HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 4-10
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, March 4-10. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Ashley Autuori, softball, Mitchell: The junior went 3-for-4, including a three-run homer, in a 11-7 win over Osceola that moved the Mustangs into sole possession of first place in Class 7A, District 10.
LaSarah Hargrove, track, Gaither: The sophomore sprinter, who finished first in the 100 (12.39 seconds) and the 200 (25.27), was the only female athlete to win multiple individual events at the Nash Higgins Relays.
Julianna Lazzari, track, Palm Harbor University: The junior, who specializes in distance events, won the 1,600 (five minutes, 19 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:37.04) at the Warhawk Invitational.
Maddie Neuhaus, softball, East Lake: The senior went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and scored both runs in a 2-0 win over Pinellas Park that snapped the Eagles’ two-game losing streak.
Kaitlyn Pierce, track, Nature Coast: The senior won the 400 (1 minute, 2.68 seconds) and the triple jump (30 feet, 3.75 inches) to help the Sharks take the team title at the Pasco Invitational.
Gabby Vallee, softball, Chamberlain: The junior threw a no-hitter and had 13 strikeouts in a 10-0, six-inning win over Class 7A, District 8 rival Gaither to keep the Chiefs’ perfect record (8-0) intact.
Nic Bouzakis, wrestling, Citrus Park Christian: The seventh-grader, who lost his 6-year-old brother to brain cancer in November, remained undefeated on the season, winning the 106-pound title in Class A.
Jacob Conrad, wrestling, Land O’Lakes: The sophomore bested his runnerup finish as an eighth-grader, winning the 138-pound title in Class 2A in double overtime.
Joe Marcano, wrestling, Brandon: With the Eagles on the verge of losing state for the first time in 17 years, Marcano rallied for a 3-1 comeback win at 220 pounds. The victory gave Brandon the needed points for the team title.
Richie Rivera, wrestling, Springstead: The senior 113-pounder, whose father had a stroke the day before the state tournament began, won a Class 2A title, beating defending champ Trey Lane of Brandon.
Alex Sexton, baseball, Dunedin: The senior was 2-for-3 with run scored, made several clutch plays at shortstop and came on in relief to record a strikeout to get out of a bases-loaded jam in a 4-3 win over Countryside.
Kamen Wilmington, wrestling, Northside Christian: In his final go-round at state, the senior came home with gold, winning the Class A title at 145 pounds.
Voting is now over.