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Lady Panthers end season with nail-biter against Polk

The Lady Panthers volleyball team hosted the first round of the Volleyball State Playoffs Saturday against the Polk County Vipers. The Vipers took the first match with a score of 25-20, but the Lady Panthers rebounded in the second with a win of their own of 25- 20.

Franklin was able to keep it close throughout the next two sets, but was unable to get back on top, eventually losing the match, 3- 1. The Panthers were able to keep each set extremely close and at times looked as though they were within reach of pulling ahead, but were unable to do so eventually falling to Polk County.

The Panthers end their season with a 10-12 record.

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TALLADEGA, Ala. - Enter the interloper.

In a race dominated early by Matt Kenseth and later by fellow title contenders Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray got to the front at the right time, led the last 15 laps and grabbed victory in Sunday's Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

McMurray was out front, leading Earnhardt in the sixth Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season, when a slight tap from Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s Ford sent Austin Dillon's Chevrolet spinning into the outside wall on the backstretch.

Impact from Casey Mears' Ford launched Dillon's car into the air and severely damaged both machines.

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Smoky defense unable to stop driving Panthers.

Last Friday night, the Franklin Panthers travelled over Cowee Mountain to take on rival Smoky Mountain Mustangs in the annual Battle of Cowee Mountain.

Franklin entered the contest with an undefeated record of 5-0, and jumped into the lead early on with a score of 21-3 at the half. The pace changed when the teams took the field and the contest turned into a shoot out.

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The Lady Panthers volleyball team hosted the Tuscola Mountaineers Tuesday night at the Panther Den.

If the first set was to be any indication, the game was going to be a close one. The Panthers kicked off the game with a come from behind win of 27-25.

The Mountaineers were unable to keep up their pace in the second and third sets however and Franklin won the final two easily by scores of 25-12 and 25-9 respectively.

The first round of conference play will begin Saturday.

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