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October 24, 2014
Sports
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 | 28 28 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 | 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 | 31 31 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 | 34 34 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 | 28 28 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 | 27 27 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 | 36 36 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 | 29 29 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 | 28 28 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 | 28 28 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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Moonshine 10K winner ‘lucky’
Luke Smith runs a 5K or 10K race about once a month. At age 51, Smith typically has little problems winning his age group, but beating top high school runners is a little more difficult. Fortunatel...
Jul 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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‘Amazing’ trip for FHS cheerleaders
Jordan Rogers’ first trip to Hawaii was a memorable one. “It was the best experience of my life,” said Rogers, a rising junior at Franklin High School. “It was absolutely amazing.” Rogers and fello...
Jul 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competing against the best
The weather was very favorable for shooting competitors for two days at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. However, it was nasty one day, with winds gusting to 45 mph and steady rain fa...
Jul 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Younger players take on new roles with varsity
Jesse Pinkston is pleased with the participation so far this summer. Franklin’s boys basketball team attracted between 9-13 varsity players for three camps in June. “We had a good turnout all summe...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS guard undergoes 2nd knee surgery
With a couple returning players out of town and another injured, Franklin wasn’t at full strength for summer league basketball games and scrimmages. The girls went a combined 10-10 in June at three...
Jul 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Power hitting propels 9-10-year-olds to district title
Franklin’s 9-10-year-old All-Star softball team expected to have to play one more game to win a district championship. But thanks to being the host for the state tournament and a concession from an...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Anglers break state salmon records
Records are meant to be broken. Two anglers from North Carolina etched their names in the NC Wildlife Resources Commission fishing record books less than a week apart in June at Nantahala Lake. On ...
Jul 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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College coach: Yokel possible diamond in the rough
Lying on the ground, Jimmy Yokel stares at the sky. His heart is still beating rapidly, having just finished a 3.1-mile run at the Ivey M. Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville. The Franklin senior...
Jul 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Defense leads 6-year-olds to title
Mark Sutton’s main expectation before the All-Star season was to coach the 6-year-olds into becoming better baseball players. Sutton didn’t expect they’d go undefeated and win five games to take th...
Jul 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Regular season champs crowned
The Franklin Little League concluded the regular season and had a pool party at the Recreation Park to celebrate a successful season. Here are the winners from softball. Tee ball There were no leag...
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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9-year-olds ‘yet to be challenged’
Coach Billy Vanhook used a tennis analogy to describe his 9-year-old All-Star baseball team’s District 5 championship. “We held serve,” Vanhook said. “We were the best team, and we played like the ...
Jun 27, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers sharp in scrimmages
Despite playing defense this past season, and throwing to a group of receivers with little-to-no varsity experience, Dalton Cochran has impressed his coach so far this summer. The Franklin quarterb...
Jun 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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School Board approves money for field maintenance
Coaches who have been mowing grass on their own time will now get some financial help. On Monday night, The Macon County Board of Education approved reallocating $2,450 from athletic trainer expens...
Jun 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Esterwood named coach of year in WNCAC, region
Q&A with Rita Esterwood • This is the second straight year you’ve been named coach of the year for the conference and region. Yeah, that was nice. • Did you expect that? No, because we were co-conf...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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