PARIS - Floyd County is again home to a reigning state champion. The Martin Rebels 7-8-year-old T-ball team struck gold over the weekend in the summer edition of the Bluegrass State Games. Martin claimed gold medals in the 7-8 T-ball tournament, beating host Paris 8-5 in the championship game.
Members of the Martin team are Jacob Meade, Seth Hall, Steven Howard, Dustin Johnson, Brett Samons, Hunter Johnson, Cameron Blevins, Ricco Dominguez, Jayla Spurlock, Andrew Tackett, James Little, Kane Taylor and J.R. Tackett. Coaches are Charlie Collins, Ryan Collins, Ricky Johnson, Terry Spurlock and Roger Tackett.
The Bluegrass State Games got going last Friday with opening ceremonies. Events were held both Saturday and Sunday. Most of the youth events took place during the first weekend of this year's Summer Games. The remainder of the 2006 Summer Games will be held during the upcoming weekend.
After arriving back in Martin, the Rebels got a championship welcome. Martin Mayor Thomasine Robinson joined the team on a firetruck that went through Martin.
Paris, after falling to the Rebels on Saturday. dealt Martin its only loss in the double-elimination tournament. The Rebels, after suffering a loss to Paris earlier Sunday, battled back and topped the host team in the championship contest. Martin also posted wins over Glasgow and Lexington's Dixie Red.
ABOUT THE STATE GAMES: The Bluegrass State Games is a nonprofit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition. Bluegrass State Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee.