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They may have had to take one game to work the kinks out, but the Franklin High School Lady Panthers are looking to turn it on now that they have played the first four games of their season, posting a 3-1 record.

The first game of the season left some concerns when the team fell to T.C. Roberson on the road in a low scoring affair that resulted in a final score of 36-34. The team had a 22-5 record and went deep into the state playoffs just last year and was expected to be fairly dominant this season after losing only one player from last year's team.

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Marcus Sayers spent three years coaching the wrestling team at Franklin High School before getting the opportunity to lead the Panthers this season.

“I am very excited that Coach Jay Brooks has given me the opportunity to be the head coach this year,” said Sayers.

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At many sporting events that take place involving Franklin High School, the varsity cheerleaders can be seen and heard attempting to get the crowd behind the home team. During the fall, they flood the sidelines of the football field and the bleachers during the volleyball games and in the winter, they stand behind the basketball teams as they rack up wins. They are an important part of the sporting culture at FHS, but like any other sport, the squad has to put in the preparation and hard work.

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The students at Victory Christian School, located just over Cowee Mountain in Jackson County, have always wanted to show the public their mascot. For years they have been known as the Victory Cardinals, but only in name, never in physical form.

That all changed last Tuesday. After the girls' basketball team capped off a dominant win, the crowd in attendance was introduced to D.W. Red, the school's very first mascot.

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