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December 18, 2014
Sports
Blue-collar approach for Panthers
A sign hanging in Franklin’s locker room lists four items that the boys basketball team strives to base its foundation upon. The four items are: • Hustle • Rebound • Defense • Take care of the ball...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls drop to 0-2 after lopsided 4th quarter at Pisgah
Losing consecutive games is rare territory under coach Scott Hartbarger. Franklin’s girls basketball team has lost back-to-back games only a few times during his six seasons. This is the first time...
Dec 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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A season full of achievements
Every seat in the visitor’s bleachers was occupied 90 minutes before kickoff of the 2-AA Western Regional championship football game. The nearly three-hour drive to East Lincoln did little to deter...
Dec 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hernandez top offensive player
Soccer is the only sport Riggy Hernandez plays for Franklin. The senior plays one of the two center midfield positions, which led coach Ken Neitz to draw a comparison to a different sport. “Riggy i...
Dec 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Perfect season ends in 4th round
A banner hanging from a fire truck was unveiled during halftime of the 2-AA Western Regional championship football game. It read: “Mustangs the road to the state finals goes thru Franklin.” That ro...
Dec 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS looks to grab regional championship
After 14 weeks of the high school football season, only eight teams in the entire state remain undefeated. Two of those teams will square off in Friday’s 2-AA Western Regional championship game. Fr...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seniors’ goal: win conference
Franklin senior Killian Carpenter enjoys swimming because it clears his head. He’s been swimming for 12 years, and now his final season competing for the Panthers is here. “It’s bittersweet,” said ...
Dec 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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QB plays with ankle fracture
Dalton Cochran took a knee that ran off the final 30 seconds in Franklin’s 17-14 victory over Monroe. It went down as a 1-yard loss, and was basically the only carry the senior quarterback was capa...
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers survive, break record
Clinging to a 17-14 lead, the fate of Franklin’s season was in the hands of its defense. As has been the case all season, the defense proved worthy of the challenge. Monroe completed passes to set ...
Dec 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Huge challenge’ awaits FHS in 3rd round
Thanksgiving is a special time of the year, and it’s even more special this year for Franklin. For the first time in Josh Brooks’ nine seasons as head coach, the Panthers will play on the day after...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers ready to tip off
With the first game of the season looming, Franklin’s girls basketball team has an emphasis that’s already in place – one that will likely remain for the rest of the season. That emphasis: boxing o...
Nov 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS rolls to 13-0, 3rd round
Josh Brooks has been a football coach at Franklin for 14 years: five as an assistant and the past nine as the head coach. So for Brooks to say the week of practice leading up to the Panthers’ secon...
Nov 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Power hitter SEC bound
Madison Cousineau has attended Franklin High School for less than 2 1/2 years. In that time, she’s managed to make quite the impression. Coaches, teammates, family members and administrators spoke ...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Similar teams to meet in 2nd round of playoffs
West Stokes football coach Jimmy Upchurch considers his team and Franklin to be nearly mirror images of one another. Both have players with good size, including some who are really good players, an...
Nov 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘No letdown’ for FHS in 1st round
Jeremiah Young was on a mission. When asked about the 2-AA NCHSAA playoffs a week beforehand, the senior said he was ready to blow out a team in the first round. There was no way he was going to le...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mitchell’s 6 touchdowns lead Catamounts to victory
Quarterback Troy Mitchell accounted for six touchdowns, including a career-best five TD passes, and added a 55-yard touchdown run to highlight a strong offensive performance for the Catamounts on S...
Nov 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers motivated for playoffs
Franklin senior Landon Potter is one of the players who’s ready to prove this year’s team is different from the 2013 squad that lost in first round of the state playoffs. “At the beginning of the s...
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Banner soccer year ends in heartbreak
Some of the players put their hands on their heads. Others crumpled to the ground. Some did both. Franklin’s soccer team went into shock after allowing a goal with 13.9 seconds left in Tuesday’s 2-...
Nov 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Headers propel soccer to 4th-round playoff victory
Lake Norman Charter took more than twice as many shots, and put four times as many on goal, than Franklin. However, the statistic that matters the most is goals. Franklin won that category and won ...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers perfect again
Before the 2011 season, Franklin’s football program had played approximately 80 seasons without going undefeated in the regular season. The Panthers went 11-0 in 2011, then matched that feat only t...
Nov 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS continues record run
Franklin’s soccer program had two state playoff wins to its credit in school history from 1986 to 2013. The Panthers have surpassed that total this season alone. FHS (20-1) earned a 3-1 win Wednesd...
Nov 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cabe, Goldsmith ready to help lead MCS forward
Tommy Cabe sat and held his breath in a dark corner of the Macon County Board of Elections office as he waited for the first round of election results to come in on Tuesday night. After board of el...
Nov 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Runners ‘happy’ with showing at state XC meet
Distance runners must endure the physical pain in their legs and lungs, but mostly it’s a mental battle. With about 400 meters remaining in the 2-A NCHSAA Cross Country Championships, Franklin seni...
Nov 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers shoot into 3rd round
When Riggy Hernandez steps onto a soccer field, he clears his head and thinks only about the task at hand. The Franklin senior captain blocked out the wind and the cold, and assisted both goals in ...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin clinches conference titleFranklin clinches conference title
Tyler Harling had his eyes on the quarterback. He watched as Franklin teammate Blake Raymond put pressure on the West Henderson QB, who tried to avoid a sack by getting rid of the ball. The despera...
Nov 05, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers advance to 2nd round
The state playoffs bring a different atmosphere. Knowing a loss ends the season, the players feel an added pressure to perform. Even though Franklin’s soccer team won 17 of 18 games in the regular ...
Oct 31, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Regional champs ready for state
Regan Long and his Franklin cross country teammates weren’t having their best race. “We felt like we were doing our best, but it just wasn’t fast,” Long said about the 2-A West Regional, held Satur...
Oct 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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Physical Panthers stick to ground to beat Eagles
Franklin coach Josh Brooks stuck to a limited selection of play calls offensively Friday against East Henderson. Brooks estimated the Panthers ran seven or eight plays all game, rolling to a 44-6 v...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young adds to list of records
Jeremiah Young was informed at halftime how close he was to the rushing record. “They told me 12 at halftime, so when I saw open grass I was making sure I got 12 yards,” Young said. Franklin coach ...
Oct 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 45 45 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 | 52 52 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 | 42 42 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 | 46 46 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 | 53 53 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 | 51 51 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 | 43 43 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 | 43 43 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 | 51 51 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 | 56 56 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 | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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