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The women's golf team hosted its first match Monday at Mill Creek Resort and Golf Club against Highlands and Cherokee.

Erin Campbell, the team's only returning player, qualified for Regionals when she shot a 47. If Jordan Carpenter scores a 50 at any of the next 10 matches she will also qualify for Regionals.

Other team members Samantha Barrett, Ali Stahl, and Lili Vitale shot their personal best at the course.

Erin Campbell – 47
Jordan Carpenter – 59
Ali Stahl – 58
Samantha Barrett – 57
Lili Vitale – 62

They played again yesterday at Mill Creek, this time hosting Tuscola and Smoky Mountain.


Photo by Travis Tallent

Last Friday night, the Franklin High School varsity football team travelled to Asheville to take on the T.C. Roberson Rams. The Panthers would be going into the contest without standout running back Marquel Manning who tore his MCL in the game against Murphy. It is predicted that he will miss two to seven weeks of play. 

Despite being down one rushing threat, the team had back up for such a situation. Filling in for Manning, Jeremiah Young rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams played Franklin tight and kept them on their toes throughout all four quarters. As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Franklin held on to a lead of 35-31.

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The FHS varsity soccer team continues to dominate opponents. Last Thursday the team shut out Erwin with a score of 5-0 – the team's third shutout.

Monday the team travelled to Brevard to take on the Blue Devils in their first conference shodown. According to coach Ken Neitz, 10 minutes were left in the first half when Kevin Sanchez scored the Panthers' first goal giving the team a 1-0 half-time lead.  The Panthers used solid defense to hold off the Blue Devils for the first 21 minutes of the second half.  Then in a three minute span, the Panthers made the score 4-0.  Angel Chavez scored in the 69th minute and Lopez scored two goals in 43 seconds.  In the last 6 minutes, Brevard scored twice to make the final score, 4-2.  The Panthers are now 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference.

The Panthers hosted the Pisgah Bears at home yesterday (Wednesday) and will look to take on the the Smoky Mountain Mustangs on their home field Monday at 7 p.m.

The Lady Panthers took on the Swain County Maroon Devils Monday night in a non-conference showdown at the Panther Den. After holding an early lead, moving ahead 2-0, the Maroon Devils were able to bounce back with two wins to match the Panthers. Going into the fifth match, it was a back and forth affair, but Swain finally pulled it out winning the final match 15-10 and the game, 3-2.

Tuesday night, the Lady Panthers hosted the North Henderson Knights in a conference game, again at the Panther Den. The student body turned out in high numbers to cheer the team on after suffering a close loss Monday night. Franklin wouldn't fare any better in this game however. They were able to take early leads in the first two matches, but couldn't hold on, eventually being overtaken by the Knights in each of the three matches, losing 3-0.

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