Koni Hata, winner of the 2017 World Series of Stickball
Koni Hata, winner of the 2017 World Series of Stickball
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.

The Koni Hatta men defeated Bok Cito 1-0 in the Men’s Division finals. Justin Peace Willis scored the only point during the game and was named the Most Valuable Player in the tournament. Koni Hatta defeated Beaver Dam in the semifinals to advance.

The Koni Hatta Ohovo won the Women’s Division with a 1-0 victory over Tiak Hikiva. Emily LeAnn Shoemake was named the Most Valuable Player.

Bok Cito won the Men’s 35 and Over Division with a 2-1 win over Red Clay. Ricky ‘Columbo’ Willis was the MVP.

The Koni-Hatta Himatah won the Youth 14-17 year old division with a 2-0 win over Pearl River. Yunish Billy was the tournament MVP.

The World Series of Stickball is held each year in connection with the Choctaw Indian Fair.

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.