HomeTeam Hot Shot nominations: Sept. 17-23
Each week, our HomeTeam staffers nominate male and female Hot Shot athletes from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 17 through Friday, Sept. 23. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Elanny Breton, volleyball, Wiregrass Ranch: The junior had 16 kills in a four-set win over Fivay. She also had the winning kill in the fourth set, a 26-24 comeback win.
Abigail Casiano, volleyball, Tampa Bay HEAT: The sophomore had 17 kills and four blocks in a five-game win over Academy at the Lakes to help the HEAT vie for one of the top two seeds in Class 3A, District 4.
Emily Gregson, volleyball, Keswick Christian: The senior setter recorded 11 assists in a straight-sets win over Admiral Farragut. That gave her 1,002 career assists. And to make the week even better, she was named Homecoming queen.
Rania Samhouri, cross country, Wharton: The senior won individual honors at the Central Hillsborough meet, finishing in 19 minutes, 10.20 seconds, more than 34 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Kylie Stojak, volleyball, Palm Harbor University: The 6-foot junior had 10 kills and six blocks in the Hurricanes’ straight-sets win over district foe St. Petersburg.
Caitlin Wade, volleyball, Gulf: The senior had a combined 21 kills and 29 blocks in sweeps over Hudson and Pasco. The Buccaneers improved to 3-1 in Class 6A, District 8.
Dane Frantzen, football, Plant: The quarterback threw for one touchdown and ran for another to keep the Panthers in the game against rival Armwood. Late in the fourth quarter, Frantzen drove Plant into field goal territory, which was the difference in a 29-27 win.
Brian Haygood, football, Nature Coast: The Sharks quarterback did a little bit of everything in a 52-7 win over Crystal River. He rushed for two touchdowns, threw for two more and scored on a fumble recovery and interception return.
Zamari Maxwell, football, Pinellas Park: The senior made an impact on both sides of the ball. He ran for 89 yards, threw for 152 and accounted for two scores on offense. But his biggest play was a 33-yard interception he returned for a touchdown to help the Patriots rally to beat Boca Ciega 36-32.
Cameron Mouton, football, Palm Harbor University: The senior quarterback ran for 92 yards, threw for 181 and was part of all five touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 35-30 win over previously undefeated Sarasota Riverview.
De’Vonta Smith, football, Central: Smith ran wild in a 63-28 win over Weeki Wachee. He carried 23 times for 488 yards (21.2 yards per carry) and scored eight touchdowns. His 488 yards is a Hernando County single-game record, beating the mark set by his cousin, DeShawn Smith of Nature Coast, last year.
Treshaun Ward, football, Plant City: One of the most electrifying backs in the area, Ward had 182 yards rushing and scored twice to help the Raiders hold off a furious rally in a 31-24 win over East Bay.
Voting is now closed.