Epps’ progress: Making the right choices


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Makayla Epps is still serving her team suspension for the alcohol related charges brought against her back in April.

It was a lesson learned for Epps…and it’s changed her approach.

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Matthew Mitchell is pleased with the progress his junior guard has made.  Epps has refocused her effort and energy on basketball instead of other things.

In coach’s mind, it’s pretty simple…you could go get on the internet or play around and make bad decisions…or you could get in the gym and prove you’ve learned a life lesson about more than hoops.

Hear from Mitchell in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com