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The Franklin Panthers will have 10 returning offensive players this season, a statistic that likely helped the football team gain the number one spot in the pre-season rankings for theWestern North Carolina Athletic Conference. That and the fact that Marquel Manning, the pre-season player of the year according to Western North Carolina coaches, will be at the tailback position.

Manning, along with the other nine starters returning on offense and six on defense, are pegged to put up strong numbers throughout the season, but the star running back is the one that coaches are watching closely this year.


LONG POND, Pa. – Taking advantage of a caution, Kasey Kahne buried his car into Turn 1 with two laps left and grabbed a win from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.

Kahne picked up his second victory of the season – all but assuring a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup – his second at Pocono and the 16th of his career.

Gordon ran second, 1.392 seconds behind, followed by Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano ran sixth and seventh, with Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle completing the top 10.


The Franklin High School Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleading teams just returned from Panama City Beach, Fla., after attending UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Cheer Camp for the ninth time.

"This particular camp is an awesome experience for Franklin because they have the benefit of receiving instruction from the best veteran staff with UCA and have the opportunity to compete with some of the best teams across the country," said FHS Spirit Coordinator Jennifer Turner-Lynn. "This year, FHS was the only team from North Carolina, but were privileged to work with teams from Atlanta, Ga., Alabama, and Tennessee."


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Ryan Newman, now a job seeker, couldn't have added a more important or timely accomplishment to his resume.

Taking advantage of an uncharacteristic glitch on pit road on the part of Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team, Newman grabbed the lead during a long cycle of late green-flag pit stops and held on to win Sunday's Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The victory was Newman's first at the Brickyard, at the only NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in his native state. Newman won for the 17th time in his career and for the first time since April 2012 at Martinsville.


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