PAA teams compete in championship weekend
The Poplarville Athletics Association is home to a variety of sporting teams.
The softball and baseball seasons are fast approaching, but on Nov. 23 it was the football teams who were in the spotlight.
Three teams traveled to Sumrall, Miss. to take part in championship weekend and finish the season.
The Tinymites, a team made up of 5 and 6-year-olds competed against the Sumrall Bobcats for their age group’s respective trophy.
Sumrall came out on top with a score of 18-6, but even with the loss the Tinymites wrapped up the season as the #2 team in the Premier Youth Football League.
The second of three teams who made the trip to Sumrall was the Rookies, a group consisting of 7 and 8-year-olds.
Their opponent was the Purvis Tornadoes. The Rookies were able to come out on top 16-0.
Even after a 5-4 season the win against the Tornadoes cemented the Rookies as the champions of the Premier Youth Football League.
The last of the three teams to compete in Sumrall was the 11 and 12-year-old group designated as the Pee Wees.
They also took on the Sumrall Bobcats and won 34-0.
This capped off a perfect season for the Pee Wees who went 9-0 and were named the undefeated champions of the Premier Youth Football League.
Youth teams such as these serve as a pipeline of talent for the junior varsity and varsity football programs the athletes can later join.
It also allows young players to be taught the fundamentals of the game correctly by coaches who are knowledgeable in the intricacies of football.
PAA also serves as a venue for athletes interested in baseball and softball to pursue their passions.
The organization will hold registration for softball and baseball starting Jan. 11. Registration will continue each Saturday after that until Feb. 1.
For ages 3 and 4 t-ball is available, athletes from the ages of 5-12 can play baseball and athletes from 7-12 can play softball.
The players cannot be enrolled in 7th grade in order to be eligible to play in the league and the organization asks that parents and guardians bring the child’s birth certificate when signing them up for one of the sports.
The registration will take place 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. each of those Saturdays. Fees are $100 for the first child and $85 for every additional child.