Sports

Thu
16
May

Ivan Croak Field facelift underway

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Photos taken May 16 show both a bird’s eye and ground eye view of work done on Ivan Croak Field since Monday. Soil removal, drainage work, including adding 5-6 inches of gravel, and leveling will take the most time with the turf going in last. The new surface is expected to be ready in time for two-a-day football practice beginning August 5.

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For more than 50 years, Vidor Pirate athletes, Brigadettes, the Mighty Pirate Marching Band and their faithful fans have watched their favored group through triumph and defeat, rain or shine.

Some changes have been made over that half century, wooden bleachers gave way to aluminum, cinder tracks have been updated, lighting has been improved, but one thing remained constant, the on-the-field action was on natural grass, but now that is changing.

 

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Wed
15
May

Golden Triangle Racers Are Ready to Return to Action

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The Non Winged 600cc Mini Sprints will be among the top contenders wheeling around the Golden Triangle track this Saturday searching for top honor.

Following two weekends of rainouts, this Saturday, May 18th, Golden Triangle Raceway Park will once again thunder into action. The drivers are anxious and ready to put on a thrill show for their loyal race fans.

Seven fast lane classes will be performing: IMCA Modifieds, Street Stock, Factory Stock, Limited Modified, Rookie Limiteds, Modlite/Dwarf Cars, and 600cc Micro Sprints. Every division will be floor-boarding it around the oval, to collect top honors. The pit gates will open at 4 P.M. and the grandstand will open at 6:00

Golden Triangle Raceway Park is located on W. Hwy 90 between Beaumont and China, TX. Races start at 7 P.M. For more info about this exciting event please go to www.gtracewaypark.com; or call (409) 752-7223. Y’all come and bring a friend to the place where action is the attraction.

 

Wed
15
May

Pirate Soccer well represented in Senior Showcase

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Senior varsity Vidor Pirates Israel Sanchez and Jake Hain represented Vidor in the Senior Showcase.

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Five Lady Pirates represented Vidor in the 10th annual SETX Senior Showcase held Friday in Port Neches. Pictured are, left to right, Kelsie Droptini, Mallory Chilton, VISD Head Girls Soccer Coach Ralph Fields, Gracyn Gilbreath, Jillian Simmons and Jaci Mathews.

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Israel Sanchez

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Jake Hain

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Kelsie Droptini

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Jaci Mathews (left)

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Jillian Simmons (right)

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Mallory Chilton (right)

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Gracyn Gilbreath (left)

The 10th annual SETX Senior Showcase held Friday in Port Neches featured the best high school senior soccer players in the area pitting dozens of All-District to All-State 4A-6A players from area schools in an East-West battle for bragging rights.

Vidor’s soccer program was well represented with seven players, two Pirates and five Lady Pirates, participating on the East team.

The girls’ East team was comprised of players from Cleveland, East Chambers, Nederland, Port Arthur Memorial, Port Neches Groves and Vidor and was coached by Nederland’s Aaron Tomplait.

The girls’ West team was coached by Lumberton’s Jason Hopson and was comprised of players from Bob Hope, Crosby, East Chambers, Galena Park, Hamshire Fannett, Jasper, Lumberton, Texas City and Westbrook.

 

 

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Thu
09
May

TPWD Sets Federal Red Snapper Season for 2019

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AUSTIN- The private recreational angler red snapper season opens Saturday, June 1, 2019 for a projected 97-days in federal waters. Red snapper fishing is open year around in state waters. The season length is based on historical landing data, last year’s fishing effort data and the increase in the state’s allocation from the 2018 stock assessment. Bag and size limits will remain unchanged; 2 fish per person daily with a 16-inch minimum size limit in federal waters, and 4 fish per person daily with a 15-inch minimum in state waters.

Thu
09
May

Game Warden Field Notes

The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports.

A Soaring

Full Recovery

In October 2018 a Titus County game warden responded to a call of an injured hawk laying in a county road bar ditch. On arrival the warden discovered that the bird was actually a very rare juvenile southern bald eagle that was very sick and could not stand. The bird was transported to Last Chance Forever Bird of Prey Conservancy in San Antonio for extensive rehabilitation. The bird was suffering from a severe case of botulism. After making a complete recovery, the eagle was returned to Monticello County Park in Titus County where it was released back into the wild by conservancy staff in late March.

 

 

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Wed
08
May

Great Racing Line-up At Golden Triangle Raceway This Saturday

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Exciting racing ahead as IMCA Modifieds wheel into action at Golden Triangle Raceway Park

Golden Triangle Raceway Park is officially an IMCA highperformance track. Which means that not only will fans be treated to the talent of local drivers, but will find added attractions in the Saturday night line-ups provided by contenders on tour with the International Motor Contest Association.

Coming up this week, on May 11th, will be IMCA 305 Sprints and IMCA Modifieds. They are always fan favorites as well as the five other classes competing that night. Included on the fast paced program will be: the POWRI Align Pro 600 Mini Sprints, Factory Stocks, Street Stocks, Limited Modifieds and Rookie Limited Modifieds. The factory stocks will be racing for KMO Arklatex Regional points.

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Wed
08
May

Lady Pirate soccer overcame obstacles to continue playoff tradition

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2019 Lady Pirate Soccer team

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Graduating Lady Pirates are Kelsie Droptini, Jillian Simmons, Jaci Mathews, Reagan Castilaw, Gracyn Gilbreath and Mallory Chilton.

For the past ten years, nine under the direction of Coach Ralph Fields, the Vidor Lady Pirate soccer team has made the playoffs. This year’s team also set a new team record for the number of wins, surpassing the 2014 district championship team.

“This was a special group of girls,” Fields said. “Next to the 2014 team, they are probably my favorite.”

Ten Lady Pirates were named All-District players with five players on the first team, two on the second team and three players earning honorable mentions.

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Thu
02
May

Lady Pirates earn All-District Soccer honors

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Mallory Chilton

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Jillian Simmons

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Audrey Tilley

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Reagan Castilaw

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Blakleigh Sanders

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Gracyn Gilbreath

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Kaitlyn Gann

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Brooklyn Healy

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Maryn Chilton

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Baileigh Ruggles

The accolades keep piling up for members of the 2018-2019 Lady Pirate varsity soccer team. With All-District players being named recently, 10 Lady Pirates were named All-District players with five players on the first team, two on the second team and three players earning honorable mentions.

Kelsie Droptini, a senior, was named a superlative, sharing the Defensive MVP title with Halley Smith, a PNG junior.

Lady Pirates named to the District 21-5A All-District 1st team are Droptini, Brooklyn Healy, sophomore, Mallory Chilton, senior, Gracyn Gilbreath, senior and Kaitlyn Gann, junior.

 

 

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Wed
01
May

Pirates end season with 1-0 loss to Indians

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Players and coach have a mound conference during Friday nights game in Port Neches.

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Port Neches Groves scored the winning, and lone, run of the game on a steal of home in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Pitcher Cory Kizer and Mason Brown confer during Fridays’ game against Port Neches-Groves.

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Second baseman Tanner Hales, #2, grabs a pop fly as shortstop Braiden Baker keeps his eye on the ball.

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Braiden Baker slides in to second base ans Zach Seigrest, foreground, heads to first.

The varsity Vidor Pirates’ baseball season ended Friday in Port Neches with a 1-0 loss to the Indians.

A scoreless affair for the first 4 innings, a steal of home in the bottom of the fifth was enough for the Indian win.

Port Neches tallied three hits in the game while Vidor’s Cory Kizer and Braiden Baker each had one hit apiece for the Pirates.

Kizer was on the mound for the Pirates, giving up three hits for one run with four strikeouts.

Port Neches allowed no runs on two hits with 14 strikeouts.

Neither team committed an error.

Thu
25
Apr

Four LCM Athletes commit to colleges

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From left: Shawn McKay, Braden Bridges, Ally White, and Eli Peveto

Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School had four students sign with colleges to play their respective sports on Wednesday, April 24 in the lobby of the auditorium.

Braden Bridges to Concordia Lutheran in Austin for basketball.

Braden racked up 27.7 points per game, 1846 career points, three time First Team All-District, 2019 District Offensive Player of the Year, and five time All-Tournament Player.

 

 

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