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HomeTeam Hot Shots
A spotlight on the Times’ bay area players of the week
Female Hot Shot: Kayla Kivinski, Gulf
Skinny: With a first-year coach (Clare Ennis) and the loss of two standout transfers, Gulf figured to be in for a slow start to the season. Kivinski made sure that didn’t happen. The junior wing set a career high by scoring 37 of her team’s 46 points to lead the Buccaneers to a season-opening 46-40 win over Mitchell. Kivinski, last year’s North Suncoast player of the year and a first-team all-Suncoast selection, filled the box score in other ways, too. She chipped in 10 rebounds, five steals, three blocks and made 17 of her 20 free throws. “Definitely Hot Shot of the Week,” Ennis said.
Male Hot Shot: Joey Ivie, Pasco
Skinny: The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman broke out with strong performances in last year’s playoffs. He put on another show Friday night. The Florida commit racked up 4.5 sacks and terrorized Citra North Marion to lead Pasco to a 34-10 victory in the Class 5A region quarterfinals. Ivie led a defense that didn’t allow a touchdown until the game’s closing minutes, held the Colts under 200 total yards and tallied five sacks in the fourth quarter to keep the game out of reach. Ivie also forced a fumble in the final quarter, setting up another Pirate score and helping Pasco reach the second round of the playoffs a third consecutive season.
Joey Ivie, Pasco football 471 25.556%
Travis Nichols, Land O’Lakes cross country 356 19.316%
Robert Davis, Carrollwood Day football 287 15.572%
Kayla Kivinski, Gulf basketball 256 13.89%
Shea Hamilton, Clearwater Central Catholic volleyball 238 12.914%
Artavis Scott, East Lake football 78 4.232%
Saphara Harrell, Clearwater Central Catholic cross country 45 2.442%
Jack Stein, Shorecrest diving 30 1.628%
Sidney Brown, Berkeley Prep volleyball 29 1.574%
Rasmus Skjaerpe, Tampa Prep swimming 24 1.302%
Nikita Shah, Wiregrass Ranch cross country 19 1.031%
Brianna Jackson, Newsome cross country 10 0.543%
Total: 1843 votes