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Last Friday night, the Panther Den was packed as the varsity girl's warmed up to host the undefeated Lady Bears of Pisgah High School.

Pisgah, who went into Friday night's game with a 17-0 record, jumped out ahead early, beating FHS 74-54.

The Lady Panthers went on to play conference rivals Smoky Mountain High Tuesday night, but were unable to top the Mustangs, falling 48-42.

The Lady Mustangs handed the Panthers their 8th loss of the season, bringing them to a 9-8 season record and 5-4 in WNC conference play.

The boys varsity team battled Pisgah close, trailing just 10 points at the half.

In an equally impressive second half, the Panthers just weren't able to hang out, losing 61-51.

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First Franklin team heading to Nationals since 1998.

Two minutes and thirty seconds may not seem like a long time to most, but for a group of athletes at Franklin High School, two minutes and thirty seconds is something they have worked toward all year. Countless hours every week, some weeks working seven days straight, all for two minutes and thirty seconds to prove that without a doubt, Franklin High School is the best.

The Franklin High School competition cheer squad has been working toward perfecting a routine for the stage at Nationals in hopes of winning the ultimate title. While the 2015 squad has been working all year to make it to Nationals, the journey to get there started years ago.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joe Weatherly’s time in NASCAR’s premier series was short, just two fulltime seasons.

But what an impact the Norfolk, Va., native had on NASCAR racing in those brief, 24 months.

Weatherly, previously a winner of American Motorcyclist Association and NASCAR modified titles, claimed back-toback premier series championships in 1962-63. He posted 25 victories in 229 starts before his untimely death in January 1964 at Riverside (California) International Raceway.

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Every athlete on this year's swim team is expected to reach a personal record (PR) before the end of the season. According to coaches Dina and Dwain Picou, most of the swimmers have already reached a PR, and the ones who haven't, are not far from it.

"Almost every swimmer has a PR this season," said the Picous. "We have a few of our top swimmers who have not yet made their PR’s because we are working them hard every day at practice and have not yet rested them, but, once we rest them for the bigger swim meets, all of them should get their PR’s by the end of the swim season this year."

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