Vidor High School can proudly say it is home to The Orange Leader’s Athlete of the Year.
It is the first time in the school’s history it can claim the award.
The school can thank Montana Quirante for the honor but Quirante would proudly flip that script and thank his school for helping him achieve the award.
There are a lot of things Quirante helped Vidor achieve for the first time.
Quirante earned the award mainly on the football field this past year. His list of accomplishments is long.
He will first tell you he did it all because he had his No. 1 lineman in Devin Asher.
Quirante his senior year became the first Vidor Pirates player to win the Willie Ray Smith Award, a Southeast Texas award given out to the best defensive and offensive player that particular year. It is voted on by local media and other Southeast Texas football experts.
Quirante won the award in Quirante fashion. He didn’t just win the award he won it in style and never expected the final votes to go the way they did.
Quirante first won the offensive award only to hear his name a second time as the winner of the defensive award. It was the first time in the award’s history a player won both awards.
“I was nominated as a junior and this past year as a senior I was excited and was hoping it would be the year I would bring one of them home to Vidor,” Quirante said. “I never dreamed I would win both awards. I will take it that is for sure. It was just an honor to be up there once as a winner and to have my name with the past winners and a few of them are in the NFL right now. ”