THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Final Stingaree-Raider Football Game
As always, it is fun to bring up the old days in my Throwback Thursday series. Today we revisit the final football game in the storied Victoria Stingaree-Stroman Raider Rivalry. Just thinking about those games brings back so many memories. Cars parked as far as the eye could see on Miori Lane and Airline. Bleacher were brought into each endzone and people were standing on the hills to handle the over 10,000 fans that would pack Memorial Stadium every single year! The buzz and energy from the game carried over afterward and the City was absolutely jumping until early Saturday morning.
THE FINAL GAME:
The Crosstown rivalry lasted 31 years, with the final game being played in 1999, before the school board voted to consolidate on Sept 30, 1999. The overall record for Victoria's original rivalry was 24-8 in favor of the Victoria Stingarees. The final game went to the Victoria Stingarees, who overcame a 14-13 halftime deficit and defeated the Stroman Raiders 53-21. How many of you went to the finale game? Let us know in the Facebook comments of this status. Stingarees for the win on the field and the Raiders for the win with the big band sound. We also cannot forget about the Raider Belles and Victoriadores. I am currently looking up rivalry stats for the baseball, basketball, and volleyball squads.
VICTORIA'S ORIGINAL RIVALRY
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