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Franklin High School Varsity Volleyball head coach, Anna Shields – an 18 year veteran of Panthers athletics – stepped down from her coaching position on Tuesday, Feb. 14. The veteran coach decided it was the right time to hand the program over to another person, expressing her desire to focus on her family. Shields will continue to teach physical education at Franklin High School.

Shields, a Bryson City native, played volleyball, basketball, and ran track for the Swain County Maroon Devils in high school. Shields received a scholarship to Western Carolina University. She opted to play volleyball for the Catamounts. for four years, and graduated in 1984.

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The stands were full at Highlands’ gymnasium last Saturday evening, where fans and community members came together to honor Butch Smart, long-time head coach of Highlands’ boys basketball team and athletics director. After the Lady Highlanders soundly defeated Tallulah Falls for the second time this year, 52-39, current and former players, school officials, and residents gathered at center court to show their respects to the high school hoops coach who is hanging it up after more than four decades of directing teams from the bench.

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Franklin High School senior, Ashley Holland, signed a letter of intent to play softball for Milligan College last Thursday, Jan. 12.

In her signing ceremony held in the Panther Den, several FHS coaches and friends of Sanders spoke on her behalf.

Penny Moffitt, head coach of the Lady Panthers varsity softball team, thanked Holland for her work ethic and positive attitude on and off the field.

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Smoky Mountain High coach makes school history.

Longtime Smoky Mountain girls basketball coach Cindi Simmons made school history last Wednesday after securing her 500th career victory. The Lady Mustangs gave Simmons the win at last Wednesday's home game by beating East Henderson, 67-47, bringing Simmons' career record to 501-255.

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