Each week, our writers will nominate one male and one female athlete from each of the counties we cover. Then we turn the voting over to you, our fabulous readers. These nominations span Saturday, Sept. 1 through Friday, Sept. 7. The winners get a free T-shirt and bragging rights over every other school in the area.
First, read up on what made our nominees stand out, then vote in the poll below. And if you have a Hot Shot you think should be considered next week, email us at email@example.com.
Mercedyz Mitchell, King sophomore setter: In a three-set rout of Spoto, Mitchell served 19 aces. In a narrow three-set loss to Plant (25-18, 25-22, 25-23), she had 15 service points, two aces, 10 digs, 11 assists, one kill.
Mary Gillis, East Lake senior outside hitter/middle blocker: There were many standouts in the Eagles' five-set comeback win over Palm Harbor University on Thursday night, but Gillis came up big with 13 kills and five blocks.
Taylor Anderson, Mitchell sophomore swimmer: The standout swimmer set a school record in the 100 free (55.29 seconds) and clocked a time of 24.12 seconds in the 50 free during a relay that would have set another school record.
Joe Predoehl, Springstead senior linebacker: Predoehl had an early interception and set up a touchdown with a fumble recovery Friday. He also scored after blocking a Fivay punt in the Eagles’ shocking 38-0 win over Fivay.
Juwan Brown, Largo senior quarterback: In his first two games, Brown has thrown for a combined 237 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. In the season opener, he led a last-minute comeback against Bradenton Southeast, throwing a touchdown pass on the last play in regulation.
Deiondre Porter, Jefferson junior quarterback: Helped the Dragons bounce back from a dreadful regular-season opener with a five-touchdown performance against Newsome. He went 17-for-27 for 285 yards with four passing touchdowns. He also ran 4 yards for a TD.
Voting is now closed; the winners will be announced soon.