Sports

Thu
27
Jun

Junior Ranger Days in the Big Thicket

KOUNTZE, Texas, June 25, 2018 – Kids ages 8 to 12 and their parents are invited to join us for Junior Ranger Days in Big Thicket National Preserve every Wednesday in July from 9 am to noon. Each week, park rangers will lead fun hands-on activities focused on a variety of topics, from wildlife to wilderness survival. Be prepared to be outdoors with water, insect repellent, sunscreen, closed-toed athletic shoes, and clothes that can get dirty.

 

 

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Thu
27
Jun

Lady Pirates give thumbs up to new gym floor design

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Coach Melissa Story, left, with back to camera, keeps an eye on the action as her Lady Pirates practice volleyball drills in the redesigned Pirate Gym for the first time Thursday morning.

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Vidor ISD Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Story, in background, watches as Lady Pirate volleyball players dismantle their net Thursday morning on the refurbished floor of the VHS gym.

“They love it,” said Melissa Story, Lady Pirate volleyball head coach as she watched over volleyball skills practice Thursday morning in the high school gym.

Thursday was the first day for the Lady Pirates volleyball teams to practice on the recently refinished floor, still smelling of fresh paint, varnish, and wax.

The glistening surface was completely stripped before the updated Pirate motif was applied. After staining the main floor a darker, grayish color, applying the Vidor Pirate logo to center court and restriping in gold and white, the final top coat was applied, then waxed to a brilliant shine.

 

 

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Wed
26
Jun

Summer workouts point toward future success

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In this resistance drill, a heavy carriage that features adjustable braking resistance is pushed across the old gym floor.

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Incoming Freshmen athletes practice agility drills in the Hot Box Monday morning. This drill increases agility with a stutter step inside and outside the hexagon. Other exercises combined running with change of direction movement.

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Lady Pirate Athletics are well represented in summer strength and conditioning workouts. A variety of drills designed to increase strength and agility are completed in timed segments. Different muscle groups are targeted in the various drills. Here, leg muscles are strengthened as the athletes step up and down while carrying weights. Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not tough, the bare bars weigh 45 pounds

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Another station has the athlete dip to one knee while carrying wirhgts above their head. Lady Pirates practice the maneuver Monday morning in the old high school gym.

With a couple weeks of summer workouts and a few days of sports specific workouts thrown in to boot, Lady Pirates and Pirates both are working hard to gain strength and quickness.

“We’ve had great summer workouts up to this point,” said Vidor Head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews during Monday’s morning workout.

“There have been some church camps and baseball tournaments, but all others have been here.”

Team coaches are allowed a couple of hours per week working with their sports’ players and regular summer conditioning workouts are spread throughout the day at the high school and junior high campuses depending on the sport.

And at other times, coaches may be found hard at work drawing offensive or defensive plays on a whiteboard as they strategize amongst themselves.

With season tickets for the 2019 Pirate Football season going on sale to previous season ticket holders in just two weeks, some things to look for in the upcoming season.

Thu
20
Jun

VPIFA tryouts attract hundreds

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Coaches keep an eye on one young athlete as he is timed in one of several drills performed for VPIFA player evaluations Tuesday night at the junior high.

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These Peewee Division players lined up along a wall as they listened carefully to directions during player evaluations.

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There were lots of determined faces as the VPIFA evaluated Peewee and Flag Division players Tuesday evening. These two youths are being timed in a measured distance while others await their turn.

they expected to field two teams in Peewee, Flag and Junior Divisions and one in the Senior Division.

Twenty-six young ladies also signed up for cheer teams and will performing as well as competing against other area cheer teams in the league.

as they ran a measured course while others competed against one another in foot races.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Sport specific workouts begin

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Photos on right: Varsity and junior varsity offensive and defensive football players split time between the Hot Box and old gym as they entered the second day of sport specific training under coaches’ supervision allowed by the UIL this year.

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“We’ve had about 200 turn out,” Vidor head Coach and Athletic Director Jeff Mathews said Tuesday morning, the second day of sports specific workouts approved by the UIL this year. Previously, coaches were prohibited from supervising organized team workouts. Mathews said the new UIL rules allowing coaches to participate will benefit the athletes and help them be better in their sport.

