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Franklin's Lady Panther soccer team has started its season strong by posting a 3-1 overall record and a 2-0 record in the 2-A WNC Athletic Conference.

The team's success could be due to the experience the players have on the field. The team has eight returning players from last year's team and five seniors.

“Our defensive line and keepers are top notch. They are experienced and some of the hardest working athletes I know, constantly trying to improve themselves and playing tough,” said head coach Rita Esterwood.


(First row, L-R) Jordin Nugent, Daniel Sanders, Bryson Burt, Chandler Harkins, Cameron Gibson;

(Second row, L-R) Kyle Norton. Jared Ledford, Hayden Price, Silas Raby, Dillon Daves, Landon Redoutey;

(Third row, L-R) Coach Tyler Brackett, Wyatt Burnette, Jackson Perone, Justin Penland and Coach Jeff Rousselle



The first annual St. Patty’s Day Mulligans 5K was held on Saturday along the Little Tennessee River Greenway.

With 100 percent of the proceeds from race entry fees being donated to CareNet, $400 was raised for the local organization.

Patrick Merritt was the overall male winner with a time of 21:36 and Brittany Murphy was the overall female winner with a time of 24:43.


The “Dash in Disguise” 5K and a 1-mile fun run in which participants are encouraged to wear a costume or funky attire will be held at Western Carolina University on Saturday, March 29.

The fun run starts at 10 a.m. and the 5K at 11 a.m. near A.K. Hinds University Center. Racers should arrive an hour early to check-in for the event.

The cost to participate in the 5K is $15 for students and $20 for all others. The fun run will be $5 for children.


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