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July 07, 2015
Sports
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 | 54 54 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 | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers hand Knights 1st defeat
Competing against ranked teams is becoming routine for Franklin’s softball team. And if the Panthers continue their current direction, they might eventually join the rankings. The Panthers have sho...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Highlight reel plays lead Franklin to wins
A pair of extraordinary plays adorned two victories this week for Franklin’s soccer team. Gracie Hornsby’s throw-in to Holly Sapp helped FHS escape with a 1-0 overtime victory Monday at North Hende...
Apr 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 62 62 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers take down Smoky
It’s still early in the softball season, but crucial victories are putting Franklin in a good spot for later on. The Panthers downed rival Smoky Mountain 8-2 Friday at home. The Mustangs, a fellow ...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Smoky Mountain nips Franklin – again
Losing to a rival is always difficult to handle. Losing to a rival repeatedly in very close fashion only makes it worse. “Any time you lose to Smoky it’s sickening,” Franklin baseball coach Ryan Ra...
Apr 01, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers split games against ranked foes
Franklin’s softball team nearly took down two giants this week. Playing ranked teams on back-to-back days, the Panthers beat Hiwassee Dam before narrowly losing to Pisgah. FHS (3-3, 1-1 WNC Athleti...
Mar 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers battle Enka to tie
Ties are a thing of the past in conference play, but are still a reality for nonconference soccer games. Neither Franklin nor Enka managed to find the net during Friday’s game in Buncombe County, r...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin senior helps lead hoops team to all-star game win
Vanessa Agrusa averaged 19 points per game for Franklin during her senior season. She surpassed her average in her final high school game. Agrusa, a 5-foot-10 forward, scored 20 points in the Blue-...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large golf team hits links
Franklin’s golf team is a large and diverse group. That’s all according to plan for second-year coach Greg Partington. The team features 14 players – three seniors, two juniors, three sophomores an...
Mar 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers earn ‘great’ win to start conference; also get revenge
Haeli Bryson had the best game of her young career Monday against Brevard. The Franklin freshman pitched 10 innings and struck out 14 batters. She had three hits and drove in all three runs, includ...
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Agrusa named co-Player of Year
Vanessa Agrusa experienced what she called an “amazing” four-year career playing basketball at Franklin. The 5-foot-10 guard/forward racked up the most starts (111) and most wins (85) in school his...
Mar 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball falls to 0-2 after loss to Roberson
After scoring three runs in three innings, Franklin’s bats went cold. “Offensively, we didn’t show up,” FHS softball coach Adam Tallent said. The Panthers didn’t get any hits in the final four inni...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers excited about chances
Between the streaky hot play at the end of last year and the solid results so far this season, the optimism is sky high right now for Franklin’s baseball team. “I think we’re gonna be really good t...
Mar 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers start season with shutouts
Franklin’s abnormally large soccer team is off to a solid start. The Panthers earned two shutout wins this past week, beating Swain County 9-0 and the Asheville Trailblazers 2-0. Holly Sapp scored ...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball loses season opener at Enka by mercy rule
Franklin’s softball team is slated to begin conference play Friday against Brevard. But before that pivotal game, the Panthers hope the weather cooperates so they can get another nonconference game...
Mar 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Large soccer team has big goals
Franklin’s soccer team has won back-to-back conference championships. What are the chances the Panthers make it a three-peat this spring? “I think with the depth that we’ve now got on our roster th...
Mar 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS senior: chemistry really good
Senior Madison Cousineau had been with her softball teammates for one scrimmage and one practice, but she quickly assessed the Franklin squad. “I think that our defense is going to be a lot stronge...
Mar 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mustangs knock out Panthers
The third time is usually a charm. However, Franklin’s girls basketball team was unable to beat Smoky Mountain in the third encounter this season between the rivals. The Mustangs won 62-48 Saturday...
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Poor shooting eliminates boys in 1st round
Down 20 points at halftime, Franklin coach Jesse Pinkston reminded his players of the situation. The No. 22 seed Panthers were playing at No. 11 seed Forest Hills in the first round of the 2-A NCHS...
