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The Franklin High School women's tennis team ended their season with an 8-6 record under new coach Heather Bell. It wasn't too long ago that Bell herself was playing on the local courts for FHS and at Milligan College. She also had the opportunity to coach alongside her predecessors before taking the role of head coach of this year's team.

“I was an assistant for both the girls' and guys' teams here at FHS for the past few years so I learned a lot under the leadership of Sammy Gunter and Rick Blanton,” said Bell. “Both of them helped mentor me to coach a high school team. Playing college tennis helped to prepare me skill wise and to have a lot of drills and exercises to fall back on.”


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.


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.


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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