The pen is mightier than the sword

A look at which Lexington Catholic Knights made their college decisions official.


Lexington, KY – Lexington Catholic held a signing ceremony in front of a packed house Thursday.

Congratulations to the following student-athletes that will be furthering their education and athletic careers.

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Be sure to tune in Monday to ABC 36 News at 6 for more with UK signee Zan Payne.

Student-Athlete Sport(s) University
Adam Walker Cross Country and Track St Louis University
Britt O’Brien Lacrosse Centre College
Dylan Coulter Track and Field Transylvania University
Jeanine Kowalik Cheer Transylvania University
Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores Swim Catholic University
Joseph Stuber Lacrosse University Alabama Huntsville
Kannon Willoughby Track and Field Transylvania University
Keegan Bailey Basketball Bellarmine University
Kelli Harpe Girls Golf Transylvania University
Max Sparkman Basketball Salve Regina University
Maya Jazdzewski Track and Field Transylvania University
Olivia Haines Track and Field Centre College
Ray Smoot Track and Field Transylvania University
Spencer Carman Cross Country and Track Eastern Kentucky University
TC Price Basketball University of Rochester
Will Esenbock Track and Field Bellarmine University
Zan Payne Basketball University of Kentucky



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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