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FHS girl's varsity team wins conference title

Last Thursday night, the Franklin High School Lady Panthers traveled to Sylva to take on the Smoky Mountain Mustangs to determine the 2A WNCAC champions. The teams had met twice prior to the game with Franklin winning both contests by wide margins. Thursday's game would be no different. The Panthers shot to an early lead and continued to batter the Mustangs through each quarter, eventually securing the win 67-36, thus becoming the conference champions.

Monday night's game began the 2A NCHSAA Women's Basketball State Championship tournament. Franklin enters the tournament as an eighth seed and took on 25th ranked Forbush High School Falcons at the Panther Den.

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Franklin High School seniors Daniel Marr and Marquel Manning have committed to play football at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.

A signing ceremony was held at the FHS gym last Thursday where friends, classmates, teammates and family members joined together to congratulate the two football stars.

In his senior year, Marr was an All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference and All-WNC lineman despite missing five games due to a broken leg.

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The internationally-acclaimed Harlem Ambassadors will be visiting Franklin for a game with the Franklin Dribblers at Franklin High School in the Panther Pit on Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m.

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlemstyle basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball handling tricks and hilarious comedy routines.

The Ambassadors feature non-stop laughs and deliver a positive message of “Stay in School – Stay off Drugs” for kids wherever they play. “At our shows, we want the kids to know that they are a part of our team, too,” Coach Lade Majic said, “We invite as many kids as we can to come sit on the bench, have a front row seat during the show, and get involved in all of the fun stuff we do.”

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In the final round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference tournament, the Highlanders beat Hiwassee Dam, 60-49, making this the third year in a row the Highlands boys team has won the conference.

After placing second in the Little Smoky Mountain Conference, the Highlands girls basketball team opened the state tournament Monday at Highlands School gym. The girls played Robbinsville.

The Highlands boys basketball team also opened the state tournament following the girls game at Highlands School gym, playing Lincoln Charter.

Both teams ended their seasons Monday night, falling to their challengers.

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