HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for March 5-11
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 5 through Friday, March 11. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Tori Cannata, track, Land O’Lakes: At Hernando’s Kiwanis Invitational, the senior set two meet records, in the high jump (5-6) and triple jump (35-8.5). And for good measure, she anchored the winning 4x100 relay (51.83) and placed third in the long jump (personal-record 16-4).
Makenzie Griffin, softball, Countryside: The shortstop was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs in a 12-2 victory over Bloomingdale in the opening round of the Lady ’Canes Spring Tournament.
Hope Hernandez, softball, Chamberlain: The senior broke out of a hitting slump, going 2-for-2 with two RBIs, including the winner in the third inning of a 3-2 win over state semifinalist Sarasota in the opening round of the Lady ’Canes Spring Tournament.
Danielle Jones, softball, Bishop McLaughlin: The sophomore had five RBIs, including a triple and a double, in the Hurricanes’ 9-5 victory over district rival Carrollwood Day. Jones leads Bishop McLaughlin with 17 RBIs and a .467 batting average.
Rachel Kingery, softball, East Bay: The sophomore was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored in a win over previously undefeated Chamberlain. She also hit her first home run of the season against the Chiefs.
Maddie Neuhaus, softball, East Lake: The junior was a combined 6-for-8 in wins over St. Petersburg and Plant. Against the Panthers, Neuhaus hit a two-run homer that provided insurance in an opening-round victory at the Lady ’Canes Spring Tournament.
Zack Adams, wrestling, Anclote: The 160-pounder defied expectations at the state championships in Kissimmee, pulling upset after upset to become the Sharks’ first-ever state finalist. His run came to an end against Lake Highland Prep juggernaut Bryce Rodgers.
Conner Allshouse, wrestling, Indian Rocks Christian: The senior became the Golden Eagles’ first state champion, and he was Pinellas County’s lone champ this year as well, notching a 3-2 win against Lake Highland Prep's Kevin Ford.
Kizhan Clarke, wrestling, Riverview: Clarke, a finalist a year ago, broke through for a state title in Class 3A, avenging a region loss to Kissimmee Osceola’s John Locksmith. Clarke topped Locksmith 4-2 for the 132-pound crown.
John DeAugustino, wrestling, Pasco: The sophomore gave five-time champion Kyle Norstrem of Brandon all that he could handle in the 126-pound state final, falling in an 11-6 decision. It was the fourth time the two had met this season.
Josh Guerin, baseball, Keswick Christian: The senior lefty had eight strikeouts and picked off seven baserunners in a 9-2 win over district foe Seven Rivers Christian. Guerin moves to 4-0 this season for the unbeaten Crusaders (10-0).
Kyle Norstrem, wrestling, Brandon: The Virginia Tech commit finished his high school career with a 261-2 record and became just the fifth wrestler in Florida to win five state titles, joining Kissimmee Osceola’s Fox Baldwin and Brandon alumni Rossi Bruno, Clark Glass and brother Kevin.
Voting is now closed.