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The Highlands Highlanders had a successful basketball season with the varsity boys team posting a 15-11 record and becoming the 2013 regular season champions of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference.

The team lost Monday, Feb. 25, to a tough Robinsville Black Knights team in the first round of the state playoffs, 70-61, ending the young team's season.

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The 1st Annual Marna Peck Memorial Scholarship Coed Volleyball Tournament will be held March 16, in the Franklin High School Gym beginning at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $75 per team. Round Robin Play and Single Elimination Tournament.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. T-Shirts will also be sold for $10 each.

Business sponsors are needed. If you are interested, a minimum of $25 donation will get your business name printed on the back of the tournament shirt, or $100 for a team registration and business name.

 

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The Franklin High School varsity basketball teams travelled to Waynesville Tuesday, Feb. 19, for the second round of the WNCAC Tournament where they met the Tuscola Mountaineers. After coming off big wins in the opening round of the tournament, the men’s and women’s teams looked to keep their momentum against Tuscola, who handed them each a loss in their last meeting, Feb. 12.

The girls started the night slower than usual, finding themselves outscored after the first quarter, but were able to turn it around, eventually sealing the win, 54-40. The Lady Panthers will now head to a meeting with the Pisgah Sugar Bears in the WNCAC Tournament Championship on Thursday, Feb. 21...

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Commissioners gave final approval last week for much needed upgrades on the Macon Middle School batting cages. Used by both the Macon Middle School and the Franklin High School baseball teams for batting practice, safety concerns prompted the FHS baseball coach to request the upgrades. While commissioners approved funding for the project last week, the Board of Education first caught wind of the problem at the Jan. 28. school board meeting, when FHS baseball coach Ryan Raby approached the board with the deplorable condition of the cages.

Over the years, the batting cages the school uses have begun to fall apart. In one of the cages, only about 50 percent of the temporary turf is left to cover the concrete and there are few places to hide when a baseball bounces off of one of the poles used to hold up the nets.

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