- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014
Covington Catholic beats Bowling Green 81-68

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Cole VonHandorf scored 22 points to lead Covington Catholic to an 81-68 victory over Bowling Green in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

The 9th Region champion Colonels (32-2) outscored the Purples 11-0 to close out the first quarter and led by 23 in the second quarter. Covington Catholic held off a late surge by Bowling Green in the fourth quarter to advance to the state finals for the first time since 1967.

The Colonels will play Scott County in the finale Sunday. The Cardinals (35-3) defeated Louisville Trinity 62-56 in the other semifinal.

Nick Ruthsatz and Ben Heppler followed Vonhandorf with 17 points each.

Bowling Green (29-7), the Region 4 winner, got 31 points from Kentucky Mr. Football Nacarius Fant. Joseph Ayers followed with 14 and Tucker Sine added 13.


Scott County beats Louisville Trinity 62-56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Trent Gilbert scored 36 points and hit a clutch 3-pointer with one minute remaining to lift Scott County to a 62-56 win over Louisville Trinity in the semifinals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Saturday night at Rupp Arena.

The Cardinals (35-3), the 11th Region champion, advanced to the finals and will play Covington Catholic on Sunday. Scott County lost to Trinity 71-53 in the 2012 state finals and won the state title in 2007.

Gilbert, who scored 10 of his team’s first 14 points, made 10 of 19 field goals, including six of Scott County’s eight 3-pointers. Gilbert drained eight straight free throws in the final 35 seconds to seal the win. He was 10-of-10 from the line.

Jax Lavitch made six 3-pointers and led the Shamrocks (31-6), who won the 7th Region title, with 21 points. Raymond Spalding and Michael Stafford followed with 11 points each.


NASA jet to go on display at Ky. park

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A Bowling Green park dedicated to aviation history is adding a NASA T-38 Talon aircraft to its collection.

The jet was due to arrive in Bowling Green Saturday so it could be displayed at the Aviation Heritage Park.

“We are incredibly excited that we’re getting this aircraft,” said Bob Pitchford, vice president of the park.

The plane, with a tail number of 901, was used by astronauts who flew missions during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, including John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong. The Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/1jn4OHKhttps://bit.ly/1jn4OHK ) it will be the fifth aircraft at the park.

The jet was also flown by astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt, a Russellville native and Western Kentucky University graduate. It will be used to tell Wilcutt’s story.

“We’ll be able to say, ‘Touch this plane … and you have touched the manned spaceflight history of this country,’ ” said Ray Buckberry, a park board member.


Ousted Barbourville mayor appeals removal

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A southeastern Kentucky mayor ousted after an audit found questionable financial practices is appealing the City Council’s vote to remove him from office.

Attorneys for former Barbourville Mayor David Thompson filed the civil action on Thursday with the Knox Circuit Clerk, The Times Tribune (https://bit.ly/NAgwEt) reported.

City Council members voted unanimously on March 11 to remove Thompson. The move came on the heels of a state audit that found several poor financial practices since Thompson took office in 2007.

Administrative charges filed against Thompson highlighted the audit, which included findings that Thompson swayed leaders in 2007 to hire his wife to manage a water park operated by the city; that the city did not obtain bids before purchasing some products; and that it paid more for property than it was worth.

In the appeal, Thompson’s attorneys said the council violated his due process rights and asked that the vote to remove him be reversed.

The court documents cite Kentucky Revised Statues, which say elected officials may be removed from office “in case of misconduct, incapacity, or willful neglect in the performance of the duties of his office” by a unanimous vote of a legislative body.



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