HomeTeam Hot Shots: Nominations through Jan. 6
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 the winter break through Friday, Jan. 6. Read up on all of our nominees then vote until noon Monday.
Ali Bronson, basketball, Hernando: Bronson scored a total of 41 points in three games at the Hernando Holiday Classic, including 16 points in a 45-38 overtime win over Weeki Wachee in the championship game. She had 13 points and 12 rebounds in the opening game against Northeast.
Audra Leipold, basketball, Seffner Christian: The junior eclipsed 2,000 points in her high school career when she scored 17 against Briarcrest Christian (Tenn.) in the final of the Tampa Bay Christmas Classic. She added 17 points against Fort Myers on Tuesday.
CC Mays, basketball, Carrollwood Day: The freshman had a quadruple double (10 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds, 12 steals) against Middleton to help the Patriots win the CDS Holiday Tournament. She also had 10 steals in a win over Indian Rocks Christian on Thursday.
November Morton, basketball, Countryside: The junior scored 28 points and had 14 rebounds in a 48-39 win over St. Petersburg that kept the Cougars on top in the Class 8A, District 10 standings.
Toi Smith, basketball, Lakewood: The senior scored a game-high 15 points and had 12 rebounds in a 59-48 win over Clearwater on Tuesday.
Kyanah Spencer, basketball, Springstead: The senior had her best game of the season, scoring 18 points on 70 percent shooting in a 58-43 win against Nature Coast this week.
Armin Bajric, soccer, Countryside: The senior scored the winning goal in a 4-3 victory over nationally-ranked Palm Harbor University and assisted on a tying goal against Mitchell in a game the Cougars won in penalty kicks to extend their win streak to seven.
Drew Bethoney, basketball, Bloomingdale: The senior set the school for career 3-pointers with 217, breaking the previous record of 213 set former standout Callum Townsend.
Andrew Cavanaugh, basketball, Clearwater Central Catholic: The senior had 18 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a win over Brooks DeBartolo, and 18 points and eight rebounds in a win over Berkeley Prep.
Marquez Cooper, basketball, Anclote: The senior was named the MVP of the Rotary Ram Classic on Dec. 31 after he scored 26 points in a 63-57 win over King. He scored a total of 69 points in three tournament games.
Benny Ortiz, soccer, Jesuit: During the winter break, the senior went on a tear, scoring a combined six goals in wins over Jacksonville Bishop Kenney and Maitland Orangewood Christian. He leads the team in goals with 17.
Ty Quiroz, basketball, Ridgewood: The junior set the school’s single-game scoring record with 41 points in a win over Triumph Christian Academy. Quiroz could have had more points but he was taken out midway through the fourth quarter.