Next year’s girls high school basketball state championship will be the last one played at WKU’s Diddle Arena for at least two years. The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has voted to award the girls’ basketball championship to Northern Kentucky University for 2016 and 2017. The girls tournament had been held at WKU every year since 2001.
The Bowling Green Convention and Visitor's Bureau says an estimated 39,000 visitors came to town during the course of the 2013 tournament.
Bowling Green also lost out on the state high school softball tournament which will remain in Owensboro through 2018.
Covington Catholic is the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Boys' Sweet 16 title after beating Scott County 59-51 in overtime.
Bowling Green High School's bid to play in the 2014 boys' high school basketball championship came up short Saturday, as the Purples fell to Covington Catholic in the semifinal round.
Covinton Catholic won the game 81-68 at Lexington's Rupp Arena.
Earlier Saturday night, Scott County beat Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.
Scott County and Covington Catholic face each other Sunday at 2 p.m. eastern for the state championship.
It's a big day for basketball in the Bluegrass State. At the same time the high school title is being decided, the UK Wildcats will be playing No. 1 seed Wichita State in the NCAA tournament. The winner of that game will play the Louisville Cardinals Friday in the Sweet 16.
Attendance at some schools in our listening area could be light today and tomorrow--but not because of weather.
The Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday in Lexington, and many students from participating schools will be at Rupp Arena, as opposed to the classroom.
Bowling Green High School plays its first round game tomorrow afternoon against Knott County Central. Bowling Green High Principal Gary Fields says his school system understands that attending the tournament is a great experience for students.
"We didn't want to dismiss school, so what we're doing is if a student buys a ticket and travels with their parents or family friends, then they are excused from school that day. It is an absence. We're required to count them absent, but it's an excused absence," Fields told WKU Public Radio.
Fields says calling off school wasn't an option, especially since Bowling Green has missed five days already due to winter weather. Several county school systems in our region have missed a dozen or more days.