Sports

Thu
01
Jun

Fishing the surf can provide adventure, scenery

By Capt. Bill Watkins

It was the summer of 1966 and I had just graduated from high school. My dad had given me my first car, a 1954 Plymouth two door. The agreement was that I work at least part time to support my travels and start college in September. The open road beckoned and I had transportation. My friend and I had a going business mowing lawns and when we finished our weekly obligations we were off to the beach. During the day, we prowled the beach looking for fishing opportunities or pretty girls; whichever we found first. At night, we hung around the three fishing piers on the Bolivar Peninsula and fished. When the weather was calm we would stay as long as we could or until the wind came up and the fishing tanked.

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Thu
25
May

Roll Over Pass: The death of a great fishing spot

By Capt. Bill Watkins

It was a sunny but blustery day last week as I stood on the edge of the Rollover Pass Bridge. The rough and muddy wind driven high tide was blasting through the pass with such force that there was a three foot drop in the water level on the East Bay side of the Highway 87 bridge that spans the middle of the pass. As far as I could see out over the Gulf of Mexico the water looked much the same color as Yoo-hoo Chocolate Drink and occasionally salt water would spray across the highway on the east side of the bridge. 

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Thu
25
May

Memorial Day racing celebration this Sunday

By Joy Graham

After months of speculation that ownership of the local speedway was changing hands, Glen Johnson announced that the track will reopen this Sunday, May 28th for a special Memorial Day Race. Drivers, sponsors, and fans are thrilled at the prospect and hope area sports enthusiast will come out in full force for this event.

Taking the spotlight in the fast lane will be the 305 Sprints, Limited Modifieds, Street Stock, Factory Stock and Modlite Dwarf Cars. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. to accommodate the out of town racers expected to take part in the show. The grandstand gate will open at 5:00 and the racing thrills and spills will get underway at 7:00.

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Tue
23
May

Memorial Day racing celebration this Sunday

By Joy Graham

After months of speculation that ownership of the local speedway was changing hands, Glen Johnson announced that the track will reopen this Sunday, May 28th for a special Memorial Day Race. Drivers, sponsors, and fans are thrilled at the prospect and hope area sports enthusiast will come out in full force for this event.


Taking the spotlight in the fast lane will be the 305 Sprints, Limited Modifieds, Street Stock, Factory Stock and Modlite Dwarf Cars. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. to accommodate the out of town racers expected to take part in the show. The grandstand gate will open at 5:00 and the racing thrills and spills will get underway at 7:00.

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Thu
18
May

Sea-run speckled trout, finally

By Capt. Bill Watkins

For two months, I have been wanting to fish the Sabine Pass jetties and the beach front. I actually drove the boat out there three times in hope of finding fishable conditions but it was a waste of gas all three times. Rough dirty water and high winds have conspired to make that an impossibility. Knowing that sea run speckled trout are out there does no good when you can’t get to them. Every year those nice trout show up from wherever they come from (No one seems to know) and they cruise down the beach and off shore.

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Thu
11
May

Uncle Hoover and the huckleberry jelly

By Capt. Bill Watkins

My uncle Silas purchased a chest type freezer way back in 1948 (The same year that I was born). It lasted around twenty years; much longer than any home appliance purchased nowadays. It sat in the same spot in the pantry room on the west side of the house and was never moved until the compressor failed. Like all chest freezers, it was so full of frozen food that one could hardly shut the lid. The frozen items on top were partially thawed before they realized that the old freezer had given up the ghost. Of course, this is the same way that we always find out that our freezers are dead. When freezers die, the task is always the same. Hurry and purchase a new freezer and try to dig all of the frozen food out and transfer it before it thaws.

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Thu
11
May

LCM JV Champs

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s JV Lady Bears Softball Team finished their season as district champs for the second consecutive year.

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Thu
04
May

Windy spring fishing on Sabine Lake

By Capt. Bill Watkins

It was 8:30 am and after sitting in the SGS Causeway Bait and Tackle store drinking coffee and swapping fishing stories we were finally about to launch the boat. The storms that had hit the area at daybreak had finally passed but it was still very overcast. The tide was blasting through the Causeway Bridge driven by the stiff south wind being pulled by a strong low pressure system ahead of an approaching cold front. The only bright spot so far, this day was that the rain and lightning had ended and maybe we could catch fish or at least try.

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Thu
04
May

Six Lady Pirates named to All-District Softball

Six Lady Pirates were recently named to the 2017 District 22-5A Al District Team with two first team picks, two second team and two honorable mentions.

First team selections were junior Clarissa Hagler, infield, and senior Raven Britt as Designated Player.

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Tue
25
Apr

Varsity Pirates golf team finish 4th in district

The Vidor Pirate boys golf team, composed of Trent Kizer, Hogan Stogner, Thomas Cooper, Bret Wilcox, Tyler Scherry, and Tristan Jones wrapped up the 2017 season and claimed fourth place in a tough district. With four returning lettermen, the Pirates’ experience helped the in tournament play with the team claiming several finishes in the top four places.

 

“The Pirate boys golf team started off the spring golf season with a third place finish at the Hardin Jefferson Invitational at Idylwild golf course,” said VHS Golf Coach, Mitch Mackey.

 

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