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August 29, 2015
Sports
Panthers ready for home test
School was back in session this week, which meant football practice wasn’t the only thing on the plate for Franklin players. Getting accustomed to the new routine came during a week when the oppone...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Short game a focus for FHS golfers
Ali Stahl is sticking with the same brand of golf ball this season. The Franklin senior used a Nike PD Long last year, when she qualified for the 1-A/2A NCHSAA Championship, and it’s served her wel...
Aug 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS loses showdown with Asheville
Big plays from the opposition snapped two long winning streaks. Franklin’s 24-game regular season winning streak and 13-year season opener winning streak were snapped Friday night in Buncombe Count...
Aug 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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JV downs Cougars to start 1-0
The anticipation of the first game of the season was too much for Franklin freshman Bailey Watts. “I didn’t sleep last night,” Watts said. “I was so excited I couldn’t sleep.” After grinding throug...
Aug 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers set sights on conference championship, playoff run in 2015
One of Franklin’s main goals this season is a familiar one. “Win conference,” Hunter Gibbs said, “like every year.” The Panthers are the two-time defending Western North Carolina Athletic Champions...
Aug 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers outscored by Rabun County in scrimmage; regular season starts Friday
The final tune-up before the start of the regular season saw a mix of good plays, but also some even better ones from the opposition. Franklin’s football team scored on two of its six offensive dri...
Aug 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS volleyball team to make up for lack of tall players with grit, smarts
Lining up to take the volleyball team picture, 5-foot-7 junior Lexi Taro happily commented that she was one of the tall players, thus getting to stand in the back row. Franklin’s tallest player is ...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soccer squad motivated for state run
Jesus Zalapa remembers it vividly, including how much pain he and his teammates felt. Franklin’s soccer team surrendered a goal with 13.9 seconds left in the 2-A regional championship game of the N...
Aug 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Standoff ends without incident
Sheriff’s deputies spent the better part of nine hours Friday trying to persuade a man who threatened suicide, to come out of his Clarks Chapel home. “He told us several times he was going to do it...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers rack up state rankings
Conference champ? Below are the predicted finishes for teams in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference. The coaches poll was conducted for the N.C. Prep Football News Yearbook. 1. Franklin ...
Aug 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swimming dynasty breaks records
The trophies – each one approximately three feet tall – stood on tables facing the swimmers, parents and family members. On a separate table stood the 2015 version. The Franklin Amateur Swim Team w...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Capps progresses in year 2 playing pro football
Jenny Capps didn’t know what position she was playing. All she knew was she needed to burst through the offensive line at the snap and try to tackle the opposing team’s running back. It was the fir...
Aug 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Big Walter’ relives glory days of ’76
Walter Wright endured his share of battles on the gridiron in the 1970s. Now, 40 years later, he’s enduring another kind of fight: cancer. Wright is undergoing chemotherapy treatments after cancer ...
Aug 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roles not yet defined for football squad
A mixture of seniors, juniors, sophomores and even a freshman lined up at wide receiver for Franklin during Tuesday’s 7-on-7 passing scrimmage against Robbinsville. “We still don’t know who’s gonna...
Jul 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swimmer-coach dynamic key to wins
Claire Holland remembers how bad she was at swimming the breaststroke. “It looked like doggy paddling in a weird way,” Holland, 10, said. Now, in her fifth year with the Franklin Amateur Swim Team,...
Jul 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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British Soccer Camp players ‘brilliant’
Rain is typically unwelcome when it comes to sporting events. But the coaches at the British Soccer Camp enjoyed a rain shower falling Thursday at the Industrial Park. “That was the longest rain si...
Jul 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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A trip down memory lane
Between getting advice from Lou Holtz, to going one-on-one with his all-state player, to starting multiple sports programs, to winning a state championship, Bill Dyar has many fond memories from hi...
Jul 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Player, coach enjoy East-West All-Star games
Two sports, two games, and, unfortunately, two losses. The East-West All-Star games this week in Greensboro featured two representatives from Franklin. Vanessa Agrusa played in the basketball game ...
Jul 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin hoops coach evaluates players new to varsity squad
Half of Franklin’s varsity basketball team this winter could be comprised of players who were on the junior varsity last year. Zach De La Cruz, James Field, Cole Harling, Brock Kloeppel, Andrew Moo...
Jul 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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All-Stars make state run
Having won four games on their home field, the players had a shot at winning state in front of their own fans. However, it wasn’t meant to be for Franklin’s 7- and 8-year-old All-Star softball team...
