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October 31, 2014
Sports
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 | 31 31 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 | 39 39 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 | 27 27 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 | 32 32 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 | 40 40 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 | 38 38 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 | 35 35 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 | 39 39 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 | 41 41 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 | 41 41 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 | 33 33 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 | 32 32 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 | 40 40 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 | 32 32 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 | 31 31 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 | 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 | 32 32 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 | 35 35 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 | 29 29 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 | 28 28 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 | 37 37 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 | 30 30 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 | 29 29 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 | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Talented soccer squad ready for big season
With the season opener on tap next week, Franklin soccer coach Ken Neitz is convinced this year’s team has the most talent of any in his six seasons. “Without a doubt, top to bottom, I’m gonna say ...
Aug 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large senior class to lead volleyball team
Mariah Wallace isn’t happy her senior year is about to begin. “I try not to think about it too much,” she said. Although she doesn’t want to grow up just yet, Wallace will assume a prominent role o...
Aug 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS names Oberly girls golf head coach
Keith Pinnix watched 1,200-1,300 miles rack up on his odometer each month driving to work in Franklin. After seven years teaching science at FHS, Pinnix decided it was time to stay closer to his fa...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers set for scrimmages
What: Scrimmage No. 1 Who: Franklin at Erwin Date: Wednesday, Aug. 13 Time: JV’s start at 6 p.m.; varsity at about 7 Format: It will be a controlled scrimmage with no kicking. It likely will consis...
Aug 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS cheerleader enjoys prep camp
Mckenzie Hayles wants to continue cheering in college after she graduates from Franklin High School. Attending a college prep cheer camp at NC State University did nothing but confirm her ambition....
Aug 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Barton likely to play midfield or defense at Covenant College in Georgia
Christy Barton has many reasons why she chose to attend Covenant College in Georgia. No. 1: It’s a Christian school. “I’ve always wanted to go to one just so I could grow in my faith and come close...
Aug 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Catamounts picked 5th in SoCon
Western Carolina landed nine players, including four first-team selections, on the preseason All-Southern Conference teams. The Catamounts were additionally selected fifth in polling of both the co...
Aug 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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An ‘incredible’ rookie season
Playing cornerback instead of her customary spot at safety, Jenny Capps was having a blast. With her team — the Carolina Queens — leading 28-22 with a couple minutes remaining, a defensive stop was...
Aug 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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FAST’s streak hits 11 years
The superiority in numbers certainly helps, but it’s not the only reason why the Franklin Amateur Swim Team is so dominant. FAST won an 11th straight Mountain Swim League conference championship Sa...
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Schools agree to 3-year deal with AMC
Angel Medical Center recently completed a one-year agreement with Macon County School to provide an athletic trainer and medical support for its sports programs. An online anonymous survey revealed...
Aug 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Roddick wins namesake event
Andy Roddick has a vested interest in the Cashiers community. The former No. 1 tennis player and his wife, actress/model Brooklyn Decker, own a home in Jackson County, and have felt welcomed in the...
Jul 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 58 58 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 | 58 58 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 | 43 43 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 | 45 45 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 | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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