HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Jan. 9-15
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. 9 through Friday, Jan. 15. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Tuesday (extra day because of the holiday).
Rachel Dirks, soccer, Osceola: The sophomore scored twice in a 4-0 victory over Boca Ciega in the Class 3A, District 10 final to help the Warriors win their 12th game this season and advance to the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Ryanne Jackson, basketball, Northside Christian: The senior scored 13 points in a win over Admiral Farragut to surpass 1,000 points for her career. She also made three 3-pointers in a win over Shorecrest to set the school record for career 3-pointers (242) by a boy or girl.
Grace McEnerney, soccer, Central: McEnerney assisted on Central’s first goal and scored the second goal in a 3-2 district final win over The Villages in the Class 2A, District 6 final. It was Central’s first district title since 1998.
Sydny Nasello, soccer, Land O’Lakes: The sophomore midfielder scored four goals in an 8-0 win over Ridge Ridge in the Class 3A, District 8 semifinals, and added another goal in the Gators’ 3-1 championship win over Sunlake. She now has 32 goals on the season.
Lindsey Eaton, soccer, Newsome: Eaton scored three goals in a four-minute span to help lead Newsome to an 8-0, mercy-rule victory against Strawberry Crest in the Class 5A, District 6 semifinal. The UCF commit scored her 31st goal of the season in 2-0 final win vs. East Bay.
Jordan Stack, soccer, Bloomingdale: The freshman’s hat trick helped pave the way for the young Bulls to prevail in the Class 4A, District 9 final. Bloomingdale, which boasts no seniors, beat King 6-1.
Kaleeyl Findlay, basketball, Berkeley Prep: The junior had a double double in a 62-58 win over rival Tampa Prep in the annual Headmaster’s Challenge. Findlay scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds in the victory.
AJ Ford, basketball, St. Petersburg: Against East Lake, the junior guard had perhaps his best performance of the season with a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 65-41 win that clinched the top seed in the Class 7A, District 10 tournament for the Green Devils.
Drew Harrington, wrestling, Dixie Hollins: The junior was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the city meet. He won the 126-pound class after defeating Boca Ciega’s Darquell Pierre (22-4) in the final. A day earlier he rallied to beat East Lake’s Josh McGinnis in a dual match.
Devi Ndrita, soccer, Wiregrass Ranch: The senior midfielder scored four goals this past week, the biggest coming against rival Sunlake that was a game-winner in a 1-0 victory that clinched the Sunshine Athletic Conference title for the Bulls.
Xzavier Ramos, wrestling, Springstead: The 120-pounder upset Weeki Wachee’s Brandon Smith in the Corey Hill Memorial Invitational. The win also helped host Springstead to the tourney crown for the 18th times.
Craig Wyatt, soccer, Steinbrenner: The sophomore goalkeeper made six saves as the Warriors beat East Bay 3-0 in the King Invitational final. Wyatt has 41 saves and six shutouts for one-loss Steinbrenner.
Voting is now closed.