Four of those players will get a final chance to show off their talents as they were selected to play in the 8th Annual KTRE Pineywoods Showdown, which will be played at Central Heights High School on Thursday.
On the boys’ side, former Panthers Jaylon Calvin, Cameron Hart and Royce Kennebrew will be a part of the Angelina County team.
Each of those players were part of a Panthers’ team that tied for the 16-5A championship with John Tyler before winning a coin toss to claim the district’s top seed.
Lufkin followed that by advancing to the regional quarterfinals.
The Angelina team will be coached by Diboll head coach Kevin Hurley.
Other players on the team are Zavalla’s Cade Birchfield, Hudson’s Javarius Cooper, Central’s Jared Davis, Huntington’s Ethan Dhone and Pryde Nerren, Diboll’s Jamarcus Polk, Jesse Villanueva and Chas Walls and Pineywoods Community Academy’s Nick Sammons.
They will take on the Nacogdoches County All-Stars.
Members of that team are Martinsville’s Noah Berney and Tray Robertson, Nacogdoches’ Conner Covington and Ryan Wooten, Garrison’s Turner Edwards, Central Heights’ Duke Ellis and P.R.
Johnson, Douglass’ Jack Garner, Chireno’s Andrew Little, Cushing’s Brandon Matlock, Cushing’s Brandon Matlock and Tristin Wright and Woden’s Blake Rawlinson.
The Angelina County team will be playing for CASA of the Pines, while the Nacogdoches team will play for Helping House.
On the girls side, NaTasha Mack will be a representative on the Angelina County team.
The Lady Panthers had a spectacular season in which they went 30-2, dropping a 48-46 nailbiter to Mansfield Summitt in the regional quarterfinals.
Mack was a key contributor in her fourth season as a starter for the Lady Pack. Following Thursday’s game, she’ll continue her preparations for the University of Houston, where Mack will play for the Cougars starting next season.
The Angelina County team will be coached by Central head coach Tony Brown.
Other members of the team will be Hudson’s Briana Dillard, Hannah Grandgeorge and Kaci McCarty, Huntington’s Whitney Flournoy, Central’s Tyesha Handy and Karley McHenry, Diboll’s Shayla Hubbard, Kameri Mott and Tiffany Simmons, Pinewoods Community Academy’s Kellen Spangler and Zavalla’s Jordann Quail.
They will go up against the Nacogdoches team, which is comprised of Central Heights’ Jodi Adkins, Jacqueline Billot and Jessica Munoz, Douglass’ Brittany Bobo, Cushing’s Sammi Jo Brashers and Kayla Moore, Woden’s Shelby Brown and Ma’Keya Stanton, Garrison’s Taylor Christopher, Nacogdoches’ Serenity Kossie and Chireno’s Victoria Rushing.
The Angelina County team will play for DREAM Center, while the Nacogdoches team will play for Godtel.
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 seventh year saw the Nacogdoches County girls win 44-40 and the Angelina County boys win 70-66.
The winning teams’ charities take the profits from the gate.
Following is a list of scores from previous seasons.
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