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Thu
22
Aug

Lady Pirates defeated Lady Tors 3-1 Tuesday

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Brooklyn Bushelle tips the ball over the net Tuesday against the Sulphur Lady Tors.

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Varsity Lady Pirates Brooklyn Healy, left, and Brooklyn Bushelle jump at the net to block a Lady Tors return Tuesday.

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Lady Pirate freshmen, left to right, Faith Berg, Naomi Collier and Gracie Matherne keep their eyes on the action as they await a Lady Tors return.

The Lady Pirates defeated the Lady Tors of Sulphur, Louisiana Tuesday night in Pirate Gym 3-1.

Varsity won the first set 25-15 but the Lady Tors hit their stride in the later matches, forcing the Lady Pirates to up their game to win the second 25-23. The Lady Pirates were defeated 20-25 in the third, before they claimed the win in an edge of your seat back and forth battle that ended with a 26-24 Vidor win.

 

 

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Thu
22
Aug

Pirates face Mustangs in another tough test

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Lady Pirate junior varsity players, left to right, Andreya Garrett, Sage Grooms, and Ava Lightfoot prepare a return as Grooms sets the ball.

After playing Silsbee to a standstill in their first scrimmage Friday, the Vidor Pirates will face a similar test against the Tigers’ district foe, the West Orange Stark Mustangs in a scrimmage today at Vidor Junior High.

“We will be facing an opponent similar to Silsbee, West Orange has both a size and speed advantage, so it will be another good test in pre-season,” said Vidor Head Coach Jeff Mathews.

The Mustangs went 4-0 in district and all the way to Regional finals before falling to district arch rival Silsbee.

 

 

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Wed
21
Aug

Lady Pirates volleyball win some, lose others

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The Pirate defense was stingy in Friday’s scrimmage with Silsbee as this loss of yardage play shows.

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A Pirate closes in on a Tiger in sub varsity action Friday at Vidor Junior High.

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Coaches keep a close eye on the action during Friday’s sub varsity scrimmage against Silsbee.

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A Pirate running back continues to gain yardage as he drags along a Tiger defender.

The past few days have been busy for the Lady Pirate volleyball team with eight games over three days and all on the road.

Playing in the Spring Tournament, opening day Thursday did not go the varsity Lady Pirates way with a loss to Porter, Fort Bend Clements and Conroe, all by a 2-0 margin.

Playing a pre-season game Friday at Hardin-Jefferson, the Lady Pirates played five hard fought sets before emerging with a 3-2 win over the Lady Hawks.

 

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Wed
21
Aug

Pirates look good in Vidor-Silsbee scrimmage

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The Pirate defense thwarted Silsbee’s passing game throughout the first half.

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A Silsbee runner tries to cut up field as two Pirates close in.

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Making the tackle.

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A Pirate defender closes in to break up a pass during Friday’s scrimmage against Silsbee.

Vidor coaches said they were pleased following the season’s first face-off against an out of town opponent. The Vidor Pirates and Silsbee Tigers varsity football teams scrimmaged Friday at the Vidor Junior High football field for four 10-minute quarters that featured a scoreless first half and two touchdowns and a field goal in the second.

The Pirates and Tigers spent the first half with neither team able to dominate the other. Both teams’ defenses managed to prevent any big plays and Vidor’s secondary pretty well shut down Silsbee’s passing game.

The Pirates’ off season conditioning seemed to have paid off with the black and gold appearing to be in better physical condition than the Tigers as play progressed.

Somewhat surprisingly for a first outing, there were few penalties and only a handful of miscues in the game.

The Pirates scored first in the third to go up 6-0 after a failed PAT attempt.

 

 

Fri
16
Aug

Orangefield tournament results

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The 2019-2020 Vidor High School twirlers practice in Pirate Gym Wednesday. Pictured are, L to R, Christine Rodgers, Stephanie Stidivent, David Pyatt, Madilyn Johns, Kalea Clayton and Brenna Nations.

The Lady Pirate volleyball team traveled to Orangefield Tuesday to battle the Lady Bobcats.

The Freshmen won in two sets, 25-21, 25-20.

The junior varsity team lost 25-22, 12-25, 5-15 and varsity lost in three 24-26, 22-25, 26-28.

 

 

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Fri
16
Aug

Pirates mettle to be tested in Silsbee scrimmage

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It won’t all be “three yards and a cloud of dust” when the Vidor Pirates take the field this year. Fans can expect some surprises with some tweaks to the offense designed to keep the defense off balance and guessing. Here, offensive coordinator Mike Trahan, center, supervises backs and receivers during practice this week.

When the Vidor Pirates and Silsbee Tigers face off in the first scrimmage of the season Friday at the Vidor Junior High field, the Pirates might be facing the toughest challenge they will meet all year.

