Catamounts shrug off last place prediction

The Western Carolina University Football team isn’t letting a ninth place conference finish prediction kill the buzz in Cullowhee. The Cats were tabbed last place in both coaches and medial polls released at the Southern Conference Media Day.   “Right now we’re on the bottom; we got voted last, but I don’t worry about that one bit,” said first-year head […]

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Cats unveil new attitude, new helmets

Excitement continues to build in Cullowhee over the coming football season for Western Carolina University.   The Catamounts and first-year head coach Mark Speir announced the Cats will again wear purple helmets on the gridiron, returning to a long-standing tradition in Cullowhee.   “There’s tradition here at Western Carolina and we’re ready to bring that tradition back stronger, bigger and […]

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Mountain coaches pick Franklin to finish 2nd in conference

High School football here in the mountains is just about a month away, and this week areas coaches are out with their preseason predictions for how each team will finish in the conference. In the Western NC Athletic Conference, in which Franklin competes, the coaches feel Franklin will finish second in the league behind early conference favorite East Henderson. “I […]

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Simpson plays in statewide all-star game

The Asheville Citizen Times is reporting that Franklin’s Lindsay Simpson helped lead the West team in Monday night’s East-West All-Star basketball game held at the Greensboro Coliseum. Simpson, who is preparing to play basketball at WCU, just graduated from Franklin High and contributed 8 points to the West All-Star team as they win 82-65.  

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Franklin’s Jeb Brewer to sign with Walter State

Franklin High School basketball stand-out Jeb Brewer will sign to shoot hoops for Walter State Community College in Morristown, TN next season. Brewer averaged a team-high 15.4 points per game this past season and was named to the All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference team this year. He also played football and baseball for Franklin High. A special signing ceremony will […]

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Catamount infielder drafted by Atlanta

Western Carolina University infielder Ross Heffley was selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft held this week. The program’s all-time leader in career base hits was taken by the Atlanta Braves with the 569th overall pick in the 18th round on Wednesday afternoon. Heffley , a native of Snellville, GA, was one of 23 players from the […]

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Walk-off single ends season for Panther softball

For the second year in a row, the Franklin Lady Panther softball team goes into extra innings in the playoffs with Fred T. Foard. Franklin traveled to Foard on Tuesday evening for round 4 of the state playoffs and it ended up being a pitcher’s battle. Chelsea Stanfield for the Lady Panthers pitched a stellar game holding the Lady Tigers […]

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Panther baseball wraps season against Tuscola

The Franklin Panthers will wrap the baseball regular season Thursday evening as they try to take one back from Tuscola. Franklin, at 4-9 in the conference is coming off a 5-2 loss to West Henderson on Tuesday. The Panthers lost on April 10 at Tuscola by a final of 11-1. Thursday’s game will be at Macon Middle School at 7:00 […]

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Panther baseball hosts Smoky Mt.

The Franklin Panther baseball team will look to keep their playoff chances alive as they try to beat rival Smoky Mountain tonight at Macon Middle School. The Panthers at 3-6 in the conference, are trying to extend their win streak to four games after coming off wins over Swain, Brevard, and Pisgah. Tonight’s game against the Mustang will have a […]

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