Angelina Boys All-Stars looking to help with brain cancer treatment

Angelina Boys All-Stars looking to help with brain cancer treatment

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - American Brain Cancer Cure is a nationally-based charity that is making it’s debut at the 11th annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown.

According to their website, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) is a Washington DC-based venture philanthropy nonprofit organization that drives cutting-edge research and treatments for brain tumors.

“We have been around since 2001," Nicola Beddow said. "We are not the largest brain cancer group. We are a small, mean nimble team and are very focused on raising funds for brain cancer research. We are out there because there has not been a lot of treatments for brain cancer patients. We need to change that. We are pushing for collaboration between research institutions so they work together and share data and try to get new effective treatments.”

Beddow points ous that brain cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths among children and young adults. This year over 77,000 cases of primary brain tumors are expected to be diagnosed this year. Right now researchers are still trying to determine what causes brain tumors.

“I have a personal experience with my mom and grandmother,” Angelina All-Stars coach Patrick Sluga said. " They both had brain cancer. it is a bad deal all around. For kids it is an unknown on what is coming up."

All-Star player Cash Carrell has an aunt in Houston with cancer and is currently seeing how cancer can effect families.

“She comes to our house all the time because she can’t be home alone because she is weak from the chemo," Carrell said. “It is really hard on her and everyone. It messes with you."

ABC2 is still trying to get their name out and feel events big and small do that.

“It is amazing what this team is doing,” Beddow said. “They are making a difference and raising awareness. They are propbably reaching out to someone effected by brain cancer.”

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


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

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