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June 30, 2015
Sports
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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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Cherokee halts winning streaks
Boys can’t keep up high-scoring pace Even though his team was tied at halftime, Franklin coach Jesse Pinkston was worried. He was happy the Panthers scored 41 points and were deadlocked with an und...
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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With 5 wins, MMS wrestlers continue improvement
This is Jimmy Barnett’s fifth year coaching the Macon Middle School wrestling team. None of his previous four teams managed to win as many matches as this one. The Panthers are 5-5, with two regula...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
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All-state honoree talks college plans
Jeremiah Young jokes that he always says the same thing when asked about his latest football achievement or award. When you’ve broken as many school records as the Franklin senior has and won as ma...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 63 63 recommendations | email to a friend
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Role reversal: Backups step into limelight
They’re normally managers, but on Monday night, they were starters. Macon Middle School seventh graders Bennett Swafford and Chang Tian, better known by his nickname J Lin, got to experience the th...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Key to pin: aggressiveness
Tristan Longworth has compassion for his opponents, even after he beats them. The Franklin senior heavyweight pinned his West Henderson counterpart in about 50 seconds during Friday’s home match, b...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Swim teams dominate competition
What: Swimming vs. Andrews, Murphy and Tri-County When: Jan. 10 Where: Franklin Health & Fitness Center Girls team scores: Franklin 134, Andrews 14, Murphy 12 Boys team scores: Franklin 94, Murphy ...
Jan 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Boys get 1st WNCAC win
After winning their first conference game of the season, the Franklin Panthers are hoping to get on a roll. “This is that stretch that we kind of circled coming out of Christmas,” coach Jesse Pinks...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dominant 2nd half propels girls
Franklin coach Scott Hartbarger watched his team come out a little sluggish and a step slow in the first half of Tuesday’s home game against East Henderson. The Panthers managed to take a 34-25 lea...
Jan 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Wrestlers focus on individual records
Between injuries, sickness and family plans during the holidays, Franklin’s wrestling team has been severely shorthanded for recent matches. The Panthers competed at the Jon Johnson Duals at Pisgah...
Jan 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Goal reached: FHS wins tourney
Something about playing Rabun County brings out the best in Vanessa Agrusa. The Franklin senior scored a career-high 32 points during an overtime victory against the Wildcats last week in Georgia. ...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Panthers fall to Wildcats in championship
Franklin coach Jesse Pinkston and the Panthers studied the game film against Rabun County in preparation for the rematch. But like the first encounter last week in Georgia, Rabun County proved too ...
Jan 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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A look back at the abundance of amazing athletic achievements from 2014
It was a year full of conference titles, record-win totals, regional appearances and state championships. Athletes and teams in Franklin reached heights never seen before this year. Before everyone...
Dec 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with tailback Jeremiah Young
• What was your reaction when you were told you were named offensive player of the year, and how special is it to you? “I think that’s pretty cool, cause last year I got defensive player of the yea...
Dec 23, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 80 80 recommendations | email to a friend
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