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Koni Hata, winner of the 2017 World Series of Stickball
Koni Hata, winner of the 2017 World Series of Stickball
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:00 PM
Teams from the Koni Hatta community brought home three championships from the 68th annual World Series of Stickball which concluded Saturday night at Choctaw Central High School.

Koni Hatta won first place in the Men’s, Women’s and Youth 14-17 divisions.
  • Tripp Rush-Chad Stokes win PCC Memorial
    Tripp Rush and Chad Stokes teamed to win the rain-plagued Memorial tournament which was held this past weekend at the Philadelphia Country Club.

    Sunday’s play got rained out after 10 holes, and organizers determined the winners from Saturday’s scores.

    Chris Webb and Chris Owen won the Flight and Bill Rosamond and Robert Tolbert won the second flight.
  • There has been a lot of rain in recent weeks, and one wonders what might happen if a bad storm should hit Saturday morning during the 38th annual Heart o’ Dixie triathlon.

    “There have been some races in the past where it rained but most of the time it is just hot,” said race director B.J. Morrow. “That’s what we are expecting this Saturday.
  • The Leake Academy Lady Rebels may be a young team as they enter the 2017 fast-pitch softball season.

    But it would be hard to call them inexperienced. They played 35 games this summer and just returned from a World Series in Panama City, Fla., where they went 4-3.
  •  The 2017 MS Sports Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place on August 4 – 5 at the museum in Jackson.

    Philadelphia’s Marcus Dupree will be among the 2017 inductees. He will be joined by Bob Braddy, Rick Cleveland, Eugenia Conner, Leslie Frazier, and Jay Powell.
  • To someone who does not compete in triathlons, marathons and other similar road races, it’s hard to imagine the people who will be participating in the 38th Heart o’ Dixie on July 22 can be having very much fun.

    Okay, maybe the .5 mile swim at Lake Tiak-O’Khata won’t be too bad. But, if you saw the cyclist who was hit by a car on the video that went viral earlier this week, you to have to wonder about the safety of the competitors who make the 27.5 mile bike race down Highway 25 to Philadelphia.
  • Basketball season won’t tip off until November but some of the local girls teams have been hard at it with summer camps and games.

    The defending Class 3A state champion Choctaw Central Lady Warriors haven’t missed a step as they have put together a 24-0 record this summer.

    “We have played at different places,” Coach Bill Smith said. “Everybody is healthy. The girls have worked hard. We are going to take off the rest of July and we’ll get back together when school starts.”
  • Columbus wins Dixie Youth state tournament
     The Dixie Youth state six-year-old baseball tournaments wrapped up Sunday at Northside Park.

    Columbus defeated Pike County 17-2 to capture the six-year-old coach pitch division. Natchez defeated St. Martin 13-6 to win the six-year-old T-ball division.
  • First-time competitors look forward to Heart O’ Dixie challenge
    This may be the 38th running of the Heart O’ Dixie Triathlon, but there are still plenty of first times each year.

    Every year, there are people who return to challenge the hilly course, the heat and humidity, and themselves on almost a regular basis. And likewise, each year brings on the first-time competitor
  •  The 68th annual World Series of Stickball got under way Monday night with all games being played at Choctaw Central High School.

    There will be a full schedule of games each night during the first week with first-round games being played in the Men’s, Women’s and Men’s Over 35 divisions. The youth 14-17 division starts play Monday, July 10, with its finals set for Friday at 6 p.m.
  • The Philadelphia High School boys basketball team went 4-0 Friday in the Pisgah High School summer tournament.

    The Tornadoes took victories over Lloyd Star, Pisgah, Richland and Morton

    Point guard Jarron Boler scored 22 points in the victory over Morton. Stetson Moore also played well in all four games.
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