Anoli Billy with the Chikasha Monstars team breaks away from Tashka’ Ikimilho’ players to run down field.
Chickasaw Cultural Center Hosts Coed Stickball Meet
SULPHUR, Okla. – The sun maintained its summer heat as stickball teams and fans from Oklahoma, Texas and Mississippi gathered at the Chickasaw Cultural Center for the inaugural Chickasaw Annual Meeting and Festival 12 on 12 coed stickball tournament.
It was a day of firsts.
The ground was freshly shaped, and the sod new. These matches were the first to be played on the field, which was scaled down to accommodate smaller or more social games.
The 12 on 12 game format split into halves rather than quarters was also a first. It made for faster-paced games which were easier for spectators to follow. Players were dedicated to either offense or defense, with fewer full-field runs and more player-to-player passes occurring.
One of the first homegrown, Oklahoma-based stickball drummers, Isiah Underwood, drummed out the heartbeat of the game on the sidelines with his father, Terrence Underwood, at his side. The “bum-badum, bum-badum, bum-badum” of his drum signaled when things were getting heated.
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