Central Heights high school 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 10th year saw the Nacogdoches County girls win 54-41 and the Nacogdoches County boys win 79-71.
The game pits the top seniors of Angelina County against the top seniors of of Nacogdoches County in two basketball games. Each team's coach has selected a charity to play for. The winning teams' charities win proceeds from the door.
Below are rosters for each team:
Angelina County girls, coached by Andre Emmons of Diboll. Playing for Men’s Fieldhouse.
Kaylee Frazier and Madison Shaver of Central
Nia Mitchell and Michelle Finley of Diboll
Gracie England, Makiley Rhodes and Emily Vandover of Hudson
Micayla Havard and Jenna Flournoy of Huntington
Kurstyn Harden, Alexis Hood and Mikayla Bailey of Lufkin
Autymn Harrell of Pineywoods Academy
Nacogdoches County girls, coached by Lance Butler of Martinsville. Playing for Glory Gang.
Victoria Spencer of Central Heights
Briana Rushing of Chireno
Madison Wright and Shasta Thomas of Cushing
Sarah Lowery and Peyton White of Douglass
Sabrina Dove, Maci Mitchell and Selena Shepherd of Garrison
Kaitlyn Revill and Sierra Andrews of Martinsville
Tatyana Walker of Nacogdoches
Angelina County boys, coached by Patrick Sluga of Zavalla. Playing for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Cash Carrell and Jacob Davis of Central
Amahd Chavis and Ty Eddins of Diboll
Cade Courtney and Darrel Douglas of Hudson
Carson Hopper and Taylor Truss of Huntington
KeVonte Hurts and Torrance Agnew of Lufkin
Kellen Kruk of Pineywoods Academy
Tyler Broderick of Zavalla
Nacogdoches County boys, coached by Danny Enloe of Martinsville. Playing for American Cancer Society.
Christian Adams of Central Heights
Hunter Metteauer of Chireno
Jeremiah Wilson of Cushing
Bryce Berthot of Douglass
Rodrick Johnson of Garrison
Jaren James and Lane Manchack of Martinsville
Devious Whitaker and Bobby Phillips of Nacogdoches
Luke Alvis, Reece King and Logan Lucas of Woden
The following are scores from the previous nine 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
Angelina girls 57, Nacogdoches girls 44
Nacogdoches boys 71, Angelina boys 66
Nacogdoches girls 54, Angelina girls 41
Nacogdoches boys 79, Angelina girls 71