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October 25, 2014
Sports
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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Goalkeeper earns top honors
Question and answer with Cassidy Zemmin • Congratulations on being named the conference’s defensive player of the year. What was your reaction when you found that out? I had no idea about it, so it...
Jun 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Kaitlin Bishop
• How does it feel to earn your second all-conference award? It’s a great feeling knowing all the hard work you put in paid off in the end. • Your offensive numbers were better than last year, but ...
Jun 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Q&A with Madison Cousineau
• How does it feel to earn your second all-conference selection in softball? It’s pretty good. It’s quite an honor, actually. I’m excited and happy I got it. • You led the team with five home runs,...
Jun 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Frankllin coach praises 3 All-WNCAC selections
Ryan Raby led Franklin to a 13-13 record in 2014. The Panthers won nine of their final 13 games, and advanced to the third round of the 2-A NCHSAA playoffs for the first time in 13 years. It was Ra...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Baldwin to join Milligan’s cycling team
Mountain biking has always been a hobby for Drew Baldwin. It’s about to become much more than that. Baldwin will join the cycling team at Milligan College, located near Johnson City, Tenn. He recei...
Jun 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS to induct 3 into Hall of Fame
A multi-sport star, a player turned coach and a dominant running team comprise the third class to enter Franklin’s Athletic Hall of Fame. FHS Booster Club secretary Rhonda Blanton announced this ye...
Jun 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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New Vision gymnasts compete at nationals
New Vision Gymnastics’ top gymnasts, Laurel Hall and Shelby Moore, traveled recently to compete in the level 9 and 10 Junior Olympic national meets, respectively. Hall is the fifth gymnast from New...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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FHS to buy new scorer’s table
Franklin’s volleyball team sold peanuts for a fundraiser this past season. The year before that, the Panthers sold cookie dough. “It’s always very successful,” coach Amanda Dowdle said, “but it’s a...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 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 | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 68 68 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 | 70 70 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 | 76 76 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 | 74 74 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 | 80 80 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 | 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...
May 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 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 | 84 84 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 | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 91 91 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 | 94 94 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...
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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...
May 07, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 92 92 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 | 94 94 recommendations | email to a friend
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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 | 103 103 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 | 105 105 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 | 102 102 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 | 107 107 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 | 116 116 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 | 110 110 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 | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend
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