HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Feb. 6-12
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. 6 through Friday, Feb. 12. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Mia Buffano, softball, Palm Harbor University: The freshman, who has already committed to Florida, had three home runs during the week, including two against Sarasota Riverview to help the Hurricanes erase a six-run deficit to win 9-8.
Bayli Johns, softball, Durant: The senior hit her first two home runs in any level of softball against Plant City, including a two-run walkoff blast as the Cougars rallied with four runs in the seventh inning to win 5-3.
Abbey Primavera, softball, Nature Coast: The Sharks’ ace threw a complete game with eight strikeouts, no walks and one earned run in a 3-1 win over rival Springstead to remain unbeaten. Primavera also was strong at the plate with a game-tying double in the sixth inning.
Stella Preston, softball, Countryside: The Mercer signee had the winning single in the eighth inning to beat rival East Lake 4-3. She also pitched, giving up four hits and striking out 10.
Kylie Randolph, softball, River Ridge: Though the Royal Knights return a good bit of talent, they also graduated quite a bit, so a dropoff would have been unsurprising. Instead, River Ridge is 4-0, thanks in part to Randolph’s big two-run homer in extra innings to defeat Pasco 10-8.
Alea White, softball, Cambridge Christian: The UCF commit had a big week on the mound and at the plate. White struck out 16 in an 8-1 win over Bradenton Christian, then hit a grand slam in a 16-0 romp over Shorecrest.
Matthew Bates, basketball, Academy at the Lakes: The sophomore, one of three Wildcats who averages double digits in scoring, had the hot hand in the region quarterfinal win over Lakeland Victory Christian. Bates scored a team-high 19, including three 3-pointers.
Zachary Carter, basketball, Hillsborough: The two-sport standout came up big for the Terriers in their region quarterfinal win over Mitchell. The junior, one of Hillsborough’s top scorers and rebounders, finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots.
Amant Deliu, basketball, Largo: The long-range shooter had a career night with 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the Packers’ 82-71 win over Punta Gorda Charlotte in the region quarterfinals.
Kirby Osborn, baseball, Land O’Lakes: It didn’t take long for the first no-hitter of the season. In the Gators’ first regular-season game, Osborn, a senior, threw a complete game no-hitter in a 7-0 win over Hudson.
Alex Raymonds, baseball, Seminole: The junior left-hander threw 4.2 scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over Osceola in the semifinal of the Steve Georgiadis Memorial Tournament. Raymonds allowed only two hits in his start.
Tyson Ward, basketball, Tampa Prep: The senior guard led all scorers with 19 points and had 10 rebounds and four assists in a 52-47 win over Shorecrest that put the Terrapins into the region semifinals for the 10th straight season.
Voting is now closed.