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After an impressive, history making season, the Franklin High School Lady Panthers Soccer team fell to Forbush in the fifth round of the state play offs.

It came down to the wire, with the Lady Panthers falling to Forbush in sudden death overtime, where the team with the most penalty kicks won. The final score was 4-2.

Franklin finished the season with a 17-4-1 record.


From left are Michelle, Scott, Morgan, Trey and Ben Maslin, and grandparents Barb and Mike Harding. Photo by Vickie CarpenterTrey Maslin has represented the Panthers well throughout his tenure at Franklin High School, and is sure to do the same as a Catamount.

Maslin, who played football, basketball, and baseball at FHS, will continue his athletic career on the baseball diamond at Western Carolina University this fall.

A scholar athlete, Maslin was recognized last week as the recepient of the Booster club’s Tom Raby Scholarship. Earlier this year, Maslin’s peers also voted him the 2015 Prom King. Maslin was joined by his family on Wednesday as he officially signed to “Prove his Purple” this fall.

For the past four years, Franklin High School senior and varsity cheerleader Ivy Hawkins has dreamed of becoming an instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA). This dream came true on March 22. UCA cheer instructor tryouts are held by invitation only.

Each state holds tryouts in the spring. Hawkins was invited to try out while attending a UCA cheer camp last summer in Panama City, Fla. Tryouts were held in Winston-Salem, where about 40 cheerleaders – college and high school – attended.

After an all-day tryout and the final cuts were made, Hawkins was one of two high school girls who were picked for the North Carolina team. She will work all summer as a cheerleading instructor for UCA’s southeast team.

Hawkins is the first cheerleader in FHS history to make this team. She is the daugher of Jeff and Maria Hawkins of Franklin.

CONCORD, N.C. – Will the mystery winner of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 enter and sign in please?

Hint: It’s the guy who does back flips every time he takes the checkered flag.

But for the first 370 of 400 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway, no one would have picked Carl Edwards or his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as the likely winner of the season’s 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin had spent the lion’s share of time at the head of the field, but none of that mattered when Edwards got 62 laps out of his last tank of fuel and took the checkered flag 4.785 seconds ahead of Greg Biffle, who also was on a fuel-saving strategy.


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