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October 24, 2014
Sports
FHS tennis wraps up ‘good’ year
Franklin tennis coach Heather Bell was pleased with how the Panthers performed in her second season at the helm. “I feel like it was a good season,” Bell said. FHS went 11-5, which includes a dual ...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soccer breaks record
Franklin’s soccer team finished the regular season with two victories, capping a regular season unlike any other in the program’s history. The Panthers broke the school record for most wins in a se...
Oct 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers break records in road win
For a play that took only a couple of seconds, Blake Raymond had a lot of thoughts running through his head. The Franklin junior could hear defensive line coach Tony Plemmons in his head saying, “W...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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JV runs wild in home victory
A dominant rushing attack has Franklin’s junior varsity football team undefeated. The Panthers (7-0, 4-0 WNC Athletic Conference) ran for 401 yards during a 36-22 victory Thursday against North Hen...
Oct 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soccer clinches title with games to spare
School records are falling by the wayside this season for Franklin’s soccer team. The Panthers beat North Henderson 3-1 Monday at home. The victory, combined with an East Henderson loss, clinched t...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Conference champions: Cross country slogs through mud to repeat
Squish, squish, squish. That was the sound made with each runner’s foot landing on the soft and muddy cross country course at Western Carolina University, site of Wednesday’s WNC Athletic Conferenc...
Oct 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
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Injury derails FHS senior night
The gym went from raucous to an immediate hush. Fans were loud in their support at Franklin’s volleyball match Thursday against West Henderson, the conference leader. It was senior night, and the P...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS continues dominance over Smoky
Consecutive weeks playing rivals proved to be no problem for Franklin’s football team. The Panthers used a fourth-quarter surge to beat Pisgah, then turned around and spanked Smoky Mountain 42-6 Fr...
Oct 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
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Transfers bolster FHS
Samuel Vargas remembers stepping onto the soccer field at Macon Middle School when he was 6 years old. Vargas, along with Riggy Hernandez and Kendrick Manning, were trying out for a travel team. No...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Conner wins second straight race, leads Franklin to victory at home race
Harrison Conner likes the results from his new approach to the start of cross country races. The Franklin senior opted to take off a little slower early in the 3.1-mile race last week at Hayesville...
Oct 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Slow start gives way to FHS win
Franklin High School football coach Josh Brooks found himself in an unfamiliar position on Friday night. For the first time since the opening game of the season, the Panthers were behind on the sco...
Oct 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Sophomore RB leads JV to win
Another big game by Nicholia Lamb led to another win for Franklin’s junior varsity football team. Lamb, a sophomore running back, cracked 100 yards for the fourth straight game Thursday against Pis...
Oct 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS ready for physical fight Friday in Canton
When he reflects back to last year’s game against Pisgah, Franklin senior Brandon Carter immediately thinks about the final seconds. Franklin clung to a 14-13 lead, with Pisgah lining up for a 20-y...
Oct 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers run win streak to 12
The streak is alive and well. Franklin’s soccer team won two more games this week, improving to 12-0 on the season. The Panthers are 8-0 in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference, sitting p...
Oct 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young breaks TD record
Moments after Jeremiah Young plowed into the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown, it was announced to the crowd that he had broken Franklin’s all-time record for rushing TDs. It was news to Young. “I h...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Conference play starts in style
Starting conference play against a winless opponent, Franklin coach Josh Brooks didn’t want to see his team suffer any type of letdown. Mission accomplished. The Panthers scored on every drive of t...
Oct 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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WNCAC lacking parity
Before the 2014 season kicked off, Franklin coach Josh Brooks thought there would be more parity among teams in the WNC Athletic Conference. “I based that statement off the number of teams that had...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wins push FHS to 10-0
The wins keep coming for Franklin’s undefeated soccer team. Coach Ken Neitz and the Panthers knocked off two Henderson County teams this week, and now stand alone atop the Western North Carolina At...
Sep 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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JV backs rush for 100+ yards, 3 TDs in victory
A stout rushing attack led to another win Thursday for Franklin’s junior varsity team. The Panthers averaged nearly 10 yards per carry in a 40-26 victory over Enka in the Pit. Sophomore running bac...
Sep 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers jump to 4-0
Seventeen, 12 and 11. Those are the total passes teams attempted against Franklin in its first three games. Zero. That’s the total passes Enka attempted during Friday’s game in Buncombe County. The...
