Sports

Thu
29
Jun

Football season 2017 tickets on sale July 5

By Randall Luker

Season ticket holders for Pirate Football may purchase their tickets for the 2017 season Wednesday, July 5 through Thursday, July 20 at the office of Lori Mathews, located in the new high school gymnasium. They will be available from 8 a.m.- 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Any tickets not purchased or put on hold during this time will be released for sale to the general public beginning Monday, July 24.

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Thu
29
Jun

Current state of fishing on Sabine Lake after Cindy

By Capt. Bill Watkins

As we eased away from the Causeway ramp in the gray early morning light the water looked pretty dirty. It was not that clear dark brown water that I had hoped for and certainly not anything near green but the water is often dirty around the Causeway bridge due to strong currents funneling through that narrow stretch. Maybe it would clear slightly when we were down the channel toward Sabine Pass. The tide was coming in a little higher than normal with a strong current pumped up with a twelve-knot east by north east wind, but not as high as it was the day prior. The storm surge pushed in by tropical storm Cindy is slowly abating day by day.

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Thu
29
Jun

VJHS Athletic Awards

Trenton Conn, Colby Smith, and Ty Vincent received the 8th grade Overall leadership, Athlete of the Year, and Overall Heart awards, respectively, at the Vidor Junior High School athletic awards ceremony during May.

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Thu
22
Jun

Fishing after Cindy could be more challenging

By Capt. Bill Watkins

Just what we need. A tropical storm named Cindy. As if we have not had enough fresh water in Sabine Lake already this year. Oh well, it is what it is and here it comes. It looks like it is coming right up through Sabine Pass. Hopefully the passage of the storm will be swift and not hang up and dump ten inches of water into the Sabine River watershed.

 

Also, let’s hope that the wind will not be too bad and cause a lot of damage to homes and property. It is Wednesday night and it is pouring down outside right now and the wind is beginning to rise. After hurricanes Rita and Ike, I get nervous every time someone mentions “tropical depression”.

 

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Thu
15
Jun

Crappie trip with dad makes for a great day

By Capt. Bill Watkins 

 

Last Thursday was one of those perfect days. Dawn broke cool and crisp on Sam Rayburn Reservoir with an air temp. that hovered in the mid to low sixties. There was only a hint of a breeze from the north with hardly a ripple on the surface of the water. The sun was already up when we arrived at Powell Park Marina and there was not a cloud in the sky. If I had been there to fish for bass I would have been worried about missing the early dawn bite but our purpose on this day was crappie, so no hurry.

 

We had booked the morning with the great guides at Powell Park on their thirty-foot pontoon boat which was waiting at the marina pier for us to board. The shiners were in the live well and the ultra-light spinning rigs in the rod holders. All we had to do was walk down the pier with our two coolers (one for the fish and one for our drinks) and head out. From a guide’s prospective this is a little strange.

 

Tue
13
Jun

Ladies Recognized

Evelyn Baker received the Lady Pirate Leadership Award (voted on by coaches) and Mallory Chilton received All Around Lady Pirate Athlete (decided by points) at the VHS Athletic Awards Banquet. These girls are outstanding athletes as well as great people. They are truly role models for the younger girls. Evelyn will go on to continue her softball career in college. Mallory is a sophomore who will continue to lead the program.

 

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Thu
08
Jun

LCM’s Unified Athletes take Third

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s “Team Force” unified track team consisting of partner athletes Cody Janice and MacCoy Head, and Special Olympics athletes Shawn Schoolcraft and Joey Guin participated in the first ever Special Olympics state summer games division for Unified Champion Schools at UT-Arlington. The LCM team ran the 100 m dash, 200 m dash, unified relay, and threw the javelin. Their cumulative score placed them Third at State and they were awarded bronze medals. Pictured, from left, are Cody Janice, MacCoy Head, Shawn Schoolcraft and Joey Guin

 

 

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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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