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February 11, 2016
Sports
Relay teams shine at regional
Five of Franklin’s six relay teams are headed to state. The Panthers came close to advancing all of their relays at Friday’s 1-A/2-A West Regional. Only the boys 200-yard medley relay failed to qua...
Feb 10, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers earn fourth win
rts@thefranklinpress.com Wins have been few and far between this season for Franklin’s boys basketball team. The Panthers had lost 10 of their previous 11 games entering Wednesday’s contest with Ro...
Feb 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers squeak out road win
Franklin has developed a pattern when playing at North Henderson. In the seven years under girls basketball coach Scott Hartbarger, the Panthers have started slowly in all but one. That was the cas...
Feb 03, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boys suffer blowout losses to Smoky, Pisgah
North Henderson, Smoky Mountain and Pisgah are the top three teams in the WNC Athletic Conference. Those happen to be Franklin’s three opponents this week. FHS suffered lopsided losses to Smoky Mou...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Poor shooting dooms FHS girls
Lexi Taro watches as her 3-point shot goes through the net. The Franklin guard throws up her right hand with an exasperated look as if to say, finally, a shot went in. The Panthers struggled with t...
Jan 29, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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Local cyclocross racer wins event in Asheville
Cyclocross is popular in the New England region where Karen Tripp is from. “It’s a big sport up there,” she said, “and it’s growing down here.” Tripp has competed in cyclocross for nine years. She’...
Jan 27, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers snap skid with win over Brevard
One team had lost six straight games, the other seven straight. One was ranked No. 94 out of 100 teams in Class 2-A, the other No. 98. It was Franklin that won the battle of struggling teams during...
Jan 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS girls keep rolling
With 4.5 seconds on the clock and Franklin leading by three, the Panthers knew Cherokee would be looking to take a 3-point shot. The Braves passed the ball back and forth, but couldn’t get a good l...
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Minutes, games increase for MMS hoops players
If you’re a basketball player for Macon Middle School, there’s little time to rest this month. MMS is in the middle of playing 10 games in the span of 20 days. The Panthers have played five games s...
Jan 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS girls move closer to top
First place just got a little closer and more crowded. Franklin’s girls basketball team beat West Henderson Friday. Pisgah beat Smoky Mountain, and the two schools are now tied atop the WNC Athleti...
Jan 13, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS girls squeak out road win
Lexi Taro scored a career-high 21 points, while senior Tory Agrusa returned from injury to score nine points, and Franklin’s girls basketball team earned a road win Wednesday. The Panthers (5-5, 3-...
Jan 08, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Athletes run, throw, tackle, dive, swing, swim to impressive achievements in 2015
Oh, what a year it was. From conference championships, to state championships to world championships, Franklin athletes accomplished thrilling results in 2015. Throw in a historic game for special ...
Jan 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers fall in tourney
When holding a comfortable lead, going a couple of possessions without scoring might not hurt too badly. When locked in a close game and behind a couple points, doing that tends to prove costly. Fr...
Jan 01, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers earn top conference honors
Q&A with Kelton Lowry – Offensive Player of the Year You got honorable mention the past two years. How does it feel to earn all-conference honors for the first time? It’s definitely an honor, but t...
Dec 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS girls win despite injuries
Despite playing without its leading scorer, Franklin’s girls basketball team picked up a conference win at home Tuesday night. The Panthers led throughout in a 46-39 victory over North Henderson. T...
Dec 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS coach Brooks staying put
Every day since Franklin’s football season ended, coach Josh Brooks has worked on the program in some capacity or another. Brooks is dedicated and committed to the FHS program, and confirmed he isn...
Dec 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 72 72 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls win home thriller
Heidi Shope was shocked when informed she would be starting her first game at the varsity level. The Franklin sophomore made the most of the opportunity Tuesday against conference rival Pisgah. Sho...
Dec 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers split on road
A pair of weekend games resulted in a conference win and a nonconference loss for Franklin’s boys basketball team. The Panthers hung on to beat Brevard 48-47 Friday evening in Transylvania County, ...
Dec 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coaches pleased with signs of progress in wrestling programs
Building a varsity program typically takes years to build and grow, which requires patience from coaches. Franklin wrestling coach Marcus Sayers is starting to see signs of progression. The program...
Dec 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panther girls win despite fouls
Franklin’s girls basketball team walked off the court after its first game with a 20-point victory. “For the first game, it was a good start,” coach Scott Hartbarger said. The Panthers jumped out t...
