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Last week, Franklin High School senior Maddy Cousineau signed to play college softball at Mississippi State University. She was joined by her parents, Sonja and Troy Cousineau, her coach Penny Moffitt and many friends.

Mississippi State is a Southeastern Conference School and as Athletic Director Jay Brooks pointed out, has the means to recruit all over the nation. The fact that they chose Cousineau is quite the honor for her, her family and friends, and FHS.

Cousineau, who plays volleyball as well, was offered the chance to play at Mississippi State based on her abilities behind the plate as catcher for the varsity softball team. Last season, as a junior, she had a batting average of .302 with 18 RBIs, five homeruns. She was also chosen as an All-WNCAC player.

Last Tuesday night, Franklin High School's varsity soccer team saw it's season come to a conclusion when they travelled east to Newton, NC to take on the Newton-Conover Red Devils in the semi-finals of the state playoffs. They ended up losing the game 1-0 when the Devils scored a goal with 13 seconds left in the contest.

Newton-Conover would go on to win the 2A State Championship, but the Franklin soccer team should conclude its season with the solace of knowing that they could hang with any team in the state.


HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The fastest driver doesn't always win a race — or a championship — but on Sunday at Homestead- Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick did both.

Driving a No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet that has been the class of the field for most of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Harvick won Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at the 1.5-mile intermediate track and claimed his first premier series championship after a three-lap drag race against underdog title contender Ryan Newman.

Harvick was so wrapped up in the championship battle that the victory in the race didn’t register right away.

"I forgot we won the race — how about that?” Harvick chuckled. “I think this Chase is about the best thing that has happened to this sport over the last decade. This is probably going to shorten the drivers’ careers, because it’s been so stressful, but I want to thank every single fan for sticking with this sport, and to the industry for working to get it right.”


FHS football looking to continue undefeated season.


Franklin High School varsity soccer team closed out its historical season on Tuesday night when they travelled to Newton, N.C., to take on the Newton Conover Red Devils in the fourth round of the state playoffs, the match that would determine whether the Panthers would vie for the State Championship.

It was obvious from the start that the 24-1 Red Devils and the 21- 1 Panthers were evenly matched. Franklin finished out the first half looking as though they were taking control of the match, though the score was still even at 0-0.


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