HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Dec. 5-11
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, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 11. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Sydney Johnson, basketball, Plant: In two key district wins, the sophomore continued her reign from 3-point range. She was the Panthers’ leading scorer with 17 points (five 3s) in a two-point win over Sickles, and she nailed 3-of-5 3s as part of her 13 points in a 62-48 win over Freedom. She leads Class 7A-8 in 3-point percentage (45 percent).
Jordyn Kadlub, soccer, Pasco: The freshman scored a combined seven goals in wins over Wesley Chapel and Nature Coast Tech. She has 32 goals and 18 assists this season for the 11-2-1 Pirates.
Ayanna Matthews, basketball, Strawberry Crest: The junior had a double double (23 points, 10 rebounds) in a 61-44 victory over Armwood. Matthews averages a team-best 17 points per game for the unbeaten Chargers.
Carley Plentovich, basketball, Calvary Christian: The Gardner-Webb commit was pivotal in the Warriors’ 58-48 win over previously unbeaten Seffner Christian. She scored 17 points (eight in the first half, nine in the second) and made key baskets in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
Olivia Ross-Johnson, soccer, Indian Rocks Christian: In a 5-0 win over Largo, Ross-Johnson broke the school scoring record with her 114th career goal. The senior had three goals against the Packers.
Megan Tate, basketball, Fivay: The senior guard finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a win over Ridgewood. She averaged 16 points per game in two wins this week.
Kizhan Clarke, wrestling, Riverview: The American University commit wrestled up a class at the East Lake Invitational, but still won his 138-pound final, 12-5. Clarke was a runnerup in the Class 3A state meet a year ago.
Jordan Kabamba, basketball, Northeast: The senior center scored 18 points each in wins over Boca Ciega and Osceola. At 4-5, the Vikings already have more wins than they did last season.
Esteban Perez, soccer, Pasco: The senior scored twice in a key 4-1 district win over Nature Coast. Perez, who leads the Pirates this season with 13 goals and 12 assists, gave Pasco a 3-1 lead with 10 minutes left vs. the Sharks.
Alec Sherman, basketball, Mitchell: The sophomore forward had 14 points in a win over Sunlake and 16 in a win over Springstead. The Mustangs have now won five straight, the last three by eight points or fewer.
Clifton Thomas, wrestling, Dixie Hollins: The senior, who placed at state a year ago, scored a second-period pin against Ocala West Port’s Ben Ow to win his weight class (195) and help the Rebels to the East Lake Invitational title.
Reid Walker, basketball, Seffner Christian: The junior had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help the Crusaders beat Tampa Prep for the first time in school history this past Tuesday in a big Class 3A, District 7 game.
Voting is now closed