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Macon County Soccer Club will kick off its Fall Recreation Season this Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hundreds of youth players with their families, friends and fans will converge at the Macon County Industrial Park Fields located at 96 Industrial Park Drive in Franklin to watch. Fans will also be able to watch a Classic U16 Girls game against the WCWAA Soccer Club from the greater Charlotte area at 2 p.m.

The opening day event will feature the First Annual Macon County Soccer Club Sponsor & Community Expo. Business and community sponsors of the soccer club will have tables set up with information, giveaways, games, facepainting and inflatables. The event is open to everyone in the community.


HAMPTON, Ga.  - It was Tony Stewart’s return to racing that dominated the headlines before Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but it was Kasey Kahne who stole the show — and a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

In a race that went 10 laps beyond its scheduled distance of 325 laps, Kahne surged past Matt Kenseth on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win for the first time this year and the third time at the 1.54-mile speedway.

Kenseth finished second and clinched a Chase spot on points, leaving just two of 16 positions in NASCAR’s 10-race playoff available in Saturday’s regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

After streaking into the lead on a restart with 24 laps left, Kahne held the top spot until a caution for a fracas between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. slowed the field with less than two laps left.On the first attempt at overtime, a multicar wreck in Turn 1 wiped out the dominant car of polesitter Kevin Harvick, requiring a second attempt at a two-lap shootout. With four fresh tires to Kenseth’s two, Kahne overtook the No. 20 Toyota after he and Kenseth battled for a lap after the restart and pulled away to win the 17th race of his career by .574 seconds.


Last year, the Franklin High School tennis team turned heads in Western North Carolina and leading that charge was foreign exchange student Anni Neiss from Germany. Neiss went further into the 2A state tournament than any other women's tennis player in school history, only losing in the semi-finals to the eventual state champion. Despite the loss, she posted an 18-0 regular season record while the rest of the team maintained a winning record for the season. Of course, that was last year. For the 2014 season, the team will be without Neiss.

“We will be missing the number one player, Anni Neiss,” said head coach Heather Bell. “However, our team is far deeper than it was last year with any number of girls being talented enough to compete in the top six.”


BRISTOL, Tenn. – Joey Logano believes he has the car and Team Penske believes they have the team to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Logano took the lead from Matt Kenseth with 44 laps remaining and scooted to his third Sprint Cup victory of the season in Saturday’s IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“We can win the championship. We’ve showed it at every kind of race track. We’ve just got to keep doing it,” said Logano, 24, who held off his Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in the final laps. What a year we’re having. I’m having so much fun. The past six or seven races have been unbelievable.”

Logano has finished no worse than sixth in any of the last five races but took special pride in winning at the track known as the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile.”


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