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February 09, 2016
Sports
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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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 | 66 66 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 | 64 64 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 | 72 72 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 | 69 69 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 | 57 57 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 | 76 76 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 | 69 69 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 | 61 61 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 | 75 75 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 | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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