LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the girls of Angelina County take the floor Thursday night for the KTRE Pineywoods Showdown they will be playing for a new charity.
The Men’s FIeldhouse will be represented by the team. The Fieldhouse is part of the Christian Men’s Job Corps. It is a nonprofit organization for men ages 18 and older and they learn basic life and computer skills and attend bible study classes to help them form a relationship with God.
“We are the men’s ministry with the WMU and a partner ministry with the Moasic Center,” director CD Byndom said. “We offer Bible study, a job and life skill curriculum and computer training. We are here to provide for them and help strengthen areas in the life that need to be strengthened.”
The choice to play for them was easy for coach Andre Emmons.
“I know the director personally and he is doing food things in the community,” Emons said. “Just helping people get on the right path. Playing for someone or something bigger then you is something I preach in Diboll so these kids are getting to do it.”
The group is not just new to the game but new to the area so any exposure helps.
“We are new so this is going on our second year,” Byndom said. “For someone to want to support us is great and we need that help.”
The 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