HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Nov. 7-13
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. 7 through Friday, Nov. 13. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Dominique Eule, basketball, Tampa Catholic: The senior forward scored 24 points and shot 55 percent from the floor in the Crusaders’ 56-45 district win against Brooks DeBartolo. She was also 4-of-6 from 3-point range and pulled down four rebounds.
Bailey Hertenstein, cross country, Riverview: The sophomore won the Class 4A state championship, finishing with a time of 17:32.55. The time was the fastest in all classifications and set a course record at Apalachee Regional Park.
Helena Heuberger, swimming, Clearwater: The sophomore won the Class 3A state title in the 100 back in a school-record 56.89 seconds. She also was third in the 100 free and swam legs on the third-place 200 medley relay and fifth-place 200 free relay.
McKenzie Jones, basketball, Mitchell: The sophomore had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, in a season-opening 69-42 win over Nature Coast Tech.
Gabby Mills, basketball, Land O’Lakes: The senior center scored 16 points and added 11 rebounds in a season-opening 50-20 win over Zephyrhills. She hit seven of her 13 shots.
Mackenzie Stumpf, swimming, Tarpon Springs: The junior finished as the runnerup in the 200 IM (two minutes, 2.84 seconds) and the 100 breast (1:04.26) at the 2A state meet. That was an improvement from last year when Stumpf took third in both events.
TJ Chase, football, Plant City: The Clemson commit had six receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns in Plant City’s 47-34 region quarterfinal win against East Lake. The win was the Raiders’ first playoff victory since 1999.
Jervon Newton, football, Clearwater Central Catholic: The junior came up big early for the Marauders in a 36-0 region semifinal win over Melbourne Holy Trinity. He scored on his first two carries, rushed for 137 yards and added a two-point conversion pass and an interception near the end of the second quarter.
Luke Peterson, cross country, Shorecrest: The senior was the runnerup at the Class A state meet in Tallahassee, finishing in 16 minutes, 2.55 seconds. He also helped the Chargers place sixth overall, the highest among area teams in that class.
Jabari Ramsey, swimming, Land O’Lakes: After finishing fifth last year in the 100 breast, the sophomore made significant strides, winning his first state title in the event in 57.07. Ramsey's time in the Class 2A finals set a personal best as he became the first Land O'Lakes boys swimmer to win a state title.
Tommy Shaffer, swimming, Jesuit: The senior anchored the 200 medley relay (one minute, 36.01 seconds) and 200 free relay (1:26.37) teams to first-place finishes at the 2A state meet. He also won his first state title in the 100 free (42.42).
Manden Smith, swimming, Gulf: The junior won the 50 free (21.13) and was second in the 100 free (46.81) at the 2A state meet. He had never qualified among the top 16 before this meet.
Voting is now closed.