Franklin pays tribute to Luke Kennard

Franklin seniors show Wildcat pride (WDTN Photo\Maytal Levi)
Franklin seniors show Wildcat pride (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

FRANKLIN, Ohio (WDTN) – A fanbase fit for a king.

Hundreds poured into the Franklin High School’s gym to watch Luke Kennard’s final home game

He’s been the pride of Franklin for the past four years now and tonight the community has come out to show their support for the Franklin Wildcats last home game.

Luke Kennard – the name is familiar throughout the Franklin community.

“I was at Walmart the other day and I was wearing a Franklin shirt and these two old ladies were like, oh you know Luke Kennard?” said Alex Frame, Franklin high school senior.

In fact, the outpouring of support from the Franklin community has left the Kennard family speechless

“Its just unreal, just how they have supported the team and Luke, its just been a blessing” explained Mark Kennard, Luke’s father.

Thousands packed the gym to watch Kennard and the Franklin Wildcats play their last home game of the season.

Tonight’s game sold out within two hours, much like most of the games this year. The sell outs are boosting Wildcat spirit and helping put money into the school.

“We’ve been able to do some upgrades to our gymnasium, its been nice to have that. We have had a very special four years and each year it has grown, its been fun” said Franklin high school principal, Brian McFee.

Thanks, in part, to the senior behind it all. Breaking records, even passing Lebron James on Ohio’s all-time scoring list.
Not even Luke’s parents can decide who to take credit for the athletes.

“My wife likes to think she did it all. I’m not mark, I’m Luke’s dad, I’m Luke’s father, which I’m proud, I’m proud to be Luke’s father. Its been a humbling experience. Its been a dream for Luke.

Luke’s basketball career isn’t coming to an end this season, however. He’s going on to play for Coach K at Duke University. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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