Dec 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS hoops teams eager to tip off
Franklin’s girls basketball coach Scott Hartbarger is excited about his team’s quickness and depth. “Those two things are our strongpoints this year,” said Hartbarger, who is beginning his seventh ...
Dec 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Monroe’s big plays burn Panthers
After shaking hands with the victorious Monroe players, Franklin’s football team gathered on the field for the final time this season. A few shed tears once the realization set in that it was their...
Dec 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Round 3 rematch: Panthers ready for challenge
At 5 feet 6 inches and 160 pounds, David Ramey is usually the smallest player on the football field. That doesn’t stop the Franklin junior from playing fearlessly. “There’s nothing else I’d rather ...
Nov 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers strangle Warriors
Officials got plenty of practice reaching to their hip, grabbing the yellow cloth and tossing it into the air Friday night in the Panther Pit. There were 24 accepted penalties in the second round 2...
Nov 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Round 2: FHS in ‘comfort zone’
When West Caldwell plays Franklin’s football team Friday night in the Panther Pit, it will be more than just a battle between a 7-5 team and a 9-3 squad in the second round of the playoffs. West Ca...
Nov 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers smother R-S Central to advance
The running lanes were full and the receivers were covered. Franklin’s defense shut down – and shut out – R-S Central during Friday’s first-round 2-AA NCHSAA playoff game. The Panthers won 29-0 on ...
Nov 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS falls in 2nd round
Franklin goalkeeper Samuel Vargas wears an orange jersey, but during Saturday’s playoff game, all you could see on his sides was a solid brown. Rain turned the field into a muddy, sloppy mess, part...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 79 79 recommendations | email to a friend
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R-S Central to bring speed to Panther Pit
Playing in the postseason is very familiar territory for Franklin’s football program. This makes the 16th straight state playoff appearance for the Panthers. Coach Josh Brooks has been here for eve...
Nov 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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Three-peat feat: FHS wins WNCAC
With all of Franklin’s football players gathered on a knee on the field at Tuscola, coach Josh Brooks led the team in a prayer. It included giving thanks for winning another conference championship...
Nov 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers avoid soccer playoff upset
Edgar Chavez and Samuel Vargas proved why they’re two of Franklin’s captains during Wednesday’s state playoff soccer game. Vargas made a crucial one-on-one save against Smoky’s best scorer in crunc...
Nov 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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West Henderson rides special teams to win, snaps FHS streaks
A Franklin player threw his helmet down in anger. While some players were visibly upset and frustrated, most appeared to be in shock. West Henderson blocked two punts for touchdowns, including the ...
Nov 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS football seniors look to cement legacy
Franklin’s 18 seniors have a chance to do something special as the end of their high school football careers nears. The Panthers can clinch a conference championship Friday night against West Hende...
Oct 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Running game powers Panthers to win
Kelton Lowry takes off his helmet and sits on a bench on Franklin’s sideline. He squirts water into his mouth and smiles, while putting his left hand on left tackle Wyatt Burnette’s shoulder. “Than...
Oct 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers to play familiar opponent in first round of 2-A tournament
Franklin’s volleyball team finished the regular season on an upswing. Now, the Panthers have hopes of carrying their improved play into the postseason. FHS (9-14, 3-11 WNC Athletic Conference) has ...
Oct 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers roll past North Henderson
Josh Brooks admitted he was very irritated at halftime of Friday’s game against North Henderson. Franklin’s coach watched his team commit turnovers on two straight possessions before allowing a lon...
Oct 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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The Naturalist a ‘brutal trail race’
The refrain was similar from the runners who completed The Naturalist 25K and 50K Trail Race. “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life,” Charlie Ledford said, “and I’ve done a lot of har...
Oct 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS seals win late at Smoky
Franklin and Smoky Mountain football games have been so one-sided in recent years that fans might’ve been surprised by Friday’s encounter in Sylva. The Mustangs scored the first touchdown of the ga...
Oct 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers prep for Battle of Cowee Mountain
A week after playing an emotional game against a top adversary, Franklin’s football team is tasked with playing a long-time rival eager for a chance at an upset. The Panthers dispatched Pisgah, the...
Oct 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers soar past Pisgah
Kelton Lowry made his presence known with two monumental plays Friday night. The Franklin senior scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 40-yard run, and intercepted a pass in the end zone, returning it...
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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His 85th birthday present: 23-mile Grand Canyon hike
Every time Jim Pader looked up at the steep canyon walls, knowing he still had a ways to go to climb to the top, it felt like he was in a torture chamber. So, instead, he mostly kept his head down ...
Oct 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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