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Sports
2:55 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Hopkinsville Advancing, Owensboro Going Home After Sweet 16 First Round

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the other results from Wednesday's first-round Sweet 16 games in Lexington:

Johnson Central 58  Campbell County 56

Scott County 77  Fleming County 66

Johnson Central, Scott County, Hopkinsville, and Trinity are advancing to the quarterfinals following their opening round wins.

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Hopkinsville is advancing in the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 basketball tournament.

The Tigers beat South Oldham 83-63 Wednesday afternoon in the opening game of the state championship.

Tournament favorite Trinity beat Owensboro in the second game 55-41.

Bowling Green, Bardstown, and Wayne County are among the teams playing first-round games Thursday at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

Politics
4:32 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Effort Underway to Allow Elections Legalizing Alcohol by the Drink at State Parks, Golf Courses

Barren River Lake State Resort Park currently does not allow alcohol sales.
Credit Kentucky State Parks

A Kentucky House lawmaker is predicting the General Assembly will pass a bill allowing alcohol sales at many state parks.  

House Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark’s bill would give residents in precincts containing state park lodges or golf courses the ability to petition for an election allowing alcohol by the drink. Clark’s bill has passed out of a Senate committee, and the Louisville Democrat says Senate leaders have told him they believe the measure will make it through the legislature this session.

The Herald-Leader reports State Parks Commissioner and former Bowling Green mayor Elaine Walker said expanded alcohol sales at state parks and golf courses would be substantial.

The list of Kentucky State Resort Parks that do not serve alcohol includes Barren River Lake, Cumberland Falls,  Dale Hollow Lake, Pennyrile Forest, and Rough River Dam.

Opponents of the bill say alcohol sales would interfere with the family-friendly atmospheres found at Kentucky’s state parks.

Sports
10:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

WKU Women to Face Baylor Saturday in Waco, Texas

The Lady Toppers celebrate their win Saturday in the Sun Belt Conference championship game
Credit WKU Athletics

The WKU women's basketball team will head to Waco, Texas on Saturday to take on No. 2 seed Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Saturday's game is at 5:30 p.m. CDT at the Ferrell Center.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

The Lady Toppers earned a spot in the tournament with a comeback win in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday against Arkansas State.

It is their 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, but the first since 2007-08.

Sports
8:05 am
Sun March 16, 2014

It's Elizabethtown Vs. Butler for Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 Championship

The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 will crown the next state champion Sunday afternoon at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.
Credit WKU Athletics

The No. 1 ranked Elizabethtown Panthers will take on the No. 2 ranked Butler High School of Louisville Sunday afternoon for the 2014 Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 title.

Elizabethtown beat George Rogers Clark 71-56 in the semifinals Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

Butler won Saturday against Ashland Blazer 62-50.

Elizabethtown sophomore Erin Boley scored 20 points and had eight rebounds against GRC Saturday. Three other Panthers scored in double figures.

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Sports
7:42 am
Sun March 16, 2014

WKU Womens Basketball Wins Conference Tournament With Comeback Victory

 Update March 17, 11:25 a.m.

The Lady Toppers will take part in a selection show watch party beginning at 5 p.m. CDT at Mister B's Pizza and Wings on Scottsville Road in Bowling Green.

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For the fourth time this season, the Lady Toppers overcame a double-digit deficit to win a game. On Saturday night in New Orleans, it came in the biggest game so far this season.  The WKU women edged Arkansas State 61-60 to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.  

Chastity Gooch led the Lady Toppers in scoring with 26 points. Her efforts in the tournament earned her MVP honors.  

The WKU women's team will learn its first round opponent in the NCAA tournament on Monday night at 6 p.m. during the selection show. 

Also in New Orleans Saturday, the WKU men lost in their SBC tournament semifinal game to Louisiana-Lafayette 73-72.

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