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  • Live bait choices make fishing interesting

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Jun 11, 2024

    No matter how hard lure manufacturers try they will never be able to create a lure that works better than real thing, period. The typical profile of the weekend angler is not that of the high end trophy trout hunter who chunks artificial lures for hours on end looking for one big fish, it’s the fisherman who takes a quart of live shrimp or a bucket of mud minnows and looks for anything that will bite. Much has been made of the big trout phenomenon and all the hoopla that s...

  • Structure is what you make it

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    In many ways our freshwater counterparts have it made; no tides to worry about, no fish stealing sharks, and you couldn’t step on a sting ray if you tried. The saltwater folks on the other hand have plenty of positives as well like how many hard pulling species of fish one can encounter on a single trip, or the simple fact that you have the potential to hook a creature that may indeed be bigger than your boat. Both sides have great arguments that back up their claims to b...

  • 12 Bobcats Named All District in Baseball

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    The Orangefield Bobcats were the baseball champions of District 22-3A in 2024. Twelve of the Bobcats were selected as all district in baseball. Topping the list of Orangefield players being honored is senior shortstop Caleb Fregia who was chosen the District MVP. Senior outfielder and leadoff hitter Kane Smith of the Bobcats was named the Offensive MVP. Also receiving special recognition were sophomores Kaleb Menard as the Pitcher of the Year and catcher Carson Worthy as the...

  • Orangefield bows out in baseball

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Jun 4, 2024

    A marvelous season for Orangefield baseball concluded on June 1 in Lufkin. The Bobcats were eliminated from the UIL state playoffs in the Region III Finals. Orangefield advanced to the fifth round in the baseball post season for the first time since 1990. The Bobcats won seventy-five percent of their games finishing with a 30-10 record for the season. The regional final pitted the Orangefield Bobcats the champions of District 22-3A against the Franklin Lions the winners in...

  • Bobcats Tame Tigers, advance to Regional Finals

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    Orangefield is boldly going where the Bobcats have not gone in baseball for more than three decades. The Orangefield Bobcats tamed the Rockdale Tigers last week to advance to the fifth round of the UIL state baseball playoffs for the first time since 1990. The best of three games Regional Semifinal series was played on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, at Cypress Woods High School northwest of Houston. Orangefield advanced to the Regional Finals by sweeping two games from...

  • Stick baits shine as temps continue to climb

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 28, 2024

    The slick surface of the lake was disrupted by skipping shrimp and the familiar sound of trout crashing the helpless crustaceans. Each cast with a soft plastic was met the familiar thump of an aggressive fish that thought they were much larger than they really were. One small trout after another continued to hammer the jigs and also continued to be too small. The next logical thought for catching bigger fish was to go to a topwater plug, which usually works well under these...

  • Golden Rules

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    Years ago there was an incredibly popular ad campaign started by the athletic shoe giant known as Nike that coined the phrase “Just Do It”. The catchy slogan has become entrenched in our pop culture mindset and in some ways represents the way people nowadays think they should act regardless of how it affects others around them. It’s no secret the population near the Texas coast is growing and the gravitational pull felt farther inland by vacation loving tourists makes the b...

  • Nine Lady Bobcats Make All District in Softball

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    The Orangefield softball team finished second this year in the District 22-3A standings and advanced to the third round of the state playoffs. Nine of the Lady Bobcats were named All-District by the coaches in the district. Special recognition went to sophomore Aubree Beck as the Defensive MVP. Beck was the shortstop for the Lady Bobcats and a leader in the infield. Senior Abigail Curphey got voted the Co-Pitcher of the Year. Curphey has been the ace in the circle for...

  • Orangefield beats Diboll to move to fourth round

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 21, 2024

    For the second time in three years Orangefield has advanced to the fourth round of the state baseball post season. The Bobcats swept the Diboll Lumberjacks in two games on May 17-18 to advance in the playoffs. Friday's first game at Lamar University's Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont took over four hours to complete as a result of three weather delays because of lightning in the vicinity. When the game was finally over and the time was approaching midnight Orangefield had a...

  • It's right in front of you

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    “You can’t see the forest for the trees” is a well-used phrase that I’m sure each of us has not only heard but can completely relate to in some form or fashion. On more than one occasion over the past few weeks my wife and I have laughed while watching different groups of people in places like restaurants become living examples of the phrase about seeing the forest. Case in point, a family of 4 at the table and each one has an electronic device in their possession, so they ha...

  • District 19-4A All District for Baseball

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    With the elimination of the Bridge City Cardinals and the Silsbee Tigers from the UIL state baseball playoffs the all district selections were released by the coaches from District 19-4A. Bridge City and Little Cypress Mauriceville had players receiving special recognition and being named to the First Team All-District. LCM junior Marco Bandiero was named the Offensive MVP and freshman Jacob Scheiderer was selected the Newcomer of the Year. Senior John Van Huis of Bridge City...

  • District 19-4A All District Softball Team

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    The all district selections for District 19-4A in softball were released following the elimination of the district's final teams in the UIL playoffs. The Bridge City Cardinals and the Little Cypress Mauriceville Lady Bears were well represented on the list of honorees. No surprise Bridge City senior pitcher Carson Fall was selected the MVP of the district. Fall won every game she started during the twelve game district schedule throwing six no hitters. First year head...

  • Orangefield advances and Bridge City falls in baseball playoffs

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    One team from Orange County remains alive in the post season. Last weekend the Orangefield Bobcats won and are moving to the third round of the UIL state baseball playoffs while the Bridge City Cardinals lost to bring their season to a close. Orangefield played the Tarkington Longhorns in a best of three series at Vincent Beck Stadium on the Lamar University campus in Beaumont. The Bobcats swept the Longhorns in two straight games. The first game was won by Orangefield 5-0 on...

