HomeTeam Hot Shots, Nominations for Oct. 3-9
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. 3 through Friday, Oct. 9. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Jamilla Cardwell, cross country, Sunlake: The sophomore had the best North Suncoast time at the Weeki Wachee Invitational. Cardwell finished second behind Lecanto’s Claire Farnsworth in 20:17.40.
Lindsey Leadbetter, swimming, Northside Christian: The sophomore, who comes from a swimming family, won the 100 fly (1:02.06) and 100 back (1:00.25) at the St. Petersburg City Meet. She was nearly two seconds faster than her closest competitor in both events.
Jessie Mooney, volleyball, Mitchell: Mooney played a big role in the Mustangs’ five-set win over district rival Sunlake. She had 16 kills to lead the team and added 15 digs, including 13 in the fourth game alone.
Alana Nelson, volleyball, Tampa Prep: The senior had 28 kills and four blocks in the Terrapins’ 3-1 district victory against Seffner Christian. Tampa Prep, which is led by Nelson’s 207 total kills, is only 6-17 overall, but in second place in Class 3A, District 7.
Olivia Rovin, cross country, Shorecrest: The junior took individual honors at the St. Petersburg City meet in 19 minutes, 53.60 seconds. She also won the small school race at the flrunners.com meet last month.
McKenna Tyson, volleyball, Robinson: The junior had 20 kills and five aces in 3-0 district wins against Spoto and Middleton. Tyson has 117 kills on the season for the Knights, who have only lost three matches this season and haven’t dropped a set since Sept. 19.
Chad Brittain, football, Osceola: The senior had 15 carries for 241 yards and two touchdowns to help lead the Warriors to a 56-27 Homecoming win over Tarpon Springs.
Colton Gray, swimming, Northeast: The sophomore, who started swimming nine months ago, won the 200 individual medley (2:05.50) and 100 back (56.31) at the St. Petersburg City Meet.
Braxton Johnson, football, Anclote: The junior rushed for 325 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 35-16 win over Fivay. One of his three touchdowns was a 57-yard punt return.
Ian Kuykendall, football, East Bay: The senior quarterback rushed for 116 yards and three scores to lead his team to a 26-14 victory against district rival Lennard, which was previously undefeated. Coming into the game, Kuykendall was averaging just 35 yards per contest.
Travis Wells, golf, Sunlake: Wells shot 3-under 68 at Crescent Oaks Country Club to win the Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament individual championship. Wells was the only player in the 13-team field to shoot under par.
Stephen Yaffe, football, Plant: The senior made some big kicks Friday, putting the Panthers on the board first with a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, then hitting a big 32-yarder with less than a minute to play to tie the score and send Plant and Sickles into overtime. He also made two crucial overtime extra points to help the Panthers win 28-21.
Voting is now closed.