Sports

Thu
06
Sep

Off week gives Pirates a chance to fine tune offense, defense

By Randall Luker

As the old saying goes, “Practice makes perfect” and that’s what the Pirates are doing during this off week, addressing areas that may still need some work. Coming off a 42- 14 win over the Montgomery Bears in the season opener, the Pirates showed strengths both offensively and defensively with relatively few hiccups. But, those few hiccups arguably cost the Pirates three touchdowns and gave the Bears two short field scores, mistakes that could make the difference in whether the Pirates nab a playoff spot in 2018.

Speaking with VISD Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews Tuesday, he said overall, he was pleased with the Pirates’ performance.

 

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Thu
06
Sep

Lady Pirates sweep Cleveland to open district play

By Randall Luker

The Lady Pirate volleyball teams swept Cleveland to open district play Tuesday in Pirate Gym. The Freshman, junior varsity and varsity squad each notched a victory with the freshmen winning 2-0 (25-7, 25-15), junior varsity 2-0 (25-12, 25-19) and varsity 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-15).

Leading the varsity Lady Pirates were: Shalyn Bobbitt with14 kills and 1 block; Reagan Castilaw with 10 kills, 1 assist, 1 ace and 5 digs; Mallory Chilton with10 kills and 6 digs; Brooklyn Healy with 5 kills, 3 assists and 12 digs; Julian Sanford with 5 kills, 35 assists, 3 aces and 5 digs and Ashleigh Sherman with 5 kills and 2 assists.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Lady Pirates fall to LCM Lady Bears 3-0

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

The Lady Pirates lost to the LCM Lady Bears Friday in Pirate gym by a 3-0 score.

The Lady Pirates jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set and maintained their lead until midway through the set when the Lady Bears tied the game at 13. The Lady Pirates fell behind 13- 16, but came back to within one point twice at 15-16 and 17-18 before dropping the set 21-25.

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Tue
04
Sep

Pirates put up 500 yards, 42 points in season opening win

Randall Luker
The Vidorian

The Vidor Pirates lit up the scoreboard at Ivan Croak Field in their 2018 season opener Friday to beat the Montgomery Bears 42-14, but the Pirate score could have been higher and the Bear’s less if not for several Pirate miscues. Both Montgomery scores came after Pirate errors gave them a short field to work with and bad QB/center exchanges stopped Vidor drives.

In spite of that, the Pirates racked up 505 yard on the ground and 29 through the air in the win.

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Thu
30
Aug

Mathews expects tough, physical game against Montgomery

By Randall Luker

“They are a big, physical team with a lot of speed. We think this week they are going to line up and try to pound us.”-Vidor Head Football Coach Jeff Mathews For the last two years, the Montgomery Bears competed in 6A ranks, with a 4-5, 2-4 record in football last year. Now back in the 5A ranks, with a senior heavy team, their 2018 prospects are brighter.

 

“They were a 6A school, but they added a n o t h e r s c h o o l s o they dropped down,” Mathews explained. “But it didn’t affect the junior and senior class, so those classes are still at 6A numbers.” With a 6A class size of juniors and seniors, that’s a lot of talent to draw on. By comparison, Vidor has the lowest enrollment numbers in our new district. While the enrollment numbers are not similar, Mathews says Vidor and Montgomery do share some similarities.

 

 

 

Thu
30
Aug

Lady Pirates fired up in Bridge City win

By Randall Luker

 

Tue
28
Aug

Spectacular Labor Day racing this Sunday at Golden Triangle Raceway

By Joy Graham

 

This Sunday, September 2, another exciting race program has been planned at Golden Triangle Raceway Park to celebrate Labor Day. Wheeling into the oval track spotlight will be the Southern United IMCA Winged Sprints. These rim-riding, daredevils offer up more than their share of chills, spills and thrills.

 

Six other racing classes will also be performing at the holiday extravaganza.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Lady Pirates fall to Lady Horns away Friday

By Randall Luker

 

The Lady Pirate volleyball teams travelled to Fannett Friday to take on the Lady Horns of Hamshire Fannett Friday and though the games were close, the Lady Horns came out on top of varsity and junior varsity, but the freshmen pulled out a come from behind victory 2-1.

 

The teams played out of their usual order with varsity getting underway at 4:30 and the subvarsity teams following. The varsity Lady Horns won the first two sets but the Lady Pirates regrouped and took the third before falling in the match 3-1. Scores were 19-25, 17-25, 25-12 and 23-25.

 

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Thu
23
Aug

Lady Pirates defeat Sulphur Lady Tors 3-0

By  Randall Luker

 

The varsity Lady Pirates volleyball team got back on the winning track Tuesday defeating the Sulphur, La. Lady Tors 3-0. Leading the Lady Pirates was senior middle blocker Mallory Chilton, who had 7 kills, 1 block and 4 digs. Fellow senior Shalyn Bobbitt had 5 kills, 2 blocks, and 1 dig in the win. Sophomore outside hitter and setter Brooklyn Healy had 6 kills, 2 aces, and 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Reagan Castilaw contributed 2 kills, 1 ace and 14 digs and senior setter Julian Sanford had 1 kill, 2 aces, 4 digs, and 15 assists in the game.

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Thu
23
Aug

Pirates face big test in Mustangs tonight

By  Randall Luker

 

The Vidor Pirates face off against defending state champs West Orange-Stark Mustangs tonight in the Pirates’ second and final preseason scrimmage against a state-ranked opponent. Last week the Pirates traveled to Silsbee to scrimmage the sixth ranked Tigers and battled to a 21-14 decision.

The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead with an 80 yard touchdown run on the first play of the game and the Tigers had two more touchdowns called back due to penalties. The Pirates had their share of gaffes, too, with Head Coach Jeff Mathews reporting only four Pirates receiving passing grades when the game film was graded. Coach Mathews pointed out that mental errors such as a missed assignment were the major foul-ups and those are correctable, he said.

 

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