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July 25, 2014
Sports
Panthers wrap up final 7-on-7; official practice nears
This is the last week for players on Franklin’s football team to relax, take it easy and have no weight lifting or practice obligations. The dead week period of July 21-25, which coincides with the...
Jul 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stewart lands spot with DII school in Charlotte
Maggie Stewart won’t soon forget her last game wearing a Franklin High School uniform. The Panthers were playing Tuscola at the 2013 3-A West Regional tournament in Greensboro. Stewart, who was the...
Jul 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin All-Star softball team regroups, finishes among top teams in state
It’s been a roller coaster ride for the girls on Franklin’s 7-8-year-old All-Star softball team. And that doesn’t even include what happened on the field. Following a runner-up finish in the Distri...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Build it, float it, win money
It’s time to put your MacGyver skills to the test — and possibly make a little money in the process. Franklin RiverFest will be held Aug. 23 along the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Wanna-be MacG...
Jul 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Moonshine 10K winner ‘lucky’
Luke Smith runs a 5K or 10K race about once a month. At age 51, Smith typically has little problems winning his age group, but beating top high school runners is a little more difficult. Fortunatel...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Carolina Mudcats win Global World Series title
The Carolina Mudcats 12 AAA went 7-0 on the way to the World Series Crown. The Mudcats scored 79 runs and allowed 19 at the USSSA Baseball Global World Series, held July 4-8 in Myrtle Beach, South ...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Amazing’ trip for FHS cheerleaders
Jordan Rogers’ first trip to Hawaii was a memorable one. “It was the best experience of my life,” said Rogers, a rising junior at Franklin High School. “It was absolutely amazing.” Rogers and fello...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing against the best
The weather was very favorable for shooting competitors for two days at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. However, it was nasty one day, with winds gusting to 45 mph and steady rain fa...
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS guard undergoes 2nd knee surgery
With a couple returning players out of town and another injured, Franklin wasn’t at full strength for summer league basketball games and scrimmages. The girls went a combined 10-10 in June at three...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Younger players take on new roles with varsity
Jesse Pinkston is pleased with the participation so far this summer. Franklin’s boys basketball team attracted between 9-13 varsity players for three camps in June. “We had a good turnout all summe...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Power hitting propels 9-10-year-olds to district title
Franklin’s 9-10-year-old All-Star softball team expected to have to play one more game to win a district championship. But thanks to being the host for the state tournament and a concession from an...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anglers break state salmon records
Records are meant to be broken. Two anglers from North Carolina etched their names in the NC Wildlife Resources Commission fishing record books less than a week apart in June at Nantahala Lake. On ...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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College coach: Yokel possible diamond in the rough
Lying on the ground, Jimmy Yokel stares at the sky. His heart is still beating rapidly, having just finished a 3.1-mile run at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville. The Franklin senior...
Jul 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defense leads 6-year-olds to title
Mark Sutton’s main expectation before the All-Star season was to coach the 6-year-olds into becoming better baseball players. Sutton didn’t expect they’d go undefeated and win five games to take th...
Jul 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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9-year-olds ‘yet to be challenged’
Coach Billy Vanhook used a tennis analogy to describe his 9-year-old All-Star baseball team’s District 5 championship. “We held serve,” Vanhook said. “We were the best team, and we played like the ...
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Regular season champs crowned
The Franklin Little League concluded the regular season and had a pool party at the Recreation Park to celebrate a successful season. Here are the winners from softball. Tee ball There were no leag...
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers sharp in scrimmages
Despite playing defense this past season, and throwing to a group of receivers with little-to-no varsity experience, Dalton Cochran has impressed his coach so far this summer. The Franklin quarterb...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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School Board approves money for field maintenance
Coaches who have been mowing grass on their own time will now get some financial help. On Monday night, The Macon County Board of Education approved reallocating $2,450 from athletic trainer expens...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goalkeeper earns top honors
Question and answer with Cassidy Zemmin • Congratulations on being named the conference’s defensive player of the year. What was your reaction when you found that out? I had no idea about it, so it...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Esterwood named coach of year in WNCAC, region
Q&A with Rita Esterwood • This is the second straight year you’ve been named coach of the year for the conference and region. Yeah, that was nice. • Did you expect that? No, because we were co-conf...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Kaitlin Bishop
• How does it feel to earn your second all-conference award? It’s a great feeling knowing all the hard work you put in paid off in the end. • Your offensive numbers were better than last year, but ...
