Sports

Wed
14
Aug

Hunting Permit Registration Opens September 1, 2019

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Photo courtesy/© Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Photos courtesy/© Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Piles of rubber granules mixed with pea gravel await mixing with binder in the machine at right. The resulting mixture will then laid like asphalt over the rock on Ivan Croak Field. Porous when laid, the resulting “concussion pad” allows water through and provides a cushion beneath the artificial turf layer that is installed over it.

KOUNTZE, Texas, August 12, 2019– Big Thicket National Preserve Superintendent Wayne Prokopetz announced today that the preserve will start issuing this season’s free hunting permits on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Available 2019/2020 permits will be issued until February 29, 2020.

Permits will be issued at the preserve visitor center from 9 am until 5 pm daily. The visitor center is located 8 miles north of Kountze at the intersection of US 69 and FM 420 at 6102 FM 420 Road. Big Thicket hunting permits allow hunters to take whitetailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, feral hog, and waterfowl, except those for the Lake Bayou Hunting Unit, which is a waterfowl-only area. The preserve observes the state of Texas hunting seasons from October 1, 2019, until January 5, 2020. Additional feral hogs may be taken during the extended hogonly season, which runs from January 5, 2020 until February 29, 2020. Waterfowl hunting at Lake Bayou will also remain open until February 29, 2020.

 

Wed
14
Aug

Lady Pirates do well in Woodville Tournament

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Brooklyn Bushelle hits a return at the net during the Woodville volleyball tournament.

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Brooklyn Healy goes airborne as she hits a return during the Woodville Tournament last week.

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Pirate coaches demonstrate the proper technique to receive the football during practice Monday. Freshmen, junior varsity and varsity Vidor Pirate football teams will hold the first scrimmage of the year Friday at Vidor Junior High versus the Silsbee Tigers.

The Lady Pirates went 5-1 during pool play in the first two days of the Woodville volleyball tournament held last Thursday-Saturday but fell 2-0 in the Gold Bracket championship games.

Opening play Thursday saw the Lady Pirates overcome Warren 25-21, 25-18; Silsbee 25-23, 15-25, 15-12, and Hull-Daisetta 25-14, 25-17.

Continuing play Friday, the Lady Pirates went 2-1 with scores versus Huntington 25-9, 25-18; Anahuac 25-10, 18-25, 15-13; and Westbrook 25-23, 23-25, 9-15.

 

 

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Thu
08
Aug

Lady Pirate scrimmage huge success

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All eyes are on the ball Tuesday as Ella Bunting hits a return Tuesday. Pictured are, L to R Brooklyn Bushelle, Bunting and Kaitlin Ratcliff.

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Jaidyn Green, left, and Andreya Garrett are focused during a scrimmage game Tuesday at Pirate Gym.

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Lady Pirate Mia Robin concentrates as she waits for a serve in a Tuesday scrimmage.

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Lady Pirate Kiley Brown powers a return during a scrimmage Tuesday against the Lady Hawks of Hardin-Jefferson.

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Naomi Collier goes to the floor for a dig against the Lady Hawks of Hardin-Jefferson.

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Sage Groom hits a return to the Lady Hawks Tuesday.

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Lady Pirate Rylee Sherman and an unidentified Lady Hawk focus on the ball in Tuesday’s scrimmage.

Based on the difficulty of finding a parking spot, Tuesday’s Lady Pirate volleyball scrimmage was a huge success. Based on sales of pizza slices, it was at least 25 percent larger, or hungrier, than previous years.

The Lady Pirates hosted East Chambers, Hardin Jefferson and Orangefield freshmen, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams at Pirate Gym for a series of series of scrimmages lasting from 2-8 p.m.

Although it was a scrimmage, attendance was good with the event the first chance for each school to compete against a different school this year. Fans came and went as different levels of competition changed throughout the day, but attendance remained steady with about 200 fans in the stands throughout.

 

 

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Wed
07
Aug

Pirates begin two-a-days with first scrimmage August 16

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New offensive coordinator Coach Mike Trahan gestures during backs and receivers practice Monday.

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Pirate fans can expect to see more passing in 2019 as offensive and defensive schemes are adapted to personnel. A segment of Monday’s practice paired backs and receivers to perfect the aerial attack.

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With the hot temperatures, coaches and players made sure to take frequent water breaks to stay hydrated.

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Linemen practice pulling and blocking while backs follow behind during Pirate football practice Monday.

The 2019 Vidor Pirate football team began two a day practices this week, and, all things considered, Vidor coaches are highly pleased.

“Great first day,” said Pirates’ Head Coach Jeff Mathews.

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Wed
07
Aug

Jr high practice

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One group of Vidor Junior High football athletes tae a break

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Wed
07
Aug

Volleyball kicks off

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VISD head Volleyball Coach Melissa Story, left, inspects new practice gear before handing them out Saturday after practice as the Lady Pirates prepare to kick off the 2019 season Tuesday

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Thu
01
Aug

Gridiron gang

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Vidor ISD Maintenance workers were busy painting the stripes on the Vidor Junior High Field Thursday in anticipation of the 2019 season. The Vidor Pirates will scrimmage the Silsbee Tigers on the field in two weeks.

 

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Thu
01
Aug

Sports prep heating up for 2019 season

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Vidor Junior High Pirates spent Thursday morning practicing drills under the watchful eyes of their coaches.

It’s hard to believe that the 2019 sports season is upon us, but the high school and junior high campuses are beehives of activity as athletes get into form to fight for Vidor’s Black and Gold.

At the junior high Thursday, maintenance workers began painting the stripes on the football field while 7th and 8th grade football teams split into offense and defense, linemen, backs and receivers, linebackers and secondary to practice before joining up for some fun conditioning in a shirts versus skins two-below game.

Over at the high school, Lady Pirates were holding volleyball tryouts in the old and new gyms, while varsity football practiced in front of the high school on the only remaining practice field.

 

 

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Wed
31
Jul

Why kids should start playing sports today

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Children can benefit in various ways by participating in sports. These benefits, both physical and mental, can help kids in all aspects of life, and even lay the groundwork for a successful transition into adulthood.

The fitness organization PhitAmerica says that playing sports goes beyond just being physically active. Important lessons are learned on the court, field and pitch. Kids who participate in sports can learn about discipline, how to handle winning and losing with grace, and the importance of setting and achieving goals.

University of Missouri Health Care encourages all children to participate in sports. These activities are good for the mind and spirit. They help teach children accountability, dedication, leadership, and many other skills. These are all traits that can be used throughout life, helping people cope with the demands of life that seemingly have little do with sports.

Wed
31
Jul

2019-20 high school seasons are upon us

It may seem as if school just let out for the summer, but it is already time for the 2019-20 sports seasons to kick off.

Vidor athletes have been playing in summer leagues or attending voluntary training sessions and sports camps and, thanks to UIL rule changes, a few hours per week of sports specific workouts under their coaches’ supervision.

Sports fans can see the fruits of their labor starting next week when VHS Volleyball teams battle Orangefield, Hardin-Jefferson and East Chambers. Freshmen vs. Freshmen, JV vs. JV, & the Lady Pirates will travel to Woodville to compete in tournament play.

Also getting underway next week is cross country with the Pirates’ team led by Sophomore Kai Reed returning after qualifying for Regionals as a freshman.

 

 

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