HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations for Oct. 29-Nov. 4
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. 29 through Friday, Nov. 4. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Kaylie Butts, volleyball, Plant: The senior played a big role in the Panthers’ region final win over Oviedo Hagerty. She had seven kills and a team-high six blocks.
Courtney Coleman, swimming, Shorecrest: The senior won the 100 breast (1:09.63), swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:55.55) and anchored the winning 400 free relay(3:45.43) to lead the Chargers to their 13th straight team title at districts.
Brooke Duncan, swimming, Wesley Chapel: The sprinter was first in the 100 free (54.64), took second in the 50 free (25.58) and was on the second-place 400 free relay team (4:17.06) at districts.
Chloe Grimme, swimming, Sunlake: The freshman, who was dominant throughout the postseason, took second in the 50 free (23.92) and fourth in the 100 free (52.61) at the Class 3A state meet.
Helena Heuberger, swimming, Clearwater: The junior defended her Class 3A state title in the 100 backstroke, winning in 55.68 seconds, more than a second ahead of her time from last year. She also was third in the 100 free (52.11).
McKenna Tyson, volleyball, Robinson: The senior had 17 kills in a sweep of Naples Lely in the Class 6A region final. She had nine kills in the second set of the match.
Trevor Foley, cross country, Hernando: The junior bounced back from a disappointing postseason last year to win the Class 2A, Region 2 title in 16 minutes, 20.40 seconds, nearly 24 seconds ahead of his closest competitor.
Travell Harris, football, Jesuit: Coach Matt Thompson called the senior the player of the game in the Tigers’ 17th straight win over Tampa Catholic. He gained 108 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run in the fourth and 41-yard reception to open scoring.
Quadre Hearns, football, Chamberlain: The sophomore ran for 118 yards and scored two touchdowns, including the winner on a 47-yard run in the final three minutes to lead the Chiefs to a 29-22 win over Wharton. It was Chamberlain’s fifth straight win after an 0-4 start.
Ricardo Martinez, swimming, Osceola: The junior was second in the 200 IM (1:50.65) and fourth in the 100 back (51.84) to help the Warriors finish 14th overall at the Class 3A state meet.
Amar Jakupovic, football, Northeast: Jakupovic made a 23-yard field goal in overtime to help the Vikings defeat Lakewood 25-22. Northeast finished the season 7-2 after going 2-8 last season.
De’Vonta Smith, football, Central: Smith ran wild in a win over Anclote. He carried 36 times for 361 yards and scored a total of six touchdowns in a 38-18 win. He now has more than 6,000 rushing yards in his career.
Voting is now closed.