Elliot hopes to fly as Lions roar

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Michael Cotton | Robertson County News

Brent Wallingford, who qualified in singles, was looking to restore the Franklin Lions claim to Tennis supremacy in Class 2A, but he was beaten in the State Quarter-finals for the second consecutive year. He was looking to become the Lions next State Champion in Boys Singles and first since 4-time Champion Austin Klores. Wallingford made several difficult returns during the match, including a through the legs, going away from the net return, but overall he was no match for the opponent he drew on this date, losing 6-1, 6-2. Ironically he lost in the same round last season but to a different opponent.

With everyone else on the Lion Track Team moving on to off-season football, Dylan Elliott will look to spread his wings and fly this weekend in the high jump for the Lions.  He is the lone qualifier for the Lions after a strong performance this season by the rest of the squad.  Elliott cleared 6’4” but may have to go higher if he plans to claim a medal at State. Five jumpers in the field have cleared 6’5” or better, so the competition will be fierce. The rest of the Lions will join the off-season weight program in preparation for next football season. With a talented group of returners, including QB Seth Smitherman, HB Mo Brewer, FB’s Adam Lopez and Stephen Commander, DB Dominic Witherspoon, and TE Will Phillips, the Lions will roar loud in their new District next season.

The Lions will lose some key players in this season’s successful run, including Joe Riley, Dylan Elliott, Zack Short and Wyatt Linson to name a few.  Their presence will be missed in all the Lion sports next season.  The Basketball team will surely miss Michael Witherspoon, Player of the Year, first team All-District, and undisputed leader of their team. Witherspoon was named this weekend to the All-Brazos Valley Basketball second team.  It tops off a number of awards that have come the senior’s way. Congratulations and good luck to all the graduating Lions in the future.

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