“They are the highest ranked team we will face,” Vidor Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews said Wednesday. “They are ranked higher than anyone in our district.”

Mathews said the Tigers, coming off a state semi-finalist appearance and the best season in school history in 2018, were returning almost all their offensive starters.

“Silsbee is going to be a good test. They have a lot of speed and with having so many players back from last year, they will be a challenge.”

 

 

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Wed
14
Aug

Hunting Permit Registration Opens September 1, 2019

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Photo courtesy/© Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Photos courtesy/© Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Piles of rubber granules mixed with pea gravel await mixing with binder in the machine at right. The resulting mixture will then laid like asphalt over the rock on Ivan Croak Field. Porous when laid, the resulting “concussion pad” allows water through and provides a cushion beneath the artificial turf layer that is installed over it.

KOUNTZE, Texas, August 12, 2019– Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced today that the preserve will start issuing this season’s free hunting permits on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Available 2019/2020 permits will be issued until February 29, 2020.

Permits will be issued at the preserve visitor center from 9 am until 5 pm daily. The visitor center is located 8 miles north of Kountze at the intersection of US 69 and FM 420 at 6102 FM 420 Road. Big Thicket hunting permits allow hunters to take whitetailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, feral hog, and waterfowl, except those for the Lake Bayou Hunting Unit, which is a waterfowl-only area. The preserve observes the state of Texas hunting seasons from October 1, 2019, until January 5, 2020. Additional feral hogs may be taken during the extended hogonly season, which runs from January 5, 2020 until February 29, 2020. Waterfowl hunting at Lake Bayou will also remain open until February 29, 2020.

 

Wed
14
Aug

Lady Pirates do well in Woodville Tournament

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Brooklyn Bushelle hits a return at the net during the Woodville volleyball tournament.

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Brooklyn Healy goes airborne as she hits a return during the Woodville Tournament last week.

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Pirate coaches demonstrate the proper technique to receive the football during practice Monday. Freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Vidor Pirate football teams will hold the first scrimmage of the year Friday at Vidor Junior High versus the Silsbee Tigers.

The Lady Pirates went 5-1 during pool play in the first two days of the Woodville volleyball tournament held last Thursday-Saturday but fell 2-0 in the Gold Bracket championship games.

Opening play Thursday saw the Lady Pirates overcome Warren 25-21, 25-18; Silsbee 25-23, 15-25, 15-12, and Hull-Daisetta 25-14, 25-17.

Continuing play Friday, the Lady Pirates went 2-1 with scores versus Huntington 25-9, 25-18; Anahuac 25-10, 18-25, 15-13; and Westbrook 25-23, 23-25, 9-15.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug

Lady Pirate scrimmage huge success

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All eyes are on the ball Tuesday as Ella Bunting hits a return Tuesday. Pictured are, L to R Brooklyn Bushelle, Bunting and Kaitlin Ratcliff.

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Jaidyn Green, left, and Andreya Garrett are focused during a scrimmage game Tuesday at Pirate Gym.

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Lady Pirate Mia Robin concentrates as she waits for a serve in a Tuesday scrimmage.

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Lady Pirate Kiley Brown powers a return during a scrimmage Tuesday against the Lady Hawks of Hardin-Jefferson.

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Naomi Collier goes to the floor for a dig against the Lady Hawks of Hardin-Jefferson.

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Sage Groom hits a return to the Lady Hawks Tuesday.

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Lady Pirate Rylee Sherman and an unidentified Lady Hawk focus on the ball in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

Based on the difficulty of finding a parking spot, Tuesday’s Lady Pirate volleyball scrimmage was a huge success. Based on sales of pizza slices, it was at least 25 percent larger, or hungrier, than previous years.

The Lady Pirates hosted East Chambers, Hardin Jefferson and Orangefield freshmen, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams at Pirate Gym for a series of series of scrimmages lasting from 2-8 p.m.

Although it was a scrimmage, attendance was good with the event the first chance for each school to compete against a different school this year. Fans came and went as different levels of competition changed throughout the day, but attendance remained steady with about 200 fans in the stands throughout.

 

 

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Wed
07
Aug

Pirates begin two-a-days with first scrimmage August 16

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New offensive coordinator Coach Mike Trahan gestures during backs and receivers practice Monday.

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Pirate fans can expect to see more passing in 2019 as offensive and defensive schemes are adapted to personnel. A segment of Monday’s practice paired backs and receivers to perfect the aerial attack.

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With the hot temperatures, coaches and players made sure to take frequent water breaks to stay hydrated.

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Linemen practice pulling and blocking while backs follow behind during Pirate football practice Monday.

The 2019 Vidor Pirate football team began two a day practices this week, and, all things considered, Vidor coaches are highly pleased.

“Great first day,” said Pirates’ Head Coach Jeff Mathews.

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