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The Grizzly Cub basketball team traveled to Franklin Central to take on the Flashes in the semi-final round of IHSAA Sectional 13 Friday evening. Franklin tried to control the pace using an effective motion offense and patience to run the clock and get easy looks at the basket. As a result the Grizzly Cubs trailed just 7-10 at the end of the first quarter.
After claiming another Sectional championship last week, the Grizzly Cubs were looking to make more history at the IHSAA State Finals. The Grizzly Cubs finished 11th in the team standings in 2014, but had failed to match that finish the previous two seasons. On Saturday, the Grizzly Cubs finally made their way to the top 10.
Franklin boys basketball has had a lot of success in the last 30 years. The Grizzly Cubs won 5 sectionals in a row from 1994-99. The 1997 team, led by Coach Dave Clark, made it to the Elite 8 in the final single class state tournament. That Semi-State finalist team went 24-3 on the season.
The FCHS boys swimming and diving team captured the 2017 Sectional title on Saturday. They easily outdistanced second place Center Grove by 144 points, 465-321.5. On their way to the team title, the Grizzly Cubs took home individual Sectional Championships in 8 swimming events which qualify for the IHSAA State Final Prelims next Friday.
Franklin had two wrestlers compete in the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. On Friday night 170 lb Burk Vanhorn lost an overtime match to Portage, 1-3.
Tuesday evening the Grizzly Cubs played host to the Columbus North Bulldogs. Franklin managed to keep a small lead at the end of a back and forth first half 27-25. To start the third quarter the Bulldogs stormed out of the gates to take a 27-34 lead. The Grizzly Cubs battled back and a last second three pointer at the end of the third quarter gave the Cubs a 1 point lead entering the game's final stanza.
The Lady Cub Swimming and Diving team finished off another great campaign with a 12th place finish in the IHSAA State Finals. The Lady Cubs advanced athletes to the final round in 10 of the 12 events contested and had state medalists in 4 of those events.
The Franklin wrestling team had two individuals compete in the IHSAA Semi-State wrestling tournament at the Ford Center in Evansville Saturday. Both Franklin wrestlers placed in the tournament advancing them to the IHSAA state finals At Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis this Friday and Saturday. Franklin finished in 9th place as a team scoring 37 points.
The Grizzly Cubs basketball team entered the last third of their season with a rare one-game week. The opponent was Thursday at FCHS was the Brown County Eagles. The Grizzly Cubs have had a string of victories against the Eagles, but on Thursday the Eagles did not make it easy on the hosts.
The Franklin girls swimming and diving team claimed the 2017 Sectional championship in dominating fashion. The Lady Cubs won all 11 swimming events on their way to scoring 549 points, easily outdistancing second place Center Grove by 194 points.
The Wrestling team is sending two competitors to the Evansville Semi-State next weekend. Burk VanHorn bounced back from his first loss of the season last weekend to win the Regional title and Jake Moore followed up his Sectional title with a Regional runner-up finish.
On Friday evening girls tennis coach Rusty Hughes was inducted into the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.