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On Monday, March 18, the Macon Middle School baseball team hosted a pre-game ceremony celebrating the life of Matt Fritz, who lost his battle with cancer last October.

Fritz was a well respected teacher, father, husband, coach, and friend to many in Macon County.

Wife, Teresa, and his two sons, Chanz and Zak threw out the first pitches of the season.

The Macon Middle School baseball team and coaches have dedicated the 2013 season to the beloved coach.


The action was back at Bristol Motor Speedway with a war of attrition on the track and a war of words in the garage following Kasey Kahne's victory in Sunday's Food City 500.

Denny Hamlin, who led a race-high 117 laps, and his former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Joey Logano, went at it verbally in a scuffle that also involved team members. The dust-up came after an incident on Lap 348 in which Hamlin sent Logano spinning in Turn 2 with both drivers in hot pursuit of race leader Jeff Gordon.

Ultimately, though they both led the race, neither factored at the finish.


Simpson named to Southern Conference All-Freshmen team

Former Franklin High School basketball standout and current Western Carolina University freshman Lindsay Simpson has turned heads in her first season as a Catamount. WCU's women's basketball closed out their season in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament after a loss to Georgia Southern last Friday. Simpson led the team in the heartbreaking loss with 14 points against the higher ranked opponent.


The Lady Panthers basketball team travelled to Greensboro last Thursday for the fourth round of tournament play in the North Carolina Girls State Playoffs for 3A teams.

The varsity girls broke several records as their dream season played out and with the people of Franklin cheering them on, they made their way to the Greensboro Auditorium for one more showdown with the Tuscola Mountaineers.


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