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February 07, 2016
Sports
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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Panthers run over Blue Devils
A constant rain made throwing and catching the football a challenge during Franklin’s game Friday at Brevard. The rain was light coming out of halftime, and the Panthers got a fresh, dry ball. On a...
Sep 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
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Naturalist runners set to tackle tough Bartram Trail
Denise Davis is very familiar with the Bartram Trail. In 2010, Davis became the first person to continuously run the 115-mile trail, battling fatigue, a nosebleed and a knee injury – an adventure t...
Sep 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers lose shootout
The final few minutes in Friday’s game between Franklin and Erwin were a roller coaster ride of momentum where both teams appeared to be in line to win. In the end, it was Erwin who pulled out the ...
Sep 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stars of the diamond
As the sun set behind the mountains and the light began to fade, the Parker Meadow Recreational Complex remained aglow. Smiles and laughter filled the air from hundreds of adults and children gathe...
Sep 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS wins physical clash
Facing a third-and-goal from the 8, Franklin quarterback Jackson Perone rolls out of the pocket to his right. He sees his only receiver is double covered in the end zone, so fakes a throw, tucks it...
Sep 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS falls twice at home
Close losses have Franklin’s volleyball team searching for answers. The Panthers lost to Pisgah and Hayesville at home this week. They won one set in each match, but ultimately lost both 3-1. “The ...
Sep 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 97 97 recommendations | email to a friend
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First Parker Meadows games on tap
Everything is in place for the first games at the Parker Meadows Recreational Complex. The players for the first games: special needs students in Macon County schools. “Events like this remind me o...
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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School system takes closer look at computer use
Walking the line between free speech and playing Big Brother can be a balancing act for public schools. In Macon County, the tight rope got a little tighter last week when it was discovered that a ...
Sep 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mistakes prove costly for Franklin in home loss
Franklin made errors on eight serves during a four-set loss Wednesday. Asheville Christian Academy came to the Panther Den and took a 25-22, 25-17, 26-28, 25-21 win. FHS coach Amanda Dowdle wasn’t ...
Sep 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Intensity high for 1st home volleyball match of year
Brooke Watson tosses the ball into the air. It hangs for a split second before she smacks it with her open palm, sending the ball on a low line over the net. The only problem with the serve was it ...
Sep 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 76 76 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 | 76 76 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 | 72 72 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 | 67 67 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 | 72 72 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 | 67 67 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 | 75 75 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 | 75 75 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 | 70 70 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 | 69 69 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 | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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