Jun 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Madison Cousineau
• How does it feel to earn your second all-conference selection in softball? It’s pretty good. It’s quite an honor, actually. I’m excited and happy I got it. • You led the team with five home runs,...
Jun 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frankllin coach praises 3 All-WNCAC selections
Ryan Raby led Franklin to a 13-13 record in 2014. The Panthers won nine of their final 13 games, and advanced to the third round of the 2-A NCHSAA playoffs for the first time in 13 years. It was Ra...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS to induct 3 into Hall of Fame
A multi-sport star, a player turned coach and a dominant running team comprise the third class to enter Franklin’s Athletic Hall of Fame. FHS Booster Club secretary Rhonda Blanton announced this ye...
Jun 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baldwin to join Milligan’s cycling team
Mountain biking has always been a hobby for Drew Baldwin. It’s about to become much more than that. Baldwin will join the cycling team at Milligan College, located near Johnson City, Tenn. He recei...
Jun 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS to buy new scorer’s table
Franklin’s volleyball team sold peanuts for a fundraiser this past season. The year before that, the Panthers sold cookie dough. “It’s always very successful,” coach Amanda Dowdle said, “but it’s a...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Vision gymnasts compete at nationals
New Vision Gymnastics’ top gymnasts, Laurel Hall and Shelby Moore, traveled recently to compete in the level 9 and 10 Junior Olympic national meets, respectively. Hall is the fifth gymnast from New...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soccer season ends in 2nd round
Winning one state playoff game before losing in the second round wasn’t what Franklin’s soccer team had planned. The Panthers had bigger aspirations, mainly winning the 2-A NCHSAA title. Although t...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball coach focuses on positives
After five seasons as an assistant coach, Adam Tallent took the reigns this spring as the head coach of Franklin’s softball program. The Panthers went 8-12, finished tied for fifth in the WNC Athle...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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A ‘year to remember’ for Panthers
Nearly two months ago, on a cloudy and chilly afternoon March 28, visiting North Buncombe beat Franklin’s baseball team 5-2. The weather wasn’t the only thing gloomy; the Panthers lost three games ...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Templeton soars to new heights
Joe Templeton is still trying to accept the realization that he’s going to graduate from high school next month. “It feels like I’m not old enough to go to college,” he said. For Templeton, it does...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS affected by umpires’ calls
In a heated game between two rivals, it was Franklin who did most of the yelling and arguing — but not with Smoky Mountain. FHS coach Ryan Raby and the Panthers had three calls go against them that...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers continue hot streak
Franklin senior Hayden Volk hasn’t allowed an earned run in 16 innings against Smoky Mountain. However, the Mustangs have a pair of one-run victories against the Panthers thanks to scoring four une...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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State champion vaulter headed to WCU
Danielle Brown entered the 2-A NCHSAA Track and Field Championships with more confidence than in previous years. During her freshman, sophomore and junior years (when Franklin competed in Class 3-A...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS soccer breezes into 2nd round
Maddie Gibbs swings her foot and brushes the ball. It floats into the penalty box where Shannon Esterwood is waiting. She jumps and redirects it with her head, and the ball bounces past the goalkee...
May 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers end decade-long drought
Michael Mathis, Hayden Volk and the seniors on Franklin’s baseball team were first-graders the last time the Panthers won a state playoff game. Mathis jacked two homers and Volk held Draughn to nin...
May 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball to host 1st-round game Wednesday against Mountain Heritage
Thanks to winning a coin flip, Franklin’s softball team will get to host a first-round playoff game Wednesday. The Panthers finished tied with Smoky Mountain for fifth place in the WNC Athletic Con...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin golfers struggle at 2-A West Regional, finish 10th out of 11 teams
The final golf tournament didn’t go as well as hoped or planned. However, for Franklin golf coach Greg Partington and the Panthers, it was a valuable learning experience. Franklin finished 10th out...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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3,200-meter relay team sets sights on state title, breaking FHS record
To Jim Byrd, it’s not even a debate as to which race is the most difficult in track. It’s the 800-meter run. Period. “The reason is it’s at that place where you’re running with oxygen depletion fro...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 89 89 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior Night celebration
The original plan was to hold Senior Night on the second-to-last home soccer game when Franklin played East Henderson. However, rain delayed the game a day, and the Panthers said forget it, putting...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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