The Bowling Green Hot Rods minor league baseball team has a new owner. The team has been sold to Manhattan Capital Sports Acquisition, a group that also owns the Triple-A team in Reno, Nevada.
Stuart Katzoff leads the new ownership group, which also includes Indiana Pacers Owner Herb Simon and Katzoff’s father. The Hot Rods will remain in Bowling Green and will still be affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team was previously owned by Art Solomon.
“This is an announcement we make with extremely mixed feelings and a heavy heart,” said Solomon. “The people in this region have been so welcoming to us since we arrived in the fall of 2008, and without them we would not be where we are today. Stuart Katzoff is an outstanding, successful owner, and I have no doubt that this new era for the Hot Rods will mean great things for downtown Bowling Green and the surrounding region.”
The Class-A Midwest League team began playing at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2009 and has 15 years remaining on its lease with the city.
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Despite being bowl eligible for a third straight season, the WKU Hilltopper football team was not selected to take part in a bowl this postseason. WKU finished with an 8-4 record and was considered by bowls in Detroit, Mobile, Ala. and Shreveport, La.
Athletic Director Todd Stewart says with 79 bowl-eligible teams and 70 spots, someone was going to be left out.
“For me personally, this feels like a loss right now,” said Stewart. “But I think when you have difficulty, I think you need to take a step back and take a look at the big picture. That’s what I’ve tried to do and that’s what I hope our fans do.”
Stewart says he’s especially disappointed for the seniors who have played their final game in a Hilltopper uniform.
Quarterback Brandon Doughty found Willie McNeal in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining in the game lifting WKU to a 34-31 win over Arkansas State Saturday at L.T. Smith Stadium. It was the Hilltoppers fourth straight win as they finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.
Doughty completed 21 of 37 passes for 255 yards in the game and three touchdowns.
"Wow. What a great win for us," said head coach Bobby Petrino. "I’m just really proud of our players. We stuck together and kept competing. We had a number of things that didn’t go our way and certainly could have cashed it in. It just a credit to our seniors"
Western Kentucky is bowl eligible and now awaits word on a possible bowl berth.
A Saturday afternoon matchup with Arkansas State wraps up Western Kentucky's 2013 regular season. The Hilltoppers have won three straight games heading into Senior Day. Standouts Antonio Andrews and Luis Polanco will be playing their final game at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
"The first year here we were 2-10 and we gradually progressed as time went on and just really learned how to truly play the game and how to continue to have fun as you're learning it," said Andrews. "And we really got to know each other along the way."
At 7-4 heading into Saturday's game, WKU is bowl eligible for a third straight year. Saturday's game will be broadcast by ESPN3 and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.