Sports

Wed
20
Sep

Pirates top Hawks 4-1 in Thursday night scrimmage

By Randall Luker

After an almost two week layoff, the Vidor Pirates as well as the Hardin Jefferson Hawks looked a little rusty after the Harvey-induced interruption of the 2017 football season that saw the cancellation of the first two regular season games although the Pirates did manage two pre-season scrimmages before the flood. Managing to schedule a last minute scrimmage with the 10-AAAA Hardin Jefferson Hawks following Harvey was a feat in itself but both teams faced similar circumstances and the much needed scrimmage was an opportunity neither team could pass up.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Fun Day Tournament

A Fun Day Tournament was held before Hurricane Harvey put the new school year on hold and provided valuable playing experience for the Lady Pirate volleyball team.

 

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Thu
14
Sep

Hurricane Harvey and Sabine Lake fishing

By Capt. Bill Watkins

 

Most of the main roads are open now but everything close to the river is still under water. As I ride around Vidor I am beginning to see those sad piles of clothing, sheetrock, insulation, carpet, and other household items on the side of the streets. It is reminiscent of Bridge City after Hurricane Ike but now it is everywhere from Rock Port Texas to Lake Charles Louisiana. It brings tears to my eyes. I can feel for those who have been displaced and even wiped out by this vicious demon called Harvey because I have lived it myself in Rita and later Ike. I did not think that we would have to go through anything like those two storms again in my lifetime but so much for what I think. This one was different.

 

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Wed
13
Sep

Pirates squeeze in scrimmage before district play begins

The Vidor Pirates will scrimmage the District 10-AAAA Hardin Jefferson Hawks at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 14 at Pirate Stadium.
After Harvey upended the fall 2017 school sports schedule for many schools, it appeared Vidor would be jumping into district play at a serious disadvantage, having only two scrimmages under their belt and an open first week in the revised schedule. By the time Vidor faced its first district opponent, several teams in the district would have completed two to three games and gained that valuable experience on the gridiron, placing the Pirates at a disadvantage.
Recognizing that Vidor was not the only team placed in that position, head Coach Jeff Mathews reached out and was able to add Thursday’s scrimmage, a move that should prove advantageous to both the Pirates and the Hawks as they prepare for district play to commence in the truncated 2017 schedule.

Thu
24
Aug

Pirates to scrimmage defending state champs WOS Thursday

By Randall Luker

 

Coming off a one-sided scrimmage against the Galena Park Yellowjackets Friday, the Piarates will face a much bigger challenge in the West Orange-Stark Mustangs this Thursday at Vidor High School. Freshmen begin at 4, junior varsity

 

 

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Tue
22
Aug

Pirates to scrimmage defending state champs WOS Thursday

By Randall Luker

Coming off a one-sided scrimmage against the Galena Park Yellowjackets Friday, the Piarates will face a much bigger challenge in the West Orange-Stark Mustangs this Thursday at Vidor High School. Freshmen begin at 4, junior varsity at 5 and varsity at 6 p.m. If it rains, the games may be moved to the Vidor Junior High field.

After looking at film from Friday’s scrimmage, VHS Head Coach Jeff Mathews said he thought for their first outing, the Pirates played pretty well.

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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.

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