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Photos by Travis TallentThe FHS men's varsity soccer team has, for the most part, crushed its opponents this year. That held true on Monday when they hosted the Brevard Blue Devils. Though the game remained close in the first half with Franklin leading 2-1, it got out of control for Brevard in the second when the Panthers put in three more goals. Franklin won by an eventual score of 5-1. This gives the Panthers wins over teams like Swain County, Highlands, Brevard, and RGNS.

The team travelled yesterday to take on the Pisgah Bears and will host conference rival the Smoky Mountain Mustangs on Monday at Macon Middle School in Franklin. The JV game will begin at 5:00 p.m. with the varsity game starting at 7 p.m.

The Franklin High School varsity volleyball team started their season off strong when they beat Hayesville twice and Swain County before stumbling against conference rivals Brevard and Pisgah. Showing resilience, the team got back to their winning ways against Smoky Mountain last Thursday.

According to Lady Panthers assistant coach, Bekah Brooks, ups and downs are to be expected when playing in a tough conference like the 2A/3A WNC Athletic Conference.

“We play in a very competitive conference,” she said. “Every team, every game is a test and a challenge, but who wouldn't want to play against good competition?”


Newman and Biffle claim final two spots on points.

RICHMOND, Va. - The car and driver to beat in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup identified themselves emphatically on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Brad Keselowski led all but 17 of 400 laps in winning the Federated Auto Parts 400, the final race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season. In the process, he won his fourth race of the season and secured top seeding for the 10- race Chase, which starts Sunday, Sept. 14 at Chicagoland Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN).

Ryan Newman and Greg Biffle secured the final two of 16 Chase spots on points, Newman with a solid ninth-place run, Biffle with a much shakier 19th-place finish, two laps down.

But it was Keselowski who made the statement in securing the 400th victory across all racing series for team owner Roger Penske.


The Franklin High School band has built quite the reputation over the years, marching in parades all across the eastern seaboard and competing in national competitions. Now, as the fall season approaches, anybody passing the high school may be able to hear the sounds of drums echoing from the school grounds as the members carry out practice drills in their attempt at perfection.

Not only does the band hammer out tunes every Friday night in support of the school's football team, they also strive for their own goals. This year, they are definitely competing in two national events with perhaps something bigger in the works according to band director, Buddy Huckabee. For now however, he will focus on the 74 members of the band and their immediate future.


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