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After an outstanding season on the field last year, the Franklin High School varsity baseball team is building on that momentum to have an even greater season this spring.

"I think all the experience we have will be our greatest advantage," said Coach Ryan Raby. "Not only have we played together, we have won together."

This season, the Panthers are bringing back eight seniors, six juniors, and potentially one freshman that will all spend some time on the field. Out of the eight position players in the dirt for the Panthers, six are returning from last year's team.

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FONTANA, Calif. - After Sunday’s Auto Club 400, there may be a warrant issued for Brad Keselowski.

After all, the driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Ford committed his own version of “Grand Theft Auto” at Auto Club Speedway — he stole an entire race.

Benefitting from a four-tire call on the last lap of regulation and two opportune cautions that extended the event nine laps beyond its scheduled distance, Keselowski passed polesitter Kurt Busch on the final lap (209) and pulled away to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.

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Vanessa Agrusa named WNCAC Player of the Year.

Following their outstanding seasons, Franklin High School boys and girls varsity basketball players were among those in Western North Carolina to receive All-Conference postseason honors for the season.

According to girls' coach Scott Hartbarger, the four ladies to be named to the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference All-Conference teams were big on defense and each had shining moments that led the Lady Panthers well into the playoffs.

Senior Guard Savannah Teague was named to the All- Conference squad according to Hartbarger, because of her defensive drive and quick feet under the goal.

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With spring kicking off on Friday, flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the grass is sprouting perfectly, especially on the local golf courses. With the greens clipped to perfection, Franklin High School's golf team is poised to have another standout season.

With two returning All-Conference seniors, backed up by two returning juniors, and two returning sophomores, there is no lack of leadership on this year's 14- man squad.

"We have two All-Conference players on our team returning from last year who will be the role models for my young guys and will be mentoring them during practice on and off the course," said second year coach Greg Partington. "I have already met with my seniors and juniors and we have discussed our plans for growing and developing our underclassmen. They will be assigned an underclassmen that they will be responsible for all season, making sure they get to practice or have a ride, practicing with them on drills, and playing with them on the course during practice rounds."

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