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The Highlands varsity soccer team has had an amazing season and it isn't over yet. On Saturday, the Highlanders hosted the second round of the state play-offs and was able to move past the 14-5-1 Blue Ridge Bobcats.

Highlands entered the contest with a 21-3-1 record with their only losses coming from Tuscola High School, Franklin High School and Rabun Gap Nacoochee School. Despite those losses, the Highlanders went undefeated in their conference winning the Smoky Mountain Conference Championship. In the first round of the playoffs they hosted the Cherryville Ironmen, winning easily by a score of 5-1.



FORT WORTH, Texas – The speed in Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet was positively jaw-dropping.

Able to pull away from his pursuers with apparent ease, Johnson finished three positions ahead of Matt Kenseth in Sunday's AAA Texas 500, breaking a tie for the lead in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, but – make no mistake – Johnson's performance amounted to a brutal bludgeoning of Kenseth and the rest of the opposition.

Kenseth hurt his own cause with a pit-road speeding penalty, but not even a perfect day on pit road likely would have overcome the dominance of the five-time champion, who led 255 of 334 laps en route to his third victory at Texas Motor Speedway, his sixth of the season and the 66th of his career.


This past weekend, Franklin High School tennis player Anni Neiss travelled to Raleigh to compete at the State Championship where she made it to the semi-finals before losing out to the eventual State Champion Cassidy Shell of Bandys High School.

“I think she competed really well,” said head coach Heather Bell. “She played a great match against Shell which is not reflected in the score. Many of the games were close and Anni just happened to end up short on more of them than not.”


JV Football
Oct. 31
West Henderson 7:00 p.m.

Varsity Football
Nov. 1
West Henderson 7:30 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country
Nov. 2
2-A State Meet 3:30 p.m. @ Beeson Park

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