▪ Three Bryan Station track-and-field stars signed with colleges in the past week. Talor Wilkerson, a senior sprinter who helped the Bryan Station girls’ track-and-field team win a Class 3A state title in 2015, signed with Marshall last Friday. Brooke Raglin, another short-distance standout, chose to run for Louisville on Wednesday.
Isaiah McCall, a two-time defending state champion in the 300-meter hurdles, signed with Cincinnati on Monday. He chose UC because the team made him feel like he was at home. “It reminded me of Bryan Station, almost,” he said.
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He lauded Coach Kathy Broadnax for her involvement in his recruitment. Broadnax, a native of Sydney, Australia, helped McCall plot out college visits and get information while she was spending time in her home country.
“She made sure I chose a place where I felt comfortable and not just the place that offered me the most money,” McCall said. “She’s been there every step of the way.”
McCall’s already thinking beyond his undergrad career. He plans to study exercise science before pursuing a post-grad degree in physical therapy. Coaching high school athletes in the future appeals to him.
“I would love to be a coach, especially a high school coach,” said McCall, “because the way you get to see athletes grow from freshman year to senior year. I think that would be something I would like to do.”
▪ Danville's Brian Baxa signed with Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 9. Baxa, an All-State second-team selection last season, is a right-handed pitcher. The Skyhawks are a member of the Ohio Valley Conference, meaning Baxa will get to play close to home a few times throughout the season. UT-Martin this season will travel to UK, an opponent that Admirals Coach Paul Morse hopes will continue to be on the Skyhawks’ schedule.
▪ West Carter’s Ben Jordan, a 6-foot-9 right-handed pitcher, signed with UK on Nov. 10. Jordan is one of the top pitching prospects in the nation and has previously been ranked No. 1 by Prep Baseball Report, which currently has Ballard’s Jordan Adell (a Louisville commit) in that spot. The service currently rates prospects from 33 of the 50 states.
Western Hills shortshop Thomas Bennett and Scott County outfielder Cam Hill recently signed with UK’s baseball program as well. Scott County defeated the Wolverines for the 11th Region title last season.
▪ Scott County softball stars Halie Fain and Jessica Tucker signed with Tennessee-Martin and Southern Indiana, respectively, last week. The Cardinals are the defending state champions.
▪ Paul Laurence Dunbar pitcher Austin Shepherd signed with Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 11.
▪ Tates Creek volleyball player Lindsey Wilkins (Indiana State) and tennis player Claire Smith (Carson-Newman) recently signed with their colleges.
▪ The following Lafayette athletes have signed with colleges: Kristina Leggas (girls’ track and field, Tulane); Keyton Kinley (volleyball, Tennessee); Joe Muschong (boys’ golf, Morehead State); Eddie Satisky (baseball, EKU); Haley Todd (girls’ swimming, Bellarmine).
▪ Woodford County softball star Bethany Todd signed with UK on Wednesday. Todd, a 5-foot-11 senior who was named second team All-State last season, was one of three Kentuckians to sign with the softball Cats, joining Madisonville infielder Mallory Peyton and Daviess County shortstop Lauren Johnson. Peyton led the Maroons to a third-place finish at the state tournament while Johnson helped the Panthers reach their first state tournament last season.
▪ Five members of the Butler girls’ basketball team — expected to repeat as state champions this season — signed with schools on Tuesday. Jaelynn Penn, a Miss Basketball favorite, signed with Indiana. Teri Goodlett (EKU), Tasia Jeffries (St. Louis) and Janna Lewis (Tennessee State) all signed with Division I schools while Bre Torrens inked with Bellarmine.
Penn won’t be at Indiana long before another Louisville prep star joins her. Grace Berger, a junior at Sacred Heart, committed to the Hoosiers on Tuesday.