Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Jeff Graham Now Franklin's Winningest Baseball Coach

Last night the Franklin Panthers Baseball team defeated Smoky Mountain 12-7. On top of beating our rival Smoky Mountain, Franklin's Head Coach Jeff Graham got his 162nd win at FHS. Graham passed Coach Tom Raby with the win for the all time wins by a head coach at FHS.
He will be first to say that the credit goes to the kids who have played for him, but Graham does deserve a great deal of credit. He led Franklin to it's only baseball state title back in 2001 and has established Franklin as a contender in the MAC year in and year out. Frankin constantly goes against one of the best best baseball programs in the state in TC Roberson, but always stay in the hunt for a conference win and title run. He has also sent several players on to play at the college level and even in the pro ranks.

Congrats to Coach Graham for his hard work and this great accomplishment.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Franklin's Kyle Ward to Play Football at Brevard College

Congratulations to Kyle Ward on his recent committment to Brevard College to play football. Kyle was a key piece of the Panther's offensive success the past 2 years. Kyle was all-conference this year in the MAC and led Franklin with 47 catches for 883 yards and 9 TDs.

Kyle was great fun to watch at "The Pit" and I am sure he will bring that Panther Pride with him to Brevard.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Franklin Golf In Full Swing

Andy at the Franklin Press wrote a nice article on the boys golf team in today's paper. Franklin has had a really solid golf team over the course of the last few years and looks as though they are continuing that this year as well. Here is the link to the online version of the article.

The Panthers fell one strole short of tying 2006 defending state champion, Tuscola High. If the Panthers can continue to stay competitive against other quality teams like Tuscola then the Panthers should look to have a great season.

Any chance one of us Panther Country blogger's can help coach the team? We just want to play free golf! Anybody got an in with Coach Tony Plemmons? :)

have a great weeekend. Go Panthers!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Varsity Girls Soccer @ Smoky

Good luck to the girls varsity soccer team tomorrow (Friday) as they play at Smoky Mountain. The Lady Panthers are sitting at 5-2 overall going into this game. There is almost nothing better than a win against our "neighbor" Smoky Mtn. It's another round in the "Battle For Cowee Mountain".

Go Lady Panthers.

2007 FHS Football Schedule

Head Football Coach Josh Brooks recently released the 2007 Franklin Football Schedule. Here's a look at who the Panthers will match up against in the fall:

Aug. 17

Aug. 24

Aug. 31

Sept. 7

Sept. 14
Smoky Mtn.

Sept. 21
TC Roberson **

Sept. 28

Oct. 05

Oct. 12

Oct. 19
North Buncombe**

Oct. 26

Nov. 02

Nov. 9
1st Rd Playoffs

**Denotes--Conference Game

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

FHS Football Lift-A-Thon


The Panthers Football team is holding their annual Lift-A-Thon tomorrow (Wednesday, March 21st) at the feildhouse at Franklin High. The boys have been gathering sponsors to pledge money according to how much they can life on bench press, squat and power clean. All the money they raise will go towards upgrading the field house and weight room.

If you would like to pledge money call the high school and talk to Coach Josh Brooks at 524-6467.


The baseball and softball teams lost their games yesterday at TC Roberson, but both played well from what we hear. Many folks have said the softball team has a greta group of players and should be right in the mix all year long. Good Luck to the Lady Panthers. We are rooting for you.

The baseball team is playing well too. They lost 4 - 2 to TC who is one of the top ranked teams in 3A baseball in North Carolina.

We look forward to seeing what the Panthers and Lady Panthers continue to do on the diamond.

Go Panthers!
NOTE: Picture is from www.thefranklinpress.com

Monday, March 19, 2007

FHS Boosters Club

If you have ever wondered how you can help the Panther Athletic program, one great way to do so is through the Boosters Club. They help raise money to benefit the whole athletic program's activities. You can see more information about joining by clicking here.

Panther Country Gone Big Time

Panther Country has now gone big time! We have a blog for all you Panther crazed fans. Thanks stopping by and checking it out. We will be posting at least once a week so please bookmark us and check back often.

Spring sports are in full swing. We are doing are best to cover the spring sports on the Panther Country website at www.fhspanthers.com. In fact, we just added a story this weekend with the Lady Panther's softball win. We included a story and video highlights! Be sure to check it out.

Go Panthers!