Sports

Wed
16
Oct
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It’s show time

Alumni, faithful followers, and just plain football fans will gather in Franklin on Friday. It will be a showdown of the top 2 teams in District 11-2A Division I, Franklin at (6-0) and the Elkhart Elks (5-1). Even better it’s the Lions Homecoming and everyone looks forward to homecoming.
So, strike up the band, decorate the floats and cars, and dress up the King and Queen, it’s Homecoming Week at Franklin High this week.
The entire town will be in a party mood and the Lion football team will look to move to 7-0 on the season.  Elkhart comes in on a high, after a big 35-14 win over Crockett.  The Elks have put up some impressive numbers scoring behind the running of Jeffrey Wilson. Wilson has gained 1381 yards on 158 carries and scored 18 touchdowns, thus far in 2013.  Elkhart comes in averaging 32.2 points per game, but is allowing 25.4.  

Thu
10
Oct
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Big red on the rise

The Bremond Tigers ran over the Iola Bulldogs last season and look to do so again. The 34-6 final score doesn’t truly tell the entire story.  Bremond dominated from start to finish and the “Big Red” is even better this time around.  Meanwhile, Iola has been better than expected, early on in 2013.  They stand 4-1 overall, with only a loss to Milano on their resume. The Bulldogs have showed an ability to move the football this season averaging over 300 yards and 28 points a game.  That will definitely help their cause, as they try to upset the 5th ranked Tigers from Bremond.

Thu
10
Oct
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Ranked and roaring

The Franklin Lady Lions took control of District play this week as they moved to 4-0.     Wins over Anderson-Shiro and Hempstead began their ascent to the top spot.  
They backed those two wins up with victories over Centerville and Hempstead.  The Lady Lions come in as the county’s only ranked team in class 2A.  Led by seniors Ambrey Deleon, Krista Stickney, Maddie Nelson, Kadie McCllough, and Carrie Casey Franklin stands at 20-5 on the season. Coach Jessica Turner’s squad has responded as she expected they would once District play rolled around.
They swept Centerville on Tuesday, winning all 3 games handily.  Nelson and Stickney continued to make great sets for assists while Deleon and Casey looked to kill every shot in sight.  Their continued improvement is one of Coach Turner’s goals because she’d like to go further than just being District Champions.  

Thu
03
Oct
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Mumford Lady Mustangs Maintaining their position

With a solid hold on 3rd place in District play, the Mumford Lady Mustangs (4-2) are hoping to not only hold onto their playoff spot but to improve their overall position in the race.
They trail 2nd place Normangee (5-1) by only a game and lead 4th place Richards (3-3) by one game and 5th place Calvert (2-4) by two games. Strong play by Abby Eckenrode, Hanna McCarver and Brianna Jutson have led the way for the Lady Mustangs.
Wins at Calvert and Bremond helped secure their spot in the 1st half of district.  Now as the 2nd round begins, they are out to prove it was no fluke and they earned the spot.
They will have the advantage of playing most of their contenders at home in the 2nd half of play. Coach Mannes’ team has proven they are capable of winning on the road and have been up to the challenge thus far in District.  

Thu
03
Oct
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Homecoming for the Hearne Eagles

The Eagles are looking to spread their wings this weekend for homecoming as they host the Rosebud-Lott Cougars.  
The Eagles lost a heartbreaker last year to the Cougars 37-34 in Rosebud. A little revenge would sure be good things for the Eagles who need a district win to avoid falling to 0-2 in District play. It would be a tough hole to try and climb out of considering their remaining schedule. Having already lost to district favorite Centerville 37-15, the Eagles need this win to keep pace with the other teams fighting for a playoff spot. 
The fight is on between the Eagles, Moody, Reisel, Bosqueville, and Rosebud-Lott for the 3rd spot behind Centerville and Crawford.   
The Eagles need to win at home to have any chance and that all starts with Homecoming.  Maybe NFL Hall of Famer John Randle or former UH great Patrick Edwards will drop by and offer their words of inspiration.  It’s a big week for the Eagle faithful and they realize what is on the line.  

Thu
26
Sep
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Another one bites the dust

This should be about revenge for the Lions just like last week was against Lexington. St. Michaels handed the Lions their only other regular season defeat in 2012, a 41-34 win in Austin.  St. Michaels enters the game at 2-1 while the 8th ranked and undefeated Lions are 4-0.  Franklin mauled Lexington in their rematch 68-21 and then crushed Caldwell, 49-14.  St. Michaels had its game cancelled against College Station due to inclement weather and heavy rains.

At home the Lions should roar.

Thu
26
Sep
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Centerville next on Hearne’s List

The Eagles hope the week they spent resting, retooling and refocusing will pay off this week against he Centerville Tigers.  The Tigers are ranked again this season and are off to a 4-0 start. Centerville went undefeated in regular season in 2012 and many think the Tigers will repeat that effort.  Along with Crawford, they are again the favorites to win 11-2A.

For Hearne, the task will be to hang on to the ball and score points when they do. McGrew, Castilleja, Satchell, Workman, and company will have their hands full moving the ball against a Centerville defense, anchored by All-District Nose Guard Kevin Gonzalez, that has been very stingy in their games this season. In addition the Eagle defense will be tested like it was against Franklin in the opener. Running Backs Tully Pickens and Blake Payne are very explosive and benefit from a veteran offensive line led All-State prospect Kurtis Parker.

Fri
06
Sep
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Robertson County Volleyball

The Franklin Lady Lions of Coach Jessica Turner are off and rolling again this season.  The Lady Lions traditionally feature a strong program and 2013 is no different. They have raced out to an impressive 14-4 record thus far.  They have played everyone tough and shied away from playing no one regardless of classification.  All four of their losses this season have been to larger schools including 5A’s Temple and Rudder and 3A Lorena.  They have also enjoyed wins over 3A Caldwell for the Cameron Varsity Volleyball Classic title in Cameron.
Coach Turner’s senior laden squad returns seven ladies who played on the 2012 team.  She has lots of experience within the group. As if that wasn’t bad enough news for her opponents she has several underclassmen who are fighting for starting spots and playing time. Their improvement makes the Lady Lions have a potent combination of experience and plenty of depth.

Sat
31
Aug
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Robertson County-wide volleyball report

All five local area high school volleyball teams participated in tournaments around the area this past weekend. It was a chance for action, what most teams need this time of year as they prepare for what will be district. This week the volleyball polls were out and surprisingly no teams from the area are ranked.  I for one thought Iola and Franklin would have made the list.

Thu
08
Aug
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Lion season tickets up for grabs

Season tickets for the 2013 varsity football season will be available to be purchased by last years purchasers between August 20 and August 23.
Reserved seating will be able to be purchased by the general public on August 26.
The cost is $25.00 per seat you buy.
The tickets may be purchased at the Franklin ISD Administration building, 1216 West FM 1644 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Reserved tickets will no longer be sold at the gate. They can be purchased pre-season at the administration building or after August 30 at the high school office by 3:00 p.m. on game days.
If you have any questions feel free to call (979) 828-1900.
Reserved tickets will no longer be sold at the gate. They can be purchased pre-season at the administration building or after August 30 at the high school office by 3:00 p.m. on game days.

Suezan Hoskins / Robertson County News

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