 

 

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Wed
19
Jun

Lady Pirates place three on All-Star team

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Lady Pirate Shalyn Bobbitt returns a ball at the net for the East team.

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Vidor’s Julian Sanford moves toward the serve in the East-West All-Star game Friday.

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Orangefield’s McKenzie Davis readies her serve during the East-West All-Star game Friday at East Chambers.

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LCM Lady Bear Ally White sets up a return for the East team in the East-West All-Star game the East won by a 3-1 margin.

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Vidor’s Reagan Castilaw sets the ball Friday in the Christus East-West All-Star game held in Winnie.

Three Lady Pirates suited up together for one final appearance together as the East team claimed a 3-1 victory over the West in the Christus All-Star Volleyball Classic on Friday night at East Chambers High Gymnasium in Winnie.

Recently graduated Lady Pirates Shalyn Bobbit, Reagan Castilaw and Julian Sanders donned the black and gold one last time to represent Vidor in a volleyball game featuring area All-Stars in an East-West battle.

 

 

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Thu
13
Jun

New gym floor nearing completion

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This is the new Vidor Pirate logo at center court of Pirate gym installed Thursday. The new design matches the football tunnel that made its debut in 2018 and will be incorporated across all Vidor ISD sports teams.

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Pirate gym’s new floor design features a dark stained three point shot area with the free throw and two point area remaining natural. Boundary lines will be either white or gold.

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Vidor Coaches Melissa Story and Shad Smith look over the new design at the Vidor Big School gym with employees of Bauer Sport Floor.

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A worker with Bauer Sport Floor put the finishing touches on the new Vidor Pirate logo adorning the high school gym floor. Striping is nearing completion and then a final coating on the floor surface will be applied.

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Jumping exercises are just one part of the summer workout regimen Lady Pirates are currently engaged in. Coach Shad Smith said because the program is for the benefit of all girls’ sports, staff tried to incorporate exercises that would benefit all the various teams.

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The Lady Pirates in the foreground are doing stretching exercises while those in the background are jumping.

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Lady Pirates are working out over the summer doing strength and conditioning exercises. Dozens of girls from all Lady Pirates’ sports teams met in the Hot Box Thursday morning to jump, push, stretch. lift and glisten.

When the Vidor Pirates and Lady Pirates take to the court this year, a new floor design and new banners heralding their triumphs will greet them.

Inspired by the floor design at the University of Central Florida, the new Pirate gym will feature a darker stained main floor with a new Pirate logo with a skull and crossed swords. The free throw areas will remain natural, setting off the three point shooting areas.

“We liked the UCF floor and went with that design. The skull and crossed swords is our new logo and we will be incorporating that in all sports,” said Coach Shad Smith, head of girls’ sports programs at VISD.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Prep work continues on Ivan Croak Field

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A bulldozer and soil compactor work in tandem at Ivan Croak Field as prep work continues before an artificial turf surface in installed this summer.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

Pirates take advantage of summer workouts

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A variety of exercises are employed to improve the strength, quickness and agility of Pirate athletes during the summer.

Pirate athletes from several sports, baseball, football and basketball, are getting ahead of the competition by taking advantage of extra workout opportunities during the summer designed to make them bigger, faster and stronger. These athletes worked on strength and agility exercises Monday morning in the Hot Box.

 

 

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Wed
12
Jun

VPIFA NFL 360 flag football

VPIFA just completed their first year in the NFL 360 flag football league. Vidor had 3 team 2 Peewee teams and one Jr team They played for 4 weekends starting back in May and finished this past weekend with the end of the season tournament. The Vidor Peewee Cowboys played 3 games and made it all the way to the championship game Sat. Where they came up short. But finished with a 5-3 season and 2nd place. VPIFA hopes this spring flag league will grow to having more teams next year. Picture left to right: Zander Howard, Beaux West, Alex Soileau, Graham Santana, Brody Chesser, Hagen Allen, Gunner Norton, Jacob Smith.

 

 

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