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August 21, 2014
Sports
Soccer season ends in 2nd round
Winning one state playoff game before losing in the second round wasn’t what Franklin’s soccer team had planned. The Panthers had bigger aspirations, mainly winning the 2-A NCHSAA title. Although t...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Softball coach focuses on positives
After five seasons as an assistant coach, Adam Tallent took the reigns this spring as the head coach of Franklin’s softball program. The Panthers went 8-12, finished tied for fifth in the WNC Athle...
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS affected by umpires’ calls
In a heated game between two rivals, it was Franklin who did most of the yelling and arguing — but not with Smoky Mountain. FHS coach Ryan Raby and the Panthers had three calls go against them that...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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A ‘year to remember’ for Panthers
Nearly two months ago, on a cloudy and chilly afternoon March 28, visiting North Buncombe beat Franklin’s baseball team 5-2. The weather wasn’t the only thing gloomy; the Panthers lost three games ...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Templeton soars to new heights
Joe Templeton is still trying to accept the realization that he’s going to graduate from high school next month. “It feels like I’m not old enough to go to college,” he said. For Templeton, it does...
May 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers continue hot streak
Franklin senior Hayden Volk hasn’t allowed an earned run in 16 innings against Smoky Mountain. However, the Mustangs have a pair of one-run victories against the Panthers thanks to scoring four une...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend
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State champion vaulter headed to WCU
Danielle Brown entered the 2-A NCHSAA Track and Field Championships with more confidence than in previous years. During her freshman, sophomore and junior years (when Franklin competed in Class 3-A...
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers end decade-long drought
Michael Mathis, Hayden Volk and the seniors on Franklin’s baseball team were first-graders the last time the Panthers won a state playoff game. Mathis jacked two homers and Volk held Draughn to nin...
May 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 81 81 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS soccer breezes into 2nd round
Maddie Gibbs swings her foot and brushes the ball. It floats into the penalty box where Shannon Esterwood is waiting. She jumps and redirects it with her head, and the ball bounces past the goalkee...
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Softball to host 1st-round game Wednesday against Mountain Heritage
Thanks to winning a coin flip, Franklin’s softball team will get to host a first-round playoff game Wednesday. The Panthers finished tied with Smoky Mountain for fifth place in the WNC Athletic Con...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin golfers struggle at 2-A West Regional, finish 10th out of 11 teams
The final golf tournament didn’t go as well as hoped or planned. However, for Franklin golf coach Greg Partington and the Panthers, it was a valuable learning experience. Franklin finished 10th out...
May 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 87 87 recommendations | email to a friend
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Senior Night celebration
The original plan was to hold Senior Night on the second-to-last home soccer game when Franklin played East Henderson. However, rain delayed the game a day, and the Panthers said forget it, putting...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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3,200-meter relay team sets sights on state title, breaking FHS record
To Jim Byrd, it’s not even a debate as to which race is the most difficult in track. It’s the 800-meter run. Period. “The reason is it’s at that place where you’re running with oxygen depletion fro...
May 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Campbell swings way to partial scholarship
A softball player since the age of 5, Erin Campbell came to Franklin High School in the fall of her freshman year looking to play a sport. Her parents, Ron and Jan Campbell, played golf, so Erin tr...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin track teams take 2nd, 3rd at regional
Warming up before Saturday’s 2-A West Regional track meet, Franklin junior Caleb Albrecht was in pain. He’d turned his ankle walking out of the school lunchroom, and the high-ankle sprain hurt so m...
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Panthers take 3rd; regional-bound
Charles Martin and Isaac Jay went to the golf regional last year. They’re headed back again this season, and this time their teammates are coming with them. Franklin finished third out of eight sch...
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 101 101 recommendations | email to a friend
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Realizing a dream
Standing on a football field in Alabama, Jenny Capps felt like she was dreaming. Am I really dressed out and about to play football, she thought to herself? After training for this moment for the p...
May 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend
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JV softball avenges only losses
Two close losses early in the season did little to discourage Franklin’s junior varsity softball team. In fact, the Panthers have used them as motivation. Since starting the season 1-2 after losing...
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 100 100 recommendations | email to a friend
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Believe and achieve
As Kyle Morgan approaches the finish line, his face exudes a look of determination. With about 30 feet to go, amidst applause from spectators and fellow competitors, a big smile stretches across hi...
Apr 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 105 105 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers outshoot foes 73-2
he shots on goal statistic is typically a pretty good indicator in soccer as to which team possesses the ball more. Franklin left no doubt as to which team was in control during a pair of games thi...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boys track goes 47-0
Ask any coach before the season starts, and he or she will say they would love to see the team go undefeated. But because of injuries or athletes simply having a bad day, it’s rare for a team to ac...
