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September 05, 2015
Sports
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 | 41 41 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 | 52 52 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 | 54 54 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 | 55 55 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 | 57 57 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 | 65 65 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 | 67 67 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 | 52 52 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 | 55 55 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 | 56 56 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 | 45 45 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 | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Record run ends on PKs
Add up the miles and the total comes to over 1,000. That’s the distance Franklin’s soccer team traveled for 2-A NCHSAA playoff games at Ashe County, Lake Norman Charter and Forbush – all in the spa...
May 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball team to play best-of-3 series for regional title
Jordan Carpenter likes inside pitches. Actually, she loves inside pitches. With a 1-1 count, the Franklin senior got the pitch she was looking for, crushing a three-run home run over the fence in l...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin soccer continues record playoff run
Franklin’s soccer team employed a specific strategy for its opponent in the fourth round of the state playoffs. “We just played defensively,” coach Rita Esterwood said. “We knew we didn’t want them...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Soccer continues run, earns road victory
It was already the first team to advance to the third round. Now it will also be the first to play in the fourth round. Franklin’s soccer team extended its deepest run in school history by knocking...
May 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hot bats lead FHS to win
Franklin’s softball team is no stranger to the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs. Thanks to a 12-7 win over North Surry in Saturday’s second round of the 2-A playoffs, the Panthers are in the thir...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers make history, move to 3rd round
As the final seconds rolled off the clock and the buzzer sounded, Franklin’s soccer players ran to each other and hugged in celebration. “We did it!” a couple players exclaimed. For the first time ...
May 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Second-half goals propel Franklin into 2nd round
They tried passing combinations. They tried dribbling through the defense. They attempted a free kick from just outside the box. They booted numerous corner kicks. They even had a one-on-one breaka...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers beat Mustangs for 8th straight victory
Franklin’s softball team tacked on another win to its streak Wednesday night, dispatching a rival in the process. The Panthers beat Smoky Mountain 7-2 in the first-round playoff game, extending the...
May 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hard-working swimmer signs, reaches goal
Tyler Stevenson started swimming competitively when he was 6 years old. By the time he was in middle school and breaking records, he set the goal to pursue becoming a collegiate swimmer. “He’s just...
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS to start 2-A state playoffs Wednesday
Two teams will be at home, while another will hit the road. The 2-A NCHSAA playoff brackets were released Monday, and Franklin’s softball and soccer teams will be at home for Wednesday’s first roun...
May 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS hopes to build momentum
Chase Mallonee hadn’t spent much time thinking about how Tuesday’s game might be his last on the Macon Middle School baseball field. It wasn’t until he was recognized with the seven other Franklin ...
May 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers win regional golf title
Isaac Jay had a three-foot putt for par on his last hole at regional to shoot one of his best scores ever. The Franklin senior badly wanted to sink the putt for a 76, but missed it and settled for ...
May 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers to make final push
What: Last Chance Invitational When: April 30 Where: FHS Girls team totals: 1) Franklin 83, 2) Smoky Mountain 70, 3) Rabun Gap 41, 4) Madison 20, 5) Carolina Day 4. Girls individual results: 100: 5...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Huge week’ ahead for softball
Add Ashlynn Buchanan to the list. The Franklin junior hit a home run Friday at East Henderson, joining six of her teammates to launch a pitch over the fence. The Panthers have hit 19 home runs this...
May 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hitting from top of lineup powers baseball to win
Trey Maslin, Ethan Volk and Bryant Godsey are the 1-2-3 hitters in Franklin’s lineup. They all went 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s home game, as did No. 5 hitter Chase Mallonee. Thanks to the production from...
May 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Love of softball carries Carpenter
Jordan Carpenter started playing softball when she was in kindergarten. “I grew up on a softball field,” she said. “I’ve just loved it ever since.” Carpenter, now a senior at Franklin High School, ...
May 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wallace fights through injuries
The first injury happened in eighth grade while fighting for possession of the basketball. Mariah Wallace, an eighth grader at Macon Middle School at the time, felt her knee strain when an opposing...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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MMS baseball team moves into 1st place in conference race
In a much awaited game, the Macon Middle School Panthers beat Waynesville Middle by a 9-5 score on Thursday. The Panthers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A two-out walk to ...
Apr 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers slog way to wins
Adverse weather conditions are part of the territory when playing a sport in the spring. Rain and wind are common factors this time of the year, and Franklin’s soccer team has managed to battle thr...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Errors ‘snowball’ in blowout loss
The outfielders missed catches. The infielders made poor throws. Franklin’s baseball team committed six errors Tuesday against Pisgah. The Panthers had more miscues than hits (five), leading to a m...
Apr 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS shuts out rival
Lexi Kloeppel and Franklin’s soccer team know that staying calm and composed is crucial when playing conference rival Tuscola. The Panthers managed their emotions as well as they managed playing th...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agrusa signs with D-I South Carolina school
As a young girl, Vanessa Agrusa always had a basketball in her hand. Although she enjoyed other activities, such as playing volleyball, competing in field events in track and playing drums in the b...
Apr 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin’s offense heats up in win
Ryan Younce, Chase Mallonee and Ethan Volk each notched a multi-hit game Tuesday. All told, Franklin smacked a season-high 12 hits. It led to a 9-3 victory over visiting Tuscola. The Panthers didn’...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers now in 1st
Halfway through the conference slate, Franklin’s softball team is far from celebrating its position atop the standings. Pisgah suffered its first Western North Carolina Athletic Conference loss Tue...
Apr 17, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defense carries soccer team
Holly Sapp and Gracie Hornsby used a common word when describing what it’s like to play for Franklin coach Rita Esterwood. That word: respect. “We’ve got all the respect in the world for her,” said...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers making strides
While it wasn’t a win, it’s a step in the right direction. Franklin’s tennis team (0-9, 0-8 WNC Athletic Conference) is still searching for its first victory. However, the Panthers did manage to wi...
Apr 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers coach: ‘In a hot place’
Haeli Bryson has the speed and hitting skills that make her an ideal fit to be a leadoff hitter. The Franklin freshman also has tremendous power, atypical to the top of the lineup. “She’s a little ...
Apr 10, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS steps onto national stage
Competing at a national cheerleading competition proved to stir many emotions for Franklin’s squad. The Panthers experienced excitement by being on the national stage – the first time the school ha...
Apr 08, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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