Sports

Panthers rank 8th in state preseason polls

July 27, 2015

We’re less than a month from the kickoff of the 2015 North Carolina High School football season, and NCpreps.com is out with its annual preseason rankings. According to the state polls voted on by coaches, the Franklin Panthers are ranked 8th in the 2-A classification. The first official day of practice will be August 1…

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Catamounts rank 2, 3 in preseason polls

July 24, 2015

Western Carolina was tabbed both second and third in preseason polling of both the league’s head coaches and voting media it was announced on Wednesday afternoon as a part of the 2015 Southern Conference Football Media Day at the Spartanburg Marriott. Coming off a 7-5 season that included a 5-2 mark and second-place finish in…

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Summer tennis clinics announced

June 22, 2015

Summer tennis clinics will be held every Wednesday at the Macon County Rec. Park tennis courts. Mariona Trilla from Barcalona, Spain and a teaching pro at High Hampton Inn will be heading up the lessons. Clinics for ages seven through adult will be held, and private lessons are available.  Contact the Franklin Youth Tennis Association…

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WCU’s Strong selected in MLB Draft

June 12, 2015

Western Carolina infielder Bradley Strong was selected on the third day of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The program’s all-time career leader in triples, Strong was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 832nd overall pick in the 28th round on Wednesday afternoon. Strong was one of 10 players from the…

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Lady Panthers named to All-District Team following historic season

June 11, 2015

The Franklin Lady Panther softball team is coming off its best season in history and now members of this special team are being recognized in the postseason. The NC Softball Coaches Association has announced that four Franklin girls have made its All-District team for western North Carolina. Lady Panthers Kaylee Corbin, Madison Cousineau, Ashely Buchannan,…

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WCU ranked 23rd in national preseason football poll

June 5, 2015
WCU ranked 23rd in national preseason football poll

After one its best seasons in several years, the Western Carolina University football team has made the preseason list of top 25 NCAA FSC football programs. The Cats are named 23rd in the rankings conducted by Athlon Sports Magazine. Last season, Western finished 7-5 after a string of eight straight losing seasons. The upcoming season…

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Franklin’s Turner takes head coaching job at Swain

June 2, 2015

According to a report from the Citizen-Times, a veteran coach in Franklin is now taking over as the next Swain County girls varsity basketball head coach. Michael Turner was hired as the new Swain girls coach, the school said on Monday. During his tenure in Macon County, Turner compiled 102-16 record as coach of the Macon…

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Lady Panthers’ season ends

June 1, 2015

A stellar 2015 season came to an end Friday for the Franklin Lady Panther softball as they fall short in game two of the Western Regional Championship. The Forbush Lady Falcons went up early and Franklin kept it close through the first four innings. The Falcons kept pouring on the runs and went on to…

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Overtime loss ends playoff run for Franklin girls soccer

May 27, 2015

After four overtime periods Tuesday at Forbush, the Franklin Lady Panther soccer team loses a heart breaker in the fifth round of the state playoffs. The final was Forbush 1, Franklin 0, with Forbush winning on penalty kicks 4-2. This will end an incredible season for the Franklin girls’ soccer team, which for the first…

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FHS softball, soccer move deeper into playoffs

May 26, 2015

It was a big weekend for Franklin High School Sports as two teams advance in the playoffs. In softball, the Lady Panthers won Friday in round 4 over Parkwood 5-1. The team will now play in the Western Regional Championship in a best of 3 series starting today at Forbush. The Lady Panther Soccer Team…

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