Apr 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers run, jump, vault way to 1st-place finishes at WCU Invite
Shawn Marcie is picking a good time to be peaking. The Franklin senior distance runner turned in a career-best time of 4 minutes, 40.7 seconds in the 1,600-meter run Thursday at the Western Carolin...
Apr 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ninth-ranked Panthers add to shutout total
It’s 11 games into the season, and Franklin’s soccer team is part of a rare distinction: Every game has resulted in a shutout, either for the Panthers or for their opponents. The latest shutout cam...
Apr 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
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Determined to help others
When Kyle Morgan awoke in the hospital, the first question he asked was if he had killed anyone. Morgan was told he hadn’t killed anyone in a car crash that was the result of him driving while into...
Apr 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 125 125 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers win pair of 1-run games
Franklin coach Ryan Raby reminds his players that there are three areas crucial to winning baseball games: good pitching, good defense and timely hitting. The Panthers executed two of the three pha...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers narrowly edge East
Thomas Nichols was so nervous that he was shaking. The Franklin sophomore was inserted into the 1,600-meter relay team, filling in for senior Shawn Marcie who’d gotten sick early in the day. It was...
Apr 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 129 129 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS softball wins 2 games
A pair of road victories this week has Franklin’s softball team riding some momentum into Friday’s showdown with the conference’s top team. The Panthers (4-6, 3-4 WNC Athletic Conference) will host...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 132 132 recommendations | email to a friend
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Henson selected to state all-star game
Looking back on the 2013-14 hoops season, Franklin senior Sarah Henson knows it was a great year full of accomplishments. However, the first thought that pops into her head is the regional champion...
Apr 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS boys aim to win conference for first time since 2010
Whether it’s field events, individual running events or team relays, Franklin’s boys track and field team manages to accumulate a healthy dose of points. The Panthers have passed all of their tests...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend
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Girls to be ‘competitive’ after 8th-place finish in 2013
Conference results paint a clear picture for Franklin’s girls track team in recent years. Since finishing second in 2010, the Panthers have slid down the ranks each year. They went from third, to f...
Apr 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 139 139 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers plate 14, snap skid
Despite a pair of three-run losses to end this past week, Franklin baseball coach Ryan Raby felt like his squad was on the right track and that it was just a matter of time before the Panthers got ...
Apr 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
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Franklin’s baseball team lost three games this past week and is 3-8 overall and 0-4 in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.
Rabun Gap 6, Franklin 3 Wednesday, March 26 • FHS scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to tie it 2-2, then allowed four unearned runs in the eighth. • The Panthers outhit the Eagles 10-9. •...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 142 142 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers score 6 runs in 3 losses; skid hits 7 games
Franklin’s baseball team lost three games this past week and is 3-8 overall and 0-4 in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference. Rabun Gap 6, Franklin 3 Wednesday, March 26 • FHS scored two r...
Apr 02, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ninth-ranked Panthers beat Knights for 5th straight victory
Franklin’s soccer team is no stranger to winning streaks. Last season, the Panthers tied their first game before reeling off 16 consecutive victories. This season, the Panthers lost to Enka 1-0 in ...
Mar 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 151 151 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS tennis suffers double-dip defeat
Losing in a closely contested match is never fun. Losing two tight matches, to the same team nonetheless, is about what you might expect. “It’s tough losing to the same team on the same day 5-3, 5-...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers lose to rival in 10 innings
Errors continue to be a common denominator between wins and losses for Franklin’s baseball team. The Panthers are unbeaten (3-0) when they play relatively mistake free, but are winless (0-5) when t...
Mar 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 155 155 recommendations | email to a friend
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Errors costly for Panthers
Shortstop Trey Maslin makes a diving stop of a ground ball. He jumps to his feet, takes a step to his right and taps the second base bag. Then, while leaping to avoid a sliding runner, he fires a t...
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 157 157 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS softball suffers pair of losses to open season
A home run blast in each of the first two games has been a cause for celebration. However, Franklin’s softball team would also like to celebrate after the game. The Panthers opened the season with ...
Mar 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 152 152 recommendations | email to a friend
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Newcomers comprise half of tennis team
With a mix of veteran seniors and inexperienced players, Franklin tennis coach Sammy Gunter isn’t quite sure what to expect from his team this season. The Panthers have four returning players to go...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 179 179 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dancing, dunks and Dribblers
A basketball game took place inside Franklin’s gym Tuesday, but it was secondary on a night full of dancing, jokes and entertainment. The Harlem Ambassadors visited FHS to share laughs and cater to...
Mar 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 180 180 recommendations | email to a friend
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