Beaver Dam reclaims stickball title at fair
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 1:00 AM
Dustin Issac scored in overtime to lift Beaver Dam to a 4-3 victory over Koni Hatta in the championship game of the World Series of Stickball Saturday night.
The players from Kono Hati and Beaver Dam battle for the ball in Saturday's championship game. Beaver Dam won in overtime, 4-3.
This has almost become an annual battle between the two clubs. Beaver Dam was a three-time champion before losing to Koni Hatta in the 2011 and 2012 finals. The annual tournament was part of the 64th annual Choctaw Indian Fair which concluded Saturday night.
"It feels great," Beaver Dam Coach Mark Willis said after the hard-fought victory. "It really hurt when we lost last year and it is good to win. We tried to keep the ball on our offensive side and kept the pressure on them."
It was a disappointing loss for Koni Hatta.
"We won as a team and we lose as a team," Koni Hatta Coach Craig Anderson said. "We'll stay together and beat them next year, but we know they will be tough."
Beaver Dam made it to the finals with wins over the War Eagles, Oka Homma and Bok Cito. Koni Hatta advanced with wins over Oka Hannai and Pearl River.
Koni Hatta got on the scoreboard in the first quarter when Jason Grisham connected with 3:19 left in the period.
Beaver Dam answered in the second quarter with 9:30 remaining and the score was tied at 1-1 at the half.
Both teams scored again in the third quarter. Koni Hatta went up 2-1 on a goal by Scott Nichols with 13:05 remaining. And Beaver Dam answered with a goal with 10:20 remaining. There were many close calls on both sides but they entered the fourth quarter tied 2-2.
Joey Thomas put Beaver Dam ahead in the fourth quarter with a goal with 11:31 remaining. That's how it stood until Koni Hatta's Shawn Shoemake scored with 1:25 remaining to tie the game and send it into sudden death overtime.
The overtime period didn't last long with Issac scoring and Beaver Dam claiming the victory.