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Franklin High Volleyball player Mariah Wallace and Lady Panthers basketball standout Vanessa Agrusa both recently signed to play their respective sports on the college level.

Wallace, pictured with family members Aaron, Chrissy and Audi, as well as Shannon Hudson and Mark Wimberley, Wallace’s future college coaches, will be playing ball next year at Catawba Valley.

Agrusa, pictured with family members Vinnie, Teresa, Vince, and Tory, signed to continue her basketball career on the collegiate level at the Univerity of South Carolina Upstate.

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A sport as old as time, Track and Field events have roots in human prehistory and feature competitions that are among the oldest in sporting history.

Franklin's Track and Field teams have joined the ranks of some of the greatest olympians of all times by suiting and competing.

Weather permitting, the Panther Track and Field team is scheduled to have a meet at Western Carolina University on Friday for the Middle and High School Championship.

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FORT WORTH, Texas – Jimmie Johnson continued his recent domination of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, rallying after a late pit stop for a victory in the 19th annual Duck Commander 500.

Johnson, the six-time NSCS champion, took the lead on Lap 321 of the scheduled 334 when he drove under and past Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick exiting the dogleg of TMS’ high-banked, 1.5-mile quad-oval. The final 14 laps featured a battle between Johnson and Harvick, the reigning NSCS champion, who finished second despite scraping the Turn 4 wall on Lap 331.

Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevrolet SS, finished 1.107 seconds ahead of Harvick and his No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS. Johnson, of Hendrick Motorsports, posted his 72nd career victory in 478 NSCS starts and seventh for team-owner Rick Hendrick.

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At the beginning of the season, the Panthers had six players sign on to represent the red and white on the tennis court this spring. The fairly young team has some rebuilding to do and some experience to gain, but are on the road to doing just that.

The team's three returning players, junior Jonathan Mathis, and sophomores Noah Henderson and Jonas Kolousek, only have one year under their belts while the other three players, sophomore Joey Gibson, freshmen Ryan Karcher and Vince Boyce, are all starting the season fresh.

"With such a young team they will improve tremendously over the next several years but we will have a tough go of it this season against the better teams," said Coach Sammy Gunter. "All the returning players just have one year of experience in tennis. Ryan knows how to play but lacks match experience and Joey and Vince are just starting so we have a lot of room to grow."

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