Sports

Thu
17
Aug

Excitement abounds as Pirate football plans for playoff return

By Randall Luker

 

“I’m real excited,” Coach Jeff Mathews said about the 2017 Vidor Pirates’ football prospects. Even after losing much of his offensive line and running backs to graduation, Mathews says the Pirates should make the playoffs again.

 

Port Arthur Memorial and Port Neches-Groves will likely nail down the first two spots in district, and in no particular order, Mathews opined, with the next seven teams in a dogfight for the two remaining playoff positions.

 

“We are looking for the kids that make the effort. If they don’t care to make the effort, they will be out of there and we’ll be looking for someone who does. Last year after the barbers Hill game we made wholesale changes. This year we are hoping we don’t have to.”

 

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Tue
15
Aug

Baker’s Fields garners several awards

Every athletic field has a story to tell. It may be the great rivalry game twenty years ago. Maybe it was the year the conference championships were hosted on it. Or, maybe it’s the care given to it by dedicated professionals or volunteers throughout a year.

At Pioneer Athletics we are proud to salute the men and women who work hard to make game day a special day by producing an exceptional field of play.

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Tue
08
Aug

Champions!

The Vidor Girls’ Softball League Lady Pirates became the undefeted District 39 and Texas State Champions in June. Team members are, in no particular order, Khloie Andrus, Izzy Wade, Kyliee Cormier, Sabrey Eaves, Aarilynn Richardson, Andreya Garrett, Abbie Dowden, Heather Mineer, Ashlee Malagarie, Brooklyn Bushelle and Audrey Freeman. Coaches are Robert Bushelle, Dale Dowden, Kendra Bushelle and Kelsey Richardson.

 

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Thu
03
Aug

Lowering trout limits on the upper Texas coast

By Capt. Bill Watkins

Spotted sea trout are a very prolific species. One of the reasons for this is their ability to reproduce in vast numbers. Their egg sacks are large for their size and the eggs are very tiny. I am not sure how many individual eggs are in a fifteen-inch female trout but it has to be several thousand. Add that to the fact that sea trout, alias “speckled trout”, have a spawning season that runs roughly from May through August on the upper Texas Coast and in Western Louisiana. To spawn successfully speckled trout must have the proper mix of fresh to salt water and the proper water temperature. During a fourmonth period there will almost always be the right mix of those factors at some point and at least some of the trout will have a successful spawn. Right now, it is Early August and we are still catching female specks that are carrying egg sacks full of eggs and many that are partially spawned out.

Tue
01
Aug

LCJH Cheerleaders win big at NCA Camp

The Little Cypress Junior High School cheerleaders and mascots attended the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) camp, July 18 through July 21, at Moody Gardens in Galveston.


The group won the Top Team Game Day Division trophy, the coveted spirit stick to take home, Superior Ribbons for daily evaluations, and the Herkie award.

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Thu
27
Jul

Coral snakes are colorful, quick and deadly

By Capt. Bill Watkins

We had just experienced one of those summer monsoon rains that we are used to around here and it was still sprinkling. It was late afternoon and I still had time to run out to my small blueberry orchard and gather a small bucket full of those sweet berries. Water was still running off of the lawn and standing in all of the low places. Usually, when I go through the back door my grandson Levi jumps up and follows me to see what interesting thing I might be about to do. This time was no exception and as I exited he almost ran me over following. Not being one to follow he left the porch just the same time that I did and we squished through the flooded grass side by side. I had on my open sided fishing shoes and he was, as was usual for him, bare foot.

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Tue
25
Jul

Golden Triangle Raceway will host Sprint Car Bandits this Saturday

By Joy Graham

Officials of Golden Triangle Raceway Park are pleased to announce that the track will play host to the NCRA Sprint Car Bandits this Saturday, July 29 The 360 CI winged sprint organization is based in North Texas and has received much acclaim with 44 top teams from across Texas and Louisiana taking part in their 2017 race series.

The rules for the Sprint Car Bandits are much the same as with other 360IC groups with the exception of wing angle and rear tire modifications which give drivers more control of their cars. This comes in real handy on a fast dirt track like GTRP. Also it has substantially closed the gap in the competition thereby giving more drivers a fighting chance.

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Thu
20
Jul

Death of the old gray horse

By Capt. Bill Watkins

The two young men walked quietly through the ink black, moonless night shining their one headlight slowly from side to side. Both were veterans of World War II and had only been home from that war for about eight years. Neither of these experienced hunters had had much experience with hunting deer because prior to the war there were very few deer in the eastern part of Texas. I know for a fact that neither one had ever seen a deer in the wild at that time and both had grown up in the Southeast Texas woods. Meat was plentiful in the stores but money was not so these two nimrods were out to get some much-needed protein for their growing families. Of course, it was illegal to hunt deer at night even in 1953 but hunger will make a man do things that he otherwise might not.

They only had one gun between them, a Winchester Model 12 pump action twelve-gauge shotgun. It was an unusual shotgun.

Tue
11
Jul

Racing fireworks this Saturday at Golden Triangle Raceway

By Joy Graham

 

Golden Triangle Raceway Park will treat fans to fireworks on and off the track this Saturday, July 15th. Providing the excitement on the track will be six fast lane classes: SUS Winged Sprints, Limited Modifieds, Street Stock , Mod Lite Dwarf Cars, Factory Stock and Rookie Limiteds.

 

Talented drivers in each division furnish explosive thrills and spills in each of their races.

 

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Thu
06
Jul

Flounder on the ship channel better than usual

It was high noon and my two guests and I were fishing on Light House Cove reef and the morning bite had just about played out. We had twenty-two speckled trout and one nice slot red fish. Not a bad box of fish considering the conditions of the day but way off the pace of the previous two days.

 

The wind had swung to the southwest at dawn and had dirtied the water on the entire Louisiana shoreline where for two days before it had been dark and clear like coffee. Of course, a stiff southwest wind is the enemy of all upper coast anglers. No one likes it, not even the fish. I felt that I was fortunate to have pulled off an early morning set up on a couple of flocks of seagulls and some scattered shell pads later.

 

 

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