Jul 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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FAST swimmers glide to wins
What: Highlands Hurricanes Swim Team (HHST) at Franklin Amateur Swim Team (FAST) When: Thursday, July 9 Scores FAST girls 530 HHST girls 9 FAST boys 549 HHST boys 21 Combined FAST 1,079 HHST 30 Ind...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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School board gives OK for FHS track resurfacing job
When Caleb Albrecht is sprinting around the Franklin High School track, he clears his head. “I kinda block stuff out when I run,” he said. “But you can see it pretty good.” Albrecht is referring to...
Jul 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Class act: FHS shines in 2-A
The 2014-15 school year was one for the sports record books at Franklin High School. Consider this: • The football team won three state playoff games before succumbing to the eventual champion. • T...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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All-Stars set to host state tournament
After winning district, the players on Franklin’s 7- and 8-year-old All-Star softball team enjoyed some time off. Many went on family vacations. With the state tournament on tap this weekend, July ...
Jul 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Four softball players earn all-district, state honors
North Carolina Softball Coaches Association 2-A All-District and All-State selections from Franklin: • Kaylee Corbin, outfielder, class of 2015 “Kaylee had her best year this year at the plate and ...
Jul 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smaller Panthers take court
Playing games in the summer is the first time a basketball coach truly gets to see what his team might look like in the winter. For Franklin girls coach Scott Hartbarger, one thing is noticeably di...
Jul 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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Bats propel 8s to title
On multiple occasions over the past few weeks, rain prompted Franklin’s 8-year-old All-Star baseball team to practice indoors. The entire practice would be spent on hitting, either off a pitching m...
Jul 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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School-history honor for Franklin cheerleaders
Mckenzie Hayles and Jenna Hutchinson will be busy representing Franklin High School this summer. The rising seniors were selected as All-State. “They will have the honor of working alongside some o...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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All-Star team dominates district foes
Moments after securing the final out in a 14-4 victory, players on the Franklin 7- and 8-year-old softball All-Star team stood in the dugout. “It’s Christmas!” a couple players exclaimed. Their pre...
Jul 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Arm, bat help freshman earn Co-Player of the Year honor
Haeli Bryson Year: Freshman Position: Pitcher, shortstop Season hitting stats: .538 average, 49 hits (15 doubles, four triples, nine home runs), 32 runs, 28 RBI, nine walks, six strikeouts Season p...
Jun 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with all conference FHS soccer player Holly Sapp
Holly Sapp Year: Senior Position: Midfielder Stats: 20 goals, nine assists All-conference selection: First All-region selection: First Q&A with Holly Sapp • This is your first time making all-confe...
Jun 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Maslin picks Western Carolina
Trey Maslin remembers hitting wiffle balls into a net when he was 3 years old at the first house he lived in. When he was 10 or 11, he joined a travel baseball team in Charlotte. That’s when he sta...
Jun 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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From beginner to record-holder
As a freshman on Franklin’s cross country team, Caleb Albrecht knew virtually nothing about running. At one practice, coach Rita Esterwood told everyone they were going to run a dozen 400s. “What’s...
Jun 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ultimate player rises up ranks
Tim McAllister is trying to raise money while also increasing awareness for his sport. The 2011 Franklin High School graduate plays ultimate frisbee, also known simply as ultimate. “Most people are...
Jun 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Volunteers donate time, effort on tennis court repairs
Two tennis courts are getting a facelift just in time for a tournament. The Franklin 16th Annual Open Tennis Tournament is slated to begin Friday evening. Courts 5 and 6 at the Macon County Recreat...
Jun 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Booster Club selects 2015 Hall of Fame class
Mary Lou Cabe • Played basketball during the six-player era, when six players on each team took the court: three forwards who played only offense, and three guards who played only defense. She was ...
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior breaks 800 meter record in final race
Caleb Albrecht had a choice to make: run the 400 meters or the 800. Since those track events are held back-to-back, there was no way the Franklin runner could do both. The senior chose the 800 for ...
Jun 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Turner named varsity hoops coach at Swain
Michael Turner took a year off from the hardwood to reassess whether coaching basketball was just something he was good at or whether it was something more. “Stepping away from coaching afforded Go...
Jun 05, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Errors doom FHS in regional loss
It was a close game for four innings. Hits by Forbush, combined with errors by Franklin, led to a lopsided final three innings during Friday’s 2-A Western Regional softball game. The visiting Falco...
Jun 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS confident despite loss in Game 1
The bad news is Franklin’s 11-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday. The good news is the Panthers’ season is still alive thanks to the 2-A Western Regional softball championship being a best-...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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