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The Franklin High School girl's varsity basketball team took a break from game time last Friday night, to recognize senior guard Vanessa Agrusa, (below) who scored her 500th career assist against the North Henderson Knights.

The Panthers defeated the Knights, 69-46, and continued their winning streak, slaughtering East Henderson on their home turf Tuesday night, 65-37.

Franklin's varsity boys basketball team fought hard throughout the game against North Henderson, but came up short, falling to the Knights, 53-50.

Tuesday night the Panthers travelled to East Henderson, where the Panthers were victorious ending the game on top, 54-50.


Photo by Vickie CarpenterWith the 2014-15 school year in the home stretch, high school seniors are beginning to focus on preparing for college this fall.

Franklin High School senior Harrison Conner has already selected where he will spend the next four years of his education by committing to Western Carolina University's track and cross country team.

With Conner is sister, Kennedy; mother, Cheryl Contino-Connor; father, Michael Conner; Coach Jeff Howard and Coach Rita Esterwood.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Over the years, NASCAR premier series champions have come in all shapes and sizes – tall, short, muscular and lean. The single constant? It’s impossible to judge a book by its cover.

Based upon first impressions, Rex White – at 5 feet 4 inches, weighing just 135 pounds and with his right leg withered by childhood polio – might have seemed the unlikeliest championship contender of all.

White, however, was tough as nails fearing neither competitor nor track conditions. He won the 1960 premier series title and posted 28 victories over five seasons, finishing among the top five in nearly half of his 233 starts.


Last Friday night, the Panther Den was packed as the varsity girl's warmed up to host the undefeated Lady Bears of Pisgah High School.

Pisgah, who went into Friday night's game with a 17-0 record, jumped out ahead early, beating FHS 74-54.

The Lady Panthers went on to play conference rivals Smoky Mountain High Tuesday night, but were unable to top the Mustangs, falling 48-42.

The Lady Mustangs handed the Panthers their 8th loss of the season, bringing them to a 9-8 season record and 5-4 in WNC conference play.

The boys varsity team battled Pisgah close, trailing just 10 points at the half.

In an equally impressive second half, the Panthers just weren't able to hang out, losing 61-51.


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