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Frostbite Tournament set for weekend

February 24, 2012

Bruce Harris, from left, Charles Rice and Don Robinson of the Starkville Park and Recreation Department move goals Thursday morning in preparation of the Frostbite Soccer Tournament at the Starkville Sportsplex. (Submitted photo)

The Starkville Soccer Association and Starkville Park and Recreation Department wasn't going to let the winter end without having the Frostbite Soccer Tournament.

Because of poor field conditions due to heavy rain, the event had to be postponed three weeks ago, but it was always the intent of Starkville Soccer Association president Stephen Bock to hold the tournament at some point if possible.

It has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday at the Starkville Sportsplex soccer fields.

"This was the only open date we had that didn't interfere with other tournaments on this end of the state," Bock said. "We always try to reschedule if we can. We could and we did instead of canceling all together."

Even though there were some teams that had prior commitments, Bock expects 50 to show up this weekend.

Bock said squads from Vicksburg, Columbus, Tupelo and New Albany will be in town.

"From the teams standpoint, they were all very supportive to come here and play," Bock said. "Anytime we can reschedule for Starkville is a always a good thing because teams, coaches and parents tend to really like coming to Starkville."

Bock said putting on a tournament of this caliber would not be possible if it were not for the help of Starkville Park and Recreation Director Matthew Rye and his staff.

"I appreciate the cooperation of Starkville Parks and Recreation Department," Bock said. "That's what makes these things so successful. From our standpoint, Matthew has done an exceptional job, especially hearing about other parks and recs throughout the state. They've really worked well with us."

Even with all of the rain in the past month, Rye is excited it worked out where the Starkville Sportsplex could host the tournament and proclaims the fields in good shape.

"The Soccer Association did a great job in finding a date to reschedule the tournament and we are very appreciative of its hard work and the time put in to provide such an event to the city of Starkville," Rye said.

Matches are scheduled to begin in the 8 a.m. to 9 a,m. range on Saturday and the tournament continues through Sunday evening.

Unlike the last date when poor weather was in the forecast, no rain is expected this weekend.

"We should have picked this date to begin with I guess," Bock said.

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