HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 17-22
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, Oct. 17 through Friday, Oct. 22. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Sarah Asbury, volleyball, Weeki Wachee: The junior setter played a key role in the 3-1 district win over Citrus that gave the program its first district title. She had 35 assists, eight digs, five kills and five aces.
Ansley Gould, volleyball, Plant: The senior outside hitter had 15 kills in Plant’s 3-1 district championship victory against Wharton. The title was the Panthers’ first since 2013, when their 16-year district championship streak ended.
Caslin Layer, volleyball, Calvary Christian: The sophomore outside hitter had a big week in the 3A-8 district tournament. She had 11 kills in a semifinal win over St. Petersburg Catholic, then added 21 kills in a 3-1 win over top-seeded Shorecrest.
Cat Parbel, volleyball, Sunlake: Parbel played a major role in the Seahawks’ sweep of Mitchell in the 6A-8 district final. The senior middle blocker, who had 11 kills, did not play in the first two meetings against Mitchell, both losses.
Rachel Pohl, volleyball, Clearwater: The junior middle hitter recorded a team-high 13 kills in a four-game win over Osceola for the 6A-9 title. The Tornadoes have won eight straight matches and are in the playoffs after a one-year absence.
Emma Rustenberghe, volleyball, Durant: Rustenberghe led Durant to a 3-1 district championship win against Strawberry Crest, ending the first and fourth sets with a kill and totaling three aces in an 8-0 run during Game 2. The victory was coach Brittany Wade’s 100th.
Tupac Blanch, football, East Lake: The running had a team-high 131 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns, including an 86-yard run, in a 31-7 win over Class 7A, District 10 rival Pinellas Park.
Amari Burney, football, Clearwater Central Catholic: The versatile playmaker had his best game of the season on both sides of the ball with three receiving touchdowns as well as an interception and fumble recovery on defense in a 38-14 win over Fort Pierce John Carroll.
Dane Frantzen, football, Plant: The quarterback completed 8-of-10 passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns while also leading the Panthers on the ground with 109 yards and another score in the their 42-12 win vs. Freedom. The victory secured Plant’s 11th straight district championship.
Mychael Hamilton, football, Mitchell: The sophomore had 105 rushing yards and two touchdowns — on 5- and 6-yard runs — to lead the way for the Mustangs in their 21-14 win against Sunlake. The victory helped secure Mitchell’s first district championship.
Trevor Hawks, football, River Ridge: The junior helped the Royal Knights clinch a playoff spot by throwing two touchdown passes, running for another, nearly scoring on a punt return and adding an interception on defense.
Connor Murphy, golf, Jesuit: The freshman took medalist honors with a 74 and helped the Tigers win the overall title with a team score of 320 at the Class 2A, Region 6 tournament at Bardmoor Country Club.