Top 5 Sports Stories of 2023

Published 6:30 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2024

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1. Bainbridge ThunderCats earn No. 1 national rank

The Bainbridge ThunderCats claimed a No. 1 national ranking during the 2023 season. The 10 U travel basketball team rode the top ranking into the national championship, where they fell to the Lakeland Fire and were crowned runners-up. READ MORE

2. Walker Elrod sets new 5K record in Bainbridge

Sophomore Grace Christian Academy cross country runner Walker Elrod ran the fastest 5k in Bainbridge history in 2023. Elrod set a new city record of 15:32 in an October meet, breaking the previous record of 15:56 by Bainbridge High School runner Poncherella Leonard. READ MORE

3. Cam Sanders throws four touchdowns in Bearcats’ win over Ware County

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Senior Bainbridge High School quarterback Cam Sanders led the Bearcats to an upset of a No. 1 Class 5A ranked Ware County. Sanders threw four touchdown passes to propel the ‘Cats to a 35-21 victory. READ MORE

4. Lady Cougars finish State Runners-Up, fall to Westminster in State Championship

The Grace Christian Academy Lady Cougars finished state runners-up in the 2023 season. They fell 3-1 to Westminster Prep in the Championship game, finishing with an overall record of 22-10. READ MORE

5. Bearcats cap off emotional senior night with 21st consecutive win

The 2022-2023 Bearcats went on a historic 21-regular season game win streak. Their success was due in large part to a veteran group of senior leaders, who were honored in the regular season finale against Cairo. READ MORE