Sep 24, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS tennis happy where it’s at
After one trip through the conference, Franklin’s tennis team is in contention for a title. The Panthers sit in second place after playing the seven other teams in the Western North Carolina Athlet...
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers soccer gets by big hurdle
The date – Monday, Sept. 15 – was circled on their calendars before the season even started. This would be the date Franklin’s soccer players and coaches would finally beat Smoky Mountain and end a...
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Junior varsity downs Rabun 21-7
Franklin’s junior varsity football team has had two opponents on Thursday nights: the other team and Mother Nature. The Panthers have handled both and are 2-0 to start the season. FHS beat Rabun Co...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Explosive 1st half leads to victory
Zach Tallent had his first varsity catch – which went for a touchdown – nullified because of a penalty. A week later, the Franklin senior tight end got redemption. Tallent’s diving catch in the end...
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS ready for ‘dogfight’
Franklin has already gone on the road and knocked off a highly-ranked team. The Panthers (2-0) will try to do the same thing again Friday at Swain County (3-0). The Maroon Devils are ranked No. 2 i...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Win streak reaches 6
Franklin’s soccer team started Western North Carolina Athletic Conference play this week, and tacked on two more victories to its winning streak. Coach Ken Neitz provided recaps from both games. Fr...
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin tennis team hopes to keep up winning ways
A year after finishing in the middle of the conference, Franklin’s tennis team is swinging for a higher showing this season. The Panthers went 12-9 overall and 8-6 in the Western North Carolina Ath...
Sep 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers blow out Rams
It would be difficult for Franklin to have a better start than what unfolded Friday night against T.C. Roberson. The Panthers scored touchdowns on all six of their first-half possessions, and aside...
Sep 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pickleball group takes challenge
The Blue Ridge Mountains Pickleball group met at Motor Co. Grill Wednesday, Sept. 3, to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds and honor Jim Bost, a member of the group who died fro...
Sep 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin ready for home opener Andy Scheidler
Franklin fans sat elbow-to-elbow in the visitor’s bleachers at Murphy this past week. With the stands full well before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff, others lined the sideline fence or found a spot behind ...
Sep 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Lowell takes over for Esterwood; enjoying coaching return
Sarah Lowell was Franklin’s girls track and field coach in the 1980s and 90s. She also helped coach a junior Olympic cross country team that served as a feeder program to the high school. Lowell le...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rushing attack powers FHS to win
A fourth-quarter adjustment proved huge for Franklin’s football team in Friday’s season opening win at Murphy. “We started running it right at them,” FHS coach Josh Brooks said. The Panthers failed...
Sep 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin senior earns top honor at UCA camp
Ivy Hawkins is entering her fourth year as a cheerleader. The Franklin senior has never felt as much pressure to perform as she did this summer at the UCA Cheer Camp in Florida. Hawkins tried out t...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Season starts with big test at Murphy
Sweat dripped from Franklin senior linebackers Austin Price and Blaine Moss following Tuesday’s football practice. All it took was a mention of Friday’s season-opening game at Murphy to make them f...
Aug 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young on record-breaking path
As a senior, a team captain and a four-year starter, Jeremiah Young is doing all the things expected from a leader. The biggest improvement Franklin’s 5-foot-11, 230-pound tailback and linebacker h...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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A title, not going undefeated, is this year’s goal
Win after win accumulated in Josh Brooks’ first season as coach in 2006. Franklin’s football team started the season with nine straight victories and climbed to a No. 1 state ranking— both firsts i...
Aug 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Brooks touts internal leadership as best he’s seen
Josh Brooks is a big believer in the importance of internal leadership. Franklin’s football coach can’t be around his players at all times, and he knows teenagers are influenced both positively and...
Aug 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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With Agrusa back, volleyball off to 2-0 start
Vanessa Agrusa laughs with teammates after winning a point. Still smiling, she tosses the volleyball into the air, takes a couple steps forward and jumps while smacking a line-drive serve that bare...
Aug 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fly fishing coach brings gold back to Franklin
Franklin’s Paul Bourcq has a simple philosophy as a fly fishing coach: put the team’s success before individual success. Members of the US Youth Fly Fishing Team live by that strategy, which explai...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers finish preseason with win
A lack of big gains or flashy plays might have seemed routine or even boring to the fans at Friday’s scrimmage against Rabun County (Georgia). But to Franklin coach Josh Brooks, it was perfect exec...
Aug 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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