Starkville 8-year-old All-Stars

Members of the Starkville 8-year-old All-Stars, who won the Grand Slam State Tournament on Sunday, are Cooper Anthony, listed alphabetically, Cayden Breen, Rayvon Collier, Thomas Collier, Preston Crouch, Murphy Gordon, Cline Kemp, Kylan Pulliam, Knox Smith, Reed Sparks, Stokes Smith and Will Thomas.

WINONA – The Starkville 8-year-old All-Stars put the statement “defense wins championships” to the test over the past three weeks and proved that it was worth every bit of truth.

Starkville capped an impressive summer run with an 11-4 victory over Greenville Sunday to win the Grand Slam State Championship. That follows the Dizzy Dean State title it won the week before and the South State trophy before that.

“They played hard and they hustled,” Starkville 8-year-old coach Wesley Gordon said. “As always, they played great defense and that’s won the tournament for us.”

For more on the Starkville 8-year-olds, see Monday's Starkville Daily News.

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