KHSAA penalizes Bowling Green, allowing it to keep 2017 Sweet 16 title

LEXINGTON – Bowling Green High School will receive increased monitoring from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association but will not lose its 2017 boys basketball state championship over recruiting violations, according to an agreement announced Thursday.

The announcement comes after five years of hearings and investigations by the KHSAA surrounding Bowling Green’s boys basketball program and the living arrangements made for former player Zion Harmon, who was an eighth-grader on the Purples team that defeated Cooper 67-56 on March 19, 2017, for the school’s first Sweet 16 title.

“We’re ready to move forward,” said Gary Fields, superintendent for Bowling Green Independent Schools and the principal at Bowling Green High School in 2017. “Some of the things we’re going to do under this enhanced observation hopefully is going to give some help to some districts that are going to start dealing with non-resident students. … Maybe we can create a model the KHSAA can use, and they’re going to help us train. ”

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