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Heading into the western North Carolina Athletic Conference basketball tournament last Friday, The Lady Panthers were working off of a six game winning streak, while the boys were building momentum after winning four games in a row.

In the opening round of the western North Carolina Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, which was held at the Panther Den, both the men and women varsity basketball teams rose victorious over their opponents, the East Henderson Eagles.

Both teams were headed to the semifinals, which was scheduled to be played at Pisgah High School. Due to winter weather, the conference tournament was cancelled. Playoffs for Franklin High School are currently scheduled to begin next Tuesday.


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon won a highstakes game of “Beat the Clock” on Sunday, with the pole for his final Daytona 500 the ultimate prize.

Gordon crossed the start/finish line to start his pole-winning lap as time expired in the final round of knockout qualifying at Daytona International Speedway.

His time of 44.711 seconds (201.293 mph) was .035 seconds better than that of Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, who secured the outside front-row starting spot for next Sunday’s 57th running of the Great American Race (1 p.m. ET on FOX).

The first use of group knockout qualifying at Daytona, under a format introduced at Talladega last fall, determined only the two front-row starting positions for the 500. However, the next four fastest drivers — with speeds counted from any of the three qualifying rounds — also locked themselves into the field, with specific starting positions to be determined after Thursday night’s Budweiser Duel at Daytona (7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1).


The Franklin JV Lady Panthers basketball team was able to defeat the West Henderson Falcons by an impressive 29 points last Friday night, all with the help of a very special star player.

With a wall to wall crowd in the Panther Den, the entire gymnasium was on their feet as Coach Bekah Brooks called on the Lady Panthers secret weapon, Brittany Watson. Without batting an eye, Watson took to the hardwood determined to help her Panthers secure the win.

In mere seconds, Watson made her way around her opponents, weaving in and out of Falcons' jerseys and made her way to the basket. She posted up, took a deep breath ... and nothing but net! Watson scored! Two points wasn't enough for this athlete, no she wanted more.


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