HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 11-17
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, Feb. 11 through Friday, Feb. 17. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Natalie Abernathy, track, Land O’Lakes: The sophomore soccer standout won the 3,200 at the Early Bird Invitational in 11:20.01, more that 24 seconds faster than her time at state last year.
Brooke Blankenship, softball, Academy at the Lakes: The eighth-grader started the season strong by going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and a home run in a 6-1 win over Carrollwood Day.
Avree Carpenter, basketball, Seffner Christian: Teammate Chelsie Hall is the big scoring threat, but Carpenter proved she can score, too, in the Crusaders’ region final win. Her 15 points to help Seffner Christian advance to the state tournament.
Julia Ingram, basketball, Palm Harbor University: The senior ended her high school career with a bang. She scored 44 points in an 81-62 loss to Naples Gulf Coast in the Class 8A region finals.
Jackie Laihinen, basketball, Carrollwood Day: The freshman scored nine points, including two free throws that gave the Patriots the lead for good, in a 51-43 win over Orlando Christian Prep. It helped CDS get to its first state final four.
Toi Smith, basketball, Lakewood: After a rough start, Smith settled down to score 14 points and get eight steals in the Spartans’ 50-38 region final win over Robinson.
Tyrick Brascom, basketball, Tampa Bay Tech: The junior guard scored a team-high 31 points, including five 3-pointers and two key free throws in the final seconds, to lead the Titans in a 64-60 win over Countryside in the Class 8A region quarterfinals.
Caleb Johnson, basketball, Central: The junior finished with a team-high 30 points and had four 3-pointers, including one that tied the score at 70. That helped the Bears erase a seven-point deficit to beat Ridgewood 78-74 in the Class 6A region quarterfinals.
Gavin Mitchiner, wrestling, Palm Harbor University: The 145-pounder pinned his way to a title at the Pinellas County Athletic Conference meet and won his weight class at the Class 3A, District 8 meet.
Bobby Roundtree, basketball, Largo: The 6-foot-5 forward, who has already signed to play football at Illinois, scored 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds and four steals in a 60-52 win over Punta Gorda Charlotte in the Class 7A region quarterfinals.
Brandon Schultz, track, Ridgewood: The junior started off the season by winning the 100 hurdles (14.78 seconds) and 300 hurdles (40.01 seconds) at East Lake’s Early Bird Track Invitational.
Bryce Workman, basketball, Sickles: The 6-foot-7 junior forward had 19 points, including eight in a pivotal third quarter, that helped the Gryphons pull away in a 54-36 win over Lakeland Kathleen in the Class 8A region quarterfinals.
Voting is now closed.