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Time for New Year’s resolutions

This is the time of year that we all make New Year’s resolutions.

I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t keep most of mine. One of my main resolutions each year is to lose weight.

Sometime during the year, I probably will go on a diet and lose some weight. The problem is I will probably go off it at some point and put the weight right back on, with some to spare.

Another resolution is to exercise more. I used to do a lot of walking, but in recent years I haven’t exercised much at all. I know I’m not a spring chicken any more, and diet and exercise are both important.

Athletic honors continued to come for Bainbridge High School Bearcats football players over the weekend.

Bearcats punter and place kicker Keenan Adams made the Georgia Sportswriters Class AAAA All-State Team as the punter and The Albany Herald’s All-Area Team as the place kicker.

Joining Adams on the All-Area Team as a defensive back was Jonathan Warren. Complete stories on Adams and Warrens honors appear elsewhere in today’s sports section.

Adams and Warren were both first team selections on the Region Coaches All-Region 1AAAA Team. Adams was selected at two positions, punter and place kicker.

Joining Adams as a two-position, first-team All-Region 1AAAA selection was Shawn Samuels, who made the team as a defensive back and kickoff and punt returner.

I’ve had another great year covering Bainbridge High School sports. Lady Cat and Bearcat athletes were dominant in many areas, as witnessed by the school winning the All-Sports Trophy in the nine-team Region 1AAAA.

Winning the All-Sports Trophy is a credit to Bearcats head football coach and Decatur County School System Athletic Director Ed Pilcher, who enthusiastically encouraged coaches in each of his sports programs to set their goals high and go after them.

Highlight of the year came when coach Latreisha Moon’s Lady Cats and coach Rickey McCullough’s Bearcats both won Region 1AAAA basketball championships at the Decatur County Memorial Coliseum and advanced to the State Class AAAA Final Four at the Gwinnett County Arena.

Both teams are off to strong starts again this year. The Lady Cats, who are 12-1, and the Bearcats, who are 8-4, both won two out of three games and turned in strong second-place finishes in last week’s Thomasville High School Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs Holiday Hoopfest.

As the New Year approaches, I look forward to covering even more local sports highlights in the final five months of the school year.

With basketball and wrestling still in progress, and the spring sports of baseball, track, tennis, soccer and golf still to come, there are many more exciting moments to cover in the 2009-2010 school year.

In conclusion, just let me wish my readers a very Happy and Blessed New Year. I’ll see you in the local athletic arenas in 2010.