Knott Central super fan gets big honor at 14th Region Championship

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PINE TOP, Ky (WYMT) - By now, if you do not know that Knott Central won the 14th Region Championship on Tuesday night, some might say you live under a rock.

But there was something that happened just after the game that you might not have heard about.

Burl Bowen is not only 94-years-old. He is also a World War II veteran. But maybe most importantly, he loves the Knott County Central High School basketball team.

"It would take a book to cover what they have done for me," said Bowen.

So when the team squared off against Hazard in the 14th Region Championship on Tuesday night, he was there cheering his team to victory.

"The game is number one to me," said Bowen.

When the last buzzer sounded, he wanted a piece of history.

"I walked down and asked Camron to cut it for me. He said 'no, you go up there and cut it'," said Bowen

He is referring to Camron Justice, who plays for Knott Central. Bowen said he just hoped someone would cut the net down and give him a piece. But Justice said not so fast.

"He said 'alright' and he climbed all the way to the top, cut him a piece out and held it up just like every other ball player," said Justice.

The old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words but in Bowen's case, he is almost at a loss for them.

"I was happy. I got to turn around and then blow the kisses at everyone and let them know that I love them," said Bowen.

It is a feeling that is shared by the players he supports, like Chance Cornett.

"I mean he is a great fan and we love having him around. It means the world to us. He loves it as much, if not more, than we do," said Cornett.

For now, Bowen is biding time, cherishing his piece of the net and clearing his schedule for next week when Knott Central will play at Rupp Arena.

"Got a hearing thing in Johnson City but I am canceling that so I can go to the game," said Bowen.

In addition to taking home a piece of the net, Bowen was given the game winning ball, which all the players signed.

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