Pearl River defeated Standing Pine for the State Games Youth Stickball championship 8-3 Saturday. In the top photo, players for both teams battle to advance the towa (ball). Jeriah Jimmie, pictured in the second photo, scored five points in the Gold Medal game for Pearl River and was named the tournament’s MVP. The two teams, lower photo, showed good sportsmanship after the game as they congratulated one another for good play.
Pearl River defeated Standing Pine for the State Games Youth Stickball championship 8-3 Saturday. In the top photo, players for both teams battle to advance the towa (ball). Jeriah Jimmie, pictured in the second photo, scored five points in the Gold Medal game for Pearl River and was named the tournament’s MVP. The two teams, lower photo, showed good sportsmanship after the game as they congratulated one another for good play.
Stickball season for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians got under way this past week with Pearl River winning the youth ages 9-12 tournament Saturday night.

The youth division is played as part of the State Games of Mississippi, and medals are given to players on the top three teams. The tournament is held at Choctaw Central High School.

Pearl River defeated Standing Pine 8-3 in the Gold Medal game. Beaver Dam stopped Nanih Waiya Attitude 8-0 in the Bronze Medal game.

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 during the fierce competition. According to Tribe information, games were first recorded in the 1700s, but most likely games were played much earlier. It is held annually as part of the Choctaw Indian Fair.

The World Series of Stickball will get under way July 2 with four divisions: Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s 35 and Over, and Youth 14-17. The World Series of Stickball will conclude July 14 with the Men’s Open division championship game. Last year, Koni Hatta won first place in the Men’s, Women’s and Youth 14-17 divisions.

 

9-12 tournament

Pearl River advanced to the finals by defeating the Warriors and Beaver Dam. Standing Pine advanced with wins over Bok Cito, Koni Hatta and Beaver Dam.

This is the second time in three years Pearl River has won the tournament. Last year, they lost to Beaver Dam in the Gold Medal game.

Jeriah Jimmie scored five points in the Gold Medal game for Pearl River and was named the tournament’s MVP. Peyton Mingo and Jordan Ben also scored for Pearl River. Nataysia Willis scored for Standing Pine and received the game ball.

In the Bronze Medal game, Ricky Willis, Day Willson, Jarrett Thomas and Karl Isaac all scored for Beaver Dam. Beaver Dam defeated Red Water but then lost to Pearl River in the semifinals.