Sports

Wed
19
Feb

Game Warden Field Notes

The Power of Love

After a Falls County Sheriff’s Deputy was killed in the line of duty in October 2019, a Falls County game warden began planning a hunting trip to help give members of the Sheriff’s Office an outlet to get a break from the tragic event. The warden reached out to a Lampasas County game warden to assist with setting up the hunt. The Lampasas County game warden reached out to local landowners and businesses and found a venue and accommodations for the hunt. In late January, Falls County deputies, the father of the fallen deputy and the Fall County game warden traveled to a ranch in Lampasas for the hunt. A local deer processing business also donated rib eye steaks for all the guests. Nine deer were taken during the successful hunt.

A Hunk, a Hunk of Burning Love

Wed
12
Feb

VISD Fishing Team

VISD Fishing Team
VISD Fishing Team

Photos Courtesy of Sally Andrews

VISD Fishing Team

Fishing team coach Mark Grissom had representatives from the team from grades 7-12 on hand. He spoke about his time with the team and the tournaments in which they had participated.

 

 

 

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Wed
12
Feb

It’s time for a change in hunting

It’s time for a change in hunting

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas

Wed
05
Feb

Lady Pirates fall in second shootout

Lady Pirates fall in second shootout

Photo by Randall Luker
Brooklyn Healy stretches out to pass the ball past a Lady Bronco as Kinley LaPray keeps her eye on the ball.

Lady Pirates fall in second shootout

Photo by Randall Luker
On defense, Lady Pirate Estrella Gutierrez, #6, heads the ball away from the goal with an assist from Kaitly Gann

Lady Pirates fall in second shootout

Photo by Randall Luker
Lady Pirate Kinley LaPray battles for possession between two Lady Broncos Friday night at Pirate Stadium.

Coming off a 6-0 win at Cleveland Tuesday, the Lady Pirate soccer team led the Dayton Lady Broncos for three-fourths of regulation time after a Brooklyn Healy score halfway through the first half and it appeared that score would hold up for the win, but the Lady Broncos found a lane with just five seconds left to tie it up and send the game into OT.

After two scoreless overtime periods, the game moved into a shootout with the first ending in a 4-4 tie. The Lady Broncos took the second shootout with a 4-3 score.

 

 

 

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Wed
05
Feb

Pirates to face old and new foes following realignment to 4A

It’s now official, the 2020-2021 Vidor Pirates will compete in football District 10-4A against some old and new foes while all other Pirate sports will battle in District 22-4A.

Vidor Head Coach Jeff Mathews was not surprised by the news, flawlessly predicting how the new district lineup would shake out as soon as it was confirmed Vidor would be dropping to the 4A ranks. And even though the district lineup was no surprise to him, Mathews and his coaching staff are excited by the opportunities the drop from 5A to 4A classification brings to the table.

After years of competing against much larger enrollment schools, Vidor now finds itself in the “big school” role, but the competition is expected to be just as challenging.

Wed
05
Feb

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

A good weather day on land might not be such a good fishing day

We launched the boat at 7:00 am on the Louisiana side of the Causeway Bridge. It was going to be a bright sunny day with hardly any clouds but the predicted southwest wind was actually straight west and chilly. The tide had been blown down by a northwest cold front and was so low that we had to climb down to get in the boat. For an old man like me that was a little bit tough. It would have been better to have a ladder but where would you get one at a public launching ramp. Besides, I’ve always said that when I get to old to step in and out of the boat, I will know that I am too old to fish. So, man up and take that long step from the pier down into the boat and hope I don’t fall and break something. Once in the boat I started the 250 hp.

Wed
29
Jan

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

Photos Courtesy of Sally Andrews

VHS Swim team rocks District Championship

The VHS Swim Team took home the 23 5A District Championship over the weekend. The team took home the combined team championship as well as the Boys Team Championship. Blaise Droptini won an individual District Championship in both the 200 Freestyle and 500 Freestyle races. Carter West brought home a championship in the 100 Butterfly. The boys 200 Free Relay and the 400 Free Relay teams consisting of Westley Skipper, Ammon Hutson, Wyatt Flores, Carter West, Blaise Droptini, George Burns and Drew Williams both brought home championships as did the girls 400 Free Relay team of Bailey Phelan, Kayleigh Phillips, Emily Simmons, and Emma Hutson. Head Coach Brian Stampley was named District 23-5A Boys Coach of the Year. 

 

 

 

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Wed
29
Jan

Game Warden Field Notes

I’m Not As Think

As You Drunk I Am

On Dec. 14, a Montgomery County game warden was traveling behind a vehicle that appeared to be having a difficult time keeping his truck between the marked lanes on the roadway, but not enough for probable cause. The warden followed the truck into a gas station parking lot and saw a man exit the truck and fail to put it into park, causing it to roll back about 40 yards before he was able to stop it. Once the vehicle was stopped, the warden approached the man and noticed the zipper on his pants was down, his shirt had spills and stains on it, and there were several empty beer cans inside the truck. An intoxication investigation was completed, and the male was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated. A blood specimen was taken, and toxicology and the case are pending.

 

 

 

Wed
29
Jan

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

First scouting trip of 2020 proves to be an invaluable learning opportunity

December is my time. As Christmas nears most of my customers quit fishing. Typically, I only run three or four trips from mid-December through January each year so I shut down my fishing business and go hunting. It is like an extended vacation but finally I run out of money and have to go back to work. After all of that time off the water I have to get back into the swing of things and get back in touch with my finny friends in Sabine Lake. Of course, they are just waiting for me to get back out there and catch them but that first trip in January always has a question mark. Some years it is as easy as going out and hitting the sweet spot on the first try. Other times not so much. Conditions change in any bay system from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. So, after three weeks or more it is easy to lose touch with what is happening on the water. On that first trip I like to have back up. Believe it or not, I have friends that take me fishing sometimes.

Wed
22
Jan

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Use a mineral lick to keep deer coming back

Three does and a small spike walked from the river bottom woods up on the small ridge and cautiously looked around. It was obvious that they knew the small opening might hold danger but what they had come for was worth it to them. From my perch ten feet off the ground in my box blind I had a commanding view of the foursome and they were close; no more than twenty-five yards away. There was no wind so all I had to do to observe was to just be still and perfectly quiet. My blind has been at that location for well over twenty years so no doubt my residual scent lingered. After a few minutes of caution, they moved into the open and began to lick the hard clay soil near the mineral block. One of the four began to lap water from a small mud hole just down the hill from the block. After about five minutes the deer became more at ease with the situation but at least one of the four was watching for danger at all times.

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