Mar 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Coaches work together for athletes’ sake, betterment of 2 programs
Joe Templeton enjoyed playing two sports when he attended Franklin. The 2014 graduate called baseball his primary spring sport, but his jumping prowess in track and field helped him land a scholars...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tipoff on hold: Snow delays state playoffs
First it was the conference tournament. Now it’s the state playoffs. Mother Nature has seemingly turned against basketball. Snow and nasty weather conditions over the past two weeks have wreaked ha...
Feb 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Winter weather delays start of spring sports practices for FHS
It wasn’t a complete washout, but it was close. Snow and ice storms, combined with some bitterly cold temperatures, forced the official start of spring sports practices to either be put on hold or ...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior wins state title to conclude indoor year
Caleb Albrecht already won a state championship last year with his 3,200-meter relay teammates. However, that wasn’t enough for the Franklin senior. “After last year, I was just hungry for more,” A...
Feb 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrestling coach: Youth on Panthers’ side
Of the seven Franklin wrestlers who competed at regional, five will be able to return next year. “They are a good group of kids, and young, so there is a lot of potential for the future,” FHS coach...
Feb 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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State championship repeat
Ryan Ballant has aspirations of earning a college scholarship for diving. The Franklin junior padded his resume this past weekend, winning his second straight state championship. He broke the schoo...
Feb 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls win 7th straight with top defensive game
Franklin coach Scott Hartbarger was very pleased with his team’s defense in the first half of Friday’s game. It was easy to see why, with the Panthers allowing only seven points to visiting East He...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boys drain 9 3-pointers to beat East Henderson
Cory Fox was in a slump. The sharp shooting Franklin guard was 1-for-20 from 3-point range in his previous four games. That all changed Friday against East Henderson. Fox drained six trifectas and ...
Feb 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers win 4th straight
With the lead starting to slip three minutes into the fourth quarter, and with his team struggling to get the ball up the court against a full-court press, Jesse Pinkston frantically calls for a ti...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls roll over Tuscola for 6th straight win
Franklin’s girls basketball team did something for the first time all season on Tuesday evening. Kellie Trammel’s layup with 3 minutes and 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter gave them a 40-point...
Feb 13, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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All 5 senior starters score for girls in 5th straight win
Franklin’s seniors were able to enjoy a comfortable win on Senior Night. The Panthers beat West Henderson 63-35 Friday. “It was a good way to send the seniors out,” coach Scott Hartbarger said. “We...
Feb 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers enjoy wins on Senior Night
Franklin senior Trey Maslin is always brimming with confidence. The point guard kept telling FHS coach Jesse Pinkston in the days leading up to Friday’s Senior Night game that the Panthers would wi...
Feb 11, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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Young signs with Catamounts
Jeremiah Young signed his National Letter of Intent with Western Carolina University Wednesday morning in the Franklin media center. Joining the Franklin senior were his parents, Parrish and Debbie...
Feb 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers squeak by with 2 close victories
Low-scoring and close games are becoming the norm for Franklin. The Panthers have played four straight games decided by four points or less. They’ve won three of them, including two this week: 54-5...
Feb 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Macon Middle School coach praises boys team; Panthers finish season 7-8
After finishing his first season coaching Macon Middle School’s boys basketball team, coach Billy Kimsey had high praise for the squad. “It’s a terrific group of boys,” Kimsey said. “It will probab...
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Competitve spirit fuels runner
Harrison Conner has a burning desire to be the best runner he can possibly be. He’s devoted to the notion that second place is good, but it’s not nearly as good as first place. Ever since he began ...
Feb 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls swept in season series with Mustangs
Missed free throws and missed shots in the paint. That’s essentially what prevented Franklin’s girls basketball team from beating Smoky Mountain Tuesday in Sylva. The Mustangs won the WNC Athletic ...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 48 48 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swimmers win WNCAC title
With all of the events complete, the swimmers had to wait for the judges to finish tallying the points. For the past five years, Franklin’s girls finished second to Tuscola in the WNC Athletic Conf...
Jan 30, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Undefeated Pisgah hands FHS 7th loss
You could point to the field goal shooting, the rebounding or the defensive lapses. But there’s one overlying aspect that Franklin coach Scott Hartbarger targets as to why Pisgah beat the Panthers ...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Agrusa hits 1,000 points
Vanessa Agrusa has played with Lindsay Simpson, Maggie Stewart and Sarah Henson during her career at Franklin High School. Her passes helped all of those players score numerous baskets and reach 1,...
Jan 28, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
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