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Starkville Sportsplex hosts 26th Frostbite Tournament

February 1, 2013

The soccer programs at Starkville High School and Starkville Academy have experienced different level of success over the last couple of years.

That just doesn't happen overnight.

Challenge soccer can go a long way in building the future for the schools of the community.

Starkville soccer enthusiast Rob Leach believes that is very much the case in Starkville.

"We are so excited that Starkville Academy and Starkville High School have just gone through the charts the last two years," Leach said. "They have had teams to have never advanced that far in soccer. I credit our entire Challenge program for the last eight years because you start with these kids under 8 and under 10 in 2004 and 2005 when we started the Challenge soccer in Starkville. Now you see what these kids are doing as juniors and seniors in high school."

Challenge soccer will be showcased this weekend at the Starkville Sportsplex when the city hosts the 26th annual Frostbite Tournament Shootout.

There will be 74 teams from all across the state of Mississippi that will be involved in the event. Tupelo, Meridian, Vicksburg, Pearl and Jackson are a few of the areas that will be represented.

Mark Farmer, of Coerver Coaching Mississippi and the SSA director of coaches, looks forward to what the tournament can mean for the area.

"We are hosting the 2013 Frostbite Tournament this weekend and it's going to be a great event for Starkville Soccer Association," Farmer said in an email.

As always, Leach and Farmer realize what a tournament with as many soccer squads as there will be in Starkville this weekend can mean to the local economy.

"There will be people eating in our restaurants, staying in our hotels and buying our gas," Leach and others have said.

Matches were scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. today and continue until late into Sunday.

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