Sports

Wed
21
Nov

Pirates have busy week in basketball

Gage Galloway makes a one-handed shot over the outstretched arms of an LCM Bear.

The Vidor Pirates have packed a lot of games into the last week with an away game in Bridge City Tuesday, a subvarsity tournament in Bridge City Thursday-Saturday and a home game against LCM that was moved from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon to accommodate LCM’s football playoff game.

Playing in Bridge City last Tuesday, the Pirate varsity team beat Bridge City 52-41.

“It was a back and forth game for three quarters and then we played really well in the fourth again,” said Head Boys Basketball Coach Nate Smith. “We won the fourth quarter 19-11. We are getting better, we just need to play more consistent throughout the whole game.”

 

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Wed
21
Nov

Girls take 4th place at basketball tournament

The varsity Lady Pirate basketball team made it to the semi-final round Saturday before being knocked out of the Nederland Lady Bulldog basketball tournament over the weekend.

Beginning play Thursday, the Lady Pirates defeated the Starks, Louisiana Lady Panther team 50-31 before being defeated by the Santa Fe Lady Indians 52-32.

Leading the Lady Pirates in the Starks win were Chriseline Quirante with 14 points and Americus Guerrero-Evans with 11 points. Macy Lear had 7 rebounds in the game.

 

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Thu
15
Nov

Lady Pirates top Kountze 42-34

Junior varsity Lady Pirate Faith Dixon goes for two as teammate, Lyndsie Phillips looks on.

The Vidor Lady Pirate varsity basketball team tallied another win Tuesday as they defeated the Kountze Lady Lions 42-34.

The Lady Pirates took the lead early with an 8-5 score at the end of one period. The second was more of the same, with both teams scoring 10 points and the Lady Pirates maintaining their 3-point lead at the half.

The Lady Pirates came on strong in the third, scoring 17 points to the Lady Lions’ 7 to gain a 35-22 advantage heading in to the final period.

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Thu
15
Nov

Playing for nothing but pride, Pirates shine in finale

Photo/Mike Marion

Pirate fullback Kelby Odom outruns two Bronco defenders on a 45-yard run.

Long, time consuming offensive drives and a stingy, punishing defense brought back memories of the Pirates early season football games in their decisive 28-7 win over the Dayton Broncos in the final game of the 2018 season.

And while fans will have to wait another nine months to satisfy their Vidor Pirate football cravings, coaches and players are already preparing for next season.

Vidor Head Football Coach Jeff Mathews said, “you can always tell if you’ve lost your kids or not when it is Week 10 and there is nothing to play for. If they come out and have a goose egg laid on them, it is time to start wondering ‘hey, have I lost them? It was a selfish thing, but I was happy they came out and played motivated football. I think our defense played their best game of the year. Their quarterback is the leading passer in the district and I think they had one big play.”

Thu
15
Nov

Turf vs. Grass discussed for Pirate Stadium

The Ivan Croak Field at Pirate Stadium looked picture perfect some five years ago when new stadium lighting was installed in 2013. In this photo the Vidor I.S.D. School Board of 2013 pauses from their April school board meeting to stroll out to Pirate Stadium to inspect the new stadium lights.

The Board of Trustees of the Vidor Independent School District listened to a presentation about artificial turf fields presented by an independent engineer, Jeff Bressee, during their November school board meeting this week.

Apparently this presentation was meant for purpose of giving the Board information about various aspects, including average costs, concerning artificial turf playing fields.

There was no action item for the Board of Trustees associated with this presentation. And the school board did not start any real public discussion about the possibilities of acquiring an artificial turf field for the district.

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Wed
14
Nov

Boys basketball opens season with win over Orangefield

By Randall Luker

Vidor boys basketball opened their season in earnest Saturday at home against the Orangefield Bobcats. The varsity Pirates beat Orangefield 57-42.

“We outscored them 18-2 in the 4th quarter to take control,” said Coach Nate Smith.

Leading the Pirates were: Devvon Creel with 12, Gavin Jarrell with 11, Hunter Messina with 10, Cesar Ponce and Morgan Van Metre each had 8, Devin Barnhart had 5 and Zack Courtney had 3.

 

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Wed
14
Nov

Pirates close out season with 28-7 win over Dayton

Vidorian/Randall Luker

Senior RB Zach Dahlenburg eludes a Bronco defender with a teammates help in Friday’s 28-7 win over Dayton.

The 2018 Vidor Pirates varsity football team ended their season as it began–with a win, as they defeated the Dayton Broncos 28-7 in Pirate Stadium on Senior Night.

The Pirates received the kick-off and began a steady 10-play march upfield from the 36 before being stopped after an incomplete pass on 4th and 10 on the Broncos’ 28.

Taking over on the 28, the Broncos lost yardage to the 20 after a sack and punted to the Pirates, who got the ball on their 32 yard line.

 

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Thu
08
Nov

Lady Pirate basketball defeats Kelly Dawgs 44-39

By Randall Luker

 

In a neck and neck game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds, the Vidor Lady Pirate varsity basketball team defeated the Lady Dawgs of Beaumont’s Monsignor Kelly High School 44-39 Tuesday in Pirate Gym. The Lady Pirates led 17-10 at the half, but by the end of the third period, the Lady Dawgs had evened the score to 25-25. The fourth period proved to be decisive as the Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Dawgs 19-14 to take the win. The Beaumont team made the Lady Pirates fight for the victory, knotting the score at 39-39 with a little over 30 seconds remaining in the game, but the Lady Pirates jumped out front when Chriseline Quirante sunk a 3- pointer and was fouled and made her free throws too, securing the Lady Pirate victory.

 

 

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Tue
06
Nov

Offensive shootout in Pirates 61-62 loss to Ganders

By Randall Luker

 

The Vidor Pirates and Robert E. Lee Ganders put on an offensive display Friday night combining to light up the scoreboard with 123 points. Unfortunately for the Pirates, who battled back from a 21 point deficit in the second half, the game literally came down to the final seconds and a failed two point conversion attempt that would have made the score 63- 62 for the Pirates. Lee scored the first of the 18 touchdowns scored in the game on their first possession.

 

 

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Tue
06
Nov

“Goofy” girls, coaches work hard to make VISD volleyball history

By Randall Luker

 

A special team chemistry, hard work and determination got the Lady Pirate volleyball team to the bi-district playoffs for the first time ever in 2018. The team went 24- 16 on the season and 6-6 in district. Melissa Story, in her fifth year as Vidor’s head volleyball coach, said of this year’s team,

“this is the best season record wise I have found going back 10 years. Prior to this year, my best season here was two years ago when we had 16 wins and even then, that was only two district wins.” Story said this team showed it was different than previous years early on.“

 

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