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Area college notes: Keystone grad C.J. Conrad shines for Kentucky


C.J. Conrad caught his first three passes when Kentucky needed it the most.

The freshman tight end’s 24-yard touchdown reception with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter gave the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish in their first win over a ranked team since 2010, beating No. 25 Missouri 21-13.

Conrad, who played football at Keystone High, finished with 55 receiving yards, good for second on the team. As a result of his breakout game, he was named one of two honorable mentions for the John Mackey Tight End of the Week Award.

l Buffalo senior wide receiver Ronnie Willoughby leads the Bulls in receptions with 22. The Avon Lake graduate also leads the team in yards with 269 through four games and touchdown reception.

l Northwestern redshirt senior Geoff Mogus — a St. Edward graduate and Lorain resident — has started all four games on the offensive line for the 4-0 Wildcats, ranked No. 16 in the latest AP Poll.

l Akron redshirt senior Andrew Bohan — an Avon Lake graduate — has started all four games on the offensive line for the Zips.

l John Carroll senior David Porter is second on the team with 19 tackles — seven solo. The Benedictine graduate and Lorain resident has two sacks and a forced fumble for the 3-0 Blue Streaks, ranked No. 11 in the latest poll.

Bump, set, spike

Maryland junior Whitney Craigo has started all nine games for the Terps. The Avon Lake graduate and 2012 Lorain County Miss Volleyball winner recorded her first double-double of the season with 22 assists and 13 digs against Kent State on Aug 29. She is second on the team with 181 assists — but leads the Terps in assists per set at 6.24 — dishing out 28 against Oklahoma on Sept. 18.

** Sophomore Alexis Middlebrooks is third on Cleveland State in kills with 163, playing in all 16 matches and 62 sets. The Elyria graduate leads the team with 71 blocks — six solo — and also has 11 assists and 46 digs.

** Also helping Cleveland State is sophomore Katie Mihalik. An Avon Lake graduate and 2013 Lorain County Miss Volleyball, Mihalik has 13 kills and six digs in 13 matches and 35 sets.

** Kent State sophomore Heather Younkin — a Clearview graduate — has played in 11 matches and 22 sets, recording 22 kills and 11 blocks.

** Toledo sophomore Lauren Bakaitis has played in 13 matches, 40 sets, with two starts. The Avon Lake graduate leads the team with 13 service aces, also recording 67 digs.

** Grove City sophomore Ariella Carter — an Avon resident and Hearts for Jesus graduate — leads the team with 38 blocks, 12 solo, in 15 matches.

** Ohio Dominican senior Kelsey Fortney leads the team in assists with 277, averaging 5.04 per set. The Clearview graduate also is fourth in digs with 115 and third in service aces with 11.

** Two Elyria Catholic graduates are making a big impact on John Carroll. Senior Sara Kaminski — the 2011 Lorain County Miss Volleyball — leads the team in digs with 63 in 15 matches. Junior Kit O’Shaughnessy leads the team in assists with 134 while also notching five service aces.

** Mount Union sophomore Mallory Sliman has played all 17 matches and 61 sets and is fourth on the team with 102 kills. The Amherst graduate also has 17 service aces and 45 blocks. Her teammate — sophomore Riley Schenk, a fellow Amherst grad — leads the team in assists with 373, also playing all 17 matches.

For additions to the college notebook, please contact Chris Sweeney at 329-7135 or

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