HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 14-20
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, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 20. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Alivia Gonzalez, soccer, Palm Harbor University: The sophomore’s goal in the 44th minute was the winner in a 1-0 victory over Wiregrass Ranch, a key Class 5A, District 7 game that helped the Hurricanes remain undefeated.
Aja Graham, soccer, Mitchell: The freshman had a combined four goals and three assists for the Mustangs in wins over Pasco, Sickles and Clearwater Central Catholic. Mitchell is 7-0 and has outscored opponents 45-2.
Audra Leipold, basketball, Academy at the Lakes: The sophomore scored 24 points and added four steals in the Wildcats’ 56-20 win over Land O’Lakes. Through four games, Leipold is averaging 26.6 points per game.
Morgan Tankersley, swimming, Plant: The sophomore won the 200 free (1:47.54) and took second in the 500 free (4:50.52) at the Class 4A state meet. She also anchored the second-place 200 free relay (1:35.81) and the third-place 200 medley relay (1:46.59).
Katie Vasiloff, swimming, Durant: The sophomore defended her state title in the 100 fly (54.78) and took second in the 50 free (23.31) at the Class 4A state meet.
Alleyah Williams, basketball, Clearwater: The sophomore scored a season-high 18 points (eight points higher than her season average so far) against Northeast to help the Tornadoes to a 59-29 win over district foe Northeast. Williams hit four 3-pointers in the game.
Danny Boon, football, Jesuit: The quarterback completed 13 of 17 passes for 176 yards as Jesuit topped Jefferson 38-7 in the 5A region semifinals. Boon, who came into the contest averaging 115 passing yards, hit seven different receivers in the win.
C.J. Cotman, football, Clearwater Central Catholic: Cotman did just about everything against Fort Pierce John Carroll. He scored four touchdowns four different ways, one rushing, one receiving, one on a punt return and one on an interception return. He had 233 all-purpose yards in the Marauders’ 46-14 win.
Andrew Cunningham, football, Cambridge Christian: With the Lancers trailing by three late in the fourth quarter of their Class 2A region final against Admiral Farragut, Cunningham scored on a 53-yard touchdown that proved to be the difference in a 36-32 win. He finished with 18 carries for 127 yards.
Noah Lense, swimming, Countryside: The senior won his first state title in the 100 fly, setting a school record with a time of 48.18 seconds at the 4A meet. He also swam on the 200 medley relay (1:35.11) and 400 free relay (3:08.76) teams that each placed second.
Chris Schwarz, football, River Ridge: The workhorse running back finished with 267 yards rushing and two touchdowns in a 42-33 loss to Nature Coast in the Class 5A region semifinals. He also set the Pasco County career rushing record with 5,365 yards.
DeShawn Smith, football, Nature Coast: One of the nation’s leading running backs, Smith ran for a school-record 445 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-33 victory in the Class 5A region semifinals. He now 67 total touchdowns this season.
Voting is now closed.