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Toledo wide receiver Jon'Vea Johnson, left, can't reach the ball on a pass broken up by Miami defensive back Romeo Finley, right, during the Sept. 15, 2018, game in Toledo, Ohio. Johnson is a West Side graduate.

Toledo football fans voted Jon’Vea Johnson the top performer of the game for his receiving efforts against Fresno State.

Johnson, a West Side grad, is a senior wide receiver for the Rockets and caught 54- and 25-yard touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of a 49-27 road loss to Fresno State on Sept. 29.

Johnson racked up a season-high 112 receiving yards on six catches during the game. His two receiving touchdowns in the game also marked a season best.

Warnock receives honor

Nate Warnock is a two-year starter on the Kent State offensive line, playing at right guard last season as a sophomore before shifting in the offseason to center as a junior.

The LaPorte graduate has the honor of wearing the No. 54 jersey. He’s the fourth annual recipient of No. 54, worn by a chosen Golden Flash offensive lineman each season in memory of the late Jason Bitsko, who died unexpectedly in 2014 at the age of 21. Bitsko was preparing for his fourth year on the football team and would have been the starting center that year.

According to a Kent State statement, No. 54 is awarded to a player who will "wear the jersey with the same pride, passion and devotion Jason displayed throughout his life. The bearer of the jersey would hold himself to the highest standards and take responsibility for the growth and continuity of teammates."

Warnock started his collegiate career at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer before the school closed in 2017.

Local runners leaving their marks at Bowling Green

Sophomore Sarah Hunsley and freshman Katerina Shuble have had strong falls with the Bowling Green women’s cross country team. Hunsley has even set a couple of personal-best times.

Hunsley, a Lake Central graduate, continues her success after placing fifth in the state cross country championships in 2016. This season, she finished eighth at the All-Ohio Collegiate Cross Country Championships Sept. 29 in Akron, Ohio, with a time of 21 minutes, 52.1 seconds in the 6K, beating her previous personal-best of 23:44.9.

Shuble was the second Falcons runner to cross the line in the meet, finishing her first collegiate 6K in 25th place (22:29.0). Shuble was the 2018 LaPorte High School Female Athlete of the Year.

Hunsely had another personal record at the first home meet of the season for Bowling Green, the 31st Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener, on Sept. 7. She finished 12th in 18:29.2 in the 5K, besting her own record by more than 18 seconds. Shuble finished ninth in the event with an 18:17.3.

Noll sets pace as a freshman

LaPorte graduate Jenny Noll started her collegiate career in women’s cross country by setting the pace for her new team, Division III DePauw.

Noll was the top finisher for the Tigers in the first five meets.

Her best finish so far was 16th place at the Calvin Knight Invitational on Sept. 8. She finished in 18:54.9 to help DePauw to a 12th-place finish out of 25 teams. That was a week after Noll opened the season coming in 18th overall (25:39.2) as DePauw finished sixth at the Franklin Regional Preview.

Noll finished 64th overall both at the John McNichols Invite at Indiana State on Sept. 15 (20:04.3) and the Greater Louisville Classic on Sept. 29 (19:31.4).

The Times welcomes information about local athletes for inclusion in Region Collegians. E-mail Heather Rule at hlrule@outlook.com.

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