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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 30-Feb. 5



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, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 5. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.

Female nominees

Chelsie Hall, basketball, Seffner Christian: The junior guard had 38 points and eight steals to help lead Seffner Christian to a 62-47 victory against Indian Rocks Christian in the region quarterfinals. Hall averages more than 20 points and five steals per game.  

Tre-Shon Jenkins, basketball, Spoto: Jenkins scored a season-high 27 points in Spoto’s 59-31 win over Lake Wales in the region quarterfinals. It was the school’s first region tournament win. Jenkins made five three 3-pointers.

Alexis Ross, basketball, Keswick Christian: The senior forward had a team-high 22 points and scored the winning basket in the final of the Crusaders’ 44-42 victory over Donahue in the region quarterfinals.

Taylor Polasky, basketball, Calvary Christian: The sophomore scored a team-high 19 in the Warriors’ 77-22 win over Bishop McLaughlin the region quarterfinals.

Imani Thomas, basketball, Academy at the Lakes: The junior surpassed 1,000 rebounds in her career during AATL’s 70-24 win over Lakeland Victory Christian. She also scored 12 points and had four assists and four steals.

Andrea Wallace, basketball, Sunlake: The sophomore captain scored nine of her team-high 16 points in the third quarter to help the Seahawks rebound from a halftime deficit to beat King 50-36 in the region quarterfinals.

Male nominees

Dakarai Allen, basketball, Largo: The senior, who committed to South Dakota to play football this week, had the tying 3-pointer and winning free throws to beat Boca Ciega in the Class 6A, District 9 semifinals, then scored 28 with five-pointers in a win over Northeast in the final.

Travis Bianco, basketball, St. Petersburg: The senior guard came back from a groin injury and had 20 points, 17 coming in the second half in a 59-45 win over East Lake in the Class 7A, District 10 final.

Thomas Dziagwa, basketball, Tampa Catholic: The senior scored his 2,058th career point in a win against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, breaking a 31-year-old school record. The Oklahoma State commit also scored 28 points in the Crusaders’ 73-60 district championship win against Berkeley Prep.

Noah Kurtz, soccer, Jesuit: The sophomore defender scored the winning goal in Jesuit’s 2-1 overtime victory against Merritt Island to advance to next week’s Class 3A state semifinal. The clutch goal was just the fourth for Kurtz this season.

Tariq Michael, soccer, Sunlake: The junior had an assist and a goal in a 2-0 win over Pierson Taylor in the Class 3A region final that helped the Seahawks reach the state semifinals for the fourth straight season.

Jeremy Oppenheimer, basketball, Zephyrhills: The senior scored a career-high 39 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 71-52 win over Wesley Chapel in the Class 5A, District 8 final. That gave Zephyrhills a season sweep of their rival and clinched the school’s first district title since 1998.

Voting is now closed.

[Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2016 12:03pm]


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