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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.

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Update at 3:42 pm:

Covington Catholic is the winner of the 2014 Kentucky Boys' Sweet 16 title after beating Scott County 59-51 in overtime.

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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.

Update at 3:21 pm:

Scott County beat Johnson Central 64-55 Thursday.

Update at 1:34 pm:

Trinity beat Hopkinsville 74-56 Thursday. The Shamrocks now advance to one of the two Saturday semifinal games.

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The field has been cut in half at the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16.

Friday features four quarterfinal matchups at Rupp Arena, with the winners facing each other in two Saturday semifinals. The state champ will be crowned Sunday afternoon.

Here is Friday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Trinity 74, Hopkinsville 56  FINAL

Scott County vs. Johnson Central  1:30 pm

Bowling Green vs. McCracken County  6:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm


Update at 9:49 pm:

Bardstown beat Pleasure Ridge Park 75-70 Thursday night.

Update at 12:43 pm:

McCracken County beat Wayne County Thursday afternoon, 81-74.

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Three teams from our listening area put their dreams of a state basketball championship on the line Thursday in Lexington.

It's day two of the Kentucky Boys Sweet 16 tournament, with Bardstown, Bowling Green, and Wayne County hitting the Rupp Arena court in first-round contests.

Here is Thursday's schedule, with all times eastern:

Wayne County vs. McCracken Co.  12:00 pm

Bowling Green vs. Knott County Central  1:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Pleasure Ridge Park  6:30 pm

Clay County vs. Covington Catholic  8:00 pm

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.


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.

Other schools in our listening area competing in the Sweet 16 are Bardstown, Hopkinsville, Owensboro, and Wayne County.

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March Madness isn’t just for the collegiate basketball ranks.

One week after Kentucky crowned a girls’ champion, the state’s best boys’ teams are set to open their Sweet 16 tournament Wednesday at Lexington’s Rupp Arena.

Here is a schedule of the tournament's first-round games, with all times eastern:


South Oldam vs. Hopkinsville  12:00 pm

Trinity vs. Owensboro  1:30 pm

Scott County vs. Fleming County  6:30 pm

Campbell County vs. Johnson Central  8:00 pm


McCracken County vs. Wayne County  12:00 pm

Knott County Central vs. Bowling Green  1:30 pm

Bardstown vs. Pleasure Ridge Park  6:30 pm

Clay County vs. Covington Catholic 8:00 pm

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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.

Update at 9:54 p.m.:

Here are the results of the other three quarterfinal games played Friday in Bowling Green:

Butler 62  Lafayette 50

George Rogers Clark 45  Marshall County 37

Elizabethtown 58  Anderson County 37

Update at 2:05 p.m.:

Ashland Blazer is advancing to the Saturday semifinals of the Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 basketball tournament after beating Danville 64-55.

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The Kentucky Girls Sweet 16 field has been cut in half. The remaining eight teams play Friday in four quarterfinal matchups at WKU's E.A. Diddle Arena.

Here is the Friday lineup:

Ashland Blazer vs. Danville at 12:00 p.m.

Butler vs. Lafayette at 1:30 p.m.

Marshall County vs. George Rogers Clark at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabethtown vs. Anderson County at 8:00 p.m.

All times are central.

Four teams will play Saturday in the semifinals, with the state champion crowned Sunday afternoon.

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The 2014 girls' high school basketball season will culminate Saturday night in Bowling Green.

WKU’s E. A. Diddle Arena is the site for the four-day Sweet 16 tournament that gets underway Wednesday afternoon.

Two teams from our listening area play on the tournament’s opening day, with Henderson County facing Ashland Blazer, and the Glasgow Scotties taking on Lexington Lafayette.

The fifth-region champion Elizabethtown Panthers play Sacred Heart of Louisville Thursday. Meade County faces Anderson County that day, and Corbin plays George Rogers Clark.

You can see the complete tournament bracket here.