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MARTINSVILLE, Va. – On Sunday at historic Martinsville Speedway, the driver known as "The Outlaw" committed highway robbery.

Bullying his way past six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson with 10 laps left in Sunday’s STP 500 at the .526-mile short track, Busch held on to edge Johnson by 0.263 seconds, denying Johnson a ninth Martinsville victory.

A Martinsville winner in 2002, Busch added a second victory at Sprint Cup’s oldest current venue to his resume. Busch’s 25th career victory was his first triumph in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and the first victory as a Sprint Cup crew chief for Daniel Knost. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third in a race that produce a record 33 lead changes and a sixth consecutive different winner to open the 2014 season. Joey Logano ran fourth, followed by Marcos Ambrose and Matt Kenseth. Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and Paul Menard completed the top 10.


The Franklin High School softball team never got a chance to play those important, early non-conference games that most teams get to begin their seasons with. Games that the players can use to get back into the swing of things, didn't occur for this years team and now at an 0-3 start, the Lady Panthers are hoping things start to swing in their favor says head coach Adam Tallent.

“I knew the start of the season was going to be tough the deeper we went into the playoffs with basketball,” said Tallent, who as a result of having some softball players on the highly successful basketball team, was forced to cancel some of the first games of the season. Those games would have come against teams TC Roberson and Hayesville—games that, win or lose, wouldn't have affected the conference standings.


Franklin Panthers Men’s Golf team played Monday, March 24, at Etowah Valley golf Club.

Etowah Valley Golf Club (South/West)
Par 72

Team scores:
Pisgah 344
West Henderson 355
Franklin 357

Top scores:
Brandon Capps (WH) 78
Levi Grogan (P) 79
Luke Grogan (P) 85
Charles Martin (F) 85
Dominic Guerra (WH) 86

In the North Carolina Classic Soccer League, claiming the top spot in your division is no easy feat - and that's exactly what Macon County's U15 Storm have done this season. After seven games against larger club teams and tough regional rivals from Charlotte, the Storm occupy first place in the Second West Division for under-15 teams, and are continuing a healthy streak of ten games without a loss.

The top ranking is another first for Macon County soccer. Last year the Storm helped put Macon County soccer on the map when they won the FCCA First Strike tournament at Charlotte. The team is poised to hold onto the firstplace ranking with a strong finish in the last three games of the regular season.

All the extra training, hard work, and travel have paid off for the Storm, and coach Joel Scott is grateful that his team is receiving recognition.

"This team has been working hard together, getting better and better every year," Scott said. "I would like nothing more than to see them succeed and make it to the next level, then, succeed again."


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