25th Annual Leaf Lookers GEMBOREE :: Friday, October 17 - Sunday, October 19 at the Macon County Community Building

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CONCORD, N.C. - Jimmie Johnson wasn’t worried, really.

Though fans and pundits of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing seemed inordinately concerned about Johnson’s “drought,” the six-time series champion said repeatedly that a victory would come.

Sunday night it did. Driving a No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet that led a race-high 164 laps, Johnson beat Kevin Harvick to the finish line at Charlotte Motor Speedway by 1.272 seconds to win the Coca-Cola 600 for the fourth time.

The victory was Johnson’s seventh at CMS, breaking a tie with Bobby Allison for most victories at the 1.5-mile track in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races. Johnson’s 67th career win, eighth most all-time, broke an 11-race winless streak to start the season, matching the longest such drought of his career.

“It’s great to win, but believe me—and I promise you—all the hype and all the concern and worry, that was elsewhere,” Johnson said. “That wasn’t in my head… We’ve had great races, and we’ve had opportunities there in front of us and had stuff taken away. And we’ve had bad races. I have to be honest about that, too.”

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Baseball team rallies in time for playoffs before losing in the third round

The Franklin High School baseball team had a slow start to its season going 6-12 in games played from early February through most of April, but then something happened to the team, who up until that point, had hardly showed up on anybody's radar.

As their bats began to heat up, the Panthers managed to put up a win against North Henderson and another against East Henderson, then West Henderson and the wins kept coming. And on Tuesday, the Panthers entered the third round of the NCHSAA 2A state playoffs.

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Last week on Wednesday, May 7, the Franklin High School varsity soccer team clinched a piece of the 2A WNCAC championship when they toppled the Tuscola Mountaineers, 3-0.

During the first half of the game, it looked as though it was going to be a defensive battle, but the Lady Panthers turned that idea on its head in the second half when they scored three unanswered goals to take home the win and become co-champions with Tuscola, who won their first meeting.

The win earned the Lady Panthers home field advantage in the first round of the 2A state playoffs when they took on the Chase Trojans yesterday.

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The varsity baseball team ended their season with an 11-12 overall record and a 6-8 conference record, but more notably on the momentum of five straight wins.

Last week they beat two conference foes, West Henderson and Tuscola by scores of 7-3 and 7-0.

The late season surge may serve the team well when they travel to Valdese, N.C. to take on the 12-10 Draughn High School Wildcats on Wednesday in the first round of the state playoffs.

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