The Bok Cito team cheers after their win over Pearl River 3-2 to take home the championship for the World Series of Stickball.
The Bok Cito team cheers after their win over Pearl River 3-2 to take home the championship for the World Series of Stickball.
In recent years, it appeared that the final game of World Series of Stickball was the annual grudge match between Koni Hata and Beaver Dam.

But it wasn't that way this year because neither team made it to the finals. On Saturday night, when it was all over, a new champion was crowned when Bok Cito defeated Pearl River 3-2 winning the men's open division.

Garland Bell Jr. was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Thus concluded the 65th stickball tournament. It is held as part of the annual Choctaw Indian Fair and that is always held at Choctaw Central High School stadium before a standing-room only crowd.

Stickball is a traditional game for the Choctaw Indians which dates back for centuries. Instead of wars, disputes between communities were settled by stickball games. It is described as the little brother of war, and it lives up to its reputation each year. According to Choctaw information, games were first recorded in the 1700s, but most likely games were played much earlier.

Other champions were named as well.

In the women's division finals, Koni Hata Ohoyo defeated Tali Ohoyo.

Bok Cito defeated Koni Hata for the men's 35 and over division title.

In the 14-17 age group, Bok Cito defeated Koni Hata in the finals.

And in the 13-16 age group finals, the Warriors defeated Beaver Dam.