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Team headed to State for first time in 16 years.

For the second time in Franklin High School history, the Panthers will be taking a golf team to State. The Panthers first took a team to compete on the state level in 1999, when the current golf coach, Greg Partington was a player.

"The guys thought is was very cool to beat their coach's record, I thought so too," said Partington. "I am just glad I could be a part of their success. They have worked very hard and have really come together as a team this year."

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WNC Storm participated in the Smoky Mountain Classic on April 24-April 26 hosted by Pigeon Forge Basketball Hoops. This tournament accommodated more than 80 teams of all grade levels, ranging from 3rd grade through 10th grade.

WNC Storm, who are currently 10-3 overall, went 4-0 for the tournament – Game 1 vs Trotters (31-6); Game 2 vs Sevier Strike (18-10); and Game 3 vs Sevier Select 6th grade (18-15). The team took home the 5th grade title with an 18-8 win against Sevier Strike during the championship game.

As part of the travel schedule, WNC Storm competes in local tournaments to focus on preparation and exposure, while also providing tools to develop life skills, values, and leadership for each player.

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The Franklin High School golf team just completed its final round of the Conference Tournament at Etowah Monday.

The team only got in two rounds out of the scheduled three, due to rain and weather conditions.

Franklin finished first overall out of all 2A schools and will be representing WNCAC 2A schools as a team for the second year in a row.

Senior Charles Martin made All Conference again this year which is top 10 scores over the two events, he came in second overall out of 48 individuals.

FHS finished third overall in the conference out of eight schools, with Tuscola and Pisgah first and second respectively.

Regionals will be on May 4-5 in Hickory at Lake Hickory Country Club.

RICHMOND, Va. – Suspension to redemption.

After being suspended for three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races earlier this season after an alleged domestic violence incident, Kurt Busch won Sunday’s postponed Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway in a dominating performance, virtually locking up a spot in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Busch, who was reinstated March 11 and granted a waiver into the Chase. “It’s a total team effort. And the way that everything came together, it just seemed like we were building, building and building towards a great finish like this.

“I have this opportunity because of Gene Haas and everybody that’s a part of our family at Stewart- Haas. It’s an unbelievable feeling when you pull deep from within, you go through troubles and you know when you’re accused of something and things go sideways. Your personal life doesn’t need to affect your business life and I’m here in Victory Lane. It feels great to do it at Richmond.”

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