  • Softball season comes to an end in Orange County

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    The softball post season concluded for three local teams from Orange County on Thursday and Friday, May 9-10. Bridge City, Little Cypress Mauriceville, and Orangefield were all eliminated in the third round of the state UIL playoffs. A magical season came to an end for the Bridge City Cardinals softball team on Thursday, May 9. The Cardinals lost 2-0 in a one game playoff with the Liberty Lady Panthers at Baytown. Bridge City went undefeated winning twelve games without a loss...

  • Three sign scholarships at Orangefield

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    Orangefield High School had three of its student athletes sign scholarships on Wednesday, May 8, to play their sports at the college level. Abigail Curphey, Brycen Tait, and Colton Myers signed at the Orangefield Gymnasium. Tait and Myers are both pitchers on the Orangefield Bobcat baseball team. Curphey is a softball pitcher for the Lady Bobcats. Baseball coach Tim Erickson pointed out Brycen and Colton are hard workers. "One thing I will say about these two guys is they know...

  • Local high school golfers conclude season and receive honors

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 14, 2024

    The state golf tournaments held the last two days of April for the boys and the first week of May for the girls concluded this year's UIL high school golf competition. It was a successful season for several local high school golfers in Orange County. Two weeks ago Lincoln Parks of Orangefield took first runner up in the Class 3A boys competition. Parks, a junior, shot a 72 on both days of the tournament to finish at 144 just one stroke out first place. The Orangefield Lady Bob...

  • Cove Marina quickly becoming top local spot on the water

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated May 7, 2024

    There have always been places in the community that were considered "constants", places that just seemed like they would always be there. One such place has been brought back to life and the new version has proven to be a huge hit with both local and out of town folks who enjoy our local waterways. The new "Cove Marina" on Adam's Bayou has rapidly turned into a top local destination and it just keeps getting better. New owners, Quinton and Jacqueline Singleton, have revived...

  • Cardinals and Bobcats still rolling in baseball playoffs

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 6, 2024

    Four Orange County high school baseball teams entered the post season. A week into the playoffs only two remain and both were first place finishers in their respective districts. The Bridge City Cardinals the champions of District 19-4A swept their bi-district series with the Liberty Panthers. Despite rain showers Thursday and Friday the Cardinals got both of their games completed resulting in victories. Bridge City took the first game 7-2 against Liberty on Thursday, May 2, a...

  • Softball girls keep going in post season

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 6, 2024

    This week marks the start of Round 3 of the state UIL softball playoffs. Three teams from Orange County remain in contention. Bridge City and Little Cypress Mauriceville in Class 4A have won their first two series during the post season. Orangefield in the Class 3A bracket has captured a pair of wins. The Bridge City Cardinals the champions of District 19-4A played a one game playoff with the Lufkin Hudson Lady Hornets last week. The prediction of inclement weather for later...

  • Robert "Rock" Rothrock, 98, Orange

    Staff Report|Updated May 3, 2024

    Robert “Rock” Rothrock, 98, of Orange, Texas, passed away on May 1, 2024, at Stonewood Senior Living. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 5, 2024, at First United Methodist Church Slade Chapel in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Lani Rousseau. A private family burial will be held prior to the service with military honors provided by Southeast Texas Veterans Service Group. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., prior to the service, Sunday, May 5, 202...

  • Parks takes second in state golf

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated May 2, 2024

    Orangefield High School had another member of the golf team excel at the UIL state golf tournament this year. Lincoln Parks finished as first runner in up the Class 3A competition during the two day event held in Austin. Parks played eighteen holes on both Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30, at the Grey Rock Golf Club in Austin. Parks finished his thirty-six holes at 144 just one stroke behind the winner Reed Blacklock of Lubbock Liberty. Monday's round found Lincoln in second...

  • Cardinals and Bobcats are district baseball champs

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The post season begins this week for three local baseball teams. Two of the three were district champions one in Class 4A and the other in Class 3A. The Bridge City Cardinals won their twenty-seventh district baseball title in school history with an 11-0 victory in five innings over the West Orange-Stark Mustangs on Tuesday, April 23. Afterwards the Cardinals attached the number "27" to the left field fence at Chuck Young Field symbolic of the championships. "It's been a long...

  • It's always the right time to explore new water

    Capt. Chuck Uzzle, For the Record|Updated Apr 30, 2024

    The launch was uncrowded and the temperatures were already starting to climb as Ron Begnaud and I prepared to head out in search of some willing redfsih in the marsh. Begnaud, who lives in Lafayette Louisiana, is about as hard core a marsh fisherman as I know. Many of our conversations begin and end with thoughts of new and unexplored regions of the marshes that border Sabine and Calcasieu as well as other areas farther east. Finding a prime redfish pond that has no fishing...

  • Bridge City, LCM, and Orangefield all advance in softball playoffs

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 29, 2024

    The post season for softball has begun for three local teams. The situation now is win or go home. That said the Bridge City Cardinals were at home for their first two playoff games with the Huffman Lady Falcons. The series was a best of three starting with a pair of games on Thursday, April 25, at the Bridge City softball field. It was a matchup of the first place Cardinals from District 19-4A against the fourth place team in District 20-4A the Lady Falcons. The difference...

  • Orangefield golfers advance to state

    Dan Perrine, For The Record|Updated Apr 19, 2024

    The Orangefield girls golf team is headed to state. One Bobcat boy golfer will also be going to state again. The Lady Bobcats captured third place at the regional tournament in Brenham completed on Thursday, April 18, to earn their invitation to the state finals. Lincoln Parks was the runner up in the boys 3A Region III golf tournament held in Brenham on Monday and Tuesday. Leading the Lady Bobcat golfers was Rylie Kethan who shot a 92 on day two of the